Bringing Great Minds Together: The Society of Surgical Oncology Symposium 2013

Society of Surgical Oncology Symposium 2013

Howdy PUGTATO readers!  I'm shooting you a quick post from National Harbor, MD, where I am attending the Society of Surgical Oncology Symposium. One of the most interesting experiences at these conferences is talking with physicians from across the globe. Today I had the privilege to discuss hereditary cancer with physicians from Indonesia, Argentina and … Continue reading Bringing Great Minds Together: The Society of Surgical Oncology Symposium 2013

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.

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