On Call with Dr. Porter
There’s nothing more I can do. Perhaps the most difficult words a doctor can say. If it weren’t for the passion we have as healers, those five words would cause a lot of good doctors to change their profession. So often we are told to not get too close or don’t get too personal. But we have no choice. Our passion comes from being able to heal and to continue fighting for lives.
As a gastroenterologist, I see colon cancer and its related issues every day. Colon cancer is the third leading killer in America. This year, nearly 50,000 men and women will die from colon cancer. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s 50,000 to many. We have to fight every day to find a cure.
As physicians, we can only use the knowledge we have available, but that doesn’t mean we are allowed to give up. Our ultimate goal is telling a patient to go home and enjoy life. Everything is fine.
Fortunately, I don’t deal with breast cancer. But breast cancer is the leading cancer among women and nearly 40,000 will die this year from the disease. And, that’s 40,000 too many. Are we making progress? I’m happy to report that we are doing better. In the article “Winning the War on Breast Cancer”, Dr. Mariana Chavez-MacGregor talks about the progress being made in Stage IV or metastatic cancer. One of the nation’s leading cancer researchers – Dr. Chavez-MacGregor gives us hope in the war on breast cancer and hope to finding a cure. But as a word of caution, Dr. Chavez-MacGregor notes, “We need to do better”.
Join us in the quest to find a cure because every day a life is snuffed out by cancer. I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Chavez-MacGregor. We need to do better.