Working the System
by Kairol Rosenthal
Doctors make mistakes. Computers err. People are lazy. The healthcare system is buckling. When I think about sparing my lungs from metastases, saving my vocal chords from unnecessary surgery, and getting the best treatment regimen possible, I approach the challenges of the system as if I’m on a personal vendetta. Here are some tips I have learned that may help you work the healthcare system to your advantage.
by APOS staff
The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs concludes that it is not possible to deliver quality cancer care without addressing psychosocial health needs. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer can be effectively addressed with a number of services and interventions.
by Spirit Jump staff
Spirit Jump is a grassroots nonprofit organization that sends cards and gifts to cancer fighters for the purpose of lifting their spirits and letting them know they are not alone in their battle.
What Is Palliative Care?
by Paul Glare, MD
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, treatment is obviously the number one priority. However, at the same time, most people diagnosed with cancer may be in pain, feel nauseous, or be short of breath. They are likely to be anxious, angry, or depressed. And their family and friends may need support. Addressing these multiple issues in a comprehensive and coordinated way is called palliative care.
The Oncology Nurse
by Virginia R. Martin, RN, MSN, AOCN
An oncology registered nurse is an essential partner for a person with a cancer diagnosis. The nurse who specializes in cancer care provides comfort, commitment, and a professional guiding hand to the person with cancer and his or her family as the plan of treatment is outlined after a diagnosis is confirmed.
You’ve Got Cancer. Now What?
by Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP
When cancer strikes or there is a recurrence, your life changes completely. Everything you took for granted is now in question. People often feel like they are living on a roller coaster.
Building Your Professional Support Team
Most cancer patients have a treatment team of health providers who work together to help them. In addition to doctors and nurses, this team may include social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, and other people in health care. Chances are that you will never see all these people at the same time. In fact, there may be health providers on your team who you never meet.
First Descents: Outdoor Adventures for Young Adults with Cancer
by Whitney Lange, Director of Programs
Kevin Lebret-White was 36 years old when he received the devastating news. Then he learned about First Descents and its programs geared toward helping young adults with cancer, like himself, regain a sense of control over their lives.