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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

While many rejoice in the change of season, watching the leaves fall and feeling the air grow colder, some Americans instead begin to feel moody and fatigued. As summer changes to fall and continues to progress to winter, some individuals may get the sense that they are in a seasonal funk or have “the winter blues,” when they may actually suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship is Natalia Jaramillo, a doctoral student specializing in clinical psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer: What to Know

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

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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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Coping After Cancer: Support for Cancer Survivors

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

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

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

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

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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