Relay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

The following post is an edited transcript of my speech given on 7/8/17 at the Relay for Life 2017, Clatsop County, OR.  I am very excited by this year’s Relay for Life theme, “Who is your superhero?” I am excited because I get to work with real-life superheroes every day.  And this morning I get … Read moreRelay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

In cancer, there is no place for blame.

I recently read a post by oncologist Dr. Stephanie Graff on the experience of blame, from self and others, that people with cancer are subjected to. The talk about risk factors and early detection makes us think we can achieve perfection, and that cancer is somehow a personal fault…let us stop making accusations and blaming persons … Read moreIn cancer, there is no place for blame.

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.

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