National Cancer Institute SEER Cancer Statistics Review: 2015 Updates

NCI SEER data update 2015

The NCI published updated SEER Cancer Statistics data today, April 23, 2015. The data is now current through 2012. SEER stands for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.  The SEER cancer statistics review is a report of, "the most recent cancer incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, and lifetime risk statistics." This data is helpful in tracking population … Continue reading National Cancer Institute SEER Cancer Statistics Review: 2015 Updates

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World Cancer Day: “Not Beyond Us”

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Greetings from Las Vegas, NV!  PUGTATO is on travel this week and this is a quick post to tell you about a wonderful global event taking place today. (Sorry East Coasters, I know the day is almost over. The time change caught up with me!) February 4, 2015 is World Cancer Day.  World Cancer Day … Continue reading World Cancer Day: “Not Beyond Us”

An Open Letter to Oncology Sales Professionals

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Congratulations.  You made it. You have become part of an exclusive club: you are an Oncology Sales Professional. Most likely, you've been in medical sales for a while.  You knew you always wanted to be in Oncology.  You enjoy a more clinical sale, you are not afraid of a challenge and you are over being a … Continue reading An Open Letter to Oncology Sales Professionals

Top Cancer Genetics Programs to AARP: Medical Interventions extend the life of BRCA carriers

Top cancer genetics programs to AARP: medical interventions prolong life for BRCA carriers

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

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

But you’re too young to have cancer…right?

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Famous last words. Today I want to share with you the story of my college roommate's sister. Kearsley Lloyd has everything that any young woman would want.  By the age of twenty-six she had launched her own successful business, The Tipsy Skipper, and was doing what she loved: designing gorgeous fashion inspired by a sea … Continue reading But you’re too young to have cancer…right?

Drowning in Pink: An Update

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My recent piece, Drowning in Pink has been received with great interest and so I'd like to provide an update today on the situation. First lets rewind to refresh our memories: 2/21/2014, METAvivor contacted Kohl's regarding it's very obvious adaptation of the METAvivor's campaign, "Elephant in the Pink Room," with request for the campaign to … Continue reading Drowning in Pink: An Update

Committed.

Currently, I work for Myriad Genetic Laboratories, and if you haven't heard of Myriad this summer, I would be surprised. This past June, the Supreme Court ruled that five of Myriad's claims covering isolated DNA were not patent eligible. Regardless of the decision, Myriad has more than 500 valid and enforceable claims in 24 different … Continue reading Committed.