Category Archives: Cancer

Virtual Colonoscopy – Is It For You?

In a new study led by a physician at the Mayo Clinic’s facility in Phoenix and published in the journal Radiology, the investigators determined that the virtual technique was just as effective for patients over age 65 as those aged 50-65.

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Important New Immunotherapy Cancer Research

The Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN), announces plans to launch their first clinical trials later this year. Continue reading

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Clinical Cancer Research Advances in 2011

Each year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology conducts an independent review of advances in cancer research that have the greatest potential impact on patients’ lives. This year, Clinical Cancer Advances 2011 features 54 significant studies, including 12 that the report’s editors consider major advances. Continue reading

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Cancer Cell Self-Cannibalism

Cancer research continues to yield exciting breakthroughs as scientists learn more about the molecular and biological activity of cancer cells. Autophagy is one example.
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Health Literacy Spotlight

Only 12% of Americans have proficient health literacy skills, so the majority of adults may have difficulty completing routine health tasks like understanding discharge instructions or diabetes care. There is a strong, independent association between health literacy and health outcomes. Continue reading

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What’s On The Health Reform Horizon?

There are several important changes on the horizon this year as additional provisions of the health care law are implemented. Here are a few. Continue reading

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Pain Management – Why Doctors Don’t Get It

There are multiple problems with regard to pain management in the United States, including a puritanical history that has contempt for suffering and enormous misunderstanding about pain management and addiction.
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Becoming a Patient Navigator – 2011 Update

Patient navigation and patient advocacy as a new and emerging profession is gaining attention because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. Learn more about training, job opportunities and the landscape of patient navigation. Continue reading

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When Lightning Strikes

I received the news last week – two more friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer.   I cried.  This is the fourth friend in less than two years that has been diagnosed with cancer – a diagnosis that is … Continue reading

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Navigator Notes – February Edition

Cancer costs vs. prevention, health care reform timetable and food science are the topics of this month’s newsletter. Continue reading

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