Hello and welcome to my Nuzzel newsletter!
I'm a retired oncologist- I now coach two groups of people: physicians, especially those moving into roles beyond 100% clinical; and people with cancer/their families, focusing on decision-making.
Another snowless winter week here in Philly. The first article today is a beautiful short read. And the second raises a question often not considered- it goes with the article from earlier this week about cancer 'over diagnosis.' Have a great Sunday.
A year ago, I lost my darling friend Emily Levine (October 23, 1944–February 3, 2019). Figuring, in which she rightly occupies the first line of the acknowledgements, was just being released. The book would not have existed without her, nor…
Jeff CohnSome beautiful sentiments about a beloved friend that is missed and how she lived out her final years
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email I kind of wish I still had cancer. I'm well aware of the inflammatory (and insensitive) nature of that statement: it shocks me too. But let me tell you why I'm saying it here. In January of 2011, I…
Jeff CohnLife after diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be difficult, as reported by this author. When the cancer was highly likely to not have ever caused clinical harm that raises questions like she poses here...
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, USA TODAY
– Feb 7, 3:00 AM
Americans are stressed out about health care. Whether it concerns costs, access to treatment or ability to navigate the system, the American Psychological Association, in its 2019 Stress in America survey, found that 69% of people in the United…
Jeff CohnAs this author points out, voting is the best way to claim your right
In the 2010s, the national unemployment rate dropped from a high of 9.9 percent to its current rate of just 3.5 percent. The economy expanded each and every year. Wages picked up for high-income workers as soon as the Great Recession ended, and…
Jeff CohnNot surprisingly, costs of healthcare, including medications, top the list of what makes it so challenging to afford the costs of living a normal life
Antoinette Kraus, For The Inquirer
– Feb 6, 5:00 AM
Prescription drug pricing is reaching a crisis point. A 2018 study showed that between 2012 and 2017, the cost of prescription drugs under Medicare increased nearly 10 times faster than the rate of inflation. And, it continues to rise; the prices…
Jeff CohnA board of experts determining the validity of the very high price tag on some drugs may have merit in theory, but how they can protect consumers by actually lowering prices remains to be seen
A year ago, I was shivering in the pre-op room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center waiting to be wheeled into surgery for a mastectomy. What led me there was my spitting into a tube, like millions of others have done, and sending off my DNA to be…
Jeff CohnAgree completely with this author- genetic testing without counseling is putting way too much responsibility for good decision-making into the hands of the under-equipped public
The Wall Street Journal
– Feb 6, 3:48 PM
‘Why were you given that much medication in the first place?” I often find myself wondering that as I treat patients with a history of suicide attempts who have intentionally overdosed on their 90-day supply of medication. As an…
Jeff CohnIn addition to people with serious behavioral diagnoses, people early in their experience with a medication aren't good candidates for 90-day Rx's, even given their lower costs...