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The Hopeful Cancer Doc
Jennifer Lycette, MD -- an oncologist's blog on medicine, hope, and work life balance.
Jennifer Lycette, MD -- an oncologist's blog on medicine, hope, and work life balance.
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At-home-dads and the movie The Incredibles 2: a missed opportunity.

(warning: minor movie spoiler alert) As a working mom physician with a husband who is an at-home-dad, I was intrigued by the opening premise of the movie The Incredibles 2 — Helen (Elastigirl) is tapped to return to work as a Superhero over her husband,…
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Physician working moms: how many are there in the U.S.? The number will surprise you.

Did any of you other physician working moms out there get the dreaded made-at-school mother’s day card this year? You know, the one your kid makes in class, where they trace a flower (or some variation), and on each petal writes a word to describe you,…
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Welcome to Episode 3 of The Prior Authorization Games:   Where the Odds are Never in Your Favor. In this episode, I chronicle some of my latest and most flabbergasting interactions with the insurance companies when requesting “prior authorization” for…
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In my first year of oncology fellowship, our program director asked us a question:  what percentage of people with cancer survived 5 years or more? At that time, in 2003, the answer was 60%.  I was appalled that fewer than half of us fellows, physicians…
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What is adjuvant therapy? One of the most common questions I hear at an initial visit, as a medical oncologist, is: “My surgeon told me she got all the cancer.  So why am I here?” One of the jobs of the medical oncologist is teaching our patients that…
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My latest blog post, on the challenges of prior authorizations.

Greetings Readers.  I thought I would try something new and start somewhat of a series.  If you didn’t see my original post on prior authorizations, this link will take you right to it. Last week I found myself on the phone, yet again arguing on behalf of…
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“My mom is a doctor, my dad is a Dad.” So stated one of our children in their autobiography assignment for school.  I kept reading, curious what would come next. “My dad usually stays home and cleans up, and takes care of the pets.” I thought for a…
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I am pleased to share the link to my newest published narrative essay, entitled The Puzzle Table, published online 10/2/17 in the Art of Oncology section of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  
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Recently I was enjoying a “mom day” running errands with the kids, you know, the usual essentials — groceries, school supplies, and espresso coffee drive-through. At this last stop, the barista made small talk and, seeing the kids in the back seat,  joked…
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I am not the first physician blogger to write about the difficulties of prior authorizations, denials, and appeals, but recent occurrences in my own practice have been so convoluted that I feel they must be shared. The nonsensical denials would almost…
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