Cancer Financial Assistant Links

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Early-Stage Breast Condition May Not Require Cancer Treatment ~ NY Times

As many as 60,000 American women each year are told they have a very early stage of breast cancer — Stage 0, as it is commonly known — a possible precursor to what could be a deadly tumor. And almost every one of the women has either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, and often a double mastectomy, removing a healthy breast as well.

Yet it now appears that treatment may make no difference in their outcomes. Patients with this condition had close to the same likelihood of dying of breast cancer as women in the general population, and the few who died did so despite treatment, not for lack of it, researchers reported Thursday in JAMA Oncology.… Read the rest

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No Shame – Bill Keller Bullies Cancer Patient Lisa Bonchek Adams

It all began last Wednesday when Emma Keller, spouse of former New York Times chief editor (and now weekly columnist) BIll Keller, penned a piece for The Guardian. It concerned a woman in New England named Lisa Adams, who is battling cancer and writing about the experience on Twitter, mainly for educational value, drawing a fair amount of notice. She is “dying out loud,’ as Emma (whose father died not long ago from cancer far more quietly) puts it.

Emma Keller compares it to a “Reality TV show.” She complains that Adams posted an update on her condition that morning and then had the nerve to post another one just hours later—and wonders if her too-many tweets are “a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies.” And she charges: “You can put a ‘no visitors sign’ on the door of your hospital room, but you welcome the world into your orbit and describe every last Fentanyl patch.”

This was the headline on the column: “Forget funeral selfies.… Read the rest

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Insuring the terminal patient – Excerpt for Info

Found via BoingBoing:

Janet says, “Despite what the official statistics say, metastatic (stage IV) lung cancer is NOT an automatic death sentence. Newer therapies and personalized medicine now offer such patients months or even years of quality time to spend enjoying family, friends, hobbies, even travel and work. Yet insurance companies and doomsday doctors still tell many patients there’s no point in pursuing further treatment. I’m an engineer, a writer, and a stage IV lung cancer patient, and I received a letter from my insurance company [ed: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois] saying there was no need for me to have another biopsy because I was going to die anyway.… Read the rest

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Angelina Jolie | Double Mastectomy Due to Cancer Gene

Angelina Jolie

“My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.

Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.”  NYTIMES 5/14/13

In an article entitled My Medical Choice, Ms Jolie explained that her mother fought cancer for nearly a decade and died at the age of 56.… Read the rest

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The Fight To Take Back Our Genes

“On May 12, 2009, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are unconstitutional and invalid. On November 30, 2012, the Supreme Court agreed to hear argument on the patentability of human genes. The Court will hear these arguments on April 15, 2013.”

Link to ACLU Whether human genes can be patented.  Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

The lawsuit, Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, et al., was filed on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, women patients, cancer survivors, breast cancer and women’s health groups, and scientific associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.… Read the rest

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Widespread Flaws Found in Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Women's Options for Quality Healthcare

Most women with ovarian cancer receive inadequate care and miss out on treatments that could add a year or more to their lives, a new study has found.

Ann Johansson for The New York Times

Dr. Robert E. Bristow is the lead author of a new study.

The results highlight what many experts say is a neglected problem: widespread, persistent flaws in the care of women with this disease, which kills 15,000 a year in the United States. About 22,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, most of them discovered at an advanced stage and needing aggressive treatment. Worldwide, there are about 200,000 new cases a year.… Read the rest

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Victoria’s Secret: Make “Survivor Bras” to help breast cancer survivors feel beautiful

Allana Maiden + Mum Victorias Secret PetitionI was six years old when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. But my mom is one of the lucky ones, and she survived after undergoing a mastectomy — a procedure that removes one or both breasts — when she was just 36 years old.

Even though she’s been cancer free for over 21 years, my mom still struggles to find bras for women missing a breast that are not only comfortable and attractive, but affordable. I’ve been a Victoria’s Secret customer for years, and I know they’re outspoken supporters of women with breast cancer.

Now I’m asking them to act on their word by making a “Survivor Bra” for women who have lost one or both of their breasts due to cancer.… Read the rest

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Affordable Care Act Health Law Largely Stands

The Supreme Court has spoken, and I want to tell you what it means to me as a cancer survivor.

I’m not afraid to admit that I was opposed to the Affordable Care Act, what some people refer to as Obamacare, when it passed.

But there was something that concerned me more, and that was having no insurance at all. Because in the minds of the health insurance companies, I’m not a cancer survivor — I’m someone who had the audacity to survive cancer. And the consequence of survival was that they refused to insure me. I own a small business and work hard, so I need to buy my own health care.… Read the rest

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I have just changed the header for the site to reflect a new attitude of joy and hope.  I have been in the weeds with an eye opening new project that has consumed my time over the last few months, partnering with a brilliant social media marketing guy Brent Campbell of A Hundred Miles and Hour .

He and I have been working on a project that at the start I found unsettling, but as I did deep research and intel on the subject matter, became very eye opening and has changed my attitude towards the legal profession and lawyers in general.  … Read the rest

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Susan G. Komen Foundation Betrays Women for Right Wing GOP

The insanity of the GOP Republican Party + Evangelical Right Agenda against Women continues.

Shame on you Susan G. Komen Foundation ~ Planned Parenthood is a critical safety net for women across America and with so many of the middle class falling between the cracks into poverty, the role of Planned Parenthood in more important than ever.

…but apparently those women no longer matter as Komen’s support has now been withdrawn. Last month, the national office of the Komen Foundation, which maintains tight control over its state affiliates, sent a memo barring those affiliates from using money they had raised at the local level to partner with Planned Parenthood clinics in improving access to breast exams.

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Unbiased, Useful information from The National Cancer Institute Help Line

1-800-422-6237 The National Cancer Institute Help Line

The cancer line fields a wide variety of queries, including what to expect after different diagnoses; what to ask doctors; where to get help with financial, legal, and transportation problems that might interfere with treatment; the benefits and side effects of different treatment options; and what clinical trials are available for different diagnoses.

Callers are encouraged to share as many details as possible about the exact type and stage of their cancer, so that the staff can tailor the information they provide. “But if they don’t know this, we can help them formulate questions they can take to their doctor,” says Mary Anne Bright, a former oncology nurse who directs the program.… Read the rest

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Avastin Approval Revoked F.D.A. as Breast Cancer Drug

“After reviewing the available studies,” she continued, “it is clear that women who take Avastin for metastatic breast cancer risk potentially life-threatening side effects without proof that the use of Avastin will provide a benefit, in terms of delay in tumor growth, that would justify those risks. Nor is there evidence that use of Avastin will help them live longer or improve their quality of life.”

Medicare, which covers many women with breast cancer, has already said it would continue to cover the cost no matter what the F.D.A. decided. Medicare is obligated to pay for off-label use of cancer drugs that are listed in references known as compendia, such as the one published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an organization of major cancer hospitals.… Read the rest

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Breasts… They Need Your Support! ~ JPG Magazine Contest 10-11-11

With National Breast Cancer Month (October) upon us (http://www.nbcam.org/), we want to throw our support behind some great organizations that are helping those patients, survivors, families and others that have been affected by this disease.

This Shoot Out photo contest is intended, mirroring the goal of NBCAM, to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Enter your images that promote breast cancer awareness and/or celebrate the beauty, strength, spirit and nurture threatened by the disease. Enter your images that tell a story of inspiration, of strength, of survival.… Read the rest

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U.S. Panel Says No to Prostate Screening for Healthy Men

NY Times By Gardiner Harris
9/7/11

Healthy men should no longer receive a P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer because the test does not save lives over all and often leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence in many, a key government health panel has decided.

The draft recommendation, by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and due for official release next week, is based on the results of five well-controlled clinical trials and could substantially change the care given to men 50 and older. There are 44 million such men in the United States, and 33 million of them have already had a P.S.A.… Read the rest

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