After peaking in 1991, cancer death rates have consistently declined. According to a report published January 5 in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, there was a 25% drop in cancer deaths for men and women between 1991 and 2014. The numbers are encouraging, and reflect the progress made in the areas of awareness, early detection and cancer treatment.
There is an immense disparity between the cancer care that is available and what people can afford. A recent study found that more than 20% of cancer patients skipped recommended treatments because of high out-of-pocket costs, and almost 50% of those surveyed said their treatment costs were higher than expected. These high costs often lead to delays in patients' treatment as they wait for assistance or authorization, which may have the possibility of more long term effects due to disease progression.
While many Americans have routine cancer screenings, even more struggle to find access to the resources they need. Ackerman Cancer Center has compiled a list of local, free or low-cost cancer screening resources to ensure you are able to get screened regularly and affordably.
By: Eden Mock, MSW - One thing many cancer survivors and their loved ones may not realize is that any significant change in your health can cause you to feel a sense of grief towards the loss of the wholeness you once perceived your body to hold. Being diagnosed with cancer is a major life change that can cause an upheaval of feelings and experiences including grief. (Click photo to access article.)
Receiving a cancer diagnosis and undergoing cancer treatment can be one of the most stressful times, if not the most stressful, in our lives. There are many ways to address stress and anxiety—some healthy ways have been discussed on the Ackerman Cancer Center blog—and one great way is by spending time with man’s best friend—your pet! (Click photo to access article.)
It is understandable that a lung cancer diagnosis can cause fear and anxiety. Remember—while every person’s cancer story is different, one thing is clear: the more you know about your disease, the better able you will be to make treatment decisions and to manage your health. The tips in this article are meant to help our lung cancer patients enjoy life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. (Click photo to access article.)
Perhaps you've finished getting radiation or chemotherapy—congratulations! So, you may be thinking, "Why do I need to schedule a follow-up in a few months?" This article explains the role of follow-up appointments in post-treatment survivorship.
By: Eden Mock, MSW, Oncology Social Worker -- In my early twenties, I became a caregiver to my grandfather who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I still very vividly remember the day when I packed up my belongings to move in with him to provide support. As a young adult, it took some learning space to transition into my role as caregiver. As I made this transition, it was both a rewarding and challenging time. I cared deeply for my grandfather and wanted to do all I could to be there as a support for him. However, in retrospect, there were some things I wish I had known in preparation for being a new caregiver. The following article offers some tips for young adult caregivers and those new to caregiving. (Click photo to open article.)
By: Eden Mock, MSW, Oncology Social Worker -- When faced with a new cancer diagnosis, patients may experience a roller coaster of emotions ranging from fear, guilt, anger, loss, and sadness. To tackle these difficult emotions, cancer survivors can focus on maintaining hope throughout their cancer journey. The following article describes seven ways you can focus on hope while managing treatment-related concerns and life as a cancer survivor.
Many patients continue to work while undergoing cancer treatment. There may be financial considerations that make working a necessity, but work can also provide the patient with routine, normalcy, and social connection. Whether or not you will be able to work during cancer treatment depends on a number of factors, including your cancer stage, treatment type, overall health, and the kind of work you do.