At a recent meeting I met Michael P. Link, MD, the current President of ASCO (the American Society of Clinical Oncology) and a professor of Pediatric Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Our conversation nurtured my hope.
Many patients struggle with uncertainty about what's happening now, what will happen in the future, and what they should do. Having dealt with illness-related uncertainty on both sides of the stethoscope, I've developed an approach that has helped me deal with my heightened sense of uncertainty in healing ways.
My recent posts have discussed some of the difficulties of modern medical decision-making in the context of PSA testing for prostate cancer. A new book by Harvard oncologist Jerome Groopman and Harvard endocrinologist Pamela Hartzband offers help to Healthy Survivors: Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You.
Yesterday's post highlighted the controversy about screening healthy men for prostate cancer using the PSA test. The media does the public a disservice by claiming such testing does not save lives. It does. The issue is: at what price?