#LCSM Chat Topic 10/5: Lung Cancer Advocacy: How we can help ourselves

With November Lung Cancer Awareness Month #LCAM17 just around the corner, this is a good time to explore the many ways we can do advocacy work, whether for ourselves or on behalf of a loved one. In fact, this is the topic of this Thursday’s edition of #LCSM Chat at 5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern, moderated by Deana Hendrickson. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it. Topic Questions T1: Are there particular advocacy groups with whom you like to work? Which ones? Why? T2: Have you ever done… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 9/21: Patient-Clinician Communication in Cancer Care: Conflicting Ideals vs. Reality?

  Jack West, MD For the upcoming #LCSM tweet chat on 9/21 at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific, we’re going to focus on newly published guidelines for clinician-patient communication in cancer care, and we’ll have the added bonus of being joined for our chat by the lead author of these guidelines, Dr. Tim Gilligan from the Cleveland Clinic. By way of background, the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) just released a collection of guidelines for patient-physician communication, which is far reaching in describing clear goals for physicians and all clinicians… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 7/13: Balancing Connection to Others in the Cancer Community with the Risk of Loss

Jack West, MD My father, now a retired radiologist, provided the first characterization of medical oncologists I ever heard, describing them as “the coldest people I ever met.” Thankfully, I’ve had the opportunity to work with, and I hope become, a caring and empathetic medical oncologist, but I think his perception comes from the resignation many oncologists have historically felt when so many patients die despite our best efforts. Oncologists, cancer surgeons, and other health care professionals have long struggled with the hope of developing and maintaining a relationship with their patients… Read More