The sad truth is that most, if not all, of us have been touched by cancer in some way or another. Millions of people are diagnosed each year, but many of these diseases, which used to be death sentences, can now be beaten. Thanks to cancer research, countless lives have been saved over the last few decades, and we continue to inch closer to curing the more than 200 different types of cancer…. This is why Congress unanimously decided to honor May as National Cancer Research Month in 2008. Helping to Solve the Mysteries of Cancer We are
For anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, the financial costs of treatment and care can be insurmountable. In some cases, some patients aren’t able to afford their treatment even when they have health insurance. Luckily, there are resources available which can provide the financial assistance… that many cancer patients and their families desperately need. However, it is always good to review your available options before choosing the agency that is able to provide you with the best assistance. So without any further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best options that are currently available for
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in the home or at the workplace, you may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, more specifically the inhalation of asbestos particles. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma will likely not manifest in an individual until years after they were exposed to asbestos. As is the case for many types of cancer, diagnosing mesothelioma at an earlier stage… yields a more positive prognosis and more treatment options. Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma The primary cause of mesothelioma cancer is
I had hoped this day would never come, but unfortunately it has. As Lance Armstrong started to dominate the Tour de France and allegations arose about doping, one could only wonder…what would this mean for his legacy as a philanthropist and advocate for cancer awareness? If he was in fact found to be guilty, would it diminish or overshadow his efforts to bring solace to the millions affected…? As I am not a cancer survivor myself, it is hard to fully understand the positive impact that Lance has had on so many people, and the hope the he has
If you of a family member has been diagnosed with cancer, it is nice to know that you have options available to you even during the toughest of times. For some patients, they may no longer need to be in the hospital, and with home health care services they can still receive the required care at home. Unfortunately, there are some patients who will succumb to their illness. When it comes to this stage, a hospice can help… to make sure that they feel as comfortable as possible in their final days. Advantages of Home Health Care With home health
We were recently contacted by Jonathan Goudy, a Utah Valley University entrepreneur student. One of his fellow classmates was diagnosed with cancer this semester and for their final project, the entrepreneur class is raising money for him. They made a really cool video about this story and asked that we post it to our blog and social media channels…so, here it is!This fundraiser is licensed by the state of Utah and all proceeds will be going to Jose Padilla. You can also check out the page they created here…!
Cancer care is a multi-faceted task, and a reputable treatment center is critical in obtaining the best service for your medical needs. Listed here are 5 top cancer treatment centers in America, in a traditional hospital setting. Not all centers are alike; some will have a higher level of expertise in certain cancer types than others; therefore, it is suggested to do as much research as you can to find the center that is highly-ranked in your specialty. MD Anderson Cancer Center First on the list is the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center… , with a
Cancer. Who would have ever thought it could be so common? Statistics show that half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. This equates to approximately 11.7 million people in the United States alive today who have had some type of cancer. Survival rates vary based on the individual’s health and the type of cancer. It can be helpful to be aware of some of the more common cancers for two reasons: 1) to realize we are not alone in this health challenge and 2) to learn that …
Anyone who has had to deal with cancer knows the financial responsibility that comes along with it. Don’t panic! There are many resources out there to help cancer patients and survivors in need of financial help. When dealing with the financial aspects of cancer treatment…, you should first talk with your health care team and their billing department to see if they can point you in the direction of local financial assistance programs. While there are many, take a look at our top 7 financial assistance resources for cancer patients and survivors: American Cancer Society Here you can learn
The Know Cancer website is a great place to join a community in the fight against cancer. It is a support center, a place to ask questions and a place to get general information about cancer. When you start browsing through the site, you will discover more and more resources! Particularly, the cancer resource section is huge and contains most anything you can imagine for dealing with cancer. Below is an overview of the Know Cancer Resource Directory… which will help you navigate the topics and get the support you need. Navigating through Know Cancer The site contains tabs at the top of the
Cancer can be a financial burden for patients and their families due to the increased medical and prescription expenses incurred. In addition, unanticipated costs such as childcare, employment, transportation and household expenses all contribute to the need for financial assistance for cancer patients…. The key to navigating the financial issues is communication. First and foremost, be willing to communicate with your physicians about your financial assistance needs. They are your healthcare team and can refer you to resources available in the hospital’s business office. Ask them about the expected costs for your care before you begin treatment, if possible.
Finding a reputable, compassionate oncologist who can help you navigate the scary waters of cancer is an important step in your treatment plan. Since you’ll be working closely with your oncologist, you want to be sure you do your homework and find an oncologist who is a good fit with your personality, beliefs, and desired course of treatment. Below are a few more helpful tips for finding an doctor: Ask for referrals Ask folks you trust for a …recommendation. Family, friends, colleagues, your personal family doctor—if someone in your inner circle has had a good experience with a particular oncologist,
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Know Cancer’s “Ask the Expert” section…, you need to take a break from your day and check it out! This section has archives of Q & A from patients, survivors, caregivers and family members – as well as the ability to ask your own question to our on site oncologists and receive an answer without sitting in a waiting room or being poked & prodded! At this time we are very excited to welcome our newest oncologist to KnowCancer.com…Dr. Robert A. Wascher!!! Dr. Wascher is a Surgical Oncologist, cancer researcher, professor
So, I recently chatted it up with my old friend Brian Rechtman, the Founder & CEO of BlueTree Marketing…—a company that offers non-profit organizations and schools an online alternative to live silent auctions. Brian and I have known each other since we were just kids and I’ve been privileged to watch his company grow into what it is today! BlueTree has created a platform to effectively run online charity auctions in order to increase starting bids for live silent auctions or even better…replace them all together. So just to clarify, this can save nonprofits from having to set up
When cancer affects a family, support is often there for the adults, but not always for the children. Camp Kesem… ("kesem" meaning "magic" in Hebrew) is a college student-run summer camp for kids 6-13 who have/had a parent with cancer. By enjoying a week of fun and meeting kids in their same situation, these young children can find the support and attention they need, that might be difficult for their parent(s) to provide at home during this time. What is also so magical about these camps is that each of the college student volunteers raises the necessary funds each year,
In February 2001, Sam and Matthew’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. For five years he fought to live, then passed away when Sam was 10 and Matthew was 8. Their mother says, “Living with and losing a parent to cancer is something no child should ever have to experience.” Three years later, the boys’ mother discovered Camp Kesem…. She didn’t know much about the camp, but knew that the boys needed to be with other kids who “got” what they were going through. At first Sam and Matthew were reluctant to join in. But within 30 minutes
I'd like to personally welcome Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth, our newest Oncologist… who will be answering your questions in our "Ask the Expert" section. Dr Jag is young, extremely accomplished and so tech savvy that he even helped develop a PalmOS application that serves as a mobile library of oncology information for physicians in areas without Internet access. This makes him a perfect fit here at KnowCancer.com! As a techie, he makes time to do his part online so be sure to check out Dr. Jagg on facebook to see what else he's got going on. Keep reading to learn
Jordan Melnick is a grad school scholar, a phenomenal writer/journalist and…my sisters’ fiancé (And might I add what a fine young chap he is!). He recently wrote an article that we both felt needed to be shared, about the economies effect on funding for special-needs camps…. Many camps are getting hit twice by cutbacks in corporate support and then again by subsidizing camper admission fees, because families just don’t have money right now. Read more and together let’s figure out what we can do to help: The recession has hurt all summer camps this year, but special-needs camps—those serving
Peapod began in 1989 when two brothers, Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, decided to improve the lives of others with this phenomenal convenience. Since that time, Peapod’s online grocery has served over 13 million customers in 22 U.S. markets and is busier than ever. Determined to change the way Americans shop for food and dedicated to provide an excellent experience to every single customer, Peapod has grown into an online industry leader. Peapod even allows people to easily find specific nutritional products, create shopping lists, use manufacturer coupons and take advantage of weekly specials. Need a recipe that includes the items…
After many months of hard work and dedication, the Know Cancer Team is thrilled to announce the launch of our one of a kind Cancer Community! It has been a long road and we are proud to finally share this adventure with you. Our goal is to provide the cancer community with all the resources they need including the latest social networking & communication tools, access to health care professionals and an open forum for support and inspiration. Join the Community… and check out all the cool features, and be sure to let us know what we can improve
This past Sunday, Danielle and I took a journey down to Miami to rock out with my friends from Chai Lifeline at their Young Leadership Event…and what a “trip” it was…literally! Chai Lifeline is a Jewish organization that focuses on enriching the lives of children who have been faced with life threatening diseases like cancer…. Since 1987 they’ve been changing lives through programs that deal with the social, financial and emotional needs of children and their families. The event was held at Bruce Grayson’s Wherehouse 2016; which appropriately is a “warehouse" filled with psychedelic art and strategically placed trinkets.
We recently participated in the 6th Annual Pink Ribbons for Life event in our hometown of Orlando, Florida. It was held by The Chrome Angels of Central Florida…, an independent motorcycle riding association made up of women brought together by their love of riding and their desire to make a positive impact in the community. Their primary goal is to support breast cancer research and to help victims. Sunday, January 18th at 11:30 in the morning, hundreds of bikers on an array of different motorcycles spilled into the parking lot. They came in shifts that began at 4 seperate
Let us be the first to welcome you to the Know Cancer Community! A place to make friends, find inspiration and share stories! In the coming entries we will introduce you to our friends, our inspiration and our story. My name is Josh Snyder and I am the Founder of Know Cancer…, as well as a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am fortunate to stand alongside an inspiring group of individuals who are working tirelessly to make this project possible, and are extremely excited to invite YOU to be a part of this world we call Know Cancer. I