Cancer Support through Song

One of the many offerings MSK has for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors is the Rising Voices Choir. Len Robertson, a music teacher who came to MSK for treatment, wrote in Verywell Health about his experiences with breast cancer as a Black man and the support he received by participating in the choir: 

“I’ve been a trained singer for years, but chemo took a toll on my entire body, including my voice. I couldn’t control my voice in the same way, and I was struggling to deal with that change. But everyone in the choir—including some doctors and nurses who were also diagnosed with breast cancer—loved my new voice and helped me stay positive during recovery and treatment.”

Read more about Mr. Robertson’s experience and road to recovery and advocacy.

Dr. Carol Brown on Health Disparities

Dr. Carol Brown

Dr. Carol Brown. Photo: Richard DeWitt.

Recently, MSK’s Dr. Carol Brown, Nicholls-Biondi Chair for Health Equity, sat down with HemOncToday’s Oncology Overdrive podcast to discuss equity in the healthcare workplace, research, and care. Learn more about the state of these issues today and strategies for progress by listening to this wide-ranging 40-minute interview.

Celebrating Infection Preventionists

Tania Bubb

Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC. Photo by Richard DeWitt.

In a video interview of Dr. Tania Bubb, MSK’s Director of Infection Control, Infection Control Today features a study she presented at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Infection preventionists (IPs) were invited to fill out surveys regularly from March through July 2020. IPs from 16 US states and three other countries reported both exhaustion at the peak of the COVID pandemic and increased empowerment and value at their institutions. They noted that the pandemic led their colleagues to take hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) more seriously than ever before, at the same time expressing frustration with PPE shortages.

Dr. Bubb closed the interview by applauding IPs as unsung heroes of the pandemic: 

They may not have taken care of patients directly, but their policies, their procedures, their vigilance, and their enthusiasm for their jobs supported those who took care of the patients and laid the groundwork for how those who took care of the patients would remain safe.