Cancer and Counter-Culture Courage

Posted February 16th, 2017

Since bringing my 89-year-old mother-in-law, Ivalene, home from the hospital where she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we’ve both been hit with the upper respiratory plague that’s been going around. The most energy I’ve expended has been in heating up chicken broth, making mugs of TheraFlu, and throwing a fleece blanket into the dryer to tuck around […]

There’s an App for That! (part 1 in a series)

Posted February 15th, 2017

Welcome to my newest blog series, “There’s an App for That!”  In this series, I’ll feature apps and features available on your mobile phone/tablet that can help you manage your cancer care. Full disclosure: this entry of “There’s an App for That” focuses specifically on a tool available only on Iphones and with the iOS […]

Bob Riter

Good Care is a Partnership Between Patient and Doctor

Posted February 14th, 2017

I spend much of my time helping seriously ill patients navigate the health care system. As a result, I’m constantly talking with patients about their interactions with doctors and other health professionals. Although each encounter is unique, I’m increasingly aware of some universal truths that contribute to good patient-doctor encounters. Not surprisingly, good encounters require […]

Rethinking Gratitude

Posted February 10th, 2017

When I was working on the inpatient unit and in the oncology clinic, I was struck by many things. The range of emotions experienced was quite incredible—everything from hope and optimism, to pain and suffering. One thing that always struck me was that often, no matter how difficult the situation, was the need for patients […]

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