| Aug 23, 2010
Prior to 1950, surgery was the major cancer treatment method, and the role of a nurse was often limited to inpatient care of the hospitalized surgical patient.
It was not until the 1970s that major advances occurred in cancer treatment and the field of...
| Oct 15, 2010
If you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, you're in plenty of company. Nearly 11 million people take care of the 5.3 million Americans with the disease, a number that's expected to grow to almost 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's...
| Jul 30, 2010
Maybe the biggest benefit Christopher Ottinger sees from the new lung cancer test he offers his patients isn't the occasional positive result that suggests a tumor may be forming. It's the negative results that indicate patients are cancer-free.
| Jul 18, 2010
Britain leads the world in the quality of care it provides dying people, leaving many developed nations behind, according to a new study.
A well-established network of hospices as well as strong government support for end-of-life care helped to place...
| Dec 19, 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Scribner: 572 pp., $30
Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maladies," a remarkable history of the 4,000-year-old war on cancer, shines a focused beam of light on a disease...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 8:21 PM
Elizabeth Edwards' decision to stop cancer treatment before her death has some local cancer experts worried that people might think that her decision to stop treatment was a death sentence.
Edwards, 61, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer....
| Nov 12, 2010
| 7:51 PM
Q: I have a question regarding prolonging life. My mom had a stroke and the doctor insisted she'd have pain without a feeding tube. I don't believe this is true. In any case, do I have a moral obligation to have a feeding tube inserted when there's no...
| Oct 29, 2010
| 8:28 PM
Q: I enjoy reading your column every Saturday. I'd appreciate your opinion on the following:
My wife and I are in our early 50s and coping with ill parents. We also see many other elderly people with a wide array of health problems. Modern medicine is...
| Feb 2, 2011
Reducing costly readmissions to hospitals is the goal of an initiative being rolled out this year by Illinois' largest health insurer and the state's hospital lobby.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois Hospital Association said...
| Jan 24, 2011
Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.
Over the last two years, Le Blanc saw...
| Dec 5, 2010
Eileen Hagarty can no longer walk or manipulate her right hand. Next year, her doctor says, she'll probably begin gasping for breath as paralysis climbs up her torso.
Hagarty, 60, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease she dreaded above all...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Q. British author Sir Terry Pratchett recently presented a BBC documentary called “Choosing To Die,” about assisted suicide. Pratchett, the bestselling author of the “Discworld” series of fantasy novels, was diagnosed with...