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Disruption – usually challenging, often upsetting, sometimes beneficial

Last month I attended a series of meetings at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Washington DC.   As was the case many times this winter, weather created havoc with air travel.   This disruption caused me considerable anxiety as I rode to the airport after my last meeting.  I wondered if my flights would be delayed or cancelled.  As it turned out, I scrambled and got on a flight as soon as I arrived at the airport.  This flight was scheduled to leave earlier in the day but was delayed because of weather.  So …  I left Washington for home earlier than planned.  In this case, the disruption in air traffic worked in my favor. Continue reading

Lump or spread?

Sometimes, progress brings uncertainty.  The past few years have seen a steady increase in the number of drugs and other approaches to cancer treatment such as immunotherapy that can be used to treat cancer.  Most of these new approaches do not cure cancer when given as a single therapy.  Nevertheless, many of them are very effective at inducing a temporary shrinking of the cancer.   For many cancers, we have a number of such treatments available.  From a physician’s point of  view, these new treatments create more options for patients. But they raise  a question that cancer doctors have struggled with for decades.  Do we … Continue reading