Redefining Cancer, and Other Links

One way to cut costs: redefine “cancer.”

Medicare patients’ chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on what hospital they go to ― even when their symptoms are the same.

Is psychotherapy over the Internet better than face-to-face counseling?

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  1. Afton says:

    “some premalignant conditions… which many doctors agree is not cancer, should be renamed to exclude the word carcinoma, so that patients are less frightened and less likely to seek what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments that can include the surgical removal of the breast”

    “so that patients are less frightened”

    Cancer is scary, and fear can make you do irrational things

    • Cory says:

      It may also inform some doctors.

      “Just as the general public is catching up to this idea, there are scientists who are catching up, too”

      • Greg says:

        Is it really the doctors that are needing to be informed? I thought it was the patients that were getting frightened and asking for preventative surgery?

    • Don D. says:

      I don’t know, if carcinoma is in the description, then it is pretty heavily related to cancer…so we shouldn’t change the true definitions of things, because some people are irrational.

    • Randall says:

      Cancer is scary and some really crazy things can happen when you are given a worse prognosis than you deserved.

  2. August says:

    Updating the names isn’t so bad. It has 3rd party support.

    “‘We need a 21st-century definition of cancer instead of a 19th-century definition of cancer, which is what we’ve been using,’ said Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, who was not directly involved in the report.”

  3. Don D. says:

    Psychotherapy over the internet sounds like a horrible idea.

    • Drew says:

      I don’t know about a horrible idea…I just don’t see the point in doing that instead of going to meet someone face to face…

    • Becky says:

      People are better at perceiving emotions and intuitive problems about people that machines would not be able to pick up on…so I don’t see why it would be necessary either.

  4. Howard says:

    There are so many ways to cut costs. You have to juggle between the cuts of cost and the utility of the service rendered.

  5. Buster says:

    Is psychotherapy over the Internet better than face-to-face counseling?

    Heck, it would drive me crazy just having to go to my shrink’s office each week and lay on the couch . At least getting psychotherapy over the Internet would allow me to lay on my own couch in my underwear drinking a beer.