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Merry Christmas, Amy Berman: Still Going Strong Six Years After Cancer Diagnosis

December 26, 2016

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Way back in May of 2012, I pointed my blog to Amy Berman’s story in Health Affairs.   She had been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in November of 2010.  As a registered nurse and a health foundation executive, she knew better than most what that meant.   Inflammatory breast cancer is incurable, and even with aggressive […]

Amy Berman, Thriving for More Than 5 Years With Terminal Cancer

February 22, 2016

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It has been more than five years since Amy Berman was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is always fatal.  Even with aggressive treatment, only 11%-20% of patients make it as far as she has.  But Amy did not opt for aggressive treatment; quite the opposite.   As she wrote just this past November, “… […]

Merry Christmas, Amy Berman

December 23, 2013

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Way back in May of 2012, I pointed my blog to Amy Berman’s story in Health Affairs.   She had been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in November of 2010.  As a registered nurse and a health foundation executive, she knew better than most what that meant.   Inflammatory breast cancer is incurable, and even with aggressive […]

When Health Care Isn’t the Healthiest Option

March 25, 2013

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Why do we routinely sentence doomed patients to more pain and suffering and degradation of the quality of their remaining life? Last year, we noted the story of Amy Berman, who was diagnosed with a highly lethal form of breast cancer in 2010.  As Theresa Brown writes in the New York Times, Ms. Berman consulted […]

End-of-Life Decisions: Amy Berman, Living and Dying in Her Own Way

May 7, 2012

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Amy Berman, a health foundation executive, was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2010.  With the help of a doctor who respects her goals, she has chosen to skip the misery of aggressive treatments in favor of palliative care and quality of life.   Read her story here at Health Affairs.

Mammograms: Up to 40% of Women May Have Dense Tissue, Poor Diagnostics

April 3, 2012

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The phone call came at work.  There was “an issue”  with my mammography images, and the radiology clinic wanted me to come back for re-imaging.  “What issues?” I asked.  “We can’t tell you, you have to talk to the doctor.”  “Okay, have him call me.”  There was resistance.  They couldn’t or wouldn’t have the doctor […]