Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

Is the benefit of the benefit of detecting tumor markers overestimated?

Post cancer treatment surveillance

Many patients place too high a value on the effectiveness of tumor markers in demonstrating their posttreatment status. Even after offering a detailed explanation of the true worth of these tests, the author’s patient still wants to know, “Are you going to order my tumor markers?”
Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Effective weight management can enhance cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes, and reduce incidence of recurrence and mortality. As with encouraging smoking cessation, oncologists should talk to patients about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Who called this code?

Who called this code?

Have you ever felt the lasting effect of overhearing an offhand criticism about a clinical decision you made? This nurse reminds her colleagues that they need to advocate for their care as well as their patients.
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