Blogs are a great way to learn about almost any subject. I particularly like the mix of facts and opinions that the best blogs offer. Blog posts are (usually) short, to the point, entertaining and tend to focus on new information and discoveries. They allow writers to report and reflect on information more quickly than almost any other medium. These characteristics of blogs also mean that they are more accessible for patients who wish to follow current trends and research findings.
Last month, I recommended the Breast Care Chronicles blog, written by Lillie Shockney, RN, MAS. For this post, I would like to highlight and recommend the Sunrise Rounds blog, written by James C. Salwitz, MD. Dr. Salwitz practices Medical Oncology at the Central Jersey Oncology Center and is a Clinical Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hospital & Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Salwitz uses his clinical knowledge and experience treating cancer patients, as well as his obvious empathy for cancer patients and their families, to add to his readers’ overall understanding of cancer. Some of his posts are strictly clinical, such as “Lynched by Colon Cancer,” about the risks associated with Lynch Syndrome, some focus on family issues, such as “Denial is a family thing,” and others are concerned with current events like Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy earlier this year in “ Thank you, Angelina .” I have yet to read one of his posts without learning something new about cancer and the issues faced by cancer patients. Dr. Salwitz even provided a “Back to School Cancer Quiz” to encourage readers to educate themselves on cancer.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read Dr. Salwitz’s latest blog post, “The meaning of pain.” If you do, let me know what you think. And, as always, I would love to hear about the healthcare blogs you follow.