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  • Science Decade Reviews

    Posted 10/29/2014 by hhill
      It may or may not be obvious to my readers, but I am still working towards finding the right rhythm or balance for this expanded blog. When I was expected to write only about breast cancer, it came more naturally. For better or worse, I live and breathe breast cancer, and my instincts are pretty good about what is important and what will likely be of interest. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Managing Anxiety

    Posted 10/28/2014 by hhill
      Anxiety inevitably accompanies cancer. It is predictably intense right after diagnosis, when preparing for surgery or chemotherapy or radiation, when treatment ends, and if cancer recurs or progresses. Anxiety usually accompanies planned scans, MRIs, or other procedures and tests. We worry mostly about the results, but we may worry about the procedure itself, too. Anxiety is a normal response to these difficult circumstances, and can usually be managed without medical interventions. Read more... Comments (0)
  • The Mayor Stops Treatment

    Posted 10/27/2014 by hhill
      Of course I know that Tom Menino is no longer the mayor of Boston, but, for many of us, he remains "The Mayor". The news a few days ago that he had elected to stop treatment (preumably that means chemotherapy), transition to palliative care, and spend more time with his family and friends was shocking although not surprising. From the moment he was diagnosed with cancer of unknown origin that had already spread to his liver, we knew the news could not be good. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Access to Care

    Posted 10/24/2014 by hhill
      Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer immediately becomes an active participant and an active critic of our healthcare system. Anyone who pays any attention to the news is well aware that health care costs are climbing rapidly, and that there is increasing concern about the need to slow the rise--and even reduce costs. Our country cannot sustain the situation as it stands. Most of us know that and we surely care about the nation and the world that we leave for our children and grandchildren--but we also want access to the best possible care for ourselves and those whom we love. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Financial Side Effects

    Posted 10/23/2014 by hhill
      Having cancer is really expensive. For all too many families, having cancer is a financial catastrophe. Clearly it makes a difference what the state of your finances is prior to diagnosis. If you have a good job with good benefits, some savings, and an established household, you probably are going to have a smoother time than someone without those assets. Read more... Comments (0)
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