Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
In my last post, I introduced the Choosing Wisely™ campaign, an effort by clinicians to avoid overuse or inappropriate use of tests and therapies. Obviously, a successful campaign would save lots of money. But the campaign is motivated by a higher goal that reflects the mission of Healthy Survivorship.
Having received my board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), I am proud of their "Choosing Wisely Campaign," an effort to address spiraling healthcare costs and overuse of tests and treatments.
While attending a conference or event for some cause other than cancer survivorship, I invariably hear insights and stories that clarify and/or reinforce messages about Healthy Survivorship. Yesterday was no different.
Lymphoma survivor Jen Singer, journalist and parent, just launched a new website -- parentingwithcancer.com -- to provide guidance and support to moms and dads facing the twin challenges of cancer and kids.
Last month, Canadian singer-songwriter Drew Seeley released a new song. What makes it extra special is that he wrote and performed it for a young girl, Brooke, a patient of oncologist David Mark Loeb, MD-PhD. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this single go to the pediatric cancer research unit at Johns Hopkins.
Any good clinician considers his or her patients' emotions as an important element affecting the evaluation of these patients' medical problems, sharing of test results and outlining of recommended plans of action.