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    as they are coming in for Leaves.  I have previously written about thi.

    The cancer was not immediately life-threatening, but the damage to her spine potentially was, and if not directly, the chance of major paralysis was quite real.

    What concerns me about Dr. Emanuel's approach is that it is in isolation - that is, it is dealing with cancer after diagnosis, which is far too often too far downstream from where it could be detected.  The importance of screening - which is not necessarily all THAT expensive as a means of catching cancers in their early, more treatable stages -  does not seem to even enter into his thinking.

    Thus I am skeptical of what he offers because it does not look at the entire picture.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:26:32 PM PDT

    •  Quite so re: the focus on post-dx care. (3+ / 0-)

      Screening is important; identifying environmental contributors and then working to eliminate them would be constructive, too.  Basically, it would be better if we could front-load the process so that people could count on getting the interventions they need as early as possible. I don't see any consideration of that in his proposal either.
      Thanks for your comment, Ken. Good to hear that Leaves is doing so much better.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:34:23 PM PDT

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