5 results for month: 09/2014


The Highs and Lows of #ESMO14

Cancer progress is usually incremental. Two steps forward one step back. And it goes at a different pace for different cancers, and now even subtypes of a cancer. Melanoma is changing fast. Targeted therapies like BRAF drugs to help 50% of the patients and the prospect that immunotherapies like the so called “checkpoint inhibitors” will help a wider group of patients. It’s a big deal. In prostate cancer men with advanced disease are living longer and living better. Many older guys are playing golf even with advanced disease because bone pain has been tamped down or out. But not all news is good. Today lung cancer studies were disappoint...

#ESMO14 Tidbits

ESMO 2014 is taking place now in Madrid, Spain. The ESMO website summarizes the goal and theme of the conference as follows: "The theme for ESMO 2014 is ‘Precision Medicine in Cancer Care.’ Whether you are a medical or surgical oncologist or a radiation oncologist, immunologist or pathologist, practising precision medicine means we are all working towards a common goal – improved patient outcomes. This is the ultimate goal of ESMO 2014. Attendees can expect detailed exploration of the practical, political, and financial issues that stand between our ideals and the reality of implementing optimal care for every person suffering from ...

Interconnectivity in Healthcare: Patients, Providers, Technology, Research

The future of healthcare involves patients and providers working with business to develop tools and processes contributing to better health for all. The recent Medicine X 2014 conference at Stanford University is an example of this type of collaboration. Medicine X and Doctors 2.0 (an international conference that takes place in Paris in June) are two medical conferences where patients are not just “invited” but are an integral part of the program. Attended by more than 650 people and watched via webcast by thousands more, Medicine X was created by Dr. Larry Chu and his team of healthcare professionals and empowered patients. The conference ...

How We Overcame Cancer As Newlyweds

How We Overcame Cancer As Newlyweds from Patient Power on Vimeo. For Jessica and Esteban Izquierdo, life was good. Both recent graduates settling into their new jobs, they soon made a decision to spend their lives together—a love story that started in Quito, Ecuador, where they fell in love as teenagers. Just three weeks before their wedding, Jessica began to feel more tired than usual and decided that quitting her job might help with what she thought was a bout of anxiety from planning her upcoming wedding. A trip to the emergency room revealed their worst fears, a diagnosis of primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (PMBL) or non-Hodgkin ...

Online HealthCare Information Transforms Doctor/Patient Dialogue, New Survey Shows

  A new survey, by PatientPower.info and Aptel Research shows how cancer patients rely on online communities for credible and up-to-date health information. This survey, just completed, was announced in a press release today and includes key findings from almost 700 US-based cancer patients and caregivers. This survey is part of an ongoing effort to help healthcare companies better support and understand cancer patients and their changing “journey”. Survey results show that over 75% of respondents look daily or weekly for health websites they rely on the most for credible information about their illness. Patient communities and ...