The Basics of Palliative Care

by Stacy Fischer, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado of Medicine Most of us will experience a time living with an advanced serious illness. For persons with cancer, this time can lead to an incredible emotional and financial strain for themselves and their caregivers. Health care has grown increasingly costly, fragmented, and the focus…  Read More

Lack of Insurance Impacts Survival in CRC Patients Under 65.

Not having insurance reduces the chance that someone with colorectal cancer will live a year after their diagnosis.  Even when patients from 18 to 64 have other illnesses, their insurance status makes a difference in survival. Risk of dying during that first year was 50 to 90 percent higher among the uninsured.  They were more likely…  Read More

Less Than a Third of Medicaid Patients Are Screened for Colorectal Cancer

When researchers reviewed medical records for Medicaid-insured people over 50, they found that only about half had colorectal cancer screening recommended to them by their doctors.  But only 28 percent actually received screening. Having an on-going relationship with a doctor (medical home) made a difference.  People who had been seeing their primary care doctor for more…  Read More