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In his incredibly vulnerable TED talk, Andy Dunn, the founder of Bonobos, an online clothing retailer, opens up about his diagnosis of bipolar type 1 disorder. Listening to him, I couldn't help but think about all the brilliant minds in our field and medicine as a whole who may be silently struggling with mental illness but are afraid to seek help due to the fear of regulatory burdens that could arise during medical license renewals or job searches. The last SGO practice survey showed that 40% of gyn oncologists had a positive screen for depression.
At a state level, as of 2021, according to this paper, most states continue to ask questions regarding physician mental health, and only eight states use recommended supportive language when inquiring about these issues.
My advice, if you need help, take it. Of course, remedies to fix the system, the workplace culture, etc., are long-term solutions. Still, as Andy Dunn mentioned in his talk, we must stop stigmatizing people and make mental health universally acceptable.
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This is the second trial in recent years comparing the neoadjuvant chemotherapy for cervical cancer followed by a surgical resection. The rationale for these trials and the pursuit to identify an alternative to chemoradiotherapy is based on a simple reason: cervical cancer is highly prevalent in low and middle-income countries where access to radiotherapy and brachytherapy is often limited.
The first of these trials was published 2018 by Gupta et al. from the Tata Memorial Hospital in India.
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