Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Oncology Workforce

LC1, the insured lung cancer patient whose search for an oncologist described in last week’s post, is not alone. If more Americans realized that they might not find an oncologist or other specialist provider, they could help drive changes that … Continue reading

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Is There An Oncologist In the House?

Imagine, if you will, that you have early (stage 1b) lung cancer, that you think you have good insurance, and that you cannot find an oncologist to follow you. That’s the story of a 55-year-old man, who asked that I … Continue reading

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Planning Orthopedic Surgery: Ask Ahead About Aftercare

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that orthopedic surgery will miraculously dispense with your bone problems; aftercare is just the beginning of healing. That’s how two women see it. Each woman has had five or more orthopedic surgeries. They report … Continue reading

Posted in Aftercare, Orthopedic surgery, Pain, Physical therapy, Rehabilitation | 11 Comments

How One Man Faced A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

The man I will call Paul remembers when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer about a year ago. It started with a PSA of 4.3 ng/mL on a routine annual physical. A PSA of 4.0 ng/mL is a widely … Continue reading

Posted in Active Surveillance, Patient stories, Physician bias, Prostate Cancer, Treatment decisions | 11 Comments