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Part 2 can be read independently of Part 1. Part 1 focuses on some of the benefits of clinical trials and attempts to dispel a couple of myths. Part 2 is more focused on the specifics. What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to answer a […]
Pediatric Oncology is a great example of a field of medicine where clinical trials are routinely leading to improved therapies. The first response when I tell someone that I am a pediatric oncologist is “how sad”. If I respond that “more children are cured than are not cured of their cancer (depending on the […]
The privilege of being a pediatrician, especially a pediatric oncologist, is that while fighting alongside parents for their child’s well-being, we can almost palpate that love between parents and child. Often when I discuss with parents about protecting their child from infection during chemotherapy, their first instinct is to put their child in a “bubble”. […]
To my devoted readers, I apologize for the hiatus. I have been repatriating back to the USA and needed a little time to get settled again. I have an urgent job today. On the cancer forum to which I belong is a new young lady who is preparing to start chemotherapy and wanted to know […]
Reader’s Question: My doctor says that some cancer is too microscopic to be picked up on PET&CT then how can they ever give a patient an all clear or NED?
The email of the question that I will be answering was titled “stupid question”. For clarification, I mean it when I say there really are NO stupid questions. Doctors spend time around other doctors and we speak a common language that we learned in medical school. Understandably, this can sometimes result in not explaining things […]
“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations”- Michael J. Fox All of us who have been affected by cancer at some point have been both presently surprised and disappointed at times by people in our lives. Being a pediatric oncologist before I was a stage 4 […]
A few words to physicians about helping patients with the hardest shared desicions: withdrawal of care
An except from last post. For longer discussion on shared decisions goto full post. http://chemotherapycheerleader.com/?p=195 Posting this a second time as short aside since physicians are busy and I find this to be an important topic that is not discussed often enough. The really unfair decision: a couple of points as the apply to shared […]
A little bird tweeted something about a doctor and a “Quarterback”. My thoughts on patient doctor shared decision making. (Comments about a recent New Yorker article.)
[For readers who want to understand why this post is a little bit different see this short post. It also sheds a little more light about my background and thought process. Link:http://chemotherapycheerleader.com/?p=191 ] Recently, The New Yorker magazine published a nice piece on the issues of “shared decision making” (or S.D.M), currently a hot topic […]
Some ways in which Microblogging is to Blogging as Emergency Medicine is to Pediatric Oncology: short note about next post
The next post is a little different! Here is why plus a little of my background. [If you are not interested in why this next post is a little different, you can go directly to it. The post is based on my thoughts on an article that has been of recent interest on twitter. It […]
Chemotherapy is ghastly so you might doubt my claim, but it use to be worse. One of the daily hardships of chemo is the constant nausea and vomiting. Prior to cancer, I had vomited at the most twice in my adult life, but shortly after my diagnosis I became a pro. I had some wonderful […]