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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.

Replacing the Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6, 2017. As this bill, and other proposals are considered, it is important for cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones to understand the potential implications of these changes.

This Moment in Cancer: How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This week we are excited to present an excerpt from This Moment in Cancer, a health blog at 90.9 WBUR—Boston’s NPR News Station. In the post by Karen Weintraub, “How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer,” chemotherapy as a cancer treatment option is discussed:

Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are great at shrinking or cutting out tumors. But these approaches can miss cancer cells that then seed new tumors.

That’s why researchers are increasingly pinning their hopes on a new treatment strategy

From the Cancer Moonshot to the Cancer Support Community – How Our Work Continues in Ending Cancer As We Know It

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I am honored to join CSC as Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives to identify, develop, and implement programs that serve the complex needs of cancer patients in a dynamic and evolving care environment. The opportunity to build on my work with the Cancer Moonshot and continue its momentum at an organization so thoughtfully dedicated to cancer patients and families means everything.

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