Got cancer? There’s help out there, you just have to find it

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

By Debra Sherman, Correspondent at Reuters In my last post, I told you how to research cancer centers. The skyrocketing costs of cancer care has raised the alarm of patient advocates and oncologists, especially as a growing number of U.S. families end up declaring bankruptcy over unpaid bills. One recent study showed that people with cancer were more than 2.5 …

U.S. Faces Cancer-Care Crisis, Report Suggests

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From Drugs.com The United States faces a cancer care crisis because of its aging population, rising health costs, complexity of care and a shrinking pool cancer care workers, a new report warns. The number of people over 65 — the segment of the population that accounts for most cancer cases — is rapidly increasing, straining available health services, according to …

Online chronicles boost spirits of cancer victims

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

An increasing number of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses are chronicling their experience on the Internet. A new UCLA study comprised of women with breast cancer has found that these online postings reduce depression, increase a positive mood, and enhance appreciation for life. Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center published the study online ahead of print on …

The tension between oncology and palliative care

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From KevinMD.com One of the benefits of being an oncologist is that, as a rule, people appreciate our work.  That does not mean they want to hear about our day, and the response when someone learns my vocation is rarely, “Hey, that’s sounds like fun!” Nonetheless, at least there is a modicum of respect.  However, I found a group of …

Bipartisan Bill to Improve Cancer Care is Introduced in House by Representatives Capps and Boustany

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Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act would enhance care of millions of Medicare patients Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-LA) today introduced the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act (H.R. 2477), which would significantly improve the quality and coordination of care for Medicare patients with cancer. The bill is the …

U.S. Cancer Patients Suffering From Drug Shortages

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Four out of five U.S. cancer doctors encountered shortages of essential drugs between March and September of 2012, which affected the quality of care they provided and increased treatment costs, new research shows. The survey of 250 cancer doctors across the United States reveals a medical community grappling with ongoing shortages of needed medications, said lead author Dr. Keerthi Gogineni, …

Breast Cancer: Business Shows Kindness With Scarves

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a very lovely individual, Bethany, with a very special request.  She, like many others, has family and friends and co-workers who have been personally affected by breast cancer and she wants to make a difference for them by incorporating assistance from the business for which she works.  In her own words, …