shutterstock_148383902 I am in my twenties. I am a student in dental school. My seven classmates and I have gathered, notebooks and pens in hand, for the first day of our ten-day rotation at the Veteran's Hospital oncology department. Dr. Steele, a published expert in oral cancer, instructs us to follow him to the outpatient clinic. Some of those he'll examine are initial consultations; ...

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As a practicing gynecologic oncologist, I have spoken the words, “I’m sorry, you have cancer,” or some version of that sentence thousands of times. And although my delivery is fairly consistent, modified only slightly to improve understanding, my patients’ responses vary from stunned silence to uncontrollable, overwhelming cataplexy. The stalwart emphatically reply “I’m gonna beat this thing,” but the vast majority tentatively wonder “How long do I have?” and retreat ...

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shutterstock_193162472 November of last year found me living as best I could with several health issues, the most debilitating of which stems from never having recovered from a serious viral infection in 2001. I’ve been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, a little understood and much-misunderstood illness. It keeps me virtually housebound. For the most part, I’ve made peace with feeling sick all ...

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shutterstock_131772284 Recent clinical practice guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend against PSA screening for men of all ages, while other guideline groups, including the American Urological Association (AUA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP), recommend a shared decision making (SDM) approach to the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. “Dueling guidelines” can create confusion for people who are ...

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news.  Sorry to say, breast cancer touches everyone.  If there is no one that you love that hasn't been affected by breast cancer, just wait.  It's coming. I have had personal experience with friends and family with breast cancer.  There's Tina, who was my roommate in medical school.  There's my mother, now a survivor for 20+ years.  I have already flirted with abnormalities ...

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american cancer society Question: What do all these cancers have in common: melanoma, lung, kidney, bladder, ovarian, head and neck, Hodgkin lymphoma, stomach, breast (and others)? Answer: They have all shown evidence of meaningful, durable responses when treated with one or more of the new immunotherapy drugs. And that is truly amazing, not to mention very unexpected, even by the ...

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Want to learn about sepsis?  This video from the residents at UCLA-Kern Medical Center teaches you, Justin Timberlake style. Get your sepsy on!

On December 17th, 2013, while in her last year of psychiatry residency at UCLA, Dr. Elana Miller was diagnosed with stage IV acute lymphoblastic lymphoma.  Below is a photo essay of her journey. December 18, 2013: cancer1 December 22, 2013: cancer2 January 5, 2014: cancer3 February 24, 2014:
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shutterstock_176941343 asco-logo Facebook is a remarkable thing. I use it for private matters -- to keep in touch with family and friends from long ago. Because of it, I’ve reconnected with people from every stage of my life, as far back as third grade to high school to college and beyond. One of the ...

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shutterstock_178086407 He sat there holding his wife’s hands and hugging her as tightly as he possibly could.  Tears were streaming down her face, and she was vulnerable to the diagnosis I had just bestowed upon her. Cancer, the “C” letter word nobody wanted to hear, suddenly invaded the lives of this newly married couple. Multiple thoughts were running through my mind before bestowing ...

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