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The Power of Two

September 30, 2011

  When a doctor tells a patient they have cancer, they take great pains to explain the situation.  The better docs will use lay-language and talk about treatment plans and next steps.  More often than not, however, it is a wasted convers …



In Isolation

September 9, 2011

I have been thinking lately about how melanoma can isolate people.  Any life changing event does this to some degree.  Have a baby, win the lottery, lose a job, lose a parent.  It all can isolate. Even though we seldom walk these paths a …



An Epidemic?

September 2, 2011

The American Academy of Dermatology just had their summer meeting and one of the speakers, Dr. Darrell Rigel, grabbed my attention with some alarming comments. We have known for a while that melanoma rates are rising.  This trend is a real phenome …



One More Question

September 2, 2011

I have written a couple of times about questions patients ask when first diagnosed with cancer:  “Am I going to die?”  “How did this happen?” Another question I hear emerges later.  It comes after the diagnosis, t …



The Second Question

August 22, 2011

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they have a lot of questions.  The first question, as I mentioned recently, is this:  “Am I going to die?”  But another common question follows after that.  “How did this happ …