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Grab your tissues. This is what Pulitzer Prizes are for.

April 18th, 2007 · 41 Comments

It’s coming up on 3 years for me as a pediatric oncology fellow. As I’ve discussed earlier in this blog, it take an increasing amount to generate an overt emotional response. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is due to the fact that my emotional range has been severely re-calibrated as a […]

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Tags: Cancer · Fundraising · Oncology · Pediatrics

Our Version of Boldface Names

February 17th, 2007 · 5 Comments

There used to be a gossip column in the New York Times. Well, something akin to a gossip column, and thankfully nothing like Page Six in the New York Post. But during its time, Boldface Names was an old-fashioned seen-around-town listing of non-entertainment big names. In what will likely be my only-even […]

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Tags: Boston · Cancer

When you care enough to send the very best …

February 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments

I was driving back from my overnight moonlighting gig this morning … well, driving may not be the best word choice. I was inching my way down Route 1 in the middle of morning rush hour traffic, with my trusty coffee at my side and WBUR on the radio, and exercising my extraocular muscles […]

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Tags: Cancer · Rant

Non-fumeur, SVP.

February 1st, 2007 · 6 Comments

Shinga must be thrilled at same story that I heard on the BBC today: Februay 1 marks the implementation of a (partial) indoor smoking ban in France:
For this is a typical French paradox - smoking in public places such as airports, railway stations, hospitals, offices and schools is now forbidden.
But restaurants, cafes, casinos and bars have until […]

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Tags: Cancer

Save the National Cancer Institute from You-Know-Who

January 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Remember how last year how the do-nothing, Republican-controlled Congress failed to approve any of the 2007 budgets?
Well, the current Congress has its work cut out for it, and unless there is significant public outry (or some other miracle), the President’s proposed cuts to the National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute budgets could cause […]

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Tags: Cancer · Politics

So Much | So Fast

January 22nd, 2007 · 7 Comments

I now have to stop talking about poop GI matters for a while since Adam is going to give the impression that I have an obsession of some sort with the stuff.
Instead of spending time in the laboratory tonight (for which I’m feeling tremendously guilty), I ambled down to my favorite moviehouse, the Coolidge Corner […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Science · Technology

A shared loss

January 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This weblog has afforded me a number of truly remarkable opportunities, most notably the remarkable personalities that I’ve met. About a year ago, I came across a blog entitled Geezers United: The Persistent Online Presence of Tom Lunt via, I believe, a MetaFilter link. The post that had gotten so much attention had […]

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Tags: Blogging · Cancer


January 3rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

I am never on time in clinic. Never.
I try - oh, believe me - I really, really try. I’ve tried preparing all of my orders and prescriptions the night before. I’ve tried showing up an hour early to make sure that I walk into the exam room at the exact […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Rant

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


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

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

A few more thoughts …

September 19th, 2006 · No Comments

It’s Tuesday.  Well, at least it was Tuesday at some point today.  Being on-call does tend to disconnect one from the clock.  And the weather for that matter (when did it start raining tonight?).
As I was saying - it’s Tuesday, which means that the NY Times has the usual cornucopia of healthcare-related stories for me […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Pediatrics

Award Night …

September 19th, 2006 · 6 Comments

It’s been a big month for awards in science and medicine.  The 2006 Albert Lasker Awards and the 2006 MacArthur Foundation Awards were recently announced.  The Lasker awards go to “… celebrated scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and even cure of many of the […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Science

A loss in the leukemia world …

March 18th, 2006 · 1 Comment

From time to time, particularly when I’m on-call like tonight (yes, I’m on call again for bone marrow transplant), I surf some of my favorite little corners of the internet. One of the more morbid corners that I typical go to is the obituary section of the NY Times. I can’t explain it. […]

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Tags: Cancer · Pharmacology · Rant · Science