What Caught Our Eye: A Story of Two Survivors’ Enduring Friendship; GOP Still at Odds on Healthcare; Living with an Ostomy; The Perils of Hype in Cancer
|What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), April 28, 2017
What Caught Our Eye is our week-in-review blog series, where we recap the cancer policy articles, studies, and stories that caught our attention.
In the Spotlight
“The survivors: How an experimental treatment saved patients and changed medicine”
Via Stat News — “This is a story of survivors — of patients who were expected to die more than two decades ago but didn’t.” STAT News’ Bob Tedeschi provides an in-depth look Dr. Brian Druker and three of his patients, including Doralee Mortensen and Judy Orem, who became best friends after meeting in the clinical trials for the cancer drug Gleevec in the late 1990s.
Powerful piece @Bobtedeschi! The survivors How an experimental treatment saved patients & changed medicine https://t.co/8SVG5HZGFM @statnews
— Kathy Giusti (@KathyGiusti) April 25, 2017
Affordable Care Act
“Moderate Republicans Balk at New Healthcare Bill”
Moderate Republicans balk at new healthcare bill: https://t.co/wfMLgimPoD pic.twitter.com/F2jh98WwFD
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 27, 2017
“What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win Over the Freedom Caucus”
“Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients”
How hype over new cancer drugs harms patients, caregivers. "I thought they were going to save him," @CNN https://t.co/nhashTv6Sj pic.twitter.com/rICRkyp2pL
— Liz Szabo (@LizSzabo) April 26, 2017
Coping with Cancer
“Dealing with an Ostomy”
Dealing With an Ostomy https://t.co/odKso1fUyW
— NYTimes Well (@nytimeswell) April 27, 2017
“Six days after an unremarkable lumpectomy, I had rushed to the local hospital, not so much because of pain but out of concern. I had been eating and drinking as usual, but what was going in was not coming out.
I cursed my faulty plumbing — an operation for ovarian cancer had produced infections and then, in 2009, an ileostomy. I’m one of about half a million Americans whose body wastes are collected in disposable external pouches. And now the pouch was clean and empty, which was a problem.”
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