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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DCIS: What’s in a name?

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ This subject deserves much more time than I can give it today. But a New York Times article, published today, prompted me to post at least some brief commentary. You may need to sign in to the NYT site in order to read it in full, but that requires only your […]

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Depression and Cancer: An Insider’s View

[Reposted on October 10, 2012 for World Mental Health Day.] A shattering silence. Oh, the nonsense we cancer patients have to put up with… It’s not bad enough that we have to endure being slashed, burned and poisoned, but we have to endure unsolicited opinions, advice and ignorance about our emotional response to being slashed, […]

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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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