asco-logo A friend of mine died after outliving her prognosis for more than a year. I was with her at almost all her appointments with various oncologists. She had asked me to be the note taker for these appointments so that she could focus on the discussion as it happened and then have the notes to review afterwards. Her treatment course was ...

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The case of Cassandra C., a 17-year-old in Connecticut who refused to continue receiving chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin’s lymphoma, poses a genuine ethical dilemma. The dilemma stems from a conflict between two leading ethical principles. One principle, respect for autonomy, calls for respecting individuals’ right to self-determination. In the medical context, that means allowing people to refuse medical treatment, even lifesaving therapy. The other ethical principle, beneficence, directs physicians and hospitals to ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Current Flu Vaccine Half as Effective as Previous Years. People receiving this year's seasonal influenza vaccine are 23% less likely to seek medical treatment for flu-type symptoms relative to unvaccinated individuals, according to an interim CDC estimate based on reports submitted so far for the current season.
  2. New Board ...

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ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott's recent death has given the American public a chance to reflect on what it means to live with a cancer diagnosis. His speech at the ESPY awards in the summer of 2014 was widely hailed as an inspiration to people with cancer. Obviously, the Jimmy Valvano Award for Perseverance with the ties to cancer research (Jimmy V Foundation) and Scott's public image as someone being ...

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A patient story tonight, from Jackie: It was one of those days.  I had been to the gynecologist the week prior because I somehow knew the sporadic bleeding, which I had experienced, was not a simple urinary tract infection for which I had been treated three times.  My doctor did the scrapings and biopsies and had me run down the hall for an ultrasound.  I’d had lots of ultrasounds during my pregnancies -- ...

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stuart-scott Stuart Scott revolutionized the sportscasting industry with his unique style and likable demeanor on ESPN.  Mr. Scott recently passed away after an 8-year battle with recurrent appendiceal cancer.  Mr. Scott was a devoted father and put his relationship with his two daughters above everything else.  He was a sensational broadcaster and was passionate about his craft.  He inspired many young athletes ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Should FDA Change Metformin's Black Box Warning? Diabetes experts are building a case to lift restrictions on using metformin in patients with moderate chronic kidney disease.
  2. Tacrolimus for Induction in Lupus Nephritis? Tacrolimus was found to be noninferior to mycophenolate mofetil (Cellcept) for lupus nephritis induction therapy when given ...

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You’ve made it. Four years of college, four years of medical school, and three years (sometimes four or five) of residency, depending on the specialty you chose. You’ve earned a prestigious title. You are a doctor. But wait, you are not done yet. Want to be a cardiologist, oncologist or gastroenterologist? Add another three years to the eleven spent to become an independent practitioner. Another three years of interest rate on that six ...

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Julie was lost in thought. Her right pointer finger slowly traced the edges of the metallic trinket.  It was tucked far enough into her pant pocket that only the longest digit could reach.  Back and forth, her hand moved caressingly, pausing from time to time to inspect any irregularity, any imperfection.  In such a manner Julie built a mental image of the old forgotten piece of jewelry.  Her hands visually occupied ...

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My brother wears a scar around his neck. It represents his second surgery for papillary thyroid cancer. The first started off the same way. Ugly, red and angry. Curving like an ominous smile around his neck, like a noose. That’s how it felt too -- the lump in his throat growing as he sat quietly, alone in a doctor’s office. It’s interesting how physical scars are a visual manifestation of ...

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