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The Trouble with Accessing Gynecological Cancer Care

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A new study finds that many women in the United States live more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in women’s gynecological cancers. This health disparity makes it difficult, if not impossible for some women to have access much needed care.

The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, found that about 36% of the counties in the United States are located more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor that focuses on gynecological cancer. This affects about 15 million women.

A Day in the Life of a CSC Affiliate

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Today’s blog post is by Diane Robinson, the Program Director of the Cancer Support Community at Orlando Health. This Affiliate is CSC’s second hospital partnership. She answers questions about CSC’s new partnership.

Meeting the Needs of Cancer Survivors

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. Cancer survivorship is often thought to begin on the day of diagnosis. While the term “survivor” can have different meanings—one thing is clear—the social and emotional needs of people who have ever had cancer are vast. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, in treatment, facing a recurrence or considered cured, cancer survivors have distinct needs, and these needs can change over time.

How Learning About Your Diagnosis Can Help You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With the month of May coming to an end, it means for many of us a lot more outdoor time in the months ahead, and doing what we can to stay healthy and safe. And for good reason, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer affects many Americans. In 2014, there were more than 76,000 new melanoma diagnoses in the U.S. alone, and melanoma accounts for less than 2% of new skin cancer diagnoses each year.

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) provides a number of resources and support services for those affected by skin cancer.

A Very Modern (Family) Cancer Campaign

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This new campaign by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eric Stonestreet of ABC’s Modern Family gives people the opportunity to “Raise your flag” in support of someone they know who is affected by cancer. In thirty seconds, anyone can create a virtual flag with the name of the person they support and share it on the Ready. Raise. Rise. page, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let them know they’re not alone.

But that’s not the best part.

What We Can Learn from Angelina Jolie Pitt

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yesterday, Angelina Jolie Pitt made headlines when she revealed her decision to surgically remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, due to an estimated 50% risk that she would develop ovarian cancer. The risk stems from a hereditary mutated gene, the BRCA1, which not only affected Jolie’s ovaries, but gave her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer as well (before her double mastectomy in 2013).

We sometimes forget that even celebrities face challenges which can make them feel lost and without control, but the emotional effects of cancer are universal. People say cancer doesn’t discriminate, but that’s not true; cancer is an unfair disease which affects the population unequally, and the sad truth is that some of us are more at risk for certain cancers based on our genetic backgrounds than others. But just because you carry a gene doesn’t mean that you don’t have options.

What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, health care organizations, professionals and the community bring attention to lung cancer. Lung Cancer Awareness Month initially began in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day. However, as the lung cancer community and movement grew, activities to promote awareness also grew, transforming the day into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Delivering on Patient-Centered Care

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Patient centered care, i.e., putting the patient at the center of his or her care. I think about this a lot. What does it really mean? What is the disconnect? Is it achievable? How do we prepare patients and their families? How do we prepare health care professionals?

A Hidden Battle in the Cancer Journey

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Researchers recommend a new, nurse-led approach to treating depression. This approach combined anti-depressant drugs, problem-solving therapy and encouragement towards physical activity. In a study of 500 patients, this approach led to over 60 percent of participants reporting their depression scores as half of the previous score. Participants also said that they felt less anxiety, fatigue, and pain. Researchers argued that similar programs could vastly improve the quality of life of many individuals diagnosed with cancer.

Is it in the Family? The Link Between Cancer & Genetics

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Through this increased knowledge about genetic predisposition to cancer, individuals have been able to make empowered decisions for their own treatments. What is right for one person may not be right for someone else, depending on the person’s risk and his or her personal values.

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