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Cancer Treatment

Breast Cancer Therapy Failed Me

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I've known I was...

Delayed Authorizations for Cancer Treatments

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I was recently directed to a website titled The Alliance for Patient Access and, in particular, a YouTube video, "Protecting Cancer Care." The allia...

The Danger in Consolidating Cancer Care

Ted Okon | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Ted Okon

The sad reality is that the 340B drug discount program, which provides a very valuable safety net for helping to ensure that patients receive needed medical treatment, is being unfairly used by some hospitals to acquire physician-owned community cancer clinics.

How Jerking Off Got Me Through Chemo

H. Alan Scott | Posted 02.03.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

The reality that the cancer could come back -- or might not. The reality that I'm mortal. The reality that, as masturbation so wonderfully illustrates, it's essential to live every moment fully, even if it gives you carpal tunnel syndrome.

A Problem With How We Treat Cancer -- and How to Fix It

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

What's missing, and what is so needed during this time, is a fifth phase of cancer, or the social, emotional, spiritual and psychological support for life after you are sent home to recover.

The Ethical Dilemma of Forced Chemotherapy on a Teen

Ruth Macklin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that "whoever wills the end, wills the means." However, even those who initially support a plan to force treatment on a young patient are morally bound to question the means required to do so.

Live, Laugh, Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition On a gorgeous spring day 17 years ago, ...

4 Rays of Hope for 'Precision' Cancer Therapies

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

When they arrive, precision therapies may guide each individual's cancer treatments for improved survival and quality of life. Yet today we can generate more information than can be integrated and analyzed.

Cancer Patients Growing Their Own Tumors In Mice In Hopes Of A Cure

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same - with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a pri...

'She Can Have Some Of My Hair': After Seeing Girl Without Hair, Toddler Moved To Donate Hers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.03.2014 | Good News

This young girl is truly benevolent beyond her years. Three-year-old Ariana Smith from Winterport, Maine watched a video from Extra Life, a charity...

Be Your Own Advocate

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Cancer was the first time in my life where I had to be an advocate for myself. Maybe it's pathetic that it took a threat to my life to learn to speak up, but regardless it's a lesson I will never forget.

5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Traveling for Cancer Treatments

Robyn Stoller | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Robyn Stoller

To get the best care possible, many cancer patients need to travel out-of-state for treatments, surgeries and even second opinions. Being away from...

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Once I finished chemo, I shared my experience with every patient I met and urged them to do the same. After talking to other patients I know that not everyone wants a party. I know that not every patient needs 500 people standing by their side to get them through. Not every patient is Kayla.

Overcoming Cancer Consent

Christopher Gazarian | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gazarian

When day zero comes around, I take one last moment to think about my fear. The fears of what I will definitely experience, the fears of what I might experience and the fears of what I might not experience. And then, finally I do have a choice to make.

How Cancer Survivors Are Giving Back

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I recently read about an amazing program that recruits and trains cancer survivors to act as peer navigators, or "cancer coaches," to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Warrior Status

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Nina Polvanich Louie

"Nothing compares to what you've been through"is the favorite line. These days, my friends rarely share their physical pain with me. And when they do, it is always downplayed as if their pain is not real.. Every time this happens, it reminds me of my new identity: Patient. Cancer survivor.

Sharing Cancer Stories on Facebook

Roger Wright | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Roger Wright

"So the odds of recovery are 94-99%. Pretty good, huh?" We were two middle-aged guys whose morning routine included a walk to the corner to buy a newspaper from a blue, metal stand.

Sasha Bronner

Hospital Cancer Program Confronts The Existential

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living

People who battle stage 4 cancer are familiar with words like chemotherapy, radiation and metastasize. But words they may not hear at a hospital as of...

The Routines of Bravery

Lea Grover | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Lea Grover

It should never be routine to sit biting your nails for hours in the early morning while someone you love is getting sophisticated images taken of tumors that you can't help but worry are growing.

How Not to Talk to Someone Dying of Cancer

Allen Frances | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

We overtrain our doctors on the overvalued technical aspects of medicine and under-train them in the undervalued relational skills that have always been at the heart of healing.

Why Is Our Health Care System Disconnected from What Matters to Patients?

Kim Thiboldeaux | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Kim Thiboldeaux

There remains a systemic disconnect between patients and the community involved in treating them. For decades, the patient experience has been marred by disconnected, uncoordinated care and a focus largely on biomedical needs.

'Truly Brave' Kids With Cancer Are All Smiles In Music Video From Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News

One look at the amazing kids in this video, and you'll notice the smiles on their faces long before the fact that they are battling pediatric cancer. ...

Can the War on Cancer Be Won? A Surprising Answer

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I like to talk to patients and ask them how best to explain complicated medical information, so that every individual can have the information he or she needs to make the best decisions for him -- or herself.

Tired? Check Your Neck for Thyroid Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

One of the major symptoms of thyroid cancer is being exhausted and depressed and if you are experiencing a tightness in your throat, a change in your voice or swallowing/breathing ability, you need to see your doctor.

Treatment Together

Alex Niles | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

Life is complicated. Life after a cancer diagnosis is even more complicated. It can hit you hard, so hard that you find yourself gasping for air. It is never something you can be prepared for, and it leaves you confused, puzzled, and disoriented.