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Dear insurance doctor: You are not my peer

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

By: Rick Boulay, MD From: kevinmd.com I am a gynecologic-oncologist. I work in the high-stakes realm of cancer care. I strategize complex treatment plans involving surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and the newer biological agents to treat the myriad of disease that we call collectively “cancer.” Cure — or at least control — requires urgent and timely administration of these modalities along …

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Finances Weigh Heavily on Older Cancer Patients

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By: Charles Bankhead From: medpagetoday.com Despite access to Medicare in most cases, older patients with cancer remained deeply concerned about financial burdens from their medical care, a survey of almost 1,500 patients showed. Financial hardship had a consistent and significantly negative impact on older patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Symptoms, disability, lack of emotional support, and other factors also …

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Informed decision making in cancer care: more myth than reality

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By: Ellen Miller-Sonet From: statnews.com For nearly a decade, the most distinguished minds in cancer care have advocated for shared decision-making — patients partnering with their clinicians to make informed decisions that are consistent with their needs, values, and preferences. Although widely perceived as the gold standard, it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. My organization, CancerCare, …

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Astellas Oncology Selects Five C3 Prize® Finalists to Pitch Ideas for Changing Cancer Care

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In the challenge’s second year, five entrants will compete for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $50,000 from Astellas and a consultation with Robert Herjavec, star of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit television show, Shark Tank Astellas today announced the five C3 Prize finalists chosen from more than 160 entries to present their ideas to change cancer care in …