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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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Pink Cleats Will Not Cure Cancer

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last Friday was the end of the month, end of the quarter, and for some companies and organizations, end of the fiscal year. October, as it used to be called, as in “Mr. October”, would strike at Midnight on Saturday as Pinktober for 31 days, ending in a holiday characterized by black and orange and […]

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Riding a Bike Versus The Hard Part

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

2 weeks ago I mentioned to a prominent cancer researcher at a prominent cancer center in the United States I would be completing 2 200-mile bike rides over the next few weeks with several hundred other folks to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. He questioned why I would do such a thing – […]

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Crowdsourcing Effort Takes Aim at Metastatic Breast Cancer

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The AP (10/3, Tanner) reports breast cancer patients are getting involved in a “big new project that aims to gather enormous troves of information about their diseases in hopes of finding new and better ways of treating patients like them – women whose cancer has spread, or metastasized, and left them nearly out of options.” […]

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News of Our Patients Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated!

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dr. Karim Sirgi, MD, MBA, FCAP, Managing Partner and CEO, LambdaX3 International recently wrote the below post on LinkedIn. Karim has kindly agreed to allow me to repost it here to share outside LinkedIn – including our loyal patient following. I wanted to share it here because I think nearly every pathologist can empathize with […]

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Young Survival Coalition Expresses Concern About Overlooked Moonshot Recommedations

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

I haven’t written much about the President’s Cancer Moonshot initiative recently and as much as I would like – perhaps because following some Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations and a large number of organizations and individuals expressing, in general, positive feedback among the cancer community, there hasn’t been a lot of news about next steps.  I […]

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Check Out Vision24 from Leica Biosystems at CAP ’16

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Dismissiveness of “Pinktober” Starting Early

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last Fall I wrote a couple of posts about the growing disenchantment with ‘Pinkification’ and ‘Pinktober’ referencing the all-out blitz during October to go “Pink” for breast bancer awareness and prevention.  In one of the pieces I mentioned by disenchantment with what happened a number of years ago I saw in clinical practice and last […]

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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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QualityStar, Diagnostic Quality Assurance® PSO, First Anatomic Pathology QA Program To Attain Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Listing by HHS

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

DIAGNOSTIC QUALITY ASSURANCE® The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Assurance (AHRQ) has approved the Diagnostic Quality Assurance ® (DQA) listing as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Diagnostic Quality Assurance® PSO is a component entity of QualityStar, LLC (www.qualitystar.net), and is the first […]

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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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Pathology 2.0 Comes of Age: Recommendations for Protecting Privacy While Motivating Education

| August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is an interesting article in this month’s AMA Journal of Ethics by Drs. Crane and Gardner on the use of pathology images in social media. The authors introduce the article in their abstract as “There is a rising interest in the use of social media by pathologists. However, the use of pathology images on […]

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Mike, Kevin and Darrell Ask “Can You Look at My Slides?”

| August 1, 2016 | 3 Comments

We are all busy, and I’m not different. Between busy clinical schedules, travel for work and pleasure, the Spring and Summer are a blur. But there’s nothing like voices from your past to force you to take a pause. I’ve recently received three requests from people from my past, all asking the same question, “can […]

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Biopsy: 5 Things Every Patient Should Know

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Excellent blog at cancer.net by Dr. Nassar, a professor of pathology at Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville.  Aziza and I were residents together and worked together at Mayo Clinic -Rochester.  She has always been a strong patient advocate, always keeping the patient at the forefront of her work in all of her clinical and research endeavors. Thank […]

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