Healthcare misinformation leads to fear, avoidance and worse medical outcomes for patients, even if intentions were good. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge and poor editing led to a published article by AARP that has produced great outrage among BRCA carriers, patient advocacy groups and the physicians who work tirelessly for these patients. Today I want to … Continue reading Top Cancer Genetics Programs to AARP: Medical Interventions extend the life of BRCA carriers
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
Living in Washington, D.C. means I am fortunate to be close to a lot of interesting moments in American History. This past Monday was no exception. Monday, April 15th, the oral arguments were held for the Association of Molecular Pathology (lead by the ACLU) vs. Myriad Genetics. The hearing challenged some of Myriad's patents related … Continue reading I was there: The Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Gene Patents.
One of the unique phenomenons of cancer patient care is the cancer patient support group. Not that other disease states don't have these groups, but cancer patient support groups are generally very well attended. Patients connect with other patients and life long mentor/mentee and friend relationships develop at these groups. Tonight I'm off to attend … Continue reading Patient Support Groups Matter