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Breast Cancer Awareness Poster – CoC

Published on September 25, 2016 By Michele

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If you are a CoC-accredited facility a free Breast Cancer Awareness Poster is available to your organization for the month of October.  This year’s poster was announced in the CoC newsletter is stunningly simple and beautiful and available for immediate download.  There are any number of ways you can use the poster, consider: Hospital Employees and Staff […]

Keeping Up with Seismic Growth in Genetic Testing

Published on September 23, 2016 By Michele

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There has been a seismic increase in the number of laboratories and genetic tests and studies since 2013, due in part to the Supreme Court ruling that human genes are not patentable.  More and more labs are offering testing and multigene panels, new genes and gene mutations are being identified each and every day.  While […]

Particle Pollution and Lung Cancer

Published on July 29, 2016 By Michele

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and outdoor air pollution, or particle pollution?  We are aware of the connection between cigarettes, smoking and lung cancer, but did you know air pollution is also a risk factor?  There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the air we breathe, that comes from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power […]

New Drug for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Published on November 6, 2015 By Michele

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A new combination treatment eliminating many of the side effects of traditional chemotherapy for mantle cell lymphoma has shown favorable response in a two-year trial according to Weill Cornell Medicine research.  The pill Lenalidomide, taken in combination with the antibody Rituximab shrunk tumor size by more than more than half in 90% of the patients enrolled […]

Create Your Dream Job

Published on May 9, 2015 By Michele

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Lots of people look for their dream job in Cancer Registry, but few ever define what that dream job really is.  Often a person’s idea of a dream job is based on their desires, or even fantasies, instead of what is realistic. So, first, let’s look at what a dream job is not a job that: […]

GIST – Reportable Case or Not?

Published on September 13, 2014 By Michele

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Recently, while performing case-finding, I came upon a path report with a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST.  After discovering that there was no statement of malignancy I contacted my pathologist and asked for a clarification.  What seemed like a simple step ultimately led me to learn more about these tumors and how the pathologic […]

Practicing Gratitude

Published on April 26, 2014 By Michele

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Did you know that people who live in a state of gratitude are actually more successful in life and business than those who do not?  I want to challenge you today.  Take a few minutes to sit in a quiet spot with pen and paper.  Think of the person who has influenced you the most, someone […]

What is Your Mental Strength?

Published on April 22, 2014 By Michele

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Cancer Registrars and Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Published on April 8, 2014 By Michele

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For the cancer registrar who is passionate about serving the needs of their organization and making sure that they are competitive healthcare professionals in the future, some time spent in study of Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) recommended.  While most know that the MU involves the use of electronic health records (EHR) some may not be […]

Mother Sings a Precious Song to Her Dying Daughter

Published on March 2, 2014 By Michele

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As cancer registrars we should never forget the real purpose behind our work!