Patient Advocacy

Meaningful Use, One Step Closer to Finalization

The rules for Stage 3 meaningful use, and the potential modifications to Stage 2, moved one step closer to finalization last week when The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed them off to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 3rd....

Patient Empowerment video

Inspiring TED talk video from patient advocate Dave deBronkart, who after being diagnosed with a rare cancer went online and found the treatment that would save his life from a group of fellow patients.

Choosing to Smile

Three Navigating Cancer members and long time friends have written an inspirational book called Choosing to Smile, a story about how to remain positive when faced with adversity. All three women have had cancer at different points in their lives, and wanted to share...

Dr. David Brailer discusses online medical records

Did you know that the United States has a health information czar? America's first HIC was Dr. David Brailer, and below is a short interview he conducted with the Wall Street Journal where he talks about the importance of online medical records.We couldn't agree more,...

Cancer caregiver survey results

4.6 Million Cancer Caregivers As you may know, last month we conducted a survey of cancer caregivers to learn more about their needs and experiences. With over 11 million people in the United States battling cancer every year, it's estimated that 4.6 million people...

Cancer blog round up: November 12

We continue to feature some bloggers from the lung cancer community as part of Lung Cancer Awareness month, and branch out to high light posts from some other cancer types as well. We're still looking for bloggers from the pancreatic cancer community, leave a link in...

Cancer blog roundup week of Nov. 5

November Awareness: Lung & Pancreatic Cancer, Family Caregivers With a new month comes a new group of cancer types that are running awareness campaigns and fundraisers. It can be tough generating attention after all the focus breast cancer receives in October (and...

Lung Cancer Awareness Events

As we mentioned last week, November is lung cancer awareness month (as well as pancreatic cancer), and while you couldn't swing a meat dress in October without hitting a breast cancer campaign, it can be challenging for other cancer types to get the same attention....

Cancer blog round up: week of October 29

We finish up October and Breast Cancer Awareness month with a final look at some more breast cancer bloggers talking about pink garbage cans, Halloween and the need for more research rather than awareness. If you'd like to be considered for a future round up, please...

Tips for breast cancer patients and survivors

Top 10 tips for breast cancer prevention, screening, patients and survivors Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Cancer Care Alliance have been posting top 10 tips throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer awareness month. Each week a new list...

Cancer blogger roundup: more breast cancer stories

Breast cancer bloggers share the struggles and side effects of their cancer journey This week’s posts keep with our breast cancer theme for the month of October, but also all share the different ways the bloggers have come to terms with the struggles and side effects...

Breast cancer blog round up: October 15

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Experiences As Breast Cancer Awareness month continues, we feature a variety of posts from bloggers sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the issues surrounding this type of cancer. Check them out and please take a moment to...

Weekly cancer blog round up: October 8

As October rolls on, we continue to focus on bloggers sharing their thoughts about Breast Cancer Awareness month. We also feature a post from an ovarian cancer blogger. Please share your thoughts and any other blogs you’d like us to include in our weekly roundups in...

Cancer blog round up: Breast Cancer Focus

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today is the start of breast cancer awareness month, are you ready for an explosion of pink?! We’ll be sharing posts from breast cancer bloggers throughout October, as well as some of the interesting posts from other members of...

Cancer blog round up: week of 9-24-10

We continue to share posts from bloggers whose cancers are in the September “Awareness” month, with a focus this week on ovarian cancer. As always, please feel free to share your own blog’s link with us in comments. The hilariously named If Cancer Was Easy, They’d...

NCCN releases new cancer patient treatment guidelines

Patient Guidelines Published for Breast and Lung Cancer The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) today released updated guidelines for breast and lung cancer patients. The guidelines were created to help cancer patients and their caregivers navigate the maze...

Tools and resources to support cancer caregivers

750,000 Cancer Caregivers More than 1.4 million cases of cancer are diagnosed each year, and studies suggest that at least 50 percent of those diagnosed with cancer will have someone in their immediate family act as their caregiver. Being a caregiver is hard and...

Cancer blog weekly round up: September 17

September is a big month for cancer awareness, as it’s awareness month for seven(!) cancer types including ovarian, leukemia/lymphoma and prostate cancer. In this week’s roundup, we have a couple of posts from bloggers battling those types of cancer, as well as other...

Cancer blog round-up for the week of Sep. 10

Before you check out the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon tonight, here are some of our favorite posts from the week in cancer blogging to get you through Friday. Enjoy. In Bringing Sexy Out of the Thyloset: A Dear Thyroid Blog Tour, Charlcie takes part in a Q&A as part...

Patient advocacy trend continues to grow

It's encouraging to see the growing trend in patient advocacy and personal involvement as reported recently in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, the later focusing on patient's that are actively tracking their health. There are several studies being run at...

Nurse Navigators help cancer patients navigate their care

Nurse Navigators: Dedicated professionals that help cancer patients navigate their care We at Navigating Cancer are proud of the work we do each day to provide cancer patients and their loved ones tools to organize and better communicate with the people that matter...

TCH Chemotherapy Regimen for Breast Cancer

Navigating Cancer has a plethora of informative articles about chemotherapy drugs and regimens, some of the most complete information available online. In an effort to bring attention to these resources, we will be posting summaries to the blog so you can get a quick...

Cell phone radiation law passes in San Francisco

In previous blog posts we linked to a report that studies were inconclusive regarding cell phone radiation causing brain tumors, and a National Cancer Institute (NCI) report last month about the need for more research into environmental risk factors that could cause...

Yoga Improves Sleep, Lessens Fatigue for Cancer Survivors

Sleep problems are one of the most common side effects for cancer survivors. The results of a study of 400 cancer survivors was reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting June 4-8 in Chicago. The controlled trial measured sleep...

One Man’s Journey

Guest blogger: Jothy Rosenberg “You have zero chance of survival.” That is what my nineteen-year-old brain heard in 1976, as my doctor told me that the cancer that took my right leg three years previously had now spread to my lung, two-fifths of which had also just...

Hiring and Firing An Oncologist

Op-Ed Guest Blogger: Beth L. Gainer Oncologist. The word itself sounds scary. So scary that 2001 found me terrified that I had to see one for my breast cancer treatments. A cancer doctor. Let's face it: doctors can be terrifying to us patients. They are the ultimate...