Posted on July 11, 2016 by #LCSM Chat
The Many Faces of PD: Should We Consider Progression in a More Nuanced Way? Historically, cancer treatments have been graded in large part by the “response rate” they produce, the reflection of the proportion of patients whose cancers demonstrate significant tumor shrinkage on imaging scans. While stable disease, which at least reflects no disease growth, is considered a reasonable, relative victory compared to evidence of the cancer growing, we consider a treatment as failing when the cancer grows. At the same time, in patients who are being monitored off of therapy, evidence… Read More
Posted on March 9, 2015 by Gray Connections
Cancer patients and their caregivers come to patient communities (whether online or in real life) for reasons such as seeking support, finding hope, and learning about their disease. Eventually some become a source of support, hope and information through their activities. These patients and caregivers sometimes express a desire to reach out to other patients and caregivers, to give back in appreciation for the help they received with their cancer experience. This may take the form of blogging, participating in fundraisers, volunteering for advocacy projects, or other activities. But sometimes those who… Read More
Posted on February 26, 2014 by #LCSM Chat
The focus for the next #LCSM Chat at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific) on Thursday, February 27, 2014 will be “What do cancer patients want from their doctors and online support groups?” The moderator will be Dr. Jack West. Online cancer support groups can provide a wealth of information and understanding for cancer patients, caregivers, and family members. Many in online forums find expertise and credibility among others who have traveled down the same road. “Expert patients” in these forums can provide an understanding and hope that even the best doctor can’t offer, because… Read More
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