Posts Tagged ‘cancer information’

Cancer Online: How Much Information is Too Much?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Our computersThis is sort of a tricky topic, but it really needs to be addressed:

On the one hand, it is very helpful for patients to learn what they can about their condition, to be active participants in their own care. And Web-based access to information has made this do-able in a way never before possible.

On the other hand, it is very important for patients to understand pitfalls that await them out there when they look up the myriad pertinent facts relating to their diagnosis. It is vital for patients and family members to realize that not everything they read is accurate, or properly presented in context. (more…)

Statins and Cancer: Cancer Lowers Cholesterol

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

StatinsEvery time I see a patient, and on every visit, I review their current medication list. This process has recently been mandated by Medicare, but most doctors like myself have been doing it all along — without a mandate — because it is just good practice.

What I often find are medications given to patients for the purpose of prevention. And the most notable of these are the “statin” drugs, i.e. drugs that claim to lower cholesterol. (more…)

Doctor, I Want a Cancer Scan: Trusting Your Doctor

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

PET scanBy Dr. Stephen Iacoboni |

It seems more and more often I have patients who come in and insist on getting some special scan ordered for them. Their rationale invariably consists of either, “I have a friend whose uncle is getting lots of scans for his cancer,” or “How do we know if my cancer is really gone if we don’t get another scan…?”

Believe me, I am very sympathetic to the sentiment behind each of these concerns. But what’s most important is to address the root causes of these concerns with education and mentoring — a far better approach than needlessly spending thousands of healthcare dollars of no medical value. (more…)