Survivors' Viewpoints on Communication Importance
As I mentioned in my posting on January 21, 2007 my father, a retired physician, and I are writing a book for all patients and family members on communicating with your health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). W...
Myths About Chronic Pain Management
Many individuals with cancer who have chronic pain have heard "rumors" or "myths" about pain medications and pain management. It is helpful to have the correct information about these myths.MYTH 1: A person should wait as long as possible before s...
What Does Dental Care Have To Do With Cancer?
About 2 weeks ago I went to my dentist and found out that - right then and NOT tomorrow - I was going to get a temporary crown on my tooth. Now you have to understand I am not severely phobic of dentists, but I can think of lots of other things to...
Courage and Cancer Survivors
I have wanted to talk about courage for awhile, but not really knowing what to say. Because of my "English, journalism training" I find myelf going back to the definition of words.Some of the ones I found today include:The state or quality of mind...
Test Results From Your Doctor - No News Is Not Always Good News
You would think that being diagnosed with cancer was bad enough. But what if you discovered that a “communication glitch” resulted in a delayed diagnosis of your cancer? A delay that resulted in your being diagnosed as a Stage IV cancer patient wi...
Yes, No, I Need More Information
One of the overall themes of this blog will be how can you live or cope with cancer. The day you or your loved one learned you had cancer you probably suffered from surprise, shock and were numb. Almost everyone feels disbelief. You may have known...
Laughing is One of the Best Medicines
Thanks to Rita for making me laugh in this week's grand rounds at msspnexus where she highlighted my post on whether cancer patients should discuss using complementary therapies with their physician
Another Good Resource: The Oncology Nursing Society
In addition to providing news and tips, science and how to cope and improve your physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being I would like this to be a site that you can go to for other resources that are accurate and credible.The one ...
Can Individuals With Cancer Be Around Vaccinated Children?
In the United States most children and adolescents receive childhood vaccinations on a regular schedule based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These vaccinations start at birth and include:Hepatitis A and...
Tips For Scheduling Tests When You Have Cancer
From the time you are diagnosed with cancer and throughout your treatment and survival you will need to have various tests scheduled. These may include blood tests, ultrasounds, CAT or MRI o PET scans, breathing tests and many other types of tests...