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 a few clinical situations, patients with a potentially curable low-risk cancer have the treatment option of active surveillance. What is active surveillance and what are the challenges of pursuing that option?
To shorten patients' wait, why don't nurses relay scan results to patients? Given that I desperately want to minimize the time patients wait for results, here are reasons why I think that is not the answer.