Tag Archives: quality of life

The Importance of Breast Cancer Research and the Work of Dr. Shom Goel

Bakes for Breast Cancer 2017 will support the research of Dr. Shom Goel
Although the term “physician-scientist” has become a buzzword in medical research, there are actually only a few people around who successfully combine a career in the clinic, taking care of breast cancer patients, with laboratory research. Dr Shom Goel is one such person –  a breast cancer oncologist at the Dana-Farber who divides his time between the laboratory bench and the patient’s bedside. This year, we will be funding Dr. Goel and his research that addresses the important question – “Why are some breast cancers resistant to the …

 

The Importance of Giving

I didn’t blog last week because I was dealing with a death in my family. My dear great uncle passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s. It was a terrible reminder of how an incurable illness can overcome an otherwise healthy person. Though the physical symptoms of Cancer and Alzheimer’s differ, the effect on family and quality of life are similar in many ways. Hospital stays, many and varied medications, side effects, and the sad decline in health are all the same.
And of course, these are just two of many incurable diseases people are facing daily. Research and advancement in …

 

Breast Cancer, Medical Bills and Health Insurance

Life after breast cancer may hold concerns and issues that impact on your quality of life. Two main issues are…medical bills and health insurance.
Life for some survivors includes finding ways to pay off medical expenses related to treatment, expenses not entirely covered by their insurance plans Unfortunately they will be doing so for some time to come. Most private insurance plans have co-pays that can be substantial when you have surgery, chemo and/or radiation.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with the medical bills impacting on your life following treatment from Laura Riley, ESQ, in her post of 7/29/2011 on the …

 

Eating Well During Treatment is a Challenge!

The side effects of chemo and radiation leave many of us with little appetite. If  it isn’t nausea or mouth sores that keep us from eating well,  it is often that we lose interest in food because we are unable to smell or taste what we are trying to eat. If we have to cook for ourselves, being exhausted from treatment leads to grabbing anything easy and handy rather than preparing something nutritious. The fortified drinks we get in the chemo room or radiation area just don’t count as eating. They may give us the nutrients we need, but they …