Should You Get a Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test?

Steven Kornweiss, MD cancer, cancer screening, diagnosis, preventive medicine Leave a Comment

There are several different companies now offering Multi-Cancer Early detection tests. The test I am writing about today is the Galleri test by GRAIL. This test works by looking for methylation patterns on cell-free DNA in blood samples. The test generates one of two possible results: “Cancer Signal Detected,” or “Cancer Signal Not Detected.”

How Can We Balance Living a Good Life versus Living a Long One?

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“But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone ‘This Man Died from Living Too Much’.”

— Fleming, Ian. From Russia with Love (James Bond Book 5)

Write Your Own Last Act

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I’d like to approach my end with tranquility and dignity, to exert my will up until my last breath, to leave a legacy of strength and pride rather than fear and self-pity.

I am doubtful that if I were faced with my own mortality at this moment that I would live up to such grand expectations, which is why I wanted to highlight two inspiring stories that were in the news this week.

Get the Blood Work You Want Without a Doctor’s Order

Steven Kornweiss, MD healthcare system, laboratory testing, medicine, patient education Leave a Comment

My opinion is that the proper role for physicians in diagnostic testing is to make professional recommendations, not to be gatekeepers. Fortunately, you’re no longer dependent upon physicians to order lab work. Direct-to-consumer labs are available at affordable prices, and there is an increasing array of options.

The Story of Jeff Henigson

Steven Kornweiss, MD diagnosis, medicine, patient education Leave a Comment

Jeff Henigson was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of fifteen. He was told the cancer would kill him within a few years. Thirty-five years later, Jeff’s miraculous and fascinating survival story was published online. After his story became public, he was contacted by a neuropathologist.