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Parenting with Cancer: How Do You Tell the Kids?

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, his first thought is not of himself, but his children. How does he tell them? Regardless of the type or severity of the cancer, it is a terrifying word for children to hear relative to the health of their parents. While parents may not be able to prevent…




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Risk Factors for Developing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the protective lining of the lungs. In rare cases, the cancer may develop in the abdominal cavity or cardiac cavity. The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. People who have been exposed to asbestos dust in a workplace are most at risk of developing…




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Patients Can Play Role in Early Detection of Lung Cancer

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is a good time to learn more about risk factors for this disease, its signs and symptoms and the ways it can be diagnosed. After all, a knowledgeable patient can help his or her doctors to detect lung cancer at an early stage and avoid the tragic…




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7 Steps to Help Your Doctor Diagnose Cancer Correctly

A cancer diagnosis turns your life upside down. But when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer correctly, the resulting misdiagnosis may either rob you of valuable time you need to beat the disease or, conversely, subject you to expensive, unnecessary and even harmful treatments for a disease you don’t have. Nobody knows how many cancer…




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More Clinical Trials Should be Open to Mesothelioma Research

Rare diseases like mesothelioma lack specific treatments. While the government’s Orphan Drug Program encourages research into rare diseases and fast-tracks many of them, most research focuses on diseases that impact more patients. But mesothelioma patients and their families should take heart in new approaches to cancer treatments that show a pretty good track record so…




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Woman’s Tragic Story Illustrates Costs of Cancer Misdiagnosis

A woman’s tragic story, recently reported by the Associated Press, underscores the significant emotional and economic costs that can result from a misdiagnosis of cancer. Her story also points to the need for patients to get a second opinion after a diagnosis in order to make fully informed choices. According to the Associated Press, doctors…




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Mesothelioma, the Best-Known Orphan Disease

Mesothelioma is perhaps the best-known orphan disease in the nation, thanks to marketing campaigns designed for people exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a chemical once used in materials present at practically every construction, shipbuilding, and military site from the late 1800s until the 1980s. It came from mines; according to the information company ProQuest/CSA, there…




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Misdiagnoses Frequent Cause of Malpractice Suits

When your child grows ill, you take it seriously and may head to the hospital for help. But a 6-year-old New York girl’s trip to the doctor resulted in a tragic misdiagnosis, one that led to wrongful death litigation. We rely on doctors to know what to do when someone is sick or in pain….




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Cancer Awareness – Depiction on TV and in the Movies

Killing over a half million people every year, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year for cancer research. But, what about the media? More specifically, what is Hollywood- that all powerful entity capable of…




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Make Your Voice Heard: Write Your State Rep. & Demand Road Safety

Distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding are the main causes of car accidents on U.S. roads. But, there’s something else at play, too – road hazards. Covered or missing street signs, unmarked ditches, potholes, and intersections that would benefit from a stop light are all common safety concerns. Fortunately, there is something you can do…




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Is New York Failing its Seniors?

Is it really safe to place an elderly parent or relative in a nursing home in New York?  New York received a failing grade in a recent survey of elder care facilities nationwide. This – based partly on poor staffing and the frequency of injuries to nursing home residents. Only five states ranked lower than…




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Understanding Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States, with 72,570 new cases occurring in 2013, and more than 15,000 deaths in the same year. Though most types of bladder cancer are diagnosed early and can be treated, the disease has a high rate of recurrence, and patients in remission…




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Does the Alcoholics Anonymous Model Really Work?

Although we focus primarily on Cancer issues the purpose of our blog is to be an online beneficial resource. Because of this, and because of the prevalence of alcoholism, we thought it was important to look at this issue closer. Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects thousands of individuals around the world each year….




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Is a Living Will Right for the Cancer Patient?

Battling against cancer can often be a long and arduous process. Research suggests that those who have the most positive outlook often experience the best results when it comes to the treatment of cancer. And while most cancer patients do try to stay upbeat, it is hard not to think about death. Men and women…




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Scooters Across America To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer

In an unprecedented trip from Oceanside, CA to New York City a couple of young men will be riding small freestyle scooters all the way across the country. Seth Groce and Adam Amick are both professional scooter riders who decided to take a 5 week journey with the support of a small crew and an…




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Cancer Treatment Options

Cancer is a serious health condition that afflicts millions of men and women around the United States each year. While it is not the “death sentence” that it was several decades ago, it can still be risky if not treated early. Fortunately, there are currently a number of cancer treatments available to those who have…




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Managing “Chemo Brain”

Men and women who hear the words “you have cancer” often feel like the floor is being swept out from under their feet. Being diagnosed with this condition is often described as one of the most difficult and stressful events that can occur in one’s life. For some, it is not the cancer diagnosis—but rather…




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A Short History of Cancer

  Many people think of cancer as a modern disease, but it’s not. You might be surprised at early knowledge and early treatments, and how they’ve both evolved. Here is a great short video on it.