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National Cancer Prevention Month

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

There are many factors which can cause cancer, not all of which are fully understood. Despite this uncertainty, we are aware of some ways to decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer. This February, as we recognize National Cancer Prevention Month, we’d like to share this knowledge about how to decrease the number of people diagnosed with cancer each year.

Cervical Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

As January comes to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. While cervical cancer mortality rates have fallen drastically since the 1970s, when it was the leading cause of death for women, nearly 13,000 women are still diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. It’s essential that we recognize how far we’ve come and continue to make strides in reducing cervical cancer cases in the coming years.

A New Era in Cancer Policy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Friday is Inauguration Day. Regardless of who you voted for, the beginning of a new administration is a great time to refocus our efforts to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. In addition, there are new elected officials in the Senate, House of Representatives, and in state houses across the country who are empowered to make change on a number of issues. Help us make sure that support for people affected by cancer is on that list.

Finding Health Insurance for You

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On January 31st, the open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly known as the Obamacare exchange) will come to a close. Between now and then, if you do not receive health insurance through your employer or some other method like Medicare and Medicaid, you should explore your state’s marketplace to see what plans make the most sense for you.

Meeting the needs of caregivers (and patients) affected by lung cancer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Caregivers play a critical role in the treatment, support, and recovery of individuals with cancer, yet often times, their emotional and informational needs get overlooked. Caregivers have such a meaningful role in cancer care, and it is important to recognize and address their needs. These needs vary based on the health of the care-recipient, the physical and emotion needs of the recipient, the resources of and the demands on the caregiver, as well as the family or relationship dynamics.

New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Here at the Cancer Support Community, we all want to wish a happy holiday season to you and your loved ones. With 2017 right around the corner, we also wanted to suggest a few possible New Year’s resolutions to everyone affected by cancer. Consider these just a few suggestions – which may not all apply to you given where you are in your cancer experience – to help yourself or to help us ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Cousins for Carol

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

At the Cancer Support Community, we interact with many people who are looking to get involved but don’t know how. Volunteering with our affiliates is a great option and our most common answer, but there are a multitude of ways to help. This week, we’re highlighting Cousins for Carol, an organization founded to help people in the Philadelphia area who are affected by cancer. We asked Maria, one of Cousins for Carol’s founders, to tell us their story.

Experiences of Melanoma Patients and Caregivers

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Cancer Support Community constantly strives to better understand the experiences of patients and caregivers to best meet their needs. Often we conduct in-depth surveys on specific concerns or cancer diagnoses when we are considering adding or modifying programs. This past spring, we conducted such a survey of individuals (both patients and caregivers) affected by melanoma. We, along with partner organizations, conducted an online survey of 140 individuals diagnosed with melanoma and 64 caregivers assessing experiences, beliefs, attitudes, preferences for information and support.

Understanding Clinical Trials

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Clinical trials can offer cancer patients access to the most innovative treatments, high levels of care and hope for a better future. Yet, fewer than 5% of adults with cancer participate in clinical trials. One year ago, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) created an online survey focused on cancer clinical trials with the goal of using the information to design an educational program. Results from this survey highlighting the experiences, beliefs, and preferences of cancer patients as they relate to clinical trials were published in a report that is now available to the public.

Serving Our Veterans

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

On this December 7th, we at the Cancer Support Community join with all Americans in thanking World War II veterans and all veterans for their service to our country as we renew our commitment to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

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