Check Up Archive: January, 2013

Patient #1:The secret society of cancer fighters

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A common theme in the cancer world is that you are not in this alone. Many, many individuals are stakeholders in the battle. Some, like the... Read more

Should doctors and patients be informed when high-risk pharmacy compounded products are used?

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The fungal meningitis outbreak that’s been gripping the country since last fall has now affected 678 patients and caused 44 deaths. Contaminated... Read more

Patient #1: The cancer diet

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"One day they are gonna do a study that shows chicken causes cancer and pizza is good for you." -Slim, Spring 1999 "Chicken is poison." -Dr... Read more

Patient #1: Over the hump but not out of the woods

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The most difficult stretch of my treatment is officially in the rearview mirror. I was discharged Monday morning from Moffitt, almost a week... Read more

Pharma's clinical development at cross purposes with itself

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Developing new products through clinical trials represents the lifeblood of branded pharmaceuticals. Unless companies can develop new products... Read more

Patient #1: Bring on the first rounds of IL2

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“Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda Since I received my diagnosis in August, Interluken-2 (IL2) has been something that was... Read more

Patient #1: Ringing the bell to end chemo

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Today is the big day. Navy SEAL-like t-cells are “storming the beach” sometime in the afternoon. We don't have the exact time;... Read more

Can I get a STD from a toilet seat or a hot tub?

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Can I get a STD from a toilet seat or a hot tub? John Missanelli, DO, is a gynecologist at Lourdes Health System. Sitting on a toilet seat... Read more