Andrew Putnam, Oncologist


Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Is it okay to go on a cruise before, during, or shortly after chemotherapy treatment? — May 28, 2014
There are 3 parts to the answer. The first is for your husband to think about how he feels now and whether he is up to a week of travel. Is he likely to feel too exhauste...
Should my mother opt for chemotherapy or not? — May 28, 2014
Chemotherapy is something that sounds great. Most everyone wants to live longer. It is important to understand though that people do NOT have to accept chemotherapy.. Th...
Can lung cancer "wake up" dormant leukemia? — Dec 12, 2013
Any cancer and its treatment puts a great deal of stress on the body. An active lung cancer might exasperate the "dormant leukemia" because the body's defenses will now be...
What happens if I don't have chemotherapy? — Dec 11, 2013
It sounds as though you are writing about a situation of the future, possibly distant, possibly not. Unfortunately there is no way to accurately predict what will happen. ...
Does sensory perception pain ever go away? — Sep 04, 2013
Your pain does sound likely to have been caused by the stroke but the class of the pain would still be the same. The medical name for sensory perception pain is "Neuropathi...
Can Hospice Administer IV Treatment for Sodium and Potassium for Terminal Cancer? — Jul 15, 2013
This question does not have a single answer as it depends on the hospice. The easy answer is that hospice is not prohibited BY LAW from providing any treatment. The probl...
What to Do With Hip and Back Pain? — Jul 15, 2013
Bone pain with exercise is a very wide spread issue that limits many people's exercise capability. The drug of choice would be NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug...
What happens when your body becomes immune to your chemo treatments? — Apr 17, 2013
Cancer cells are not foreign invaders, but instead they are the body's own cells that have lost control and so multiply and spread around the body. Chemotherapy drugs can b...
Clearing of throat constantly - throat cancer? — Apr 14, 2013
Constant clearing of the throat can mean many things like post nasal drip or even gastric reflux disease. Usually the cause is some sort of irritation of the esophagus, br...
Any treatment solutions for swollen feet and hip pain? — Oct 12, 2012
The hip pain is a different and can have various causes. If your dad has lost a lot of weight, he may have lost the normal padding on his hips and lying on his side can hu...