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Five year survival data mean nothing

Five year survival data mean nothing

I’ve been telling you for years that in order to make an informed decision, it’s important to discuss the pros and cons of treatment options with your physician. I made a special point of this when it came to breast and prostate cancer screening. Well, it turns out when it comes to screening and cancer […]

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No Means No Except When It Comes To Healthcare

Over the past couple of years we’ve heard a lot about “comparative effectiveness research”. In medicine, it’s used used to determine which medical tests and procedures work best so we can get more value for our dollar and better healthcare. These are the clinical trials which either compares a new drug to a placebo or […]

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Cancer Treatment Is Beyond The Reach of Many Americans

Cancer Treatment Is Beyond The Reach of Many Americans

Cancer is expensive — the American Cancer Society estimates that the 2010 total cost of cancer in the U.S. soared to $263.8 billion (The Huffington Post Oct 12, 2011). Along with these costs can come financial ruin. A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study showed that cancer patients were twice as likely as the general […]

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If You’re Diagnosed with Cancer Get a Second Opinion

Most of us do our homework when making a purchase; we check out the Internet and magazines for information about cost and reliability so we get the most value for our purchases. Yet, when it comes to our healthcare, a majority of us accept the opinion of the first doctor we see without question and […]

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Good News for Ladies with Early Breast Cancer!

If you were told that your treatment would result in swelling in your armpit and a chance of a serious bacterial infection, would you go through with it? Maybe yes, especially if it saves your life. But what if I also explained that another less aggressive treatment was available and it worked just as well, […]

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