Caring for the Caregiver

Posted by  | caregiving, Issues & Perspectives, Survivorship

Speaking at a breast cancer caregiver support group recently, I listened closely as they joked with one another about remaining in the “doghouse“ during the entirety of their wife or girlfriends’ oncology treatments and for several months once active care completed.  Although they were laughing and seemed to be taking it in stride, I could not(...)

Video Pick of the Week

Posted by  | treatment

I recently visited Dr. Elias Zambidis' lab to discuss his research on turning blood cells into heart cells.  They pioneered a method that uses plasmids (tiny rings of DNA) rather than viruses to transfer genetic material into blood cells, which is the first among several steps on the path to becoming heart cells.  Their newly-developed recipe to(...)

Kimmel Quotables

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Uncategorized

Who are the heroes in your life? The Daily Record chose Laurie Bryant, R.N. as their Health Care Hero.  Sharon Krumm, our director of nursing had the following to say about Laurie. “Laurie's passion for excellent nursing care includes psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care.  Her passion is manifested in a number of ways,(...)

CJ’s mission

Posted by  | Patient Stories

As an oncologist, I am fascinated by the ways cancer patients bring meaning and satisfaction into their lives. Several months ago, I met a woman named Dian (though she goes by “CJ”). She's a retired Air Force intelligence officer who is living with advanced breast cancer. Her experience with the disease has turned her into(...)

Cancer Research News – March

Posted by  | Prevention/Screening, Research

Dr. Bill Nelson discusses environmental exposures, tailoring specific treatment and cancer risks among us. Listen to these topics discussed in the most recent Cancer News Podcast. First, Nelson reviews a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, on environmental sources that might contribute to cancer.  He stresses two of the biggest and most(...)

Report: Cancer Deaths Decline

Posted by  | Research

The National Cancer Institute's latest report says that cancer deaths between 2003 and 2007 declined, continuing a trend that started two decades ago.  The report also outlined encouraging news that lung cancer deaths decreased in women.  Death rates for men with lung cancer began dropping in the early 1990s.  Still, lung cancer remains the most(...)

Teachable Moments

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My role as a social worker in the cancer center can be very humbling at times to say the least. Complete strangers often share their intimate feelings during their darkest times, and they allow me to support them whether it be through a hug or an action-oriented task to solve a problem. It’s an honor(...)

What’s Your Colon Cancer IQ?

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March is colon cancer awareness month. How much do you know about protecting yourself against colon cancer? As Dr. Luis Diaz of the Kimmel Cancer Center says, “No one should die from this disease.” Yet, colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US, and the 2nd leading(...)