Category Archives: patient/doctor communication

Cancer and living

“What to say when you meet the angel of death at a party – after years of living with stage IV cancer, I have some suggestions” – great article by Kate Bowler, The New York Times, 26 January 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/opinion/sunday/cancer-what-to-say.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-regionContinue reading

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‘Flu vaccines

Public Health England has warned that the trivalent flu vaccine, most commonly administered in general practice, won’t protect against the influenza B strain predominantly circulating. Jacqui Wise, BMJ, 5 January 2018. BMJ 2018;360:k78 http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k78?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign_name=20180119&utm_source=etoc_weekly (Some vaccines cost more than others.  … Continue reading

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The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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Diagnostic shades of grey

How many patients (and doctors) are unaware of the range of variability in diagnoses that can derive from the same pathology sample? How much accepted ‘certainty’ is, in fact, ‘uncertain’? Read on, and you may never want to accept a … Continue reading

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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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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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