Tag: Patient Advocacy

Pinkwashing Comes Early This Year

| September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are not quite to October yet, historically one of my favorite months, the leaves change, cooler days and nights, World Series and the start of hockey season, but Pinkwashing for Pinktober has already begun. Pink brooms and “Sleep Pink” just to name a few I have seen within the past few days. But there […]

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What is Wrong with the Veterans Administrations Hospitals?

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

This past Memorial Day weekend I gave a lot of thought to those who have passed defending our freedoms and way of life as well as those who have served and survived to be cared for by our society. About 3 years ago stories began to break about a scandal involving a Veterans Administration (VA) […]

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“Digital Pathology Stands to Reduce Cancer Misdiagnoses”

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the ink dry about a month on the recent FDA approval of Philips Intellisite Pathology Solution (PIPS) for primary diagnosis, I came across this headline and others like it last week. Well known, respected pathologists and pathology informaticians at well-known cancer centers provided quotes for the articles. When you contribute to an article, you […]

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Leslie’s Story & Efforts for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Last October I wrote about “Riding a Bike Versus the Hard Part” after riding in a 3-day event where I met many patients, their friends and family and the challenges they face every day. Leading up to both of these rides on the East and West coast last Fall I met Leslie through social media […]

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Trump Says ACA May Not Be Replaced Until Next Year

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Politico (2/5, Palmieri) reports that in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly which aired before the Super Bowl, President Trump “walked back his recent vow that Obamacare would be replaced in short order,” saying that “the process is ‘complicated’ and ‘maybe it’ll take till sometime into next year.’” Trump said, “It statutorily takes a […]

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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 2: The Fax Machine

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I received a lot of feedback offline about Part 1 of this post (see: “To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1” ) from a number of pathologists echoing my sentiments on the issue of turnaround time in general and needs/expectations from clinicians and patients about getting their results in a timely manner. […]

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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1

| December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

That is the question. Every year. Around the holidays or three-day weekends. Normally biopsies or surgical specimens collected the day before are reviewed the next day. In a majority of cases, the case can be “signed out” meaning your opinion goes into a surgical pathology report and becomes part of the medical record. New malignancies, […]

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Patients Protest at Medical Conference

| December 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

It has been said there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes. Actually, there are a few more. The annual ASCO meeting always takes place during the first week of June, the annual RSNA meeting happens the week after Thanksgiving. The annual ASH meeting and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) […]

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FDA Delays Final Guidance on Regulating LDTs

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

medpagetoday.com posted a brief but concise article earlier this week on the issue of FDA regulating laboratory developed tests (LDTs). While the FDA has had the ability to regulate these tests since 1976, largely once regarded as “simple and scarce” as the article mentions, not before a draft guidance issued in 2014 has the FDA […]

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A cancer patient and pathologist — brought together by Twitter — strike up an unlikely connection

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of STAT  By Linnea Olson and Michael Misialek Awesome read about a patient and pathologist exploring lung cancer together. Patients can be their own best advocates while pathologists should have the opportunity to meet their patients. While every surgical pathology accession number is a life, putting a face with a name can be mutually beneficial. […]

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Jessica and a Weekend in California

| October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jessica is a 42-year old wife and mother of 2. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just over seven years ago and doctors recently declared her with no evidence of disease. As a young woman with breast cancer, she became affiliated with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and this year completed […]

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Study Questions Value of Routine Mammograms

| October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A recent news brief service recently sent out highlights about a new study published in NEJM that questions the value of mammography for breast cancer screening while critics cited in the news brief call the study “deeply flawed” and suggest keeping with the recommendations. The study was conducted by researchers at Dartmouth and NCI and […]

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Help Support Breast Cancer Survivors This Fall

| September 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many of you have already been contacted about this in the past few months. Perhaps repeatedly. Through this site, emails, in-person and/or by phone.  And many of you have generously supported these rides and organization. Time is close for the East coast ride and time is closing in on fundraising time.  For those who have […]

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New Study Suggests Integrating Multiple Types of Protein Biomarkers Increases Accuracy of Early Breast Cancer Detection

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

When serum protein biomarker data were used independently, clinical sensitivity and specificity for detection of breast cancer were 74.7% and 77.0%, respectively. When tumor-associated autoantibody data were used independently, clinical sensitivity and specificity for detection of breast cancer were 72.2% and 70.8%, respectively. When tumor autoantibody and serum protein data were used together, clinical sensitivity […]

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