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Discussing Financial Toxicity in Oncology Settings

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is one of the leading specialty organizations for physicians who take care of patients with cancer. A reporter from ASCO just wrote a nice piece, in which she questioned me to go into more … Continue reading

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Getting Good Cancer Care by Asking the Right Questions

Not long ago, I spoke with a freelance journalist, Charlotte Huff, who put together a really nice article in Cancer Today, describing how cancer patients can get more engaged in their care. I thought I would share a bit of that … Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making in Medicine

The urologist broke the news: “Out of 12 cores, three were positive for cancer, so you have a small amount of cancer.” He would soon explain the treatment choices—surgery, radiation, or active surveillance (watching the cancer closely with blood tests … Continue reading

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The Limits of Patient Empowerment


The video below is not super high quality, but it captures a talk I gave in Lima Peru recently, a very personal talk that also reveals some of the dangers of assuming that medical decision making will go swimmingly well … Continue reading

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Another Review of Critical Decisions

Here’s a link to a review of Critical Decisions published in a journal called Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. The reviewer had some nice things to say, but felt it wasn’t theoretical enough for his liking. Not surprising given that I … Continue reading

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Why Do Patients Take Their Doctor’s Advice?

Is it the white coat?  That’s what I wondered in medical school when I would find patients asking me for advice on topics they simply had to know more about than me.  Mothers would ask me how to get their newborn … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln on Perspective Taking

I write frequently about the importance of perspective taking in clinician/patient interaction. Seeing the world through other people’s eyes is also a crucial moral and political skill. No surprise then that Abe Lincoln showed great perspective taking abilities. Consider these … Continue reading

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New Review of Critical Decisions

A review of Critical Decisions was recently published in The American Journal of Bioethics. You can check it out here. (Click here to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit … Continue reading

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Should Your Doctor Pray With You?

“I can fix this.” The neurosurgeon was nothing if not confident. “The cyst is pushing on your spinal cord. If it continues to expand, it will damage your nerves and you may lose the ability to walk. But I can … Continue reading

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Should Doctors Give Medical Advice to Strangers over Email?

Recently I received an email from someone I have never met, who asked me the following: “Could you refer me to any current study results on Arimidex (Anastrozole)? My oncologist is not helpful. My oncotype dx said I have 9% … Continue reading

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