Treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after it becomes resistant to chemotherapy has been the subject of intense scientific and clinical research. The study of targeted therapy, in which a drug or biological agent attaches only to a specific receptor on a malignant cell, led to the approval and release of the anilinoquinazolines gefitinib (Iressa) and erlotinib (Tarceva), for the treatment of patients with NSCLC who have failed or can ...

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Gift certificates for breast cancer screening
"REACH for Breast Health is offering a $10 gift certificate to a local supermarket to every woman who completes breast screening who has never had a mammogram, or who has not had one in over two years."

It's come down to this - paying people to maintain their health.

A man had to wait more than five hours for a doctor to come to his home to certify his wife's death from cancer
"It would have been nice to have her for about an hour just to say goodbye but five-and-a-half hours, well, the body starts to go cold and that's not what anybody wants to remember, especially not my 10-year-old little sister who was with us. It's ...

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A leading breast cancer surgeon who was diagnosed with breast cancer gets ready to return to work
Initial clinical breast exam by her colleagues as well as a mammogram were negative. At her persistance, surgeons found three separate cancers in her breast.

A lawyer who once defended doctors now sues one
A tragic case where a defense lawyer presented at age 46 with rectal bleeding. There is question whether her physician recommended a colonoscopy. She says that her doctor declined to order one, the physician says the patient refused. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with colon cancer and recently passed away.

In today's medical climate, anyone around the age ...

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Man sues over "botched" testicular surgery: Another frivolous lawsuit?
"A man is suing a hospital and one of its surgeons, claiming one of his testicles was wrongly removed during surgery.

Danny Curtis claims the surgeon at Kern Medical Center did not conduct a biopsy before arranging urgent surgery to remove a testicular tumor in July 2004, according to the lawsuit filed in Kern County Superior Court."

I ...

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The 8-hour physical exam
Newsweek writes about concierge practices. Here are some of the "perks":

For a $5,000 annual fee, Blanchard provides Perenic with a yearly three-hour physical, same-day appointments and his personal cell number. Blanchard also calls on Perenic at work to monitor his blood pressure . . .

. . . The Cooper Clinic in Dallas, whose tab is $3,000 for an eight-hour physical exam, has ...

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Doctor prevails in malpractice case, but was it frivolous to begin with?
It was a case of a bronchoscopy for hemoptysis. The patient apparently consented to the procedure, but not the subsequent biopsy that occurred (which is normally routine in these procedures). A damned if you do or don't situation. What if a suspicious lesion was found, but wasn't biopsed? Surely the doctor would have been ...

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Cancer overtakes heart disease as the top killer of Americans under 85
The single most important reason: fewer smokers.


The digital fecal occult blood test is worthless



(Sorry for the unappetizing picture - the test on the left is a negative fecal occult test, the right is positive.)

I never rely solely on a digital fecal occult blood test for colorectal cancer screening. The take-home fecal occult test is a more helpful test:

The digital fecal occult blood test was positive in only 5 percent ...

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