Category Archives: Cancer

Angelina Jolie and Celebrity Health Advocacy

This week’s celebrity health health advocacy headlines have been dominated by the sensational NY Times article by Angelina Jolie going public after her prophylactic double mastectomy and her BRCA1 gene mutation.  When famous people are forced to deal with difficult medical decisions, as Ms. Jolie certainly had to face, their decisions and consequences are influential… Continue Reading

Crowd source help Requested: Turmeric -Curcumin for Ovarian Cancer

This post is an attempt to crowd source for information on turmeric with curcumin in ovarian cancer. Kay, my wife, has ovarian cancer that despite the best efforts of Kay and her various oncologists and surgeons has to this point had only fairly transient responses to traditional and some experimental treatments.  Kay is in a… Continue Reading

Send a Birthday Card That Could Save Your Life.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and one of the few types of cancer that is often preventable. A recent headline-grabbing article in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that regular colonoscopy every 10 years in non-high risk patients can reduce the incidence of advanced colon cancer by… Continue Reading

The Dreaded Outcome of Any Test: The Incidentaloma

I just read a very good article in the NY Times about a patient found to have the classic incidentaloma, a small mass in the adrenal gland.  This is estimated to be seen in 4% of abdominal CT scans, and is rarely serious but typically leads to recommendations for additional testing and follow up CT… Continue Reading

I Hope Zohydro Gets Two Thumbs Down from the FDA

Zohydro is a single entity hydrocodone sustained release product from Zogenix Inc. awaiting a recommendation expected tomorrow from an FDA advisory panel. Pain management is a huge issue in the U.S. today.  The dilemma of using hydrocodone in combination products with acetaminophen, “Vicodin” type products, is that use of high doses exposes users to liver… Continue Reading

Drugs Discovered to Help Conditions Far Different from Their Original Indications: Off Label Drug Use

or Why Am I Taking a Seizure Medication for Foot Pain? As the physician spouse of a wonderful woman living with ovarian epithelial cell cancer the recent article in Cancer documenting that women with type 2 diabetes who take metformin to have better survival rates than control patients with ovarian cancer who do not take… Continue Reading

Psychotherapy: Improving Coping Skills for Cancer Patients

 by Melanie Bowen guest contributor.  The stress of a cancer diagnosis or the rigorous aspect that treatment places on a patient can be damaging to their mental health, causing depression and anxiety.  Fortunately, psychotherapy can help these patients cope with their illness and harness any negative thoughts so that a mental well being can be… Continue Reading

The British Seem to Know How to Die Better than Americans

I stumbled onto a NY Times op-ed article by Bill Keller that very eloquently discusses the approach offered to patients in British hospitals called, “The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.”  It is a sort of way that hospice and paliative care principles are offered as an option to patients near the end of… Continue Reading