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Cary A. Presant, M.D.
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Dr. Cary Presant is a practicing hematologist and medical oncologist in Southern California. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and staff physician at City of Hope. Dr. Presant’s book “Surviving American Medicine” enables patients to get the right doctors, right hospitals and right treatments. It received the 2013 International Book Award for best book in health. As a grant-awarded scientific researcher, Dr. Presant has written over 400 scientific articles on health care, cancer treatment, personalized medicine, and quality of life in cancer patients.

A nationally recognized leader in medicine, Dr. Presant has been president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and a director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In California, Dr. Presant has been president of the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California and president of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Presant is Chief Medical Officer at DiaTech Oncology, Nashville TN.

Dr. Presant’s current research is focused on developing predictive personalized medicine tests for cancer patients, and testing of new therapeutic programs for cancer. Always seeking to improve medical care, Dr. Presant lectures on improving health care and new research advances throughout the country, and authors blogs for patients at and for doctors on Medscape.

Entries by Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Breast Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen, That Is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Or perhaps rather than paraphrasing Shakespeare, we should ask, "When Should We Screen?" As evidenced by my patients' questions in my clinical office, the recently published policy revision from the American Cancer Society puts many women into a state of confusion. Since there were many false-positive results with...

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Why The Martian Movie is a Metaphor for Surviving Serious Illness

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:17 AM

A popular movie in October 2015 has been The Martian. Amid fantastic cinematography by Dariusz Wolski and acting by Matt Damon, application of known scientific principles on a distant planet result in an exciting drama, with lots of laughter along the way. I highly recommend it.

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Cancer Prevention Tips From the Women's Health Summit

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:49 PM

On Oct. 13, 2015, the inaugural Women's Health Summit took place in Los Angeles led by Fran Drescher and her foundation Cancer Schmancer. It was a very exciting program aimed at informing people about the latest information on preventing illness and screening for cancer, as well as methods...

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 7:12 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What better time to honor the courage of Jackie Collins' fight against breast cancer than to look at some of the newest information about the disease so everyone can make the right decisions today about protecting themselves from breast cancer.

After a courageous 6.5-year...

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Presidential Cancer: Tips About President Jimmy Carter's Melanoma

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Melanoma is increasing in frequency. This is probably due to increasing sun exposure without using sunscreen, as well as use of tanning lamps, beds and salons, all of which increase exposure to UV radiation (astonishingly, 35 percent of adults and 59 percent of college...

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Progress Against Cancer: Hope Conquering Hype

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Cancer is the most feared human disease and the second leading cause of death behind heart disease. After starting the War On Cancer, how are we doing in 2015? Is it still only the hype of technology promises, or is there hope in the current panoply...

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Compassion and Empathy at the End of Life: Advanced Care Planning Takes a Giant Step Forward

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:26 PM

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay in 2016 for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that...

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What Grade Does the Supreme Court Earn on Its Affordable Care Act Decision?

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:34 PM

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court again upheld the ACA against a challenge, this time to federal subsidies. Was this a good or bad decision? What grade should we give the court, and for that matter congress as well?

Because the court held that the

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'Female Viagra' -- Libido Liberation or Gender Hype?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Is this new drug flianserin really the "female Viagra," or is it just a drug that empowers women to talk about gender discrimination? The FDA advisory committee has recently recommended approval of the still-experimental drug flibanserin (also known as Addyi) to help sexual dysfunction in women. After this...

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Why You Should Watch the Film Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:06 PM

Cancer is the most feared of all illnesses. It strikes one of every two men and one of every three women during their lives. So now we have an visual experience which helps us to understand what cancer is, how it has changed, what oncologists use to treat...

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What Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Lesley Gore ('It's My Party') Have in Common

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:05 AM

It's an unlikely pairing. Leonard Nimoy, best known for his recurring role as Spock in Star Trek, recently passed away. His cause of death was emphysema, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or end-stage respiratory failure. But the real cause of his...

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Angelina Jolie: Double Credit as a Role Model After Double Operations

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:45 PM

With the recognition that 5 to 10 percent of cancers are due to inherited mutations, it is especially important that people work with their physicians to identify their cancer risk and, when appropriate, do gene testing to see if they have a mutation. Once any mutation is identified,...

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Don't Listen to What Homer Simpson Said

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Every year, March is colorectal cancer awareness month. One of the latest victims of this common illness was the co-creator of "The Simpson's," Sam Simon, who succumbed March 8 after a courageous 4 year battle against colon cancer. But his created character Homer Simpson said, "Just...

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Lung Cancer in Women: The No. 1 Cancer Killer That Can Be Tamed

(14) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Lung cancer has become the No. 1 cancer killer in women. Long the most common cancer causing death in women, breast cancer has been better controlled due to early diagnosis with mammograms, prevention with medications (and even risk-reducing surgery), and better therapies. Which has resulted in the increasing death rate...

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My Academy Award for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2014: Congratulations to Still Alice

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Some movies cause us to think about ourselves and society. An important issue for most of us is our health and our medical care. Each year there are a few movies that portray health issues important to each of us in our lives. Annually I name the best...

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January Cervical Cancer Month: Progress Is Promising

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:00 PM

January is Cervical Cancer Month. So it is time to look at what has been accomplished recently in control of this disease.

Getting treatment for advanced cervical cancer is challenging. Patients often have pelvic pain, sometimes with blockage of intestines and the urinary tract. Regrettably many patients have...

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Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 1:41 PM

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

Get health insurance. This is sometimes easier than before implementation of the Accountable Care Act...

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Best Health-Themed Movie of 2014: The Nominees Are Announced

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Awards shows are coming, and everyone is watching to see which films will be considered the best.

For two years I have been awarding Dr. Cary's "Academy Award" for the best health-themed movie of the year. 2014 has several movies that are deserving of my nomination. Let me...

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Smokeout Time: Your Opportunity to Stop Smoking and Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:55 PM

On Nov. 20, 2014, the day designated annually by the American Cancer Society as the "Great American Smokeout" will take place. 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of this event, which has helped save lives.

This is an important day for you whether or not you are a...

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No Shave November: Crowdfunding Cancer Research With Body Hair

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Making charitable contributions makes us feel good. Especially in dealing with life-threatening diseases such as cancer, donating money that supports research into new treatments increases our ability to help family and friends who now or in the future may have the illness, maybe even ourselves. The male Today...

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