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Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Cancer  (CAM)

Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Cancer (CAM)

Social media and the Internet have increased our opportunity to amass information and form opinions around individual treatment decisions. As a result, there is an increased prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer care in the U.S. Most of the...

5 Things To Avoid After a Cancer Diagnosis

Have you just received a cancer diagnosis? Aren't sure where to start? Here are 5 things to avoid after a cancer diagnosis: 1. Don’t Engage in Haphazard Google Searches Most of us will admit that our knee-jerk reaction after learning of a medical diagnosis is to...

Lessons I Did Not Want To Learn: When Grief is the Teacher

These past 12 months have been difficult. We have experienced loss both professionally and personally, and we find ourselves facing this new year with a heavy heart.  Unfortunately, I know that there are many of you who have not yet realized the outcomes that you had...

Looking For A Practical Way To Help Someone With Cancer?

I am regularly inspired by the creative ways communities  come together to offer support of individuals and families facing a disruptive diagnosis like cancer. There are so many of you out there and  today I'd like you to meet Reagan, an eighth grade student,...

Shouldn’t my doctor be doing this?

  Recently, while delivering a comprehensive plan for a client, they exclaimed with exasperation “ Why isn’t my doctor doing this”?  As a result of this encounter, I will attempt to answer this question and hopefully level set the expectations of future patients....

Your cancer is “rare”. Now what?

You have been told you have cancer.   And to complicate matters your tumor is considered "rare". Cancer is not just one disease. There are more than 200 different types of cancer that include solid tumors as well as malignancies that occur in the blood or are...

Mesothelioma.. not just a disease of the elderly

Mesothelioma.. not just a disease of the elderly

What do you think of when you hear the word Mesothelioma?  For many, the word brings to mind televised warnings from legal firms urging you to contact an attorney if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this rare form of cancer or been exposed to asbestos. Often...

Caregiving and Cancer

Caregiving and Cancer

In 2011, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reported that more than 1 in 6 Americans working full-time or part-time was assisting with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative, or friend. Today, 7 years later, complex cancer care is shifting away...

Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

What is financial toxicity? Financial toxicity or financial distress, as it is sometimes referred to, is a result of the financial burden of out-of pocket expenses incurred for medical care that is not covered by your health insurance. Examples of these costs include:...