FAQs About Cancer

Palliative What?

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From the Grace Archives | Originally Published January 4, 2010 | By Dr Harman | 5 Comments

What is palliative care? I get this question at least once a day, not only from patients and families but also from other clinicians. While many GRACE members are familiar with palliative care, there still exists a lot of confusion out there about what palliative care exactly is. To be honest, back when I started medical school, I didn’t know what it was myself.

Part 1: Lung Cancer Isn’t Your Fault, Even If You Smoked

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From the Grace Archives | Originally Published November 12, 2014 | By Dr. Weiss

Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer; 85% of lung cancer patients have smoked at some point in their lives (or, stated another way, 15% of lung cancer patients have never smoked).  While quitting smoking certainly decreases the risk of getting lung cancer, more than half of lung cancer happens in people who have quit. 

Part 2: Lung Cancer Isn’t Your Fault, Even If You Smoked

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From the Grace Archives | Originally Published November 13, 2014 | By Dr. Weiss 

Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer – 85% of lung cancer patients have smoked at some point in their lives (or, stated another way, 15% of lung cancer patients have never smoked).  While quitting smoking certainly decreases the risk of getting lung cancer, more than half of lung cancer happens in people who have quit.  

Reason #3 to not blame the lung cancer patient:

“Hail Mary” Plays in Cancer Care: Hope, False Hope, Finance, and Futility

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From the Grace Archives | Originally Published July 30, 2011 | By Dr West 

Our weekly thoracic tumor board, a multidisciplinary meeting with multiple specialists in thoracic oncology all converging together to discuss management possibilities for challenging cases, has long been a highlight of my experience at my institution. I really enjoy working with my colleagues, and we have good discussions that sometimes reach a clear consensus but are always thought-provoking.

How to Vet a Treatment Idea

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From the GRACE Archives - Originally Published November 21, 2009 | By Dr. Weiss

I’ve been impressed by many things about GRACE and its members. Among these many things are the thirst for new information and better treatments. I also admire the openness of the members both to new ideas, and to questioning these ideas.