Getting creative with breast cancer screening.

Getting Creative with Breast Cancer Screening

It's been a busy fall here at PUGTATO headquarters. Fall is the season of ovarian cancer awareness month, breast cancer awareness month, and this year, it also included moving to a new home and Breast Care for Washington's official launch. Oy vey. Outside of my outreach work with Myriad this fall, my brain has been … Continue reading Getting creative with breast cancer screening.

All I wanted was a belly rub.

PUGTATO cancer diagnosis

Until recently I've never been on the patient side of the table when it comes to receiving a cancer diagnosis. That all changed when my little guy, Otis, developed a weird bump on his chest.  He has very sensitive skin so we watched the bump come and go for a while probably six months or so. … Continue reading All I wanted was a belly rub.

A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.

patient advocates and navigation: PUGTATO

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.

Medicine X: The Future of Health Care Delivery.

I think I may have just found the coolest most forward thinking medical conference, ever: Stanford's Medicine X conference.  If you are not familiar, here's a very small preview of what this conference is all about: "Medicine X is about the future of medicine and health care.  It is about how social media and information … Continue reading Medicine X: The Future of Health Care Delivery.

Grandma doesn’t always know best.

Cultural barriers and disparities in cancer care

Turns out cancer is not contagious, breast-feeding does not cause breast cancer, surgery treatment for breast cancer won't cause disease spread, and men can, in fact, get breast cancer.    Grandma might have passed down some incorrect information over the years. Today's discussion will focus mainly on breast cancer.  Studies have shown that racial and ethnic minority … Continue reading Grandma doesn’t always know best.

Team Oncology vs. Cancer: The World Series

Team Oncology: the world series of care

Cancer.  Nobody wants to hear that they have it.  A  cancer diagnosis is an emotional moment.  It often  carries connotations of fear, anxiety and thoughts of the worst possible scenarios.    Cancer is not a single disease.  It's different for every patient, and thankfully, we're learning more about it everyday.  Cancer patients have an entire team, "Team … Continue reading Team Oncology vs. Cancer: The World Series

Potato, Pugtato

finding inspiration

"Starting a blog?!?" My friends asked me: Why?  What will you talk about?  Will anyone even read it? Why? Here's a better question: Why not? I love giving my brain a creative workout--  finding solutions in ambiguity,  conceptualizing and making things from scratch (yes, we had a DIY wedding), learning a new skill, or opening the fridge … Continue reading Potato, Pugtato