Dying for a cure this Pinktober: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness

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Pink parties. Pink Ribbons.  Pink celebrations. Pink boas.  Pink bagels.  You name it, it's pink in October.  Many people, breast cancer patients and others, find empowerment and emotional comfort in "pink." Many feel as if they have done good by participating or buying a "pink" good. As I've mentioned before in my post, Missed Opportunities: Celebrities … Continue reading Dying for a cure this Pinktober: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness

Doing More with Less: Capturing Adequate Cancer Family History

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Every day, oncology clinicians are asked to do more with less.  What I mean by this is, reimbursement for many services has gone down or is inadequate, and physicians are asked to do more during a patient visit with less time available. Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to present to a local oncology department in … Continue reading Doing More with Less: Capturing Adequate Cancer Family History

A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.

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The first time I ever heard of a patient advocate was when I attended a talk given by Melissa Pantel-Ku.  Melissa is remarkable woman.  Diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at 34, she is a PhD, a professor, a mother, a wife, a breast cancer survivor, and founder of  Hope & Humor.  Melissa's story had … Continue reading A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.