March is colon cancer awareness month. Created by gastroenterologist Amit Sachdev, this video was selected by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy as part of their colorectal cancer screening campaign.  Enjoy. Image credit: Shutterstock.com

Earlier this month, a mourning widower stormed the office of the physician who had been providing life-saving cancer therapy to his young wife which failed. He shot and killed him. Or did he? Before judging, let’s examine the facts associated with this case. 1. Juan Gonzalez, BCND was not a medical doctor. In fact, his “doctorate” was awarded via a naturopathic program. He did not possess, nor was required to possess a ...

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Her name is Joann. She has cancer. As that disease goes, it is not much, probably curable, one of those “if you have to get cancer, this a good one.” Still, she sits across from me, her skin pale, eyes tight and she rhythmically grasps her cold, moist hands. She fails to gain any comfort from the knowledge that she is going to be OK. Why? I have not told ...

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One night in 1997, as Americans watched Touched by an Angel they were touched by something else unexpected: an ad for a prescription allergy pill called Claritin, sold directly to patients. Prescription drugs had never been sold directly to the public before -- a marketing tactic called direct-to-consumer or DTC advertising. How could average people, who certainly had not been to medical school, know if the medication was appropriate or safe ...

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As a consumer and admirer of movies, I always look forward to the Academy Awards.  A celebration of the best movies and performances of the past year.  A night filled with spectacular performances, glamor, and amazing speeches. The speeches are truly special for me since we get a glimpse into the true character and soul of the award winners as they thank those who helped them along their journey. I feel like ...

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An excerpt from Five Moments: Short Works of Fiction. “Dad ... you can let go now.” Thomas heard his daughter’s voice from a distance. It awakened him from his reverie. He relived those five moments of life and took their lessons seriously.

  1. Rejoice in the ordinary as if you were a child seeing everything ...

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A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that too few women with recently diagnosed breast cancer and at high risk of a BRCA genetic mutation received appropriate genetic counseling. And that testing for the mutation is a missed opportunity not only to improve treatment for these patients but also to prevent some breast,
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With thousands of cancers, thousands of families and thousands of deaths, I came to see deep time. I absorbed the finite nature of existence and gained a long view. Not just yesterday’s tests, today’s battle and tomorrow’s treatment, but the loss to come. I do not know when the reaper will arrive, but understand he will. I mourn each patient before we meet. I have learned not to cry. Call it ...

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asco-logo One of the questions that I face (and which I am certain many of us do) concerns the use of alternative therapies. Iron chelation therapy, high-dose vitamin C infusions, Chinese herbs — interest in these therapies and others like them are driven by word-of-mouth (“a friend of a friend”), claims on websites and patients curiosity. Cancer is ...

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Pediatricians face a difficult task determining when to refer a child for a suspected bone marrow failure syndrome. We now realize that only a subset of children with bone marrow failure syndromes present with the findings described in textbooks.  These children often appear well and lack classical physical stigmata. By the time they look sick, their marrow’s ability to produce blood cells can be so weakened that it could be ...

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