| Mar 24, 2010
| 9:32 PM
If youâre still upset about last fallâs recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women begin getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer at age 50 instead of 40 â and to get them every other year instead......
| Mar 25, 2010
| 4:35 PM
He promised he would. Back when lawmakers started chafing about the political fallout from the health care reform effort, when tea party activists were disrupting congressional town halls and later when they were tilting the odds toward Republican Scott...
| Mar 2, 2009
When I learned recently that yet another friend had been diagnosed with cancer, I experienced my usual reaction: disbelief and sadness, followed by anger at Life In General. But for the first time, I also saw what these under-35 friends and family members...
| Nov 17, 2009
A government panel's recommendation Monday that women under the age of 50 do not need regular mammograms set off a furious debate about the importance of the routine screening tool, leaving many women confused about how best to protect their health.
| Nov 20, 2009
Only days after a federal panel scaled back on breast cancer screening recommendations for many women, another organization -- the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- has done the same for a screening credited with drastically...
| Nov 23, 2009
It's such an appealing idea -- catch breast cancer early, treat accordingly and your patients will live.
So perhaps it's no wonder the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- a panel of primary care physicians -- caught major flak when it revised its...
| Nov 21, 2009
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
In 1984, Japan began screening the urine of 6-month-old infants for neuroblastoma, the most common type of solid tumor in young children. The test was simple and could show signs of cancer long before clinical...
| Dec 28, 2009
You'd think there could be no downside to widespread screening for cancer. But that's not always the case. Studies on Pap smears, for example, show that atypical cells can disappear if they're left alone, while interventions can cause scarring and...
| Apr 12, 2010
Breast-cancer-screening isn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's harder. It's like looking for needles in a big field of haystacks, where some of the haystacks have needles, while most don't, but you don't know which are which, so you have to...
| Apr 13, 2007
| 12:56 AM
My dad did everything he could to look his best that morning. He shaved, brushed his hair and changed into a clean shirt.
I stepped into his room, where he lay on his bed, propped up with pillows. His face was pale and his eyelids heavy; an oxygen...
| Jun 8, 1998
Chemo is over. Chemo is over. Chemo is over.
I think this bears repeating.
Chemo's over. Chemo's over. Chemo's over.
I've been busy since we last visited, so let's catch up.
After five of eight rounds of chemotherapy, my doctor decided my heart and...