Author Archives: bmitzi

About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.

Breast cancer screening – DCIS and the COMET trial

Women diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) are usually offered lumpectomy or mastectomy as standard treatment, although DCIS is not usually recognised as an actual cancer, but rather cell changes which may or may not become cancerous in the … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines?’

When research shows breast cancer screening participants are more likely to experience more harms than benefits, why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines and recommend screening mammography? “There have been many explanations over the years for why physicians perform … Continue reading

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Insights from a doctor’s experience as a patient

A recent feature in the Medical Defence Union Journal offers insight into the doctor-patient relationship from a doctor-patient. ‘The overwhelming realisation was that despite being highly qualified, intelligent and driven professionals, we often forget the simple things. The fact that … Continue reading

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The evolving cancer drugs fund

‘The evolution of the cancer drug appraisal process: hosted by BMJ, this promotional campaign article by Roche includes ‘How will it work?’, ‘Implications for breast cancer’, and ‘consequences for HER2+ breast cancer – coming soon’. ‘…A new model was introduced … Continue reading

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Breast screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8. Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work? In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche … Continue reading

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A Valentine contribution for the Creative Writing Group

February 14 ‘Thanks’, I say. ‘How sweet! – Cadbury’s Milk Tray’. The annual, unimaginative, unwanted treat. You: ‘It’s nothing.’ True! But you think it will do… When we were 6 and fell in love, you promised a jewel in exchange … Continue reading

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Breast cancer – intrabeam use recommended by NICE

After a 3 year delay, NICE has recommended controlled intrabeam radiotherapy use for breast cancer. Apparently, “There are many advantages for the patient, including immediate delivery of the radiotherapy at the time of surgery and under the same anaesthesia.” Arnie … Continue reading

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