The "Now What" After Cancer Treatment

It’s an amazing day. You stand up and get dressed, finally getting to wear clothes that don’t have a huge crack in the back. Or, you walk away from the leather chair in the chemo ward for the last time. Becoming “free” of cancer is…

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Do Chicken, Pizza and Cabbage Keep Colon Cancer Away?

The explosion of social media has brought about a phenomenon in many circles, including the colon cancer community. While online resources have “boomed” and allowed us to learn more about disease than ever before, we must not forget to be careful about what we read….

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Cancer-versaries

One perk (if there are any perks) to surviving cancer is getting another special day added to a celebration calendar. In addition to birthdays and anniversaries, many cancer survivors celebrate a “cancer-versary.” It’s a day (or a series of days) that mark significant milestones of the cancer…

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CDC Urges MDs to Give More Antiviral Treatment for Flu Cases

The Centers for Disease Control is urging doctors to prescribe antiviral medications to high-risk patients suspected of having the flu, even without a positive test. When given within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, antivirals like Tamiflu or Relenza can ease symptoms, shorten illness, and prevent serious…

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Use This “Teachable Moment”

Knowing that thousands of our neighbors are still struggling (and will be, for days or weeks) with power loss, flood cleanup, lost wages, inability to get from one place to another, there is one pro-active response we can take: Check our own crisis plans—especially if you…

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Storm-Related Tips

Glad to see that many of our friends are ‘reporting in’ on our Facebook “Good News Tuesday” page that they weathered Storm Sandy. For those without power or affected by flooding, snow or wind damage—or for those worried about people in possibly affected areas, read on…

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Patient Involvement in Decision-Making: A long way to go

This week brings some excellent reading about why and how to educate patients so they can help make better decisions about their own care. What happens when patients get to read their own medical records? The Oct. 2nd  Annals of Internal Medicine published two editorials…

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