Late last year, ONCOLOGY hosted a writing contest on Cancer Network, in which we asked our readers to share their personal experiences with delivering bad news. Dr. Trevor Bayliss submitted a piece about his experience as a young patient, and how that influenced his decision to become an oncologist.
It is an exciting time for science, but lest we forget, those of us who provide direct patient care are also charged with practicing the art of medicine.
A recent study examined the influence of social interactions between cancer patients during chemotherapy sessions, finding that patients who spent time with other patients who died within 5 years had an increased risk of dying within 5 years themselves. Pardon me for being underwhelmed.
With some analyses warning of an impending oncologist shortage, are we truly approaching a point of critical need? Are practice extenders such as advanced practitioners the best solution to fill that gap or are there other options?
Dear Patient—Although the circumstances were stressful, it was indeed a pleasure meeting you and your family today. There are words I wanted to say to you today but didn’t, for fear of distracting you from the immediate plan and also, I must admit, out of a certain degree of evasiveness.
Continuing to hold institutions to specific outcomes may never result in spending control. We need to educate individual physicians on cost-effectiveness in treatment planning.
This slide show presents tricks for surviving and thriving at the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. Everything from transportation, McCormick Place, planning your days, using social media, which sessions to attend, how to network, where to eat, and how to be a tourist in Chicago.
You may have missed the report concluding that patients had lower readmission and mortality rates if they were under the care of female hospitalists vs their male counterparts. I know excellent physicians in both camps and some sorry ones as well.
A review of the rules of the road for doctors, because everyone remembers their first license.
Oncologists deliver news—good and bad—on a daily basis. It is, for me, the most challenging and rewarding part of my job.