Blog Posts (10)
October 26, 2013
[The Atlantic Wire] The Bowery Bum has long been a symbol of urban dissolution: a 1931″composite profile” in The New Yorker titled, aptly enough, “Bowery Bum,” noted of its subject, John McGoorty, “The extent of his drin...
February 28, 2013
[The Guardian] People in the area worst affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident two years ago have a higher risk of developing certain cancers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.
A 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on M...
January 15, 2013
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Among the greatest failures in American public health—and the list is a long one—is the rise in the incidence of cervical cancer.…
February 10, 2012
A recent study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine found that therapeutic misconception is alive and well in Phase I cancer research.…
October 19, 2011
Public health experts are arguing to enlist an unlikely set of professionals in the fight against and early detection of skin cancer.…
August 11, 2011
When a reproductive oncologist in our clinical ethics certificate program did a presentation on drug shortages in oncology last month, I thought perhaps this was just a highly specialized problem.…
June 6, 2011
It is striking the juxtaposition of the two major headlines today regarding cancer treatment:
“Cancer costs put treatments out of reach for many”
“Drug to treat breast cancer may help prevent it“.…
April 17, 2009
If you want to know, read the L.A. Times Booster Shots post which recounts Rosie Mestel’s recent experience volunteering for a cancer epidemiology study.…
October 29, 2008
News reports say that researchers from the John Innes Center in the UK have grown a potentially cancer-preventing tomato. These tomatoes genetically altered to grow with the dark purple pigment anthocyanin are hoped to either prevent or reduce the effects of a number of chronic diseases including cancer.…
September 22, 2008
Seen Robert Shapiro hawking LegalZoom.com? Well, according to the WSJ Health Blog on Thursday, soon the same kind of templates used to give you a quickie will or corporation could give you a cancer clinical trial.…
May 29, 2013 12:06 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
May 1, 2012 11:05 am
Doctors who become ill have written about the emotional whiplash of the experience so often that the “had I but known” theme has grown a little old. Two new books bring some welcome variation: Many other professionals spend their workdays focused on the body, and even those who don’t actually perform hands-on care may find precious assumptions demolished by serious illness.