Sutent or Sunitinib: Uses, Side Effects

Sutent or Sunitinib: Uses, Side Effects

Sutent – an exciting new cancer treatment Sutent, generic sunitinib, is a new cancer medication that has quickly become accepted as a first line treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as well as a treatment for gastrointestional stromal tumor (GIST) after...
Ethical Issues in Health & Medicine

Ethical Issues in Health & Medicine

As we gain better and better control of the body and its health, we are exposed to worse moral dilemmas.  Here are some of the toughest ethical issues in health & medicine. Being a medical ethicist has never been harder. 1) Genetic modification The complete...
Tarceva: Drug Efficacy, Side Effects

Tarceva: Drug Efficacy, Side Effects

Tarceva, generic erlotinib, is a new treatment for non-small cell lung cancer that works by targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).  It doesn’t work that great and can cost up to $50,000 a year.  As such, its class of medications has been reserved for...
The 10 Most Popular Drugs

The 10 Most Popular Drugs

#1) Marijuana or Weed Weed has been around for thousands of years and quite popular for its sedative and somewhat hallucinogenic effects.  It can be use medically in cancer patients to increase appetite and/or as a pain killer. People who smoke weed become “stoned” –...

Lipitor: Unusual Side Effects

Lipitor or atrovastatin, is the best selling medication because it is a fairly effective reducer of cholesterol levels.  Considering the role cholesterol plays in heart disease, the largest cause of death in the United States, reducing its levels may lead to better...