April 2021

Can Doggies Detect Cancer Early? Researchers Keep On Trying

For me, the concept of dogs sniffing breath samples to detect human cancers early has been the gift that keeps on giving—actually, for about 20 years. Blogs, media interviews, national television news appearances: you name it: it’s a topic that has engaged me periodically for that many years. It is the story that will not go away. And despite all that continuing interest for me and the larger, more sophisticated scientific community the reality is that so far, it hasn’t worked. So imagine the deja vu moment I had when reading a recent research report in JAMA Network Open from… Read More »Can Doggies Detect Cancer Early? Researchers Keep On Trying

COVID-19, Vaccines, and Cancer: We Don’t Have All The Answers

With all the talk about COVID vaccinations, cancer patients have to be asking what it means for them. And aside from some general reassurances, there is a lot we don’t know about how effective those vaccines will be in patients with cancer.  What we do know that many are at risk of severe adverse outcomes should they become infected with the virus itself and vaccines are one among several strategies to keep patients with cancer safe from the ravages of COVID and its consequences.  There are a couple of important points to keep in mind when we talk about patients… Read More »COVID-19, Vaccines, and Cancer: We Don’t Have All The Answers