The Cheerful Oncologist

Craig Hildreth

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Most all of us like to receive sound medical advice, even if we have no intention of following it. Perhaps this is why some experts relay information in a style reminiscent of filling the lifeboats of the Titanic. By trumpeting alarums for diseases deemed potentially life-threatening, doctors forget how…

“Run That by Me Again, Doc.”

If you are an athlete or are just committed to exercising regularly, no matter what your age is, what do you do if your doctor tells you to stop it? I’ll give you three possible responses: 1. “You’re the doctor – if you say to stop running I’ll stop.” 2. “How do you know that…

A new study from Johns Hopkins shows that by sampling oral tissue from patients with a history of head and neck cancer doctors can predict with some accuracy the presence of a recurrence or of another primary tumor (presumably from the oropharynx). I found a couple of things about this report fascinating – first, the…

“What Is Assertiveness?: Assertiveness is the ability to express one’s feelings and assert one’s rights while respecting the feelings and rights of others. Assertive communication is appropriately direct, open and honest, and clarifies one’s needs to the other person.” “What Are the Benefits of Assertiveness?: Assertiveness affects many areas of life. Assertive people tend to…

In addition to heart disease, hypertension, cancer and diabetes, obesity has been linked to sleep apnea, job absenteeism, bad breath, even isolated findings such as an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer after definitive treatment. Wouldn’t most of us agree that it is in our best health interests to keep our weight down? Okay,…

I’ve been trying to think of some New Year’s Resolutions that are germane to living in our modern world (this is just a polite way of saying “Grow up! You can’t spend your entire life living like you did when your were fifteen”). Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed being a teenager, but am…

A Christmas Blessing

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Dear Friends, Whether you live in good health or poor, may you travel well on your journey, and…

Your Doctor Just Might Be a Moron

“7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe” Uh oh…I hate it when they raise serious questions about the strength of my medical training. Go ahead and give me the list and I’ll confess as to whether or not I fell for these myths; if fact, how do I know that I’m not in the right? Aren’t…

More Bad News for the Uninsured

Here’s more discouraging news about the consequences of living without health insurance: Uninsured cancer patients are nearly twice as likely to die within five years as those with private coverage, according to the first national study of its kind and one that sheds light on troubling health care obstacles. In this study done by the…

“Drinking green tea may fight prostate cancer” To: MSNBC Chief Editor Re: Headline writers Dear Sir: It has come to our attention that many of your readers are misinterpreting the headlines of news stories you post on MSNBC. We bring this to your attention in order to forestall any unfortunate behavior that could be linked…