Compassionate Use for Unapproved Drugs

An article in today's New York Times about obtaining drugs under the compassionate use clause boiled my blood. I am not usually one without words, but this story has left me speechless, or wordless. I can not add anything to the story, it speaks for itself and makes me cry. Joel T Nowak MA, MSW

Hey, We Also Need Biomarkers

A lot has been written about the need to identify better biomarkers to both assist in the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer and then to help determine which cancers are potentially dangerous from those that are actually indolent. Finding these markers is vital, I too have written about the great need for them. However, in [...]

Can the “Right to Die” Become A “Duty to Die”

Wesley Smith who is a lawyer, associate director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute has published an article in the Telegraph of the experience of Oregon and its "assisted suicide" law. "Imagine that you have lung (or prostate cancer, I know it is rare, [...]

Scott Goodwin Completes His 5th Chemotherapy Session

How does the song go- "Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be.” That is a feeling that I have experienced and that I believe we all will experience. Nevertheless, we have to continue to plow through our treatments, pills, endless doctors appointments and, of course the co-pays. I do find that it [...]

How Fragile Is Life & How Little Is Under Our Control, Even Though We Believe Differently

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service [...]

Understanding Our Spiritual Needs As We Approach End Stage

As we become end stage many of us find that our spiritual needs increase, but they are not being adequately met. Part of the problem is that we, ourselves, often cannot actually define what are our needs. As a matter of fact, we may even have trouble defining the word spiritual. If you causally ask [...]