Connecting Cancer Patients

healthModern Healthcare and other news publications have recently written about a free mobile patient app, Belong, that is providing a platform for cancer patients to connect and explore ways of improving quality of life. The American Cancer Society and Colorectal Cancer Canada are using the app to connect with patients, which was launched in 2015 by two company executives who had lost relatives to cancer. “Belongers” can share information, connect with clinicians and detail their treatment progress. The app’s biggest success has been the “Belongers” ability to share meaningful emotional support.

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It’s Never Too Early for Sunscreen

sip-sunscreenThe American Cancer Society reminds us that more skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Most are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, most of which come from exposure to the sun. One thing to remember is that you don’t have to be spending a day at the pool to be at serious risk. Simply staying in the shade will make a huge difference. If you do want to catch some rays, slip on a shirt, wear a hat and apply sunscreen with a SPF value of 30 or more. UV blocking sunglasses will help protect the delicate skin around your eyes and help you avoid certain eye diseases as well.

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Supporting Cancer in the Workplace

An article talking about what one company’s cancer support program hit home recently because unfortunately, far too many of us have been impacted by cancer. At this company, oncology nurses are engaged to help families touched by cancer – from helping patients find providers to obtaining second opinions, facilitating transmission of medical records, to educating families about how to talk with children about cancer and more.

At this particular company, when an employee or dependent is diagnosed with cancer, a support team reaches out to establish contact. If an employee needs to be with a critically ill family member, up to two weeks of paid time off is made available. Subsidized in-home backup adult care is even offered to employees who need to be at work but still serve as a caregiver for a parent or spouse with cancer.

Cancer support can be as easy as providing easy access to screenings, such as mammograms, as a preventive measure. Depending on available resources and the needs of your workforce, a cancer support program could do a lot to improve the well being of your workforce and boost employee retention.

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Treating the Chronic Conditions of Cancer

CancerWith the number of cancer survivors expected to keep increasing, improvements in cancer detection and treatment have led to some chronic conditions vs. terminal diagnoses. IT company MolecularHealth has launched a new oncology program with its TreatmentMAP process that analyzes cancer tumors and creates an actionable report for the treating physician. The report indicates the best treatment currently available for the particular condition and, where necessary, helps doctors find available clinical trial options.

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Men's Health Week

Health experts recommend that men over 40 talk to their doctor about taking aspirin to prevent heart disease. Aspirin therapy may be prescribed earlier for smokers or men who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

A checklist for men’s health screenings:

Blood pressure — at least every two years. Aim for a BP under 120/80.

Cholesterol — every five years starting at age 35. If heart disease runs in your family, talk to your doctor about earlier screening. Normal total cholesterol is under 200. Continue reading