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
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.
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.
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