Alison Ginsburg

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One hundred cancer patients undergoing active treatment were interviewed to determine how they perceived their illness and how their perceptions compared with those of their attending physicians. Ninety-eight patients recognized that they had cancer and 87 correctly identified the tumour type. Sixty-four of 67 patients with local or regional disease were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the nature and incidence of psychiatric illness, symptoms of potential psychiatric significance, substance abuse and psychosocial concerns among patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer. DESIGN Case series. SETTING Kingston Regional Cancer Centre, a tertiary care facility for ambulatory cancer patients. PATIENTS Seventy-one(More)
A patient with features of a myeloproliferative disorder developed an acute multisystems illness and died. In-vitro platelet aggregation was imparied, but necropsy revealed widespread platelet-rich thromboemboli and multiple organ infarctions. It is suggested that platelets are damaged during disseminated intravascular platelet aggregation (DIPA) and that(More)
A dyserythropoietic syndrome with coincidental immune thrombocytopenia seen during pregnancy is discussed. The morphological and serological results in this case most resemble type II congenital dyserythropoietic anemia. However, functional evidence of dyserythropoiesis was absent and the patient was not anemic. Splenectomy was performed for the resistant(More)
OBJECTIVES a) To determine how much patients with recently diagnosed lung cancer know about their illness and its treatment, and b) to find out if doctors know what their patients know and what they don't. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred patients with recently diagnosed lung cancer, who were undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy, were interviewed to(More)
In response to recent advice from the US National Cancer Institute concerning the use of systemic adjuvant therapy for node-negative breast cancer we reviewed the literature and found that several studies have shown evidence of a disease-free, but not an overall, survival advantage for treated patients. The benefits have been modest and may not outweight(More)
BACKGROUND Molecular tools are now widely used to address crucial management and conservation questions. To date, dart biopsying has been the most commonly used method for collecting genetic data from cetaceans; however, this method has some drawbacks. Dart biopsying is considered inappropriate for young animals and has recently come under scrutiny from(More)