ASCO issues guidelines on physician-patient communication

Your sitemaster is uncertain whether to feel delighted or seriously concerned by the fact that the American Society for Medical Oncology (ASCO) has decided to issue guidelines for its members on how to communicate with patients. … READ MORE …

Father-adult son communication about prostate cancer and prostate cancer risk

There has been limited research into what fathers tell their sons (and sons tell their fathers) about prostate cancer and risk for contracting this disorder, and the degree of this risk can be complicated by a variety of factors. … READ MORE …

On “Speaking the unspoken”

In his blog post from July 4 that just came to our attention, Dr. Craig Hildreth has (once again) hit the nail right on the head. There really are some physicians with truly outstanding communication skills!

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”

Many readers of this blog site might find this video (or the transcript) to be informative … or just entertaining. It’s primarily intended for physicians and their support staff.

Communication and value in the management of prostate cancer

When your sitemaster speaks to the assembled audience  at the annual meeting of ASTRO this coming Sunday, one point he intends to make relates to the importance and value of clear, straightforward, high-quality communication between physicians and patients. … READ MORE …

The human capacity for denial … or at the very least avoidance

Your sitemaster is intimately familiar with the human capacity for denial and avoidance. As someone who has spent much of his life writing for a living, he knows all too well his capacity for avoiding some topics until he absolutely has to deal with them! … READ MORE …

A frequent and fundamental failure in communication

An interesting article on the Medscape web site this week is entitled, “Tough talks with cancer patients: dealing with challenges.” … READ MORE …