The Crab Diaries

In 2012, I realized that my thirty plus years of practice as a radiation oncologist had provided me with an abundance of stories–happy, sad, compelling and inspiring–and that these stories needed to be told.  Along the way, stories from my “other life” as a mother of three, a daughter, an animal lover, and an occasional  world traveler crept in.  I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy telling them.

Miranda Fielding, MD



  1. Loved reading the stories – it’s truly amazing how many people you have been able to have a profound and positive influence on. I’m so glad you are sharing these memories. It also allowed me to demonstrate to my son where his literary voice comes from! Thanks miranda!

  2. This is a private message, but I was not able to find another way to contact you. I read your “How do you know if cancer treatment is working?” article and would like to post that on my Cancer Counsel blog. Please see:

    I just loved the sincerity and clarity of your writing. I think it would really benefit my readers too.

    Would you mind if we did a guest post swap? My viewpoint as a radiation patient may be of use to some of your readers.

  3. Dr. Fielding,
    I’d like to contact you about permission to reprint an article for oncology fellows. You should have my email. I was not sure how else to contact you.

    If you could please email me, I’d be glad to explain.

    Thank you.

  4. I was a little perturbed by your reply to Stacy M. Sampson who commented on your article on the Kevin MD website, “The cost of peace of mind: A case of unneeded bilateral mastectomy.” It is true you were not writing about PROPHYLACTIC bilateral mastectomy. It seems like splitting hairs to point that out and chide her the way you did. The article was, after all about bilateral mastectomy. And later in your reply you say, “You did your homework, and you were VERY lucky to be referred to a genetic counselor who recognized that we do not know ALL of the mutations that cause breast cancer. You likely saved your own life.”
    But, in order not to mince words or go on too long, I am going to say it right out. I think you are wrong and in fact arrogant in pooh-poohing the agonizing anxiety experienced by intelligent women who realize that, INDEED, all the information about the recurrence and survival rates and incidences of new primary cancer and how increased surveillance is the answer is just a bunch of words shouted in a forest full of tigers stalking us. You really don’t know.

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