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Medical Marijuana for Cancer: What to Know

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 7/19/2017

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.

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Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 7/5/2017

Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Patients and their families spend millions of dollars each year on lodging and transportation or travel for treatment. These travel costs accumulate fast, on top of the mounting medical bills for the treatment itself and normal household bills. For the average family, these costs can quickly become too much to handle.

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Coping After Cancer: Support for Cancer Survivors

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/7/2017

Coping After Cancer

Cancer can truly change someone’s life as they knew it. From being diagnosed through treatment and survival, patients and survivors endure so much physically and mentally. Every patient experiences different effects and will find their own ways to cope as they adjust to their “new normal.”

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Life After Cancer: What Survivorship Means for These Individuals

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/27/2017

Life After Cancer

The word survivor can mean many things. For those in the cancer community, survivorship is a broad spectrum of living with cancer and goes far beyond the original diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer survivors are living longer than ever. In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million survivors: 67% of them were survivors of 5 or more years, and 17% had survived at least 20 years. By 2026, it is expected that there will be over 20 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone.

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Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment: What to Know

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 4/18/2017

Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment

In some ways, a battle with cancer today goes well beyond fighting the disease itself. Patients also face the hardship of affording increasingly expensive treatments on top of all the usual bills. And if that isn’t bad enough, it looks like the costs of cancer treatment aren’t coming down anytime soon. A study from 2014 found the annual cost of a cancer drug was over $120,000, and estimated that it would continue rising each year by 7.5 – 10.5% until at least 2020.

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Early Detection of Cancer Declines When the Economy Struggles

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 3/29/2017

Early Detection of Cancer

Ending cancer as we know it has been the main focus in recent research efforts like the Cancer Moonshot. Seeing rates of incidence decrease should be a positive sign, coinciding with new treatments and an increase in preventive measures like cancer screenings. It could even signal a decline in risky behavior, like smoking or other environmental factors.

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Telling Loved Ones You Have Cancer

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 3/9/2017

Telling Loved Ones

Finding the right words when faced with a difficult situation can be daunting. No one wants to say the wrong thing or cause further pain or stress. Breaking the news of a cancer diagnosis to loved ones can be especially overwhelming.

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The Benefits of Palliative Care: Managing Pain, Discomfort and Quality of Life

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/1/2017

Palliative Care

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you or someone you know is facing a chronic condition. Whether it’s dementia, heart disease, or some type of cancer – such as mesothelioma – taking the next step to determine what treatment is available or appropriate is an important and often difficult decision. For many people battling a chronic disease, palliative care may be the most appropriate option for them to consider.

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BAP1 Gene Study Shows Link Between Melanoma and Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/23/2017

BAP1 Gene Study

A study published last week in the medical journal Scientific Reports shows a new link between melanoma and mesothelioma through the BAP1 gene. The gene was previously identified as a genetic risk factor for developing mesothelioma in several studies.

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Flu and Cancer: How Patients Can Avoid Influenza

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/26/2017

Flu and Cancer

For most people, influenza (the flu virus) is a simple chest infection that comes and goes without much fanfare. For cancer patients, however, the flu virus can be extremely dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have noted that individuals with cancer have a higher risk of complications if they catch the flu, including hospitalization and even death.

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