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March 18, 2016

The Wrong Way To React When Terminally Ill Patients Cry

Just three weeks earlier, she had noticed something strange about one of her breasts. An irregular shape. Her daughter brought her to the doctor, and soon the patient, I’ll call her Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage “to be … Continue reading

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October 5, 2015

The Future of Disease – in One Picture

Here are some projections on what illnesses Medicare enrollees are experiencing now, and what they will be experiencing 20 years from now, courtesy of the Brookings Institute:

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September 30, 2015

Cancer Drugs Aren’t As Cost-Effective As They Used To Be

Cancer drugs have become increasingly expensive in recent years. No one blinks anymore when a new lung cancer or colon cancer treatment comes to market priced at more than $100,000 per patient. In part, we don’t blink because we have … Continue reading

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August 14, 2015

Which Cancers Do We Spend Most of Our Money On?

There has been lots written lately about the soaring cost of cancer care. You’re spending a lot on cancer recently in part because of many wonderful new treatments that come with a substantial price tag. But there has been less … Continue reading

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May 12, 2015

What Do Cancer Centers Think Patients Are Looking For?

If you were a cancer center trying to get patients to come to receive care at your facility, what message would you send them? In other words, what would you as a cancer center director think people would value in … Continue reading

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April 9, 2015

Incentive to Stop Smoking?

In the United States, the FDA tried to mandate that cigarette companies put nasty images of the harms of smoking onto cigarette packages, images that would take up at least half of the carton. It looks like that effort has … Continue reading

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April 3, 2015

The Best Way To Get Cancer

What would you like first: the good news or the bad news? Let me start with the bad. Life expectancy among patients in the U.S. with thyroid cancer lags behind that in Korea. In fact, the vast majority of patients … Continue reading

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March 24, 2015

The High Price of Affordable Medicine

In the old days, blockbuster drugs were moderately expensive pills taken by hundreds of thousands of patients. Think blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes pills. But today, many blockbusters are designed to target much less common diseases, illnesses like multiple sclerosis … Continue reading

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March 6, 2015

Understanding the Latino Patient with Cancer

by Beatriz Lorena Hurtado, Bioethics Program Alumna (MSBioethics 2014) As a Latina working in healthcare I have always felt the responsibility to provide education about my culture, and to clarify cultural differences and misconceptions. It is always surprising to witness how eliminating misconceptions eventually translates into an increase in patient satisfaction, and less apprehension about […]
February 17, 2015

When It Comes to Cancer Screening, Are We All Nuts?

In a recent Health Affairs article, David Asch and I wrote about how hard it can be to stop screening aggressively for things like breast and prostate cancer even when the evidence suggests we are doing more harm than good. … Continue reading

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Forfeited Health: Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "What's Wrong With Chemoprevention of Prostate Cancer?"

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

What's Wrong With Chemoprevention of Prostate Cancer?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 6 - Jun 2008

Waiting to be Born: The Ethical Implications of the Generation of NUBorn and NUAge Mice from Pre-Pubertal Ovarian Tissue

News (11)

January 29, 2014 3:25 pm

Antioxidants including vitamin E can promote lung cancer: study

Antioxidants do not protect against cancer in healthy people and may increase it or promote it in those who already do.

May 29, 2013 12:06 pm

Cancer risk gene testing announced

A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS.

May 2, 2013 4:13 pm

Cancers Share Gene Patterns, Studies Affirm

Scientists have discovered that the most dangerous cancer of the uterine lining closely resembles the worst ovarian and breast cancers.

March 28, 2013 4:49 pm

Unique study reveals genetic 'spelling mistakes' that increase the risk of common cancers

More than 80 genetic ‘spelling mistakes’ that can increase the risk of breast, prostate and ovarian cancer have been found in a large, international research study within the framework of the EU Network COGS.

February 27, 2013 5:38 pm

Breast cancer among young women increasing (L.A. Times)

The rate of advanced breast cancer for U.S. women 25 to 39 years old nearly doubled from 1976 to 2009, a difference too great to be a matter of chance, a study finds.

January 9, 2013 2:38 pm

DNA pioneer James Watson takes aim at "cancer establishments" (Reuters)

A day after an exhaustive national report on cancer found the United States is making only slow progress against the disease, one of the country’s most iconic – and iconoclastic – scientists weighed in on “the war against cancer.” And he does not like what he sees.

September 20, 2012 8:42 pm

N.C. Woman With Stage 4 Cancer Fights Foreclosure (ABC News)

When Kirk Davis of Mount Holly, N.C., describes his wife’s cancer and subsequent treatment, he never says it was “her” diagnosis or chemo. He says “we were diagnosed with breast cancer” on June 2, 2008.  The diagnosis, which was followed by medical bills and both having to take pay cuts, led to the Davis’ struggle to save their home from a scheduled foreclosure in December.  Cindi Davis, 50, had to resign from her job as a school teacher to go on long-term disability. She said she has stage four cancer, now that it has spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and liver.


July 23, 2012 12:16 pm

2 California neurosurgeons banned from human research (Sacramento Bee)

The actions described by two prominent bioethicists as “astonishing,” and a “major penalty” for the school threaten both the doctors’ professional careers and the university’s reputation and federal-funding status.  “This is really distressing” said Patricia Backlar, an Oregon bioethicist who served on President Bill Clinton’s national bioethics advisory commission.  “UC Davis is a very respectable school, but even the best places have trouble,” Backlar said. “These men have put that school in jeopardy.”

July 11, 2012 6:53 pm

Woman files lawsuit charging transplanted organ was cancerous (Chicago Sun-Times)

It was supposed to be a life-changing organ transplant.  But the pancreas given to patient Rashia Wimley at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the summer of 2008 was cancerous, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges.  Now Wimley, 39, says she’s been diagnosed with cancer as a result.  Her lawsuit alleges the doctor who performed the transplant, the University of Chicago and the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network all acted carelessly and negligently by giving her the diseased organ.

July 10, 2012 12:30 pm

Bioethicist complains that the rich are getting breakthrough cancer treatments first (Reason by Ronald Bailey)

Ethicists ask whether those with money and connections should have options far out of reach for most patients before such treatments become a normal part of medicine. And will people of more limited means be tempted to bankrupt their families in pursuit of a cure at the far edges?

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