How an oncologist’s experience caring for his mother during lung cancer diagnosis and treatment prompted three resolutions for future interactions with patients.
Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, played an unfamiliar role in a familiar setting when his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, only understood his father’s passion for art on canvas after his father’s deteriorating health revealed the passion’s purpose.
The FDA has approved the immunocellular therapy for use in children and young adults with relapsed/refractory B-cell precursor ALL.
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The Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Leukemia Program argues that we must define trial outcomes that matter to patients.
Early trial data show that precision therapy enasidenib can induce durable complete remission in patients with relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia.
Cleveland Clinic has joined a multicenter clinical trial aimed at developing a blood test to detect cancer early. The Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas (CCGA) study is recruiting 10,000 patients throughout the U.S. to build a database for cancer biology.
When patients communicate their desires, Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, says physicians must listen, even if that means sacrificing a firm diagnosis. A 97-year-old patient reminds him that answers aren’t always the answer.
Facing a life-threatening illness like cancer, patients look to their physician for reassurance and hope. “The compassionate part of me aches to alleviate my patients’ fears,” Cleveland Clinic oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, writes. But what happens when they want more certainty?
Oncologists often have to deliver bad news to their patients, but repetition doesn’t make the task any easier. Relaying complex information about test results, treatment plans, risks and survival chances is challenging, writes Cleveland Clinic oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS — especially with patients who have comprehension difficulties.