Tag: prostate cancer

Am I A Prostate Guru? Someone Thinks I Am!

As a 12-year-old camper in the summer of 1968, I was my cabin’s nominee for the title of Guru of Camp Chi, 3rd Session. I ran a strong campaign, with a catchy jingle based on “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Sadly I lost in a heated battle with a candidate from another cabin. As was customary way... Read more »

When It Hurts to Say I Told You So: Advanced Prostate Cancer Cases on the Rise

Diagnose a patient’s prostate cancer in its earliest stages and you have a great chance of curing it. Starting in the early 1990’s, that was the philosophy behind Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood testing in men. It wasn’t a perfect test, and many men with increased PSA proved not to have cancer when their prostates... Read more »

Reading a Prostate Biopsy-Inside the Mind of a Pathologist

West Suburban Chicago 6 a.m. “Let’s see, how many prostate cases do we have today. Looks like I get nine. Better get started now before the phones start ringing and before the lab techs start popping their heads in. And oh yeah, I will have urine cytology slides and FISH heading my way. “Too deathly... Read more »

Am I Cooked? Hot Tea and Other Risks

Oh I like coffee… …and I like tea Blues Traveler–1994 Coffee drinkers are rejoicing. A UN study shows no increased cancer risk for java juicers, no matter how many jolts of Joe you go for in a day. So until the next study comes out disputing these findings –give it a week or two–Starbucks, Dunkin’... Read more »

Medicare Gets This One Right--For Now!

If you change your mind… …I’m the first in line. ABBA-1978 A few months ago I wrote a blog post about a Medicare proposal that was absolutely blowing my mind. CMS, the agency that runs Medicare, had it in it’s collective head that the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, the test that checks men for... Read more »

Don't Believe the Hype! Diagnosing Cancer Not for the Birds.

It’s my work, he’d say… …and I do it for pay Bob Dylan Hurricane, 1975 For most pathologists, it is more than a job, it is a calling. We are trusted to examine tissue from patients that we will most likely never seen or ever talk to, and provide a diagnosis that will often change... Read more »

Getting Serious about a Bad Medicare Recommendation

Frank Zappa and the Mothers Were at the best place around In Memory of Frank Zappa Prostate Cancer Victim Yes, we got a site permit. Yes, a construction fence is up, though I have not seen it yet, and by the time I get to our lot it may be buried by snow. But that... Read more »

Five Things We Get From Our Parents

Isn’t it ironic… …don’t you think? Alanis Morissette-1995 There is a bit of hoopla this year about the 20th anniversary of the release of “Jagged Little Pill,” the Alanis Morisssette album that, at least for awhile, turned the young singer-songwriter into a superstar. Laury was 9 at the time and wanted to buy the album,... Read more »

Solar Panels--Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

I’m walking on sunshine… …and don’t it feel good! Katrina and the Waves, 1985 Yeah, that song is little poppier than my usual opening. But we need to talk about the sun, and I didn’t think Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”  was appropriate. (Love the new Chris Cornell song though.) Barb and I have never discussed... Read more »