March 2019 | Oncology Fellows

Do No Harm

May 11, 2019

It is hard as a physician not to feel the sting of failure when you lose a patient. Yet, it serves as a reminder that at the end of the day, we uphold our oath by knowing when enough is enough, by ensuring that there is dignity, not only during life, but also in death.

What Oncologists Can Learn From Personal Loss

April 24, 2019

Caring for patients with cancer requires a change in perspective. The reward is the fight itself, the daily work. It’s the lives we’re able to save and the dignity we’re able to preserve in death. But the grief is not limited to patients or their families. It is also an unaddressed part of the cancer continuum.

Oncology Surgeons Need Better Training in Palliative Care

April 24, 2019

It is important for oncology surgeon trainees to learn to recognize when a palliative surgical procedure for an advanced malignancy might be appropriate, be familiar with the conduct of these operations, and understand the nuances of postoperative care and management of complications in this unique patient population.