Can Lung Cancer Be Over-treated? – September 5

By Dr. H. Jack West The concept of “over-treatment” of lung cancer may sound heretical to some here, as it is unquestionably a fearsome cancer. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize that cancers can range from quite indolent to virulently aggressive and that some forms may be so minimally threatening that treatment may be worse than the disease.  We’ve certainly recognized this about several other cancers, like prostate cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which medical students are taught are diseases that most people “die with but not of” because they typically follow a natural history… Read More

Costs of Cancer Drugs Chat – August 22

By Dr. H. Jack West For our upcoming lung cancer tweetchat (hashtag #lcsm) on Thursday, August 22nd at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific, we’re going to be covering the important topic of costs of cancer drugs and procedures, how that’s affecting patient care, whether pricing is fair, and whether there is a sense of value in the drugs and treatments being offered. The first question we’ll cover is whether the rising costs of cancer drugs and procedures is affecting patients, and if so, how? I have my own perspective, but are… Read More