Dr Dhruv Khullar wrote this week in the New York Times about an old man in an emergency department. Amid the chaos, the doctor greeted a thin, older man whose prostate cancer had grown through several chemotherapy regimens:
These are so good that I think they should be shared more widely. As they say on the TV, this is in no particular order.
Don Dizon’s blog this week for the American Society of Clinical Oncology was about how he had to / chose to break bad news to another doctor’s patient.
Life expectancy for patients with CHF is worse than for any of the common cancers. Despite the advances:
This week’s ‘What your patient is thinking’ in the BMJ describes what it was like when someone who had been ‘in care’, Aine Kelly, started to access healthcare again.
Oops! It’s actually called the Cancer Drugs Fund, isn’t it! And it was supposed to be a British government initiative, not a Conservative Party vote winner.
This week in the BMJ, the excellent David Oliver collated some distressing data about hospital admissions and nursing and care home residents:
It’s all terrible, humanitarian-wise in Syria, isn’t it? Except that there are still some amazing doctors, Syrian and not-Syrian, who keep on helping in the most difficult of situations. Even while they are actively being targeted.
Instead of paying for a coffin which is only going to be used for just a few days, how about being buried in a bio-degradable ‘seed’ – small of ashes, larger to fit a foetal-position body?