Having the Cancer Cost Conversation: 5 Places to Start

People who are facing a crisis need to speak with someone who they know and trust. We all need information, support, and guidance to make good decisions, and this especially applies when you choose a treatment plan for cancer. In today’s world, how much each cancer treatment will cost is an important part of these discussions. Prices of cancer treatments have risen dramatically in recent years and some can cost thousands of dollars per month, increasing the burdens on people living with cancer and their families. The recent National Cancer…

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More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors have become more likely to: ask them to help make medical decisions; listen to them carefully; show respect for what they said; spend enough time with them; and provide easy-to-understand information. “There has been increased attention among clinicians and health…

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Advocating for Men With Breast Cancer

Voices on Cancer is an award-winning Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate. Michael Singer, a New York City native, is a male breast cancer survivor. He is a member of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, an advocacy organization working to educate the world about male breast cancer. He wants all men to know they should routinely check themselves and be aware that early detection is a key to surviving this disease. This December, I will be a 7-year survivor…

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Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer

(HealthDay News) — Caring for a child with cancer can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. The Children’s Oncology Group says the best thing such a parent can do is to accept help from friends and family. The group mentions these benefits of doing so: You will have more energy to take care of your child, spend time with your other children and connect with your partner. While there are some things that only you or your spouse can do for your child, there are plenty of things such…

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Specialty Pharmacies and Cancer Treatment: 3 Things to Know

If you need a special cancer treatment outside of a hospital, your doctor might send you to a specialty pharmacy. These types of pharmacies offer extra services beyond usual medications to help patients with complex treatments for complicated conditions, like cancer. What is a specialty pharmacy? Specialty pharmacies provide medicines that may not be available at typical pharmacies, like immunotherapy drugs. Providing these medications through a specialty pharmacy ensures that they are delivered properly and safely. The professionals who work at a specialty pharmacy include pharmacists, counselors, registered nurses, and…

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