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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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What Is the NCCN and Why You Should Download Their Treatment Guidelines

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients have never heard of the NCCN.

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So what is the NCCN? And why is it important to me? The NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) is a coalition of 27 prominent cancer centers committed to patient care and cancer research to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

You may think this means meetings and conferences just for oncologists, surgeons and other cancer treatment specialists. But the NCCN is committed to improving care on a day-to-day basis whether the...

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Cancer

by GregP_WN

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two forms of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs were designed to help people in need. 

How To Apply For Social Security Disability With Cancer

Various Kinds of Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic experience, so your emotional and mental health should be given consideration...

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Kicking Cancer with the Help of Connected Technology

by Beth Kotz

Living in our digitally-driven world, there are more ways than ever before to connect to treatment and recovery resources as well as other members of the cancer community. The vast array of wearable gadgets, apps, and intelligent “smart” home systems available offer different personalized health functions, with more new features added every day. 

Kicking Cancer With The Help Of Connected Technology

No matter where you fall on the tech-savvy spectrum, there are ways to leverage new digital health tools to your advantage – read on for a...

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Let Your Smartphone Help You Be a Smarter Patient

by GregP_WN

Almost all of us have one now, you see people locked into their phones reading articles, playing games, texting, emailing or using Social Media. Smartphones are a part of our lives. Some people have been so wrapped up on their phone that they have walked into water fountains, down stairs or worse. So....you might as well let your smartphone help you be a smarter patient. 

Let Your Smartphone Help You Be A Better Patient

Most all smartphones come with a calendar app. This alone is a big help in keeping all of your doctor's...

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HPV Vaccine: Yes or No?

by Brian English

In the last few years, the topic of vaccines has become quite divisive. But then, that’s usually what happens whenever a medical issue becomes a political football – something of which all cancer patients are all too aware.

Hpv Vaccine Yes Or No

Usually, the vaccines controversies aren’t found in the cancer community. After all, you can’t vaccinate against cancer … except in one case. The vaccine Gardasil can protect males and females against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Biopsies: A Primer

by Brian English

The biopsy is usually the first step to diagnosing cancer. And “biopsy” is a term so often heard that people can get the impression that one biopsy is about the same as another. But that’s definitely not the case.

Biopsies A Primer

Biopsies are often discussed by WhatNexters, and there can sometimes be confusion; two forum members can be discussing biopsies, but since each are being treated for different forms of cancer, it’s likely that they experienced entirely different types of biopsy. So without...

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