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Cancer, Communicating With Your Health Care Team

View all of Cancer Care ’s resources to help you better communicate with your health care team ». Resources. The following are just some of the many reliable resources for medical, emotional, financial and practical support. For referrals to additional resources, contact Cancer Care at 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team

When your health care team talks about your diagnosis and treatment, ask questions about anything you don’t understand. As you start getting more information about your diagnosis, you will learn that there are many effective treatment options and many places you can turn to for help and hope.

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Bone Heath, Cancer, Patients, Information, Resources

To learn more, Cancer Care offers bone health resources. The National Cancer Institute’s information specialists can provide evidence-based information on caring for your bones when you have breast cancer by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visiting www.cancer.gov.

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Cancer and Dental Health

Cancer treatments can cause dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), which damages the salivary glands and can cause dental problems. Saliva protects against infections and cavities (tooth decay) while maintaining a balance of bacteria in the mouth. Without enough saliva, the bacteria and other organisms in the mouth can grow too quickly, causing

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Older Adults Coping with Cancer

Chronic health problems unrelated to cancer, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, need to be considered during cancer treatment. For an older adult, it is important that the treatment plan and health care team take into account the individual’s overall health

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Health Care Professionals Cultural Humility Health

As a health care professional, you want to help clients and patients get the best care. However, a person’s background and identity can affect what “the best care” means to them. This fact sheet discusses how to work toward shared decision making with your clients. Practicing Cultural Humility

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Coping with a Mental Health Disorder and Cancer

Immediately talking to your health care team about any changes will facilitate receiving the best possible care. The goal is to treat the whole person, not just the cancer or the mental health disorder. What are self-care tips for individuals with a mental health disorder and have been diagnosed with cancer? Remember the importance of adherence.

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Cancer Support Groups, Counseling, Education & Financial

Get Support Through Our Hopeline: 800-813-HOPE (4673) Speak with our master’s-prepared oncology social workers who will provide support and resources to help you better cope with cancer, social distancing and the effects of the coronavirus. Cancer Care …

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Reduce Health Disparities in the BIPOC Community

Disparities in the healthcare system is a major issue; one too big for any single person to dismantle. Broader cultural conversations are drawing more attention to the inequities that some patients face. Cultural humility is a way to address and ultimately reduce health disparities at the level of the medical team and provider.

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HOW HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES AFFECT YOUR CARE

Your health care team has the same goal as you do: the best possible care and quality of life. Health care professionals typically focus on the best medical and scientific course of action. However, your beliefs and values are equally important. You have the right and the power to make your wishes known. COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE TEAM

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Good Mental Health Coping With a Cancer Diagnosis

Mental health encompasses an individual's emotional, psychological and social well-being. These aspects of a person’s well-being can be affected after a cancer diagnosis, during treatment and while in remission. It’s important to remember that your health care team is there to treat the whole person, including your mental health concerns.

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Medicare Insurance Federal Health Insurance

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals over 65. It may also be available to individuals who have been deemed “disabled” by the Social Security Administration for two years. There are four components to Medicare, and it is important to understand the coverage they provide so you can make informed choices to support

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Cancer Support & Resources for Health Care Professionals

Health care professionals can find resources and support from CancerCare for cancer patients and caregivers including support groups, workshops, publications and answers to common questions.

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Dental Heath, Cancer, Patients

Additionally, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department maintains a list of local health clinics in each state that provide sliding-scale fee health services. While the main focus of these clinics is on primary medical care, some centers have oral health/dental services available.

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Cancer and Health Insurance

Medicaid is a state-administered health insurance program that provides free or low-cost coverage to millions of Americans. In the 33 states (including Washington DC) that have chosen to “expand” Medicaid, it covers all children and adults below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, which for 1 person in 2020 is $17,237.

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Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Health plans on the Exchanges are grouped by the percentage of your medical costs they cover and are divided into four tiers–platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Individuals and families with low to moderate incomes can receive help (known as subsidies) to purchase health insurance.

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Pancreatic Cancer, Information, Resources

For Health Care Professionals: Care Coordination for Older Men Living with Cancer, Jul 14, 2015 Understanding Diagnostic Technologies and Biomarkers , May 6, 2015 Healthy Eating and Managing Weight Changes During Cancer Treatment , Apr 13, 2015

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Medical Care and Immigration Enforcement

CancerCare recently welcomed the LegalHealth Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to our office for a presentation about how the current immigration landscape affects patients. The following information, drawn from that presentation, is meant to provide general information about legal protections for immigrants seeking health care.

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Health Care Proxy Advanced Directive

A health care proxy is a legal document that lets you choose another adult whom you trust to make your medical decisions for you if you are unable to speak or communicate your wishes. The person you choose or “appoint” is called a health care agent. You may choose a spouse or partner, family member, close friend or a lawyer.

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The Importance of Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Incorporate other health care professionals into your team. Your medical oncologist is an essential member of your health care team, but there are other health care professionals who can help you manage your diagnosis and treatment: Your primary care physician should be kept updated about your cancer treatment and any test results.

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Intimacy Cancer Treatment Side Effects

During and after treatment, inform your health care team about changes in sexual health as they may be able to recommend options to reduce discomfort. It is also important to consult with your doctor before being sexually active. Intimacy may involve a level of physical activity, which should be addressed with your doctor.

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Understanding the Costs of Care and Your Health Care Coverage

Understanding the Costs of Care and Your Health Care Coverage. This workshop was originally recorded on March 18, 2020. Presented in collaboration with This activity is supported by AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, a grant from Genentech and an educational grant from Janssen Biotech, Inc. administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

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Diagnosed with Cancer and No Insurance CancerCare

The Health Insurance Marketplace will ask questions in order to determine what coverage is available for her needs as well as what her current budget allows. These two options are available to help her get coverage, but it will also require a fee for the coverage. If the fees are a too much for her current budget then a suggestion is to look

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Mobile Applications and Cancer

Health Resources and Services Administration’s “Find a Health Center” App For the iPhone only. Finding a health center nearby is now easier with the ‘Find a Health Center’ App. By entering a city/state/ZIP or place name, this app will locate federally-funded health centers for you.

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Cancer and Your Mental Health Dealing with Cancer

This post originally appeared on the GRYT Health blog and is adapted with permission.. CancerCare social worker Charlotte Ference, LMSW, recently joined GRYT Health to talk about dealing with cancer on an emotional level. During her presentation, Charlotte shared stressors likely faced during certain stages of a cancer journey and coping mechanisms that can help to work through those stressors.

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Health Care Team Assertiveness

The Value of Assertiveness When Talking to Your Doctor. “Assertiveness” is the ability to express your wishes, questions and needs in a clear and direct way so that other people, like your health care team, are able to understand what it is you want and need. Being assertive will help improve the quality of the care you receive.

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Cancer and Advance Care Planning Advance Directives

The preferred document is the health care proxy, since a living will cannot anticipate every complex medical decision. It is very important to appoint a health care agent who is willing and able to apply your values, religious beliefs and preferences to a wide range of situations.

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Cancer and Uninsured CancerCare

A. Unfortunately, being uninsured, underinsured, or finding health insurance can be extremely difficult as one proceeds with cancer treatment. I can understand many mixed emotions when diagnosed as well as continuing through several hardships and obstacles that may arise.

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Managing Nausea and Increasing Appetite During Cancer

Eating isn’t just about making you feel better. It is also important for your health and recovery. We suggest the following tips: Make the atmosphere more pleasant during mealtime by using colorful place settings, flowers or background music. Arrange …

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Keeping Pets Healthy Cancer Treatment

Keeping Your Pets Healthy When You Have Cancer. The emotional support that pets provide can be vital to those impacted by cancer, but it is important to keep your pet’s health and safety in mind. Your treatments may have an impact on them physically. Healthy pets can help you focus on your treatment and own well-being. Maintaining a Routine.

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Cancer and Health Insurance Chemotherapy Drugs

Q. My wife was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and we have health insurance. One of her chemotherapy drugs is very expensive and insurance only pays $1000 per chemo treatment. She is 63 and does not qualify for Medicare. We …

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Connect Education Workshops tagged 'Health Care Disparities'

Featured Workshops. Ovarian Cancer: Treatment Updates Listen to a multidisciplinary team discuss ovarian cancer, precision medicine, current standard of care and much more.. Triple Negative Breast Cancer and African American Women Listen to experts discuss the differences in triple negative breast cancer for African American women, the role of surgery and much more.

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Mom or Dad Has Cancer CancerCare

The information presented in this publication is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation.

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Understanding Your Insurance Coverage

A deductible is the amount of money you are expected to pay out-of-pocket towards your health care on a yearly basis before your healthcare insurer pays. For example: if your deductible is $3,000, you are responsible for paying the first $3,000 of medical expenses at the start of each year. After that, your insurance begins to cover costs.

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Managing the Cost of Cancer

Health Insurance Terms. Claim: A claim is a bill from your health care provider (e.g., doctor or hospital). Your health care provider sends a claim to your insurer to be reimbursed. COBRA (The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act): COBRA is a law that lets you keep your insurance for at least 18 months after leaving employment. You pay the full cost of the premium plus …

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CancerCare® and LUNGevity Foundation to Launch CONNECTING

CONNECTING for Lung Health aims to bridge the gap in lung cancer care and mortality among underserved populations, especially for Black adults, who have a 20% lower 5-year survival rate compared to their white counterparts. The program’s focus is to increase lung screening and facilitate smoking cessation counseling among at-risk Black men in

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Staff, Social Workers

Mr. Parisi is Chief Executive Officer at Guidemark Health. For more than two decades, he has been at the forefront of the global health care marketing arena with an intense focus on oncology. He is a longtime supporter of CancerCare and its mission. Andrew C. Pizzo Executive Vice President Owner & President, Collection XIIX, Ltd. Susan Smirnoff

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THE ROLE OF A HEALTH CARE PROXY

One of the best ways to make sure your health care wishes are honored is to use a health care proxy. A health care proxy can communicate the patient’s wishes about the treatment if they are too sick or unable to communicate their wishes directly. THE ROLE OF A HEALTH CARE PROXY 800-813-HOPE (4673) [email protected]org www.cancercare.org

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Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Update CancerCare

Treatments for head and neck cancer can affect the health of the teeth, gums, lining of the mouth and salivary glands. Ideally, people with head and neck cancer should see a dentist, working with their health care team, at least two weeks before starting any treatment. The goal is to prevent or reduce treatment side effects in the mouth.

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Online Support Groups for Spouses of Cancer Patients

CancerCare's services are free of charge. Services are not withheld due to a client's race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigration status, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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Privacy Policy, Nonprofit Organization

We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment. Information Collection and Use. Cancer Care, Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on its websites. We do not share, sell, or exchange this information.

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YOUR HEALTH CARE TEAM: UNDERSTANDING THEIR ROLES

health care system to help with any issues, challenges or barriers that may arise. They may offer practical assistance with financial support, insurance benefits, transportation or child care. In addition, they may assist in coordinating care with other health care team members. Psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in

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Cholangiocarcinoma Bile Duct Cancer Co-Payment

• Patient must be insured through a federal health insurance program such as Medicare, Medicaid or TRICARE. Income: • Income level must be at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Citizenship: • Must have a valid Social Security number to apply for assistance and receive treatment in the United States.

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Bladder Cancer Caregiving CancerCare

Health care. As a caregiver, you may be involved in some health care tasks that are more typically handled by a nurse, such as administering medication and changing bandages. If you need help with these health care needs, ask the doctor, nurse or hospital social worker about local home health agencies that can send in-home nurses to provide

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Lymphedema, Lymph Nodes, Patients, Information, Resources

If your health care team has recommended this procedure for you, it is likely because they feel that the benefits outweigh any of these potential risks. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to have a frank discussion with your surgeon about possible side effects and any preventive measures you can take to lower your risk of experiencing them.

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Caregiving for a Loved One with a Long-Term Illness

When you are caring for a loved one with a long-term illness, caregiving becomes a marathon rather than a sprint. A caregiver’s involvement and role may change depending on their loved ones’ health during and after treatment. Long-Term Caregiving. The demands on a long-term caregiver can be considerable.

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Coping with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer CancerCare

The Importance of Communicating with Your Health Care Team. Because oral and head and neck cancer is a complex condition with complex treatment options, good communication between you and your health care team is key. Your oncologist, nurses, and other members of your health care team work together to treat your oral and head and neck cancer.

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