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…

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On meaningful use: the EMR versus the patient’s needs.

Mr. X. is a man in his 80s who was cured of his cancer, but at what cost.

The biologic therapy and radiation which eradicated the cancer left him with the inability to swallow and need for permanent PEG tube.  Due to overall frailty and multiple comorbidities, he never graduated from the SNF and continues to reside there today…

Read moreOn meaningful use: the EMR versus the patient’s needs.

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