Category Archives: Rich Leff

Are Oncologists More Open Minded Than Cardiologists?

How open minded are we as physicians and scientists?  With the rapid change and improvement in cancer knowledge and treatment do oncologists see the world differently than other specialists? Last week at the American Heart Association annual meeting, a study … Continue reading

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“Faith and Hope: Should Oncologists Discourage Unrealistic Optimism”

Once again, a scientific paper about oncology practice reported in the lay press has led some to conclude that cancer specialists are not honest with their patients with advanced cancer about the incurable nature of their illnesses.   Considering that these … Continue reading

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When Best Intentions Go Wrong—First, Do No Harm

When a patient with chronic paraplegia is admitted to a hospital due to a severely infected wound, he is shocked to be offered the option of comfort care by the admitting hospitalist.  Although this palliative choice was undoubtedly offered with … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times: ASCO’s Relationship with the Pharmaceutical Industry

In my 25 years as an ASCO member I have watched the relationship between ASCO and the pharmaceutical industry evolve from almost incestuous to almost antagonistic.  Attending the 2012 Annual Meeting I am reminded how important industry is to ASCO, … Continue reading

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Good to Great

Leadership The type of leadership required for turning a good company into a great company is not what you think: We were surprised [author and support staff], shocked really, to discover the type of leadership required for turning a good … Continue reading

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The “BIG” Error

It’s always a shock when something we were taught in our training and used for years turns out to be wrong and even harmful.  The latest, that we have been under-dosing obese patients with chemotherapy for decades, is not the … Continue reading

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