Yet another good read at New Yorker subject cancer treatment and research

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BillyBob@388
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I didn't think this article was such a "good read" (a bit over-dramatized; final sentence, while catchy, was a good example), but I love the New Yorker's comics.

BillyBob, you made no comment. Why did you think it was a "good read?"

DeVita's 2015 book, "The Death of Cancer," was received luke-warmly. He (medical oncologist) has a take-no-prisoners approach to treatment...and having read books like Gawande's "Being Mortal," and having lived the experience of being a dying cancer patient's primary caregiver, I don't blindly believe such an approach is always best for the patient.

DeVita was diagnosed, BTW, with an advanced case of PC in 2009 and decided to shoot for a surgical cure. Many leading docs said they would not operate on him, but Dr Peter Scardino eventually did...and his choice appears so far to have paid off and his cancer has been controlled.

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Michael_T
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We're going to need a group New Yorker subscription pretty soon...
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BillyBob@388
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NKinney said...
I didn't think this article was such a "good read" (a bit over-dramatized; final sentence, while catchy, was a good example), but I love the New Yorker's comics.

BillyBob, you made no comment. Why did you think it was a "good read?"

DeVita's 2015 book, "The Death of Cancer," was received luke-warmly. He (medical oncologist) has a take-no-prisoners approach to treatment...and having read books like Gawande's "Being Mortal," and having lived the experience of being a dying cancer patient's primary caregiver, I don't blindly believe such an approach is always best for the patient.

DeVita was diagnosed, BTW, with an advanced case of PC in 2009 and decided to shoot for a surgical cure. Many leading docs said they would not operate on him, but Dr Peter Scardino eventually did...and his choice appears so far to have paid off and his cancer has been controlled.


I thought it was a good read because he explained(his view, of course) about the difficulties of interesting many practicing doctors in new things. Like he explains his and others difficulty in convincing surgeons who performed lots of mastectomies then lumpectomy was adequate for saving lives, even after the evidence piled up. And several other examples of that nature which he supplied. I made me think of more than a few that I worked with over my 40 years associated with hospitals and especially surgery. I could easily picture him (them)getting the kinds of response he described, from more than a few I have known. Therefore, I found it interesting. But, of course, he is just presenting his side of the story, and he may be full of it, or could be lying, for all I know.

However, I also was getting a kick out of some of the cartoons.

Very, very interesting about his choice for advanced PC treatment!
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