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Entries from December 2006

Farewell 2006 (and don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!)

December 31st, 2006 · 2 Comments

As I’ve been scootering around town (more about this soon) on a truly beautiful, crisp winter day here in Boston, I’ve been thinking about what, if anything, to write as the final post for 2006.
I can’t say that it has been an easy year. It has been interesting, challenging, and at times, […]

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Tags: Rant

Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:19 is up

December 30th, 2006 · No Comments

PGR 1:19 is up at Breath Spa for Kids. Shinga did, as usual, another fine job, especially when one considered that she did one two weeks ago. The next issue will be hosted at Parenting Solved. Submissions should be sent to pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Bryan Vartabedian.
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Tags: Blogging · Pediatrics

Cancer Slang

December 30th, 2006 · 26 Comments

I could probably write page after page on just the linguistics of oncology. I’ve realized, after a few years at this, that how I speak (word choice, tone, etc.) is often as important as what I say. I’ve also noticed that parents devise their own ‘cancer slang’ as much as physicians do. […]

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Tags: Cancer · Language · Oncology · Pharmacology

The Most Difficult Conversation

December 27th, 2006 · 30 Comments

Apparently, I’m not the only one pondering death and dying during the holiday season. Dr. Pauline Chen is a surgeon and author who published a thought-provoking op-ed piece in the New York Times a day or so ago entitled, ‘The Most-Avoided Conversation in Medicine’. In it, she discusses her difficulties in talking […]

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Tags: Cancer

Prices Drop, Stomachs Roll

December 26th, 2006 · 9 Comments

One of the prescriptions that I write for the most is not a chemotherapy drug. It’s for Vitamin Z. Zofran (ondansetron). It’s a staple of our trade. It is for oncologists what Lasix (furosemide) is for cardiologists, and what Flonase (fluticasone) is for allergists. We give it out […]

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Tags: FDA · Oncology · Pharmacology


December 26th, 2006 · 2 Comments

One of the few easy questions that neuro-oncologists get asked by patients (or parents of patients) at the time of diagnosis is, “Was there something in my genes that caused this? Is it hereditary?”. I think that it is fascinating to ponder the reasons why people ask this question, and whether or […]

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Tags: Cancer · Science

OK. That was a little grim. Let’s try this …

December 25th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Ok. James Brown’s death has been covered by pretty much every media outlet. And I’ll admit, this fixation on death around the holidays may be a little grim.
So to lighten things up, and given that it is still technically Christmas, I offer this public service message from the National Health Service (UK). […]

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Tags: Humor


December 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Good grief. When I wrote before that the holidays were tough, I didn’t think that they could get this bad. The king is dead. Long live the king.

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Tags: Music

Follow-up …

December 19th, 2006 · 1 Comment

A little over 4 months ago I was very lucky to be able to ride in the 2006 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a two-day, 192-mile ride across Massachusetts which raised $26 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I rode on behalf of my patients, and the support that I received was truly amazing. I managed […]

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Tags: Fundraising

Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:18

December 19th, 2006 · 9 Comments

(Virginia Beach, VA) Well, first, please accept my apology for the 48 hours delay. My best laid plans often go awry, and they did this weekend. I was hoping to get this up on Saturday night, but in order to get out of town on Sunday I needed to pull a nearly all-nighter […]

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Tags: Blogging · Pediatrics

When to cry.

December 16th, 2006 · 15 Comments

So before I launch into a rambling diatribe, let me please remind everyone that submissions for the upcoming Pediatric Grand Rounds should be sent to me soon. I’m leaving on a well-deserved vacation on December 17th, and so Grand Rounds will be up (I hope) late on the 16th.
Now, where should I […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology


December 6th, 2006 · 8 Comments

Well, looking at the date of my last entry, it seems that I’ve been away for quite a while. A couple of months, in fact. Time flies while you’re working. Believe it or not, I’ve spent a great deal of the past two months writing my little heart out, which meant that […]

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Tags: Blogging