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April is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

April 7-14, 2019 is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and Neck cancer includes a family of cancers that occur in the larynx, mouth, nose, sinuses and throat. Many of the particular locations are uncommon locations for cancer to occur, but when this group of cancers that occur in the oral, head and neck are combined, over 65,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually.

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Statistics and Types of Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is more prevalent among men. Of the 65,000...

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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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Need a Break From Cancer? How About a Cancer Camp?

by Jane Ashley

We’re probably all felt like this. We need a break from cancer. We want to take a vacation. But we’re in treatment or have recently finished treatment — money is too tight for even a short vacation. 

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Have you felt like this? Do you feel like this today?

There are answers for your need to have a break. The answer is, “What about a cancer camp or cancer retreat?”

What is a cancer camp?

The idea for a camp, trip or retreat for people with cancer began back in the 1980s with pediatric...

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Tips to Protect Yourself During Cancer Prevention Month

by Emily Liptak, MAA Center

How to Protect Yourself This Prevention Month

Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is a difficult word to hear, often associated with strenuous battles and unpredictable times ahead. February is Cancer Prevention Month, a time to learn how to treat your body better in hopes to prevent this disease from impacting yourself and your loved ones.

Many Cancers are carried through genetics or are hereditary. Few have been directly linked to specific causes. Nevertheless, there are a still number of cancers that may be caused...

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Is The High Cost of Revlimid Too High For Multiple Myeloma Patients?

by Jane Ashley

We all know that cancer care is expensive. We see our individual bills for our type of cancer, and most of us struggle to pay it. But multiple myeloma patients are now facing a financial crisis with the cost of Revlimid, an oral medication used as a maintenance drug after an autologous stem cell transplant or for newly diagnosed patients who are not eligible for an autologous stem cell transplant. 

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Revlimid is very effective, but at what costs to the patient and their family? Financial...

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Understanding Your Insurance Plan

by Jane Ashley

For many of us, we’ll have a new health insurance plan in 2019. Even if we stay with the same company, more than likely, there will be changes in our plan that will impact our finances and coverage. Whether we have health insurance through our employer, through the Affordable Healthcare Act, Medicare/Medicare Advantage or Medicaid, the plans are complex and impact our cash expenditures.

So Many Choices

Between now and January 1st, it’s a good idea to look at the details of our 2019 health insurance plan...

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Keeping Your Medical Records Complete And In Tact

by Jane Ashley

Are you overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork that the diagnosis of cancer brings? Here are just a few of the examples of paperwork you might have:

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Bills for chemotherapy and radiation
• Hospital bills
• Imaging bills for CT scans, PET scans and MRIs
• Pharmacy receipts
• Receipts for physician copays
• Monthly explanation of benefits from your insurance company
• Lab results
• Scan and other imaging reports
• Pathology reports from surgeries and/or biopsies
• Genetic testing results
•...

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Should You Have a Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace?

by Jane Ashley

Have you ever considered whether you, as a cancer patient, should have a medical alert bracelet or necklace? The answer is not always clear – for some people, it’s a good decision while for others, your diagnosis is probably not a compelling reason to have medical alert jewelry.

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What is medical alert jewelry and how does it work?

Medical alert jewelry is just what it says – it alerts EMTs and emergency room personnel that you have a medical condition that could impact your treatment, when...

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Cancer and the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jane Ashley

When we’re diagnosed with cancer, one of our first questions may be, “Will I still be able to work?” Why is that one of the most commonly asked questions?

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We may be the primary breadwinner of the family. Our health insurance is probably through our employer. Your health insurance may cover the rest of your family – what about if something happens to them too? And even with a two-income family, it’s difficult to cover medical copays with when most of the family budget is already tight.

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What Is ASCO And How it Can Help Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Who is ASCO? What do they do? Why is the information that they share so important? Most probably, you’ve seen some online articles or heard the acronym on television in a story about cancer. But let’s dig deeper and learn why ASCO is so important to every cancer patient and survivor.

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Who is ASCO?


ASCO stands for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The Society was founded in 1964 by seven cancer physicians whose goal was to improve the care for people diagnosed with cancer. When ASCO...

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