Category Archives: Oncology

Loose the clown posse; Uncle Sam has cancer fever

You have to hand it to the cancer lobby. It really has the U.S. federal government wrapped around its little finger. Some will say I’m overstating the case, but is that really a solid argument? Let’s examine the evidence. Mortality,…


Screening saves lives, but criteria too narrow

A few years back my brother-in-law Sam was starting a new job and was required to get a physical as part of the hiring process. A standard X-ray revealed a spot on his lungs and further testing confirmed it was…


Arguments aside, PSA test makes great sense to one who intends to keep on having it done annually

By JIM STOMMEN, Medical Device Daily Contributing Writer  The arguments going on these days over the prostate cancer screening test known as prostate-specific antigen (PSA for short) might make one think that there’s something wrong with the test itself. Not…


NLST results create huge opportunity for med-tech

Late last month, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN; Philadelphia) along with the National Cancer Institute’s Lung Screening Study Group released the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). The study supports the idea that CT Screening in older,…


Social media, med-tech still have luke warm relationship

Earlier this month my wife and I had a beautiful baby daughter, and as you can imagine, the demands for pictures are flooding in.  This can be pretty problematic for us seeing as how we don’t really have a Facebook page,…


NIH spending: Time for a closer look at how our government prioritizes spending at NIH and whether the default priorities really make sense

Politics, economics, and NIH spending priorities By MARK McCARTY Medical Device Daily Washington Editor Government that makes sense. It’s what we all dream of, but when it comes to spending priorities at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, we might…