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Dr West


Dr. West attended Princeton University before heading to the University of Cambridge on a Fulbright Scholarship. He then returned to the US to attend Harvard Medical School, where he was honored as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. He did his internship and residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston before moving to Seattle for his specialty training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington, where he served on faculty after completing his fellowship in medical oncology. Since that time, he has fused his commitment to patient care at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, focusing on thoracic and genitourinary oncology with a commitment to clinical research as well as entrepreneurial ventures. While overseeing a cancer clinic that draws patients from all over the world, he offers a wide array of clinical trials and leads several, including serving as Principal Investigator of several phase II national trials with the Southwest Oncology Group. He has emerged as a very rare oncologist based in a private practice setting yet remains a nationally to internationally recognized expert, thought leader, speaker and writer. Dr. West has also pioneered many new ventures that exercise his interests in social media, new educational platforms, and even marketing. He founded Go West Health Care Consulting in 2004, which has flourished into a very successful company that enabled him to pursue roles in developing of a wide range of oncology products, lead dozens of pharmaceutical advisory boards, speak and write for professional and patient oriented audiences, help in developing educational and marketing materials, serve as a medical director for a CME company, and even work as the dedicated oncology consultant to a large marketing agency. He is widely recognized as an oncologist who understands the complex market forces from scientific background to commercial development strategies to current and future practical market forces within the oncology space – the only oncologist who has delivered a TEDx presentation and attends not only ASCO but TEDMED, South by SouthWest interactive, and the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference. Finally, recognizing that patients and caregivers are a remarkably underutilized resource and critical voice in medical decision-making, Dr. West developed OncTalk.com in 2006 as a mechanism to provide very timely, specialized free information about cancer directly to a global patient community. This effort transitioned to become the nonprofit Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) (www.cancerGRACE.org) in 2007, which has continued to grow rapidly, now integrating participation from many expert physicians and other health care specialists and reaching tens of thousands of people in over 130 countries each month. His efforts have provided expert content in a wide range of formats, including blog posts, audio and video podcasts, and an interactive discussion forum that have led to his being recognized as an international leader in the growing role of the educated patient as a means of shaping medical care and ultimately improving patient outcomes. “You are truly a Godsend -- I am thankful for the support and compassion you offer people throughout the world. I appreciate it more than words can convey.” —GRACE Member Linda P.
Dr West

Dr. Hy Muss on Breast Cancer in Older Women: Advanced/Metastatic Cancer and Importance of Functional Status

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Dr. Muss closes his presentation with a discussion of the importance of assessing functional status of older patients with breast cancer, as well as other cancers, in making recommendations for the optimal treatment approach.  Here he describes the potential value of more aggressive treatments, along with the need to be judicious in our recommendations in order to reduce the risk of patients developing prohibitive side effects from the therapy.

Below you’ll find the video and audio versions of the podcast along with the transcript and figures for this program.

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 4 Advanced BC and Functional Assessment Audio Podcast

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 4 Advanced BC and Functional Assessment Transcript

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 4 Advanced BC and Functional Assessment Figs

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Breast Cancer in Older Women: Surgery and Adjuvant Therapy, by Dr. Hy Muss

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Dr. Hy Muss, breast cancer expert with a special expertise in treatment of older patients with cancer, continues his presentation on breast cancer in older women with a discussion of the evolution of surgery recommendations in breast cancer, along with a wonderful discussion of how he approaches the benefit vs. risk discussion for post-operative (adjuvant) therapy.  I found myself thinking that his explanation was so helpful that I’d want to incorporate elements of his presentation into my own discussions of the complex issues around adjuvant therapy.

Here are the video and audio versions of the program, along with the associated transcript and figures.

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 3 Surgery and Adjuvant Rx Audio Podcast

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 3 Surgery and Adjuvant Rx Transcript

Muss BC in Older Women Pt 3 Surgery and Adjuvant Rx Figures

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Dr. Hy Muss on Breast Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Goals of Therapy in Older Women

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Here’s the second podcast from Dr. Hy Muss’s great presentation on breast cancer in older women. In this portion, he discusses considerations in prevention, the controversial role of breast cancer screening as women get older and may not benefit from further screening, and also defining the goals of therapy once breast cancer is diagnosed.

Here are the video and audio versions of the podcast, along with the associated transcript and figures.

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 2 Prevention, Screening, Goals of Rx Audio Podcast

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 2 Prevention, Screening, Goals of Rx Transcript

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 2 Prevention, Screening, Goals of Rx Figures

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Dr. Hy Muss on Breast Cancer in Older Women: Population Trends by Age

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Dr. Hy Muss, medical oncologist and Director of the Geriatric Oncology Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is both a renowned expert in breast cancer and among the world’s leading luminaries on the important topic of cancer care in older patients.  Though many times it’s young celebrities with breast or other cancer who gather the attention of the media, in truth cancer is a disease that still disproportionately affects older people.  Much of the cancer in the real world of our oncology clinics is elderly patients, who are also understudied in our research relative to their importance as a population.

Dr. Muss was kind enough to sit down with our own very excellent Dr. Jared Weiss, also at UNC-Chapel Hill, to do a slide-based presentation of the leading important points on breast cancer in older women. Here’s the first part of that presentation, including video and audio versions of the podcast, along with the associated transcript and figures.

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 1 Pop Trends by Age Audio Podcast

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 1 Pop Trends by Age Transcript

Muss Breast Ca in Older Women Pt 1 Pop Trends by Age Figures

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Kicking off GRACE’s Breast Cancer Section: Welcome, Dr. Cianfrocca

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I’m very pleased to introduce Dr. Mary Cianfrocca to lead the new GRACE effort in moving forward with offering helpful information and, hopefully, developing a warm and welcome new interactive online community in breast cancer that offers Q&A support for patients and caregivers.

headshot-8-2011-2 Dr. Mary Cianfrocca

Dr. Cianfrocca is a leader in the breast cancer who I’ve met and worked with over the last several meetings at a series of meetings on lung and breast cancer, where she has both spoken as a faculty expert and , very often, moderated the breast cancer portion of the program. After training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, she moved over to Northwestern University in Chicago for her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, then joined the faculty there in 1999, where she was an integral member of the Breast Cancer Program there before deciding that she and her husband had experienced about all of the winter they could handle. She recently moved down to the Phoenix area to serve as the Director of the Breast Cancer Program at the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ.

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