An oncologist pens an essay about his 10-year-old son who died in March 2021 from diffuse midline glioma, providing a glimpse into his own extreme truths about the burden he carries in treating cancer patients.
“MB” is a frail, wheelchair-ridden, nearly blind, and mostly deaf woman living with early dementia and neglected lung cancer. What this oncologist thought MB wanted and needed was a lot different than what MB actually wanted and needed after discussing various options with her and talking to her family on numerous occasions. A humbling, honest […]
The Journal of Clinical Oncology has a heartfelt account of one family’s struggle to access medical records after the death of a child from a brain tumor. Closing down online access to medical records is a common practice at hospitals and healthcare clinics following the death of a patient, often to the pain of family […]
A discussion between an oncologist and a patient, Evelyn, a transgender woman with prostate cancer who was able to change the doctor’s binary view of gender thanks to a candid conversation and the help from a dozen eggs – brown and blue.
An oncologist reflects on his last decade as a physician and what he’s learning through the art of oncology — the daily practice that is outside the latest data and is often not explicitly taught in fellowship — that has become ever more important and gratifying. Age, a changing work environment, a pandemic and telemedicine, […]