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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...
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Read August 17, 2020

Advocate Spotlight: Kara Downey, MSW

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in health advocacy. Read on to learn more about Kara Downey, CSC’s new Program Manager, and her passion for addressing health disparities. If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network.
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Read August 14, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Voting this November

The 2020 election is quickly approaching. Due the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, voting in your state may look a little different this election. In this blog, you will find information to help you prepare for the November 3rd general election.
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Read August 13, 2020

Anxiety in the Cancer Experience

In some ways, anxiety is a crucial part of life. In my mom’s case, listening to the warning signals in her head pushed her to ask for multiple opinions, which eventually led to her cancer diagnosis. Anxiety can inspire us to seek out help and information. However, it is important to recognize when anxiety becomes unproductive or even harmful.
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Read July 30, 2020

Power to the Patient Voice

You hear the words, “You have cancer,” and suddenly, the world around you stops. You can see the doctor’s lips moving to form words that...