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Chemotherapy: The 80s Versus The 90s

In the early 80s, when I first had chemotherapy, I was around 8 years old, chemo was brutal. The side effects of the treatments were something I could never get used to or prepare myself for. It all would start with getting up early in the morning a couple times a week and driving 2 hours to Atlanta, Georgia. At the clinic, I would sit and wait to have my blood drawn. Next I would see the doctor, and then [...]

How Can You Get Prescriptions at Discounted Prices?

Job loss is a nightmare for anyone. It causes stress, anxiety and drains financial resources. However, as I wrote in a recent article for CureToday, job loss can be a much bigger deal for those with chronic health conditions—we absolutely must have health insurance to pay for doctors and medication, which can both be outrageously expensive. // Recently, after my contract job ended, I set out to find ways to get my medications for less. I worked with some government [...]

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How Much Does it Cost to Get an Obamacare Affordable Health Care Plan

How much does it cost to get an Obamacare affordable health care plan? Good question. The best answer is, "it depends." And another good question is, "Is it really 'health care?'" If you'll notice, how could you not, people are passionately for or against Obamacare. However, I want to show you real life.—My real life, and why "coverage" does not always equal "health care," as representative Kevin Brady put it. (Read more here in my article about the rising costs of Obamacare.) I [...]

Cancer Treatment: Follow Your Heart, Literally

Cancer, when you beat it, everything is over and you are free to return to your regularly scheduled life, without interruption.—Yeah. My first bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma was at age 5, followed by occurrences at ages 9, 11 and 21 when I finally received a bone marrow transplant. I had "beaten" cancer, sort of. So why do I say I had beaten cancer, "sort of?" Well I was cancer-free, yes, but I wasn't free from the effects of the treatments it took to [...]

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Affordable Health Care Not So Affordable in 2017

The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is supposed to be “affordable,” but the numbers are showing otherwise. The results of a study, released Thursday night, revealed that the cost of premiums are steadily climbing. As a matter of fact, the federal government (taxpayers) will pay out $42.6 billion in 2017. That’s quite a jump from $32.9 billion in 2015. Premiums for ACA customers are projected to increase by 22% next year. On average that means ACA customers will go from paying $291 [...]

cold cap helps breast cancer patients keep hair

Cold Cap Helps Breast Cancer Patients Keep Hair

A recent clinical trial to reduce hair loss in breast cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy is showing positive results. The cap is worn for thirty minutes during treatment and then for 1 hour after treatment. Wearing the cold cap brings the temperature of the scalp down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit and reduces blood flow to the scalp during chemotherapy. The study found that just over half of women who used a cold cap during chemotherapy treatment kept their hair although [...]

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Drug Option for Cancer Patients with Anxiety Will Have You Seeing Things

In 1997 I started chemotherapy for my fourth recurrence of Hodgkins Lymphoma and I was prescribed the drug Marinol for nausea and appetite. It made one hell of a difference. My last chemo treatment had been in 1988 and "one simply did not have chemo and not vomit." You see, my problem had always been vomit. Get treatment, vomit. Repeat. (Read more about it in this article.) However, Marinol, which is a man-made form of cannabis changed all of that. While on the medication I [...]

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Getting Chemo for the Cancer You Don’t Have

Imagine you've just been diagnosed with cancer. Some of you reading this may not have to imagine. What if it turned out months after treatment that you were in fact misdiagnosed? Cool, the good news is that you don't have cancer. The bad news is that you probably just went through some very nasty treatment for the cancer you didn't have. Now imagine your doctor intentionally misdiagnosed you for money. Dr. Farid Fatt, now serving 45 years in prison, knowingly [...]

hypothyroidism from cancer treatment

Hypothyroidism from Cancer Treatment

Hypothyroidism from Cancer Treatment So let’s put this whole hypothyroidism from cancer treatment into layman’s terms. If possible. When treating certain types of cancer like lymphoma, that nasty stuff, sometimes a patient may have to undergo radiation treatment to the neck. This is even more nasty stuff. Also patients who are diagnosed with thyroid cancer may have to have a portion or all of their thyroid gland removed. Surgery for thyroid cancer and radiation to the neck can often lead to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism simply [...]

children who undergo cancer treatment may face challenges later

Children Who Undergo Cancer Treatment May Face Challenges Later

For many children with childhood cancer, the battle doesn't just stop when treatment does. Research suggests that those who undergo treatment for cancer as a child often have long-term side effects that show up years later as an adult. Problems like memory loss, heart disease, lung disorders, etc.—And this can be frustrating. Cancer survivors don't want to come off as "whiners", but the issues are real. Survivors need people to understand. This includes family, friends and people at work. "We are doing [...]