“Fashioning Cancer”: I didn’t know how not to share this . . .

A collection of ball gowns from the "Fashioning Cancer" collection at the University of British Columbia Photo by Tim Matheson For an unusual look at cancer from the outside in, see this strangely fascinating story and slideshow about the "Fashioning Cancer" project at the University of British Columbia: UBC Media Release, March 12, 2014: "‘Fashioning… Continue reading “Fashioning Cancer”: I didn’t know how not to share this . . .

Health Benefits of Yogurt

While my assistant, Little Miss Muffet, is helping me restructure ThePatientPath, she needs to keep up her strength. For this she frequently turns to curds and whey,* although my preference is plain vanilla yogurt. (I say this with apologies to the plant—and to the Aztecs—for using the word “plain” to describe vanilla: it does, after all,… Continue reading Health Benefits of Yogurt

My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: More Information on Blood Cancers

Every 4 minutes, someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer; approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies from it. Nearly 150,000 new cases are expected this year. In the April 19, 2014 post, I wrote a brief remembrance of my childhood friend, Sandee, who died of leukemia in 2010 just before her 58th birthday.… Continue reading My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: More Information on Blood Cancers

Words You Need to Know for Easter Sunday–the Day before “Maundy”?

da Vinci’s Last Supper Check out this interesting, informative, and fun site for a discussion of some words about Easter: INTERESTING LITERATURE. But they left out "maundy," a word that came up in my writing group yesterday when one member recalled her father confusingly referring to the day before Good Friday as "Mondy-Thursdy," as it sounded to… Continue reading Words You Need to Know for Easter Sunday–the Day before “Maundy”?

My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Remembering Her at Passover

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.... – Mitch Kline I wrote about Sandee, who died three-and-a-half years ago of leukemia, on what would have been her 61st birthday (see the 12/6/13 post). This post comes from her husband,… Continue reading My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Remembering Her at Passover

In the News: Morcellation in Uterine Surgery

Photo: Five Things to Know About Morcellation - Wall Street Journal, 4/11/14 DEAR READERS: You may be hearing in today's news about the efforts to reduce the use of morcellation during uterine surgery. Links to major sources of information appear below. We will be discussing this topic in more detail in an upcoming post. In the meantime, please submit your… Continue reading In the News: Morcellation in Uterine Surgery

Feeling Grounded When Your World Is Shaking

"...have a secure foothold when facing unexpected troubles." By coincidence—or not—my book group is reading a 2001 novel by Swedish crime/thriller author Henning Mankell, who wrote the "Wallander" series of books that were the basis for the TV series shown on PBS starring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander. However, this book, The Shadow Girls (released in… Continue reading Feeling Grounded When Your World Is Shaking

Do you always have to do what the doctor says? Part 1: When the answer is YES

Balanced decisions require weighing all factors. Don't get caught with your scales tipped. The answer is YES if you are getting radiation therapy for uterine (endometrial) cancer, breast cancer, or any other cancer. Once you make the decision to undergo this treatment, don't give up partway through—persevere until you have received the full dose. See the… Continue reading Do you always have to do what the doctor says? Part 1: When the answer is YES