Plumbing the Core and Nibbling at the Margins of Cancer

Cancer Commons Contributing Editor George Lundberg, MD, is the face and curator of this invitation-only column

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    Q&A: Air Traffic Control for Cancer

    With: David K. Cundiff, MDJeff Shrager, PhD

    A Q&A with David K. Cundiff, MD, Retired internist and palliative care physician from LA County + USC Medical Center; Email: dkcundiff@whistleblowerdoctor.org. Jeff Shrager, PhD, Director of Research, Cancer Commons; Adjunct Professor, Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University; Email: jshrager@gmail.com. Originally published August 16, 2017 Q: After May 17, 2017, you and Jeff Shrager engaged in a robust discussion about the place, if any, for an “Air… Read more »

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    Forget Moonshots: Biomedicine Needs an Air Traffic Control System

    With: Jeff Shrager, PhD

    A Q&A with Jeff Shrager, PhD, Director of Research, Cancer Commons; Adjunct Professor, Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University Originally published May 17, 2017 Q: There never seem to be enough patients matched to cancer clinical trials to quickly test new cancer treatments. Might there be a better way, using new communication technology? A: Among the few things that everyone can agree upon, one is… Read more »

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    Proposed FDA “Conditional Approval”- More Details

    With: Marty Tenenbaum, PhDAl Musella, DPM

    A Q&A with Al Musella, DPM, President, Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc., Hewlett, NY, and Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, Founder and Chair, Cancer Commons, Los Altos, CA Originally published May 10, 2017 Q: Your April 5, 2017 blog post that proposed a new “Conditional” category for FDA drug approval elicited a number of positive and negative responses. Please explain the proposal in more detail… Read more »

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    Conditional Approval: Right Solution for the Wrong Problem

    With: Shannon Brownlee, MS

    A Q&A with Shannon Brownlee, MS, Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, a think tank in Boston. She is also co-founder of the Right Care Alliance, a social movement for transforming health care. Originally published April 26, 2017 Q: Musella and Tenenbaum recently proposed a new way, called conditional approval, for the American FDA to move potentially useful drugs to a patient market.… Read more »

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    A Proposed New FDA Drug Approval Pathway: “Conditional”

    With: Marty Tenenbaum, PhDAl Musella, DPM

    A Q&A with Al Musella, DPM, President, Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc., Hewlett, NY, and Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, Founder and Chair, Cancer Commons, Los Altos, CA Originally published April 5, 2017 Q: The delay time from discovery/observation, through validation to approval and distribution/use of new cancer treatments remains excessive. With promising experimental treatments, advanced computer technology and biostatistics, creative alternatives… Read more »

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    How to Tell a Patient Their Cancer Has Spread

    With: Lisa Dinhofer, MA, CT

    A Q&A with crisis communication expert Lisa Dinhofer, MA, CT Q. As a counselor and communicator, you are expert and experienced in managing serious situational difficulties up to and including coping with sudden unexpected death. How would you think it best to approach a person with cancer who is being told, “your cancer has spread”? A: I’ll answer this question by posing another—how did… Read more »

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    How I Survive Cancer

    A Q&A with Erin Maloney: Intrepid explorer, Amateur photographer, Aspiring leader; Toronto, ON Email: erinLmaloney@gmail.com Originally published Nov. 1, 2017   Q: You have recently disclosed that you have had a diagnosis of cancer and described your experience in some detail on Medium. What does it mean to you to be a “Cancer Survivor”? A: Calling myself a survivor sometimes feels like an exaggeration. In 2016, I… Read more »