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Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Now is a good time to reflect on the choices we make and how they affect the environment. We can also think about this in relation to our own health and our risk for cancer.

Is there a Genetic Link between Autism and Cancer?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dozens of genes have been linked to both autism and cancer. For example, one form of autism is caused by a mutation in the PTEN gene – this same mutation is also linked to head, neck, thyroid, prostate, skin, breast, and lung cancer, and much more.

What Can a Little Cancer Support Lead To?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

When I was 46-year-old, as a single father of my son Joel, who is 13, I tried to go to a Boy Scout camp that required a medical release form. But my doctor insisted on doing a physical before signing it. Because of this, a life-saving PSA test was given. A PSA of 19 led to a biopsy, which discovered a Gleason score of 9, and I had to tell my son that I had prostate cancer.

Reflections on Social Work Month

Friday, March 31, 2017

Although not every cancer patient will receive social work services, it’s important for patients to know social, emotional, and logistical support is available to them, either through their health care institution or through organizations like the Cancer Support Community.

March Cancer Awareness Month: Colorectal Cancer and Multiple Myeloma

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer and Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.

Tech, Health, & Cancer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The burgeoning intersection of health and technology holds tremendous promise. As experts in both fields are increasingly mindful of the other’s value, if not inevitability, we see exciting and meaningful examples of innovation in technology-enabled clinical care. Leveraging technology in the service of cancer patients and their families is not new to the Cancer Support Community (CSC).

American Health Care Act Changes in Advance of Vote

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Last night (March 20), House Republicans introduced amendments to their health care reform legislation the American Health Care Act. Check out our blog to find out details and sign up to be a grassroots advocate.

President Trump’s Budget Significantly Reduces Funding for Cancer Research

Friday, March 17, 2017

President Trump released his proposed budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Wednesday, March 15. It includes significant funding cuts, including a near 20% reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute.

Celebrating 35 Years at the Cancer Support Community: How It All Began

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Who are Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder, the Benjamins, and Joanna Bull? These people are all part of the Cancer Support Community’s rich history.

Challenges for Cancer Patients: Costs, Delays, and Conversations

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Cancer Support Community did a study in late 2016 to explore this question and found that people with cancer face challenges with costs and delays in health care. The study asked participants about their access to insurance, services, and providers, and direct and indirect costs of treatment. By surveying over 1,200 participants who currently have, or have had cancer, we found that a significant number of cancer patients have to skip out on some health care services or prescriptions due to high out-of-pocket costs. Also, cost of treatment is not always discussed between doctors and patients, so many cancer patients go into treatment without knowing what they will have to pay for their care.

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