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Still Defying the Odds after 20 Years

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paul Kraus had already proven himself to be a survivor by the time he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 1997.

Born in a Nazi labor camp in 1944, Paul survived a cross-country escape to Poland with his mother and older brother when he was just a few months old. Four years later, he survived the ocean voyage aboard a refugee ship to Australia where the family started a new life and where he has lived ever since.

Unfortunately, that emigration to one of world’s top producers of asbestos during the height of the mineral’s worldwide popularity probably also led to his unexpected diagnosis of mesothelioma almost 50 years later.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Cancer Research and the Bidens

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In 2013, Beau Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma. Beau was the attorney general of Delaware and served his country overseas in Iraq. As Joe put it, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” In May 2015, Beau passed away at the age of 46. Since then, Joe Biden has dedicated his life to making strides in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, and care.

April Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The month of April draws attention to many different cancers. It is National Oral, Head, and Neck, Esophageal, and Testicular Awareness Month. April is also Alcohol Awareness month.

Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Now is a good time to reflect on the choices we make and how they affect the environment. We can also think about this in relation to our own health and our risk for cancer.

Is there a Genetic Link between Autism and Cancer?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dozens of genes have been linked to both autism and cancer. For example, one form of autism is caused by a mutation in the PTEN gene – this same mutation is also linked to head, neck, thyroid, prostate, skin, breast, and lung cancer, and much more.

What Can a Little Cancer Support Lead To?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

When I was 46-year-old, as a single father of my son Joel, who is 13, I tried to go to a Boy Scout camp that required a medical release form. But my doctor insisted on doing a physical before signing it. Because of this, a life-saving PSA test was given. A PSA of 19 led to a biopsy, which discovered a Gleason score of 9, and I had to tell my son that I had prostate cancer.

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.

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