Utilizing Proper Supportive Care in Multiple Myeloma: An Interview With Smith Giri, MD, MHS

​ In the treatment of multiple myeloma, supportive care is essential to mitigating the risks of infection and bone disease. However, a study published recently in Cancer by Smith Giri, MD, MHS, and colleagues found that guideline-recommended supportive care measures are underutilized in older patients with multiple myeloma. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Giri discusses supportive care for patients with myeloma, as well as interventions that could increase the use of these measures. Can yo...
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Do Industry Payments Serve Patient Interest?

National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers receive public funding that helps shape cancer care provided at the centers. Industry payments—financial compensation given to doctors by pharmaceutical companies—also play a role in shaping cancer care, although these payments do so more indirectly. Researchers used Open Payments—a system that tracks all industry payments made to doctors—in order to examine industry payments made to physician directors at NCIs. For this study, published ...
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Preventing Burnout Among Oncologists: Daniel McFarland, DO

​ Burnout is widespread in oncology, occurring in around 25% to 35% of medical oncologists, 28% to 36% of surgical oncologists, and 28% of radiation oncologists. In his previous interview with i3 Health, Daniel C. McFarland, DO, a medical oncologist and psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, discussed what can be done about the high rates of suicide among physicians and the particularly high rates of depression among oncologists. In this second installment, he d...
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Depression and Suicide Risk in Oncologists: Daniel C. McFarland, DO

​ Physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession, and oncologists experience depression at a higher rate than physicians in other internal medicine specialties. In this interview with i3 Health, Daniel C. McFarland, DO, a medical oncologist and psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, discusses the factors contributing to this issue, which he and colleagues addressed in a recent publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and about ...
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