Category Archives: Cancer

Work and life

Peter Bach, an oncologist at Sloan-Kettering whose wife is undergoing radiation for breast cancer, describes what it’s like to be back at work. It was my first time seeing patients since my wife’s diagnosis. I had developed a deep anxiety … Continue reading

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The Brave and Few at Fukushima

Each hour, the urgency of headlines from Japan heightens. All but fifty workers have evacuated the nuclear plant, where pools covering spent fuel rods evaporate and threaten renewed fission.  Without names or faces, these fifty heroes are protecting an island … Continue reading

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The Other Batman

Daniel Kish was blind from retinoblastoma before the age of two. Today, he uses echolocation to read his surroundings. I accompanied Kish on several occasions as he cruised the busy streets of Long Beach. The outside world is an absolute … Continue reading

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“When the Doctor’s Wife has Cancer”

Dr. Peter Bach, an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, details a personal account of his wife’s diagnosis with cancer and learning to experience medicine all over again – from a patient’s perspective. “Oh, Ruth, I think this is … Continue reading

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What is it Lassie?

Whoever thought that the greatest accuracy in cancer diagnostics would come with four legs and a tail? NPR’s Health Blog reports on the latest study of canines who can detect cancer in breath, fluid, and tissue specimens from patients – … Continue reading

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