iOS app Android app

Cancer Treatment

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 10 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Fly me to the moon..." (Bart Howard) Previously I had reported that I had tried to get a prescription -- approval -- for medical marijuana. My oncol...

Becoming Raw Changed My Life

Carol Alt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Alt

In my teens, I ate wheat, gluten, sugar; basically the normal SAD (Standard American Diet). My dietary staples were breads, muffins, baked goods, hamburgers, Chinese food, spaghetti, pizza. If it was junk food -- I ate it.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

She Has A Very Good Reason For Hating The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living

A Michigan woman struggling with ovarian cancer took an attention-grabbing approach to voicing her displeasure with the government shutdown. On Tuesda...

Cancer Sucks. Buy a Helmet.

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

About three weeks ago, I had the unique honor to help an amazing group of adults and kids alike in their quest to put a smile on the face of a young girl they loved dearly.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 8 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like responses to chemo, everyone's experiences are different. Of course, these are my experiences; but I believe they contain universal truths.

Between Breaking Bad and Doing Good...

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Kiem

Misha listened politely as I itemized the tasks for fall. Then he leaned in over the restaurant's loud music and asked, "Do you think, when you get back to New York, you could help someone raise several thousand dollars to get a stem-cell transplant?"

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Leah Yomtovian Roush | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Leah Yomtovian Roush

I never in a millions years thought I would thank my mom's cancer, but I am grateful for the perspective it's enabled me to gain. My life will never be the same because I'll be happier appreciating the blessings in my life -- like my mom.

Would You Reconnect With a Terminally Ill Ex?

Anne Vitiello | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Anne Vitiello

Life unfolds, regardless. Years accumulate, whether we grow or heal, or not. And the things that we can't make peace with, we just learn to live with. Or put way up high and in the back on the "forget or deny" shelf.

Inspiration

Kris Evans | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Kris Evans

I'm angry, I'm grateful, I'm sad and I'm crying because I am so happy I have survived. But more than any of that, I'm inspired by how hard people fight and how much they are loved and how many dedicate their lives in trying to win the battle.

5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

Anna Leahy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

If you're sick, wear what you like. Wear whatever you want to wear, whatever makes you happy or comfortable. Wear something old that brings back memories. Rules don't matter.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 7 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.14.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When on cycle two, day two, I told my nurse she was joining my angels here on earth, she told me that one of her previous patients had claimed coming into the infusion room was like going to hell -- now I have a Hell's Angel by my side.

At the Top of My Lungs: Spring Forward

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

On the first day of spring, Harlan and I finally took the little white holiday lights down from the bushes in front of our house. They looked magical when we put them up at Christmas. After we got the cancer diagnosis in January, I couldn't bear to take them down.

REPORT: Aging U.S. Faces Crisis In Cancer Care

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is facing a crisis in how to deliver cancer care, as the baby boomers reach their tumor-prone years and doctors have a hard tim...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 6 in a Series of Cancer Related-Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Rock me like a wagon wheel... Like tumble weeds, rolling along through the dust and drought. During my Aug. 26 visit to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical C...

At the Top of My Lungs: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Waiting for each hair to go was like death by a thousand cuts. So on the fifth day of the exodus my husband Harlan got the buzzer and the razor, and I was G.I. Jen. Up to this point I hadn't felt like a sick person. Now I looked in the mirror and saw Cancer Girl.

In the Thick of 'Young Man's Cancer'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeb Harrison

Take care of ourselves? Perhaps that's the one thought that trumps all others, and probably the one thing that parents of sick kids, especially sick adult kids, lose sight of. And it's probably the only thing in this whole horrifying cancer dance that a proud parent can actually control to some degree.

At the Top of My Lungs: Food for Thought

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

In the first weeks of treatment, I had few side effects apart from fatigue. I thought perhaps I had dodged a bullet and would skate through without much discomfort. It would be clear in the coming weeks just what a tough battle this would be, and the best weight for me was my fighting weight.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 5 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Looking for adventure... Well, I found it, in a manner of speaking. I felt like a piece of lead on day three after chemo -- sleeping fitfully throug...

I Saw Death: Melissa Carroll's Recurrence at Andrea Rosen Gallery 2

Daniel Maidman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

In light of this pitiless way of looking at things, Melissa Carroll has earned something few of us have: peace. She has been given little -- or rather, has had much taken from her -- and instead of despairing, she has made everything out of nothing.

At the Top of My Lungs: Ready for Take Off (Chemo Begins)

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

I don't care if my hair grows back in 50 shades of gray. I might throw a cap on if my head gets cold, but no precarious headgear for me. Life is too short to worry about your hair blowing away in the wind.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 4 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Head on down the highway... The first day of chemo arrived, and I approached it with anxiety, which I suppressed through humor at every opportunity. ...

40 Years Later, Relearning That Sometimes Less Is More in Breast Cancer

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Given the toll treatment can take, every woman should be able to make her own decisions about her health care based on her values and priorities -- and to do so women need access to independent evidence-based data to inform their decisions.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 3 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Get your motor running... Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a little more than an hour's drive from my home in Vermont. During that hour a lot ca...