Allowing Fear to Dictate Cancer Treatment Decisions

Fear

  Last week saw the publication of a study on ductal carcinoma in situ. It engendered a lot of mixed messages as I wrote about here.  Following on from that study, also last week (August 27, 2015) the New York Times published an Op-Ed piece from Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum entitled, Let Fear Guide Early Stage Breast-Cancer Decisions. A version of this same article was printed in the New York edition with a similar, but slightly …

     

And We Wonder Why Patients Get Confused…

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How often have we heard people lament about the inherent contradictions in cancer research? How often do people throw up their arms and say “I don’t know what to believe anymore”. Too many people harbour the feeling that whatever some study shows today will be contradicted by a study published next month and so on and so on. What too many folks fail to appreciate is that this is actually science and research working as …

     

Sparking the Imaginations of the Next Generation of Scientists

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Did you know that there is a Canadian educational CHARITY that has the largest student reach of ANY youth education organization, museum or science centre in Canada? And that it has been a going concern for over 25 years? And that over that period of time it has reached over SIX MILLION students right in their own elementary school classrooms? I am talking about Scientists in School, which may well be the very best Canadian …

     

Pay No Attention to that (Dr.) Oz Behind the Curtain

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Almost two years ago on these very pages I wrote about Dr. Mehmet Oz and how I felt that his celebrity, and the incessant need to ‘feed’ that celebrity, was driving him into quackery and snake oil sales. I was scarcely alone in this view – one has but to Google “Dr. Oz huckster” or similar term to see that most of us who believe in science and evidence are not among Dr. Oz’s huge …