Trumping the Affordable Care Act

“On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market . . . → Read More: Trumping the Affordable Care Act

Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Death is certain. Time of death is not. But in Hospital Land USA, the other S&M (Science and Medicine) as Wendy Simonds calls it, death is a failure, something to be suspended and avoided at whatever cost. And there is no safe word. The surreal ordinariness of it all – from appointments and forms to . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Research Brief: Quality of Life, Overall Survival, and Costs of Cancer Drugs Approved Based on Surrogate Endpoints

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increasingly used an accelerated pathway to speed up the conditional approval of drugs that treat serious medical conditions and fill an unmet need. Provisional approval hinges upon two major factors: (1) surrogate endpoints (i.e., markers of effectiveness such as a decrease . . . → Read More: Research Brief: Quality of Life, Overall Survival, and Costs of Cancer Drugs Approved Based on Surrogate Endpoints

Book Review: Hiding Politics in Plain Sight

“In a commercial social movement, activists work cooperatively with industry rather than contentiously against it; they employ market mechanisms like cause marketing and corporate-sponsored runs rather than defiant protests or marches. Necessarily conservative… it is a continuation of rather than a sharp break from the past.” — Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hiding Politics in Plain Sight

Book Review: Reading & Writing Cancer

“For those who survive and those who do not.”

That is the dedication Susan Gubar gives to her new book, Reading & Writing Cancer: How Words Heal. The straight-forward acknowledgement that some people with cancer survive and others do not, suggests instantly that this book is not be about drippy cancer stories floating rhetoric of . . . → Read More: Book Review: Reading & Writing Cancer

Book Review: Cancer Was Not A Gift, And It Didn't Make Me A Better Person

Nancy Stordahl is a former educator, breast cancer blogger at NancysPoint, and a friend of mine. I was delighted to get my signed copy of her self-published memoir Cancer Was Not A Gift & It Didn’t Make Me A Better Person, about her personal experiences with breast cancer. Some of these I already knew about . . . → Read More: Book Review: Cancer Was Not A Gift, And It Didn’t Make Me A Better Person

A few words about Jody Schoger

Our friend and colleague Jody Schoger died on May 18th at age 61 from metastatic breast cancer. She learned of her recurrence in April of 2013, following a 15-year remission. The news was shocking and devastating. But Jody, ever the rational and reflective patient advocate, shared her thoughts on the only ‘good’ way to cope . . . → Read More: A few words about Jody Schoger

Research Brief: Breast Cancer Representations in Canadian News Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Meanings and the Implications for Identity

This study explores the cultural construction of breast cancer within Canada’s two national newspapers. The two primary discourses in circulation were biomedicine and healthism, and both were associated with the roles of “breast cancer survivor,” “the good consumer,” and the “medical expert.” After presenting the analyses, the authors discuss the psychological, social, political, and . . . → Read More: Research Brief: Breast Cancer Representations in Canadian News Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis