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Our blog covers a wide range of topics to help support, inspire, and inform members of our community, including those who have been personally impacted by cancer. Use the search filters below to find blog posts on topics that are important to you, from wellness tips, advocacy & policy news, and cancer research findings to stories and insights shared by patients, survivors, and caregivers.

A woman smiles and hugs a man as she holds a bouquet of roses
Read November 23, 2022

Giving Thanks Can Boost Our Health & Happiness

Studies show that practicing gratitude regularly can help us feel better — mind, body, and soul. It can be a meaningful form of personal expression, too. Our blog highlights some benefits of giving thanks. Plus, CSC staff members share their favorite ways to express gratitude during the holidays and year-round.
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Read November 21, 2022

Stomach Cancer: Let’s Talk Risk Factors, Treatment, and Support

Stomach cancer is much less common and much more treatable today thanks to improvements in public health, screening, and treatments. In recognition of Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, we share key things to know about the disease, including treatment options and support to help you navigate a stomach cancer diagnosis.
Justin and Kelly laugh together during an evening out with friends in 2008
Read November 8, 2022

Lessons Learned: The Importance of Self-care When Caregiving

In 2007, Kelly unexpectedly became a caregiver when her husband, Justin, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. "At 27 years old and having been married for only 3 months, I felt completely unequipped to take on the title of caregiver," she writes. "I was just getting used to being a 'Mrs.' and signing a new last name. Life was supposed to just be beginning for Justin and me." Keep reading to learn more about Kelly's story and some vital lessons she learned that are important for every caregiver to know.
A young man smiles and looks peaceful while hugging his friend
Read November 3, 2022

Spotlight on Mental Health: Let’s Talk About Cancer Support and Why It’s Critical

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Factor in the stress of a cancer diagnosis, and the numbers become even more concerning. To help address these urgent concerns, we’ve been busy expanding our support programs and services with new, innovative offerings. We share more in this blog, which kicks off a new series on mental health and cancer.
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Read October 25, 2022

Regular People Doing Extraordinary Things: Cancer Caregivers Need Support

The demands of caregiving can be hard physically, financially, and emotionally. All these factors put caregivers at risk for substantial distress that can impact their quality of life and physical and mental health. To help address caregivers’ needs, CSC created a web-based distress screening, referral, and support program for family caregivers and anyone who is a care partner for someone living with cancer. “The number-one feedback we get is that there’s no other program out there like this right now,” says CSC’s Vice President of Research Alexandra Zaleta, Ph.D. Read on to learn more.
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Read October 18, 2022

Liver Cancer Awareness: Let’s Talk Survivorship, Resources, & Support

Liver cancer is sometimes called the “silent disease.” It typically doesn’t cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. As a result, liver cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage. Read on as we share key things to know about the disease in recognition of Liver Cancer Awareness Month.
A senior woman stands at a pharmacy counter showing a female pharmacist her prescription
Read October 14, 2022

Here’s What Patients Need to Know About Laboratory Benefit Managers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Have you ever arrived at a laboratory or pharmacy with your doctor's order for lab work or a prescription, only to be denied the test or your prescribed medication? Each insurance plan has different benefits and coverage guidelines. Benefit managers determine these guidelines. Keep reading to learn how laboratory and pharmacy benefit managers can impact your insurance benefits and coverage.
A diverse group of women smiling in jackets outdoors with their arms around one another
Read October 6, 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness: Let’s Talk Screening, Survivorship & Support

In the United States, mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality by nearly 40% since 1990. Many women have shared their own stories about the key role routine screening played in their breast cancer diagnosis, leading to timely treatment. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we share a few of those stories here. If you are living with breast cancer or are a caregiver to someone with breast cancer, we also share resources that can help ease the burden of your journey.
Debbie with her father at a family event.
Read September 27, 2022

Depression, Suicide Risk, and Cancer: Studies Suggest We Have to Talk About It

As we close out September, CSC CEO Debbie Weir reflects on the importance of highlighting National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Debbie also remembers her father, who died by suicide after 3 years of cancer treatments. And she shares information about our free support resources for people impacted by cancer, as well as national resources to help those in crisis.