Category Archives: Cancer

Elaine Update – Feb 09, 2014

On Thursday Elaine had the first infusion of her next, 3rd major course of chemotherapy, a powerful combination of Avastin, Gemcitabine and Carboplatin that will be administered over the next 4.5 months. It was her 30th infusion of Avastin, a … Continue reading

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Truth at the End of Life

Elaine Waples Posted 3/5/13 on TEDMED Most of us have spent some time thinking about our own deaths. We do it with a sense of dreadful curiosity, but then we push it aside with “well, we’ve all got to go sometime.” Unlike … Continue reading

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Putting Physician Practices Into Context

Brian Klepper  Posted 12/11/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog  An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.  Jack Welch Physicians and medical societies in all specialties would do well to take … Continue reading

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Getting Engaged

Elaine Waples Posted 9/21/12 on The Doctor Weighs In We hear inspiring things about patient engagement.  The very concept has a hearty, spirited, “do-right” sound to it. I spent many years in human resources. I remember the conversations we had … Continue reading

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Attitude

Elaine Waples Posted 8/31/12 on The Doctor Weighs In I’ve come to believe that seriously sick people are often subject to some very interesting comments from well-intentioned non-sick people. They are frequently inspired by #platitudes from self-help-books, Google chat rooms (heaven forbid), … Continue reading

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Is Genomic Medicine Clinically Useful Yet?

Brian Klepper Posted 7/16/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost The news of my wife Elaine’s primary peritoneal cancer 27 months ago began a fevered effort to learn all we could about her disease and our options. Peritoneal cancer, which … Continue reading

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Cancer Survivor on N-of-One’s Direct-to-Patient Ombudsman Model

Kevin Davies Posted 5/31/12 on Bio-IT World The long-term success of N-of-One, a Waltham Mass.-based company offering personalized cancer information, will undoubtedly be shaped by the vision of its newly appointed CEO, Christine Cournoyer, and strategic partnerships with companies like Foundation Medicine, … Continue reading

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