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In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of surviving cancer, there is also a major impact on the interpersonal relationships of a cancer survivor. Many of the various role and relationship changes can begin even before diagnosis, affecting everyone that a cancer patient interacts with and the social situations in which they find themselves. After diagnosis and treatment, there are other issues to be dealt with, which can have an effect on the survivor’s role in the family and social circles.

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This morning, President Obama signed the historic Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, potentially creating a path to a full ban on asbestos – and other toxic chemicals – in the United States.

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Overcoming cancer is a great feat. But the effects of treatment and recovery can often linger for a long time afterward. Treatment itself can lead to other physical problems, such as causing chemical imbalances or leaving the immune system susceptible to other illnesses.

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The primary risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. However, genetic factors also can play a part in determining who develops the disease.

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2 0 1 6 Jun 13

Why the Cost of Cancer Treatment Is so High

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These days many people will get cancer simply by living long enough, as the disease manifests in a third of the population in one of its many forms. As of 2014, cancer drugs with the FDA's blessing cost more than $120,000 annually – and according to a recent CBS News report, that cost increased 11.5 percent last year. Taking into consideration that the median gross income for American households is $52,000, along with the fact that insurance companies often ask families to pay upward to 30 percent of the total cost of cancer treatment, the bottom line is that cancer treatments are becoming much too costly for the average patient.

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2 0 1 6 Jun 8

Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Passes the Senate

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On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on a voice vote, sending it on to the next, and final, step of the legislative process, to be signed into law by President Obama. The President has previously indicated that he will sign the bill.

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2 0 1 6 Jun 2

I Survived Cancer...Now What? Part 1: Anxiety

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When one hears the word cancer, along with the initial shock often comes anxiety. There is the anxiety of waiting for a diagnosis. There is the anxiety of treatment and all the various physical and emotional feelings that go along with it. There is the anxiety of what will happen to your family if you don’t survive.

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One year ago today, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), along with three co-sponsors, introduced a bill to update the decades-old federal law that governs toxic chemicals – including asbestos. Just two days ago, that bill jumped over a major hurdle with the passage of an amendment that incorporates a number of changes suggested by the Senate. Now, it returns to the Senate for a final vote before, hopefully, being sent to President Obama to be signed into law.

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