May 23, 2022
Cancer Commons helps people make sense of the latest research on treatments for their distinct type of cancer. Meanwhile, a growing number of research papers now include a plain language summary (PLS)—an overview of the paper written for anybody to understand. Here, our Curious Dr. George discusses plain language summaries with Adeline Rosenberg, MSc, Senior Medical Writer at the healthcare communications company Oxford PharmaGenesis,… Read more »
February 18, 2022
Realistic Expectations After Prostate Cancer Treatment BookmarkGeorge Lundberg, MD
This story from The ASCO Post discusses how doctors can help ensure that patients have realistic expectations about outcomes after prostate cancer treatment.
June 12, 2021
Drafting Your Health Care Team BookmarkLola Rahib, PhD
Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Patients need different types of healthcare professionals when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A multidisciplinary team of experts are care professionals that work together and have different roles in helping patients with pancreatic cancer.
May 30, 2021
Cancer Support for LGBTQIA Patients Is Missing BookmarkGeorge Lundberg, MD
This piece from ASCO Connection outlines the need for and a path to improvement in cancer care for LGBTQIA patients.
November 10, 2020
The patients and caregivers we serve here at Cancer Commons rely on their doctors to provide expert, compassionate care. Building the skills to give such care can begin early in a doctor’s education. Here, for a change of pace, our Curious Dr. George asks a future doctor about a unique experience that helped her learn how to connect with cancer patients. Marin Langlieb is… Read more »
May 30, 2020
What Have I Learned in More Than Half a Century in Cancer Medicine? BookmarkGeorge Lundberg, MD
Article from The ASCO Post curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes:“Patients with cancer need to be embraced with love and compassion. They need caring beyond medicine.”
If you’re wondering whether this story applies to your own cancer case or a loved one’s, we invite you to get support from Cancer Commons.
September 6, 2019
When faced with an advanced cancer diagnosis, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask. At Cancer Commons, we help patients and caregivers navigate a vast sea of cancer information so they can work with their doctor to pinpoint their best possible treatment plan. Based on our Scientists’ many years of experience helping patients and caregivers around the world, here are some… Read more »
March 19, 2019
A Q&A with Laura Benson, RN, MS, ANP, president of Conversations in Care, LLC; LauraBensonRN@Gmail.com Q: In our digital communication world of 2019, some patients may receive the initial message that YOU HAVE CANCER by cell phone, text, email, or even voice mail. When this happens, what do patients most want, and how can that best be accomplished? A: When I first read your question, I… Read more »
February 11, 2019
Kevin Knopf, MD, MPH
A Q&A with Kevin B. Knopf MD, MPH, chairman of hematology and oncology at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California; firstname.lastname@example.org Q: A successful patient-physician relationship depends upon effective bidirectional attention and mutual understanding. Many patients and physicians believe that common current versions of mandated electronic health records (EHRs) severely impede that interaction, especially eye contact. How can a competent and caring clinical oncologist overcome… Read more »
June 25, 2018
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 »