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The Spectrum of Cancer Progression (50 Shades of Progression)


Here’s a general summary of a thoughtful approach to how we might assess progression of disease, recognizing that it isn’t just a simple matter of a “yes/no” question of progression or not.  

And for those who want the pdf to print, here it is: 50 Shades of Cancer Progression

Feel free to leave questions. comments, objections, etc. here.I hope it’s helpful.



How a Cancer Adapts: Key Clinical Implications from the Evolution of an Advanced Cancer


Key Clinical Implications of how a Cancer Evolves from H. Jack West

The associated, printable pdf is here.

Dr. Larry Einhorn: What is Your Opinion of Patients and Caregivers Searching the Internet for Information?


Dr. Larry Einhorn, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Indiana Univ and former ASCO president, discusses the trend of patients consulting Dr.Google – finding information of varied quality on the internet.


Dr. Larry Einhorn: Are You Optimistic That a Supercomputer Such as Watson Will Be Able To Improve Cancer Care?


Dr. Larry Einhorn, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Indiana Univ and former ASCO president, gives his view on whether a supercomputer such as Watson will be able to use complex algorithms to improve cancer care.

Orienting to the Roles of the Players on Your Cancer Care Team


There are many overwhelming aspects to a new diagnosis of cancer, and one of the key ones is the range of health care professionals involved in cancer care.  On the plus side, it’s helpful that cancer now typically involves a team of people with complementary roles and skills, but it can be hard to keep track of who does what.  Here’s a link to a post I did for LUNGevity at their request, describing the roles of the most common players on the team of professionals working with a patient being diagnosed with lung cancer.

The cast of characters is pretty similar for other cancer types as well, except that someone like a gastroenterologist replaces the role of the pulmonologist for someone with a suspected colon cancer, a urologist (a surgical specialist in the genitourinary system) replaces the thoracic surgeon for someone with a suspected bladder cancer, etc.  But the general rule always applies that especially for a role like a surgeon or radiation oncologist, where technique is a critical element, outcomes tend to be best for those who are more specialized and experienced.

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