Skin Care Products That May Harm Your Health

My girlfriends recently asked me what skin care products are “safe” to use. Meaning skin care products that don’t put them or their families at risk for cancer. From a scientific standpoint, it is a complex question that requires a thorough review of the literature. I...

Chemo Brain Is Real

Not that anyone who has received chemo really doubted it, however we now have official guidelines to treat it. Recently the “NCCN”, or National Comprehensive Cancer Network, established guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of two conditions resulting from...

How An Oncologist Prevents Cancer

I know cancer. I know how cancer starts, how it survives and why it multiplies. I know why it spreads, where it likes to go, and the devastation it leaves behind. I am a radiation oncologist and I treat cancer every day. So when I get home at night, I think about how...

Palliative Care – Not just for Doctors

Sometimes when I recommend a Palliative Care consultation to my patients, they seem hurt and surprised, as if I’m giving up on them. Quite the opposite, I want them to have the best quality of life possible for the amount of time they have left. While...

Cancer or Not?

The recent New York Times article questioning the term “cancer” for certain abnormalities detected on mammograms is thought-provoking. The public is not alone in being confused as to what is cancer and what is not. As oncologists, we often ask ourselves if...

The challenge with cancer screening

Natasha Singer’s recent article in the New York Times Business section brings attention to the many issues surrounding cancer screening- in this case for melanoma- a deadly skin cancer. Current estimates are that close to 10,000 people will die of melanoma in...