We should treat our mouths with kid gloves through cancer treatments; as nearly half of us who go through chemo and or radiation deal with oral problems–especially people with head or neck cancer or who’ve had a bone marrow transplant. Here’s some of why the pain and trouble swallowing happen, and what you can do to keep your teeth and mouth healthy during and after treatments.
What’s the connection between cancer treatment and oral problems? Read More
If you have been following the chatter over the marketplace and Affordable Care Act, you have likely heard plenty that can be confusing, even frightening. This article is to help clarify, and to separate what is fact from what it not. This is the second of two articles on marketplace and ACA. If you missed Part 1, you can find a link to it at the end of this post.
The government will choose your doctor for you in the marketplace (FALSE)
The marketplaces are simply online portals with three purposes: to compare prices of individual insurance (as opposed to group insurance through an employer); to buy individual insurance; and to learn if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for that insurance if you buy through the marketplace.
It’s true that there are no guarantees you would have the same network of doctors, just as there’s no guarantee of that now. Read More
Have you been following the ruckus over health reform and the marketplaces (private insurance plans offered to individuals through their states)? You’ve probably heard plenty— from claims the government has appointed death panels, to reports of a 300% to 500% spike in insurance premiums.
I did some research to separate fact from fiction— and to explain details that are not as cut and dry as “true” or “false.” Here is some of what you might want to know … Read More
If you are working during cancer treatment, or going back after time off, you’ve probably got a slew of questions—just like most people who face cancer, as they too will need, or want, to keep working. But the answers to the questions won’t necessarily be the same for you as for someone else.
That’s why an organization called CEW Foundation started a program called Cancer and Careers. The program helps you figure out answers to questions from, ‘What will I do about the gap in my resume?’ ‘To how do I get people to treat me ‘normally’ at work?’
Cancer and Careers also offers events in New York, and free virtual services if you live far— like on-line career coaching, help with your resume, and advice from legal experts.
Rebecca Nellis, vice president of Programs and Strategy for Cancer and Careers, shares some of what you may learn through these resources. Read More
But if it’s not where you are now, know that plenty of therapists and other practitioners believe the power of positive thinking is overrated. Not a bad thing, but not the end all. What’s not overrated is to know where your head really is, then have strategies for getting and staying balanced in your thinking.
If your Vitamin D level is at least 30 ng/dl at the time of your cancer diagnosis, you double your chance for long-term survival, according to a Canadian study, and other studies have similar findings.
But even if your blood level was lower, or you don’t know what it was when you first learned you had this illness, ensuring optimal Vitamin D moving forward will only help you; it’s been shown to promote cancer cell death.
“If you have cancer, your Vitamin D should be at least 30 ng/ml, but I recommend no less than 60 to increase your chance for long-term survival,” said Cedric Garland, PhD, a professor at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego, and the first researcher to link Vitamin D and cancer. His studies date back to 1980.
Know that most of us are deficient unless we take Vitamin D supplements, so here’s what you do to see that your Vitamin D blood levels are where they should be … Read More
Fat gets a bad wrap, but we need it. We need it to help fight cancer and heart disease. And we need fat for our nervous system, especially our brain, which believe it or not is made mostly of fat.
We’ll talk about essential fatty acids and best sources. And we’ll look at best combinations of those sources, because it’s a juggling act, but not a hard one. You just need to know the basics to figure out how much of what fat you need, and where to get it.
Two fatty acids our bodies require are omega 3’s and omega 6’s, and we need more omega 3’s than omega 6’s Read More
Have you ever had a bad drug reaction, or thought you might be having one? There’s an on-line tool to help you learn if your experience is common, specifically among people your age and sex, who have the same condition and are on the same drug(s).
This free resource, called eHealthMe.com, includes information on 16,000 conditions, 45,000 drugs, vitamins and supplements, personalized by gender and age. Data are generated from FDA drug reports, but most information is from a second, less-traditional source: patients’ own accounts of their drug experiences.
“We invite patients to share their experiences to give a bigger picture since only about 1 to 10 percent of adverse events are included in FDA’s reporting system according to the GAO,” http://www.gao.gov/new.items/he00053t.pdf said Johnson Chen, eHealthMe.com’s founder, certified in health information management systems (CPHIMS).
How eHealthMe works Read More
We hear fish oil is great for us, especially after cancer, but there’s an opposing side. Read on to hear both pro and con arguments on fish oil. Then keep scrolling if you’d like to learn about other oil supplements and cooking oils—so you know how to be sure they’re not only safe, but good for you. Read More
Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning in January 2014, no one in the United States can be denied or charged more for health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. This is big for 12 million cancer survivors in this country. But as early as Oct 2013 there will be more changes.
They will come in the form of state exchanges, also known as marketplaces— designed to make sure you get no surprises once you file a claim. The marketplaces also provide a simple way to know if you’re getting your best deal. You will bypass other hoops, too, especially if you’re looking for help paying your medical bills.
Read on to find out how the marketplaces work— and to hear what one cancer rights attorney thinks they will mean for people who have had cancer. Read More