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One of my colleagues at work stopped me in the hall right before Christmas break to tell me about her daughter’s breast cancer recurrence. Her 34 year-old daughter is trying to decide what treatment option to take. H er daughter had worked for the oncologist for ten years before starting a new job.
“She’s told the doctor he just needs to think of her as a patient he’s never known before. He’s too close. He keeps changing his mind about what to do,” said my colleague. “My daughter needs a plan, not all this uncertainty.”
This story reminded me of another friend whose surgeon knew her personally. He was sure he “got it all,” and on the strength of his certainty and her trust in his friendship, she never consulted an oncologist. I don’t know what an oncologist would have recommended—very likely the same course she took. But she did have a metastasis that eventually kille...
Scientists around the world are looking for the best way to treat chronic pain patients. But finding evidence that supports the best practice model isn't always easy. In this article, researchers from the Netherlands ask the question, Are we measuring what we need to measure? Many quality studies with high levels of evidence don't provide guidance for real life situations. Patients may be given one type of treatment for the duration of the study. If the symptoms get worse or they aren't helped, they must still finish out the study. In clinical practice, changes are made right away in treatment based on patient needs, wants, and individual characteristics. Sometimes research results reported depend on how the study was conducted. How the data was collected, measured, and analyzed can make a difference. It's not uncommon for different approaches to yield different results for the same group. How do we know which interpretation is correct? Because of these problems and other research dilemm...
Q. I felt a lump under my arm, in the area of my armpit, not in my breast. So that means I don’t have to worry about breast cancer, right? A. Wrong. Your breasts don’t begin and end right there front and center on your chest; breast tissue can actually stretch up under the arm. In addition, there are a number of lymph nodes in your armpits that, when swollen, are a sign your body is fighting an infection… or cancer. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Dimpled Skin Next Breast Cancer Symptom: Swelling and Hot Sensation
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