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Read September 29, 2020

The Question of Mortality: It's a Necessary Conversation

I think it’s the cruelty of it all that has me so upset. Cancer is fierce. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer kills. This is true: there’s nothing quite like a cancer diagnosis to bring us face to face with mortality.
Read September 17, 2020

New Medicare Drug Rule Potential Impact on Cancer Patients

The White House recently released the Executive Order on Lowering Drug Prices by Putting America First. This Executive Order would create demonstration projects across the country through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Department of Health and Human Services to test a requirement that Medicare pay the same price for prescription drugs as other countries. This includes all drugs, both Medicare Part B and Part D. CSC strongly supports, and has long advocated for, policies that improve access and affordability for cancer patients. Patients should have the right to determine the most appropriate therapies by engaging in a shared decision-making process with their providers.
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Read September 14, 2020

Advocate Spotlight: Rujul Desai, JD

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in health advocacy. Read on to learn more about Rujul and his tip for people interested in becoming an advocate.
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Read September 11, 2020

Step Therapy: What Patients Need to Know

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is that health care costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the ways by which health care costs have been addressed. As part of the Forum on Utilization Management, the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) is releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques, how they impact access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care. Read this third blog in the series to learn more about Step Therapy.
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Read September 8, 2020

The Strength of Surrender

It would be great if we had some kind of roadmap for these unprecedented times, but this is a once-in-a-century event according to some estimates. No, the pandemic playbook is being written in real time, and, much as the world would like to move on, we are nowhere near done grappling with COVID and its life and death consequences.
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Read August 31, 2020

Hope – Pay Attention to the Small, Still Voice Inside

Merriam-Webster defines hope as follows: 1) to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true. This feels right to me. For those whose lives have been touched by cancer, hope is longing and acceptance and cautious optimism. Hope is central to resilience because it’s impossible to move past adversity without feeling positive about the future. A resilient mindset requires a hopeful mindset.
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Read August 27, 2020

Exam Room Conversations – Finding Your Voice

My uncle, a former Massachusetts physical education teacher and football coach, had a tough exterior and an authoritative air – personality features that served him...
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Read August 19, 2020

2019 Annual Report

At the Cancer Support Community, we strive to provide the gold standard in patient care, and that priority comes with a commitment to innovation. As...