Category Archive: Cancer

Cancer drugs: Increasing access and dealing with rising costs

New President’s Cancer Panel series The President’s Cancer Panel (PCP), which I’m privileged to chair, has begun work on a new series, through which we will develop constructive recommendations to address the rising cost of cancer drugs and the concern that many patients may not be able to afford the… Read More

American Cancer Society dares to change guidelines

New ACS recommendations for mammography Last week, in a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, the American Cancer Society (ACS) broke with its own traditions and changed its recommendations for when average-risk women should start getting mammograms and how often they should get them. This was a very… Read More

Stuart Scott Dies

Stuart Scott died yesterday from cancer at age 49. He was a UNC alumnus and an ESPN reporter who is said to have changed the way people reported about sports. He injected hip-hop and memorable phrases, like ‘boo-yah!’, into his reports. If ever someone embodied Hemingway’s notion of grace under pressure, it was Scott. Joe Giglio, News & Observer writer, wrote that Scott won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs this past July and made an impassioned speech about his fight with cancer… Read More

How many former students would attend your celebration of life?

Over the weekend, I went to a very inspiring celebration of life for clinical associate professor, Dr. Diane Calleson, who passed away a few weeks ago after an eight-year battle with cancer. The event was at a beautiful, historic church in Hillsborough, N.C., on a gorgeous Carolina-blue day. It was… Read More

Mammography wars

When my husband and I had dinner with my father Saturday night, my father asked what I thought about the latest mammography report. The Canadian study, which ignited the latest firestorm after 25-year results were published recently in the British Medical Journal, was a carefully conducted trial with long-term data. The report found no statistically significant decrease in death rates among the studied groups, i.e., there was no significant benefit of mammography above that of breast exams performed by carefully trained nurses. Read More