Kristy’s Scholarship Story

I have always known that I wanted to do something to help people, although it took me a while to figure out what that meant. When I was younger, I always thought I would be a veterinarian. I then shifted my focus to helping people as I grew older. When I was sixteen, my mother was… Continue reading

Paddleton: Being There is Everything

“I’M the dying guy!” Mark Duplass’ character screams at his best friend, played by Ray Romano. “I’m the OTHER guy!” Romano’s character screams back. Paddleton, a low-budget independent movie about a middle-aged loner facing down a terminal cancer diagnosis with his upstairs neighbor, debuted on Netflix on February 22nd, 2019. While most such movies focus… Continue reading

Getting the most advanced cancer treatment to patients requires that cancer doctors do two things:  support the process that develops these treatments, and give their patients access to these trial-phase treatments. However, only one in five U.S. oncologists participates in the NCORP – the National Cancer Institute’s pipeline that delivers clinical trials from the academic centers to… Continue reading

Less Chemo for Breast Cancer?

Nobody likes chemotherapy: not patients, and not oncologists. We’d all rather avoid it if we can – and now we’ve identified another group of women who can safely do without it.   Some early-stage breast cancers can spread throughout the body before the tumor is removed surgically– even before the cancer is diagnosed. Those small, spreading cells (called micrometastases) aren’t detectable by current technology. But micrometastases can seed… Continue reading

What is Convenient Cancer Care?

Our patients want and deserve convenience, but what is convenient? I thought about this recently while evaluating a hospital patient. She’d been diagnosed recently and so wanted a plan NOW that she’d driven two hours for an earlier appointment. She’d wrestled with all the associated questions – Where do I go? Who’ll drive me there?… Continue reading

Caregivers: Put on Your Own Mask First

You know those safety demonstrations at the beginning of a flight, where they go through the plane’s safety features? Remember what they always say about the oxygen masks? “If you’re with someone that needs assistance, always put on your own mask first.” You’re thinking that’s selfish maybe, but it’s critical advice – and not just… Continue reading

Clinical Trial Award

Getting the most advanced cancer treatment to patients requires that cancer doctors do two things: support the process that develops these treatments, and give their patients access to these trial-phase treatments.… Continue reading

Remembering Becky

I first got to know Becky through my wife, since she worked with Becky’s fiancée. They had bonded over a shared love of professional hockey, something that is not common in Wisconsin. We’d invited them to our home for a game between our two clubs in late 2006 – but it became the night everything… Continue reading

The Puppy

12 years ago the sweetest 3 year old girl gave my mom her favorite puppy. She told mom that when she feels bad, it always makes her feel better.  For the next 2 months that puppy was always within arms reach, and I truly believe it did make her feel better when many of the… Continue reading

Don’t Forget Uterine Cancer (even in pink October) 

Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer type in women – not that you’d know it from the (nonexistent) press coverage. Almost 3% of women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer at some point during their lifetime.  It’s also called endometrial cancer since it usually starts in the inner lining of the uterus (called the endometrium). Most cases occur in women aged 45-74 and… Continue reading