Hurry, Scurry, Work and Worry | Jeffrey M. Fowler, MD
Maybe I do not have the capacity or wisdom to give any other important mentoring advice to my junior colleagues, but David Cohn, MD, told me that one of the most important words of advice I gave him when he started on faculty at The Ohio State University was, “Just make sure you get a hobby.” Hopefully, I was able to offer more than that in my capacity as his Division Director. Perhaps this was one of the most important pieces of advice young Dr. Cohn received as he was fresh out of fellowship and about to embark on a successful and demanding career in gynecologic oncology.
Years That Way: Burnout and Gynecologic Oncology | Emily K. Hill, MD
As a resident and fellow, I had tunnel vision. For those eight years, I refused to let myself think in time increments longer than one week. I remember occasionally thinking about the big picture of the years I had left in training and quickly becoming overwhelmed. I’d dial back, to quiet the panic. For many of us, this works for a while.
The importance of mindfulness | Kimberly Resnick, MD
“… Not being lost in thought, not being distracted, not being overwhelmed by difficult emotions but instead learning how to be in the here and now; how to be mindful, how to be present. I think the present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary.” Andy Puddicome, TED Talk
Teamwork combats bleomycin shortage | B.J. Rimel, MD
Two weeks ago my partner, Dr. Andrew Li, operated on a very young woman with a stage IV yolk sac tumor. We had discussed the chemotherapy regimen to give her and discussed the standard treatment of bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin. Two days later we received and email from our pharmacy: “There is a national supply shortage of bleomycin. There is not enough drug at this hospital to start any new patients on regimens that contain this drug.”
Palliative care in cervical cancer, part II | Lois Ramondetta, MD
The discussion of futility is not new to cervical cancer or to gynecologic oncology, but that doesn’t make it any easier. The goal, in a terminal setting, is always to extend life but not if it means compromising quality of life (QOL). Who is to say that one week more of life–in any condition–is not “quality” to someone else?
Palliative care in cervical cancer, part I | Lois Ramondetta, MD
As Cervical Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, I find myself more tormented and frustrated about the status of health care in the United States when I see a woman who has been diagnosed with, treated for, or dying from cervical cancer than I do with any other gynecologic cancer. Delivering bad news is never easy, but telling someone that they have cancer is especially difficult when we know it could have been prevented.
Death with Dignity | Michael L. Pearl, MD, FACOG, FACS
Some patients influence our lives in ways we never expect.
In July, 1989, I was a brand new chief resident, learning to manage an extremely busy and complicated gynecologic oncology service. With four active gynecologic oncologists, lengths of stay averaging a week and minimal outpatient chemotherapy, our inpatient census typically numbered in the 20’s.
Medicinal cannabis: The genie is out of the bottle | Christopher Lutman, MD
In 1996, Proposition 215 was passed by the citizens of California, which became the first state to legalize the usage of cannabis for medical purposes. Since that historic ballot measure, medicinal cannabis has now become legal in 23 states. It is also legal in the District of Columbia and the overseas territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.
SGO Annual Meeting: A Latin American perspective | Erick Estrada, MD
Latin America is a region with tremendous potential, diverse cultures and languages, our own unique problems but a very genuine mission to eradicate women´s cancer. The local economy plays an important role in dictating access to health care but we are determined to overcome any barriers, because our mission is based upon knowledge instead of bureaucracy.
#gyncsm – A Growing Community | Dee Sparacio
In September 2013, I wrote about the establishment of the #gyncsm (gynecologic cancer social media) monthly tweet chat. Over the past year, #gyncsm discussed a variety of topics relevant to the gynecologic cancer community. During the hour-long online discussion we asked four to five questions on each month’s topic. At the conclusion of each chat, we posted the questions, a chat transcript and links to the resources mentioned during the chat on our blog (gyncm.blogspot.com).