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June 2018

Frontline dispatches from the burnout battle

June 2018—Bryan Bohman, MD, doesn’t spend his days wandering the Bay Area handing out buttons that read “Lift people, not the bottom line.” But don’t rule this out as a possibility someday, either. Dr. Bohman, chief medical officer, University Healthcare Alliance, and clinical professor of anesthesiology and perioperative and pain medicine, Stanford Health Care, is campaigning against physician burnout. Yes, it threatens the quality of medical care, he says, and yes, it’s expensive.

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NGS to take top spot as cancer biomarker testing broadens

June 2018—For biomarker testing and tissue conservation, all roads lead to next-generation sequencing, says Boaz Kurtis, MD, laboratory and medical director of Cancer Genetics in Los Angeles. Dr. Kurtis, speaking in a webinar on NGS in routine non-small cell lung cancer biomarker testing, said, “There’s no other technology platform out there that can provide the amount of data we need today or will need in the future.” If next-generation sequencing is performed today, he said, “we will be ready for what we can reasonably anticipate the future holds.”

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Q&A column

June 2018—What is the role of total testosterone and free testosterone in gauging the effectiveness of androgen deprivation therapy?

We are planning to validate the mismatch repair panel in our immunohistochemistry laboratory. Do we use the CAP guidelines for antibody validation for a nonpredictive marker or a predictive marker?

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