The Puzzle Table

I am pleased to share the link to my newest published narrative essay, entitled The Puzzle Table, published online 10/2/17 in the Art of Oncology section of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

Why your doctor is running late: A Mad Libs

Astoria-Megler Bridge emerging from the fog

(A facetious piece.  Inspired my my kids’ love of Mad Libs) Directions (in case you’ve never played Mad Libs): Play with a friend or colleague. Ask them to say a word for each type of word specified. Read the story using their words to fill in the blanks. Or play on your own, skip down … Read moreWhy your doctor is running late: A Mad Libs

Finding grace: an oncology patient’s impact on her doctor.

pelican majestic over shipwreck beach, OR

(published also online on 4/10/17 in The ASCO Post, under the title The Mystery of Grace.  re-published here with permission of the editor).   The day after I told Nell she had seven metastases to her brain, she sent me flowers. She was my patient; I was her oncologist. I had met her 1 year prior, … Read moreFinding grace: an oncology patient’s impact on her doctor.

The top 3 hidden rewards of practicing oncology in a small community.

There is a shortage of rural physicians in the U.S.  My specialty, medical oncology, is but one of many specialties where the shortage is especially glaring. In oncology, I think there is perhaps a fear of practicing outside the walls of a large tertiary center and leaving behind the established framework and boundaries between the doctor and patient. I know it was a fear of mine when I moved to a rural community to practice nearly 4 years ago…

Read moreThe top 3 hidden rewards of practicing oncology in a small community.

On bearing witness: an oncologist’s role at end of life.

My patient was sitting in a wheelchair.  He was in his mid-forties, and before the cancer, had held a physically demanding job that he loved.  Now, the cancer in his spine had ended not only his ability to work, but any ability to use his legs…

Read moreOn bearing witness: an oncologist’s role at end of life.

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