How do you know your patients are cancer-free? Often hard to answer and often asked with a note of fear suggesting they don't really want to know the answer.
Some of the most brilliant physicians I have known have impressed me with their respect for colleagues. They would never express a difference of opinion by denigrating another practitioner, but recent experiences have opened my eyes to the arrogance of some physicians.
As physicians, we strive to do no harm, and there is a narrow therapeutic window when treating elderly patients with cancer.
Without patients we have no mission to accomplish; whenever we lose someone to cancer our very identity as cancer fighters is threatened with extinction.
Advocacy is about making sure that our lawmakers enact the best healthcare policies for our patients. Just as we have a duty to our patients in the clinic, we also have a duty to advocate for laws that benefit patients’ health.
A trite modern metaphor for the absence of good options refers to those choices that are only “better than a sharp stick in the eye.” I was recently faced with a medical problem where I had to decide whether I had an option superior to a sharp stick in the eye.
At this year’s ASCO GU Cancers Symposium, several high-impact and potentially practice-changing abstracts were presented during the prostate cancer session.
One of the most important questions I ask new patients is what they do for a living, as it opens up a discussion of how important that work is to them.
We are in the midst of a radical shift in the way modern medicine is practiced, and there are many challenges facing physicians today. So, why did I become one?
While chatting with a patient of mine this week, I suddenly realized I had forgotten how long it had been since she was diagnosed. Time moves strangely in the world of cancer, too slow to comfort us, too fast in spiriting us away.