Clinical Trials: What you should know to make an informed choice about your therapy.

This is a guinea pig. Greetings readers, My 282 page grant finally went in Monday – and so now I finally have some spare writing quota to return to the blog!  Today’s topic – everything you ever needed to know about clinical trials.  The goal is to clear up some misconceptions, and also to help … More Clinical Trials: What you should know to make an informed choice about your therapy.

have we really reached the era of personalized medicine?

Borrowed from Chakma J. Genomic Variation: The Search for our Past and Our Future.  Journal of Young Investigators. Vol 16, 2009. The White House Initiative The concept of personalized medicine has received a tremendous amount of media attention as of late, and in this post I thought I would try to outline the various technologies, concepts, … More have we really reached the era of personalized medicine?

Immunotherapy 101

In honor of the 4th of July holiday, I thought I’d squeeze in one more post – let’s talk about IMMUNOTHERAPY, which has created fireworks of its own in the cancer treatment world! In order to talk about the exciting clinical trials and ideas that are out there for sarcoma patients, we need to first … More Immunotherapy 101

why sarcoma?

A lot of people ask me why I take care of sarcoma patients – no one knows what they are (except for all of you kind readers who are now experts!), there’s no good data, certainly no major funding opportunities, and we’re still using the same chemotherapy drugs that we have used since 1970s… not … More why sarcoma?

on sarcoma treatment.

Today I thought I’d spend some time talking about how little we know about sarcoma treatment and some of the challenges we face when trying to counsel patients about treatment options. Basically, when developing a treatment plan for sarcomas, we usually have two problems.  Number 1: what can we do with the main tumor to ensure … More on sarcoma treatment.

what is a sarcoma?

task number 1 – I’ll review the basics so that we’re all on the same page. As I mentioned, sarcomas are cancers of bone and soft tissue.  They are rare, only about 1% of all adult cancers, and about 15% of cancers in kids.  About 11000 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma are diagnosed per … More what is a sarcoma?

a blog for sarcoma

So I never thought I would be one for blogging, but the various social media outlets never all quite seem to fit the bill – so here goes. I’m a medical oncologist practicing at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.  I specialize in sarcomas, which are rare … More a blog for sarcoma