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.
Now let's look at the players who influenced the FDA's decision to revoke approval of Avastin for breast cancer. The complex process requires a book-length manuscript to fully explain. Rather than abandon my effort, here are the bare bones:
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?
One of the purposes for this blog is to bring attention to high-quality resources to help educate and empower Healthy Survivors.Today I'm shining the spotlight on CURE. Not only is this a superb magazine for cancer survivors and their caregivers, it is also free.
Patients are not Healthy Survivors if they believe the promises of charlatans. What about patients who receive treatment from of team of professionals at a major university in a clinical trial that turns out to be based on wrong information?
Regular readers of this blog know if I review a book, I'm going to recommend it. Today's post is no different. Thumbs up for Promise Me by founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nancy G. Brinker, with best-selling author Joni Rodgers.
Patients wanting to learn about their illness used to search high and low for a few drops of patient-centered information. The dilemma for modern patients has become how to sort through the flood of information available on the Internet.
But then he explains that the new drug -- ipilimumab -- improves life expectancy from 6 months to 10 months. And it works well in only 20-30% of patients, the other 70-80% of patients showing no benefit at all. And it carries serious side effects, such as colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.