Patients

Life, Interrupted: The 100 Day Project

For the better half of my early twenties, I was Bubble Girl. When I was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 my world suddenly dwindled to four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights and a thicket of tubes and wires…


Getting the Diagnosis Wrong

As I talked with my patient and examined her abdomen, my mind ran through this list, prioritizing what diagnoses seemed more likely. But the question remained in my head: Would I get the diagnosis correct?



Living With Cancer: My Doctor, My Friend

When my oncologist told me about her various job offers, she laughed and reassured me that the only position that could lure her away would be a professorship named for Princess Diana. Of course I knew she was kidding.


Think Like a Doctor

The operation, called a gastric sleeve, went fine. Her daughter came home just a couple of days after the surgery. She had no pain. She said she felt great. And she looked bright and eager.


Patients Are Seen as Potential Donors, Many Doctors Say

More and more these days, development offices at major cancer centers are teaching doctors to seize such opportunities to raise money for the medical center or for their own research.

In an unprecedented survey of more than 400 oncologists at 40 leading cancer centers, nearly half said they had been taught to identify wealthy patients who might be prospective donors.