Cognitive Dysfunction & Cancer Treatment: Old News

To all the compassionate, skilled physicians and oncology clinicians I have come to know online and in real life since becoming a member of the cancer club, let me just say thank you. You know who you are. You are not the ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ practitioners. You are the ones who actually listen to your patients; ask […]

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Choosing A New Doctor

One sure-fire way to get the ‘real’ scoop on a surgeon is to talk to some homecare clinicians. Just ask a few homecare nurses — who change messy surgical dressings, negotiate wound-vacs and drains, treat surgical infections — which surgeons do a good job and which ones leave an ungodly mess behind, and believe me, […]

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Radiation, The Aftermath That Never Ends

[Reposted on October 12, 2012.] For a long time, complaining about the long and late-term side effects of radiation was a frequent theme on this blog. I haven’t bitched about being barbecued for a while now. That’s not because everything is just ducky, however. It’s only because (a) I got sick of talking about it, […]

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Arm and Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer

Shoulder Pain, Among Other Things I wasn’t going to write a post this week. I’ve just finished up the latest round of doctor visits, tests and diagnostic images that are required now to make sure that breast cancer has not returned. According to all this recent rigamarole, so far, it hasn’t. So, I get to […]

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