Breast Cancer Awareness: A Casual Conversation About Mammograms

In fact, this sticker is inaccurate. I got my 3D tomosynthesis-assisted mammogram a week ago. As I am wont to do, I wore my employee ID badge, identifying me as a clinician, to the appointment. Perhaps for that reason, or perhaps because of my breast cancer history, or perhaps because the mammographer called in one […]

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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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