No matter where you practice medicine, if your duties include patient care then you are going to interact with other oncologists. In some cases you may question the quality of their care. Help your peers to become better physicians by respecting them first, then relaying your concerns to them. Here are some examples of how not to do it, paired with kinder, gentler alternatives.
Oncologists are excited to relay the news to patients that hard-to-treat tumors benefit from a new type of immunotherapy called checkpoint inhibition, but is there a way to explain this without putting everyone in the room to sleep?
I recently spoke with someone who works for a hospital-based oncology clinic in another state. I am alarmed about the way the practice is structured. There the patient is never treated on the day they see the doctor. That means the patient must make at least two trips for every treatment. But I am told by others that this is standard.
Everyone wants their doctor to be compassionate, but what about leadership? Cancer patients may be looking for these seven traits of leadership in their oncologists.
How arduous is it to transform a typical practice into a community oncology medical home? Let’s compare the characteristics of the ideal community oncology medical home as defined by Innovative Oncology Business Solutions with our practice’s current habits.
Former President Jimmy Carter, who is being treated for metastatic malignant melanoma, announced that a follow-up scan revealed that four brain metastases were gone. Several headlines described the president as being “cancer free,” a choice of words that must be interpreted with caution.
Finding personal interests to discuss with your patient won’t make it all better. but it only takes a moment to find a sliver of common ground, something to make you two humans trying to fix a problem.
Oncologists, whether they like it or not, must develop some psychological skills if they ever hope to master the art of caring for people living with cancer.
No matter how much education my staff and I participate in, we will never cover every single possible adverse event that an individual may experience. And in some cases, when a patient can't explain their symptoms, we can be at a loss as to how to help them.
The high cost of new cancer treatments is both ridiculous and unsustainable, but be careful when fighting “greed” by calls for regulation and price controls.