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How To: Applying for SSD Benefits with Colon Cancer

Posted on June 27, 2014

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Did you know: If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and your cancer meets a specific level of severity, you can get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through one or both of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) disability programs? It’s true. Check out the information below and post your questions in the comments. We’ll do our best to get them answered! Read more

Affordable Care Act: The Effect on Cancer Patients

Posted on June 19, 2014

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The Colon Cancer Alliance is committed to providing support and empowerment to those who are affected by colon cancer. This is why we’re actively addressing the patient impact of high out-of-pocket costs for medicine when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and exchange coverage. We continue to hear the stories: due to increased costs, many patients are making decisions about treatment based on financial implication as opposed to selecting the best treatment path to address their current condition. Read more

Board of Directors: Welcome to Our 3 Newest Members

Posted on June 16, 2014

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Exciting news! We’re welcoming three new Board of Directors members to the Colon Cancer Alliance family this month. Each of these professionals brings a unique expertise, connection to the cause and commitment to our vision for a world free of colon cancer. We look forward to seeing their fresh perspectives come to life as they join our Board of dedicated leaders and take us into our 16th year of service. Meet Kitt Shapiro, Dr. Jose Mendoza and Heather Dean. Read more

Fatherhood & Cancer: Richard’s Story

Posted on June 13, 2014

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When I was originally diagnosed with colon cancer, I was on the way to meet my wife and son at Bob Evans for a “kids eat free” meal. Unexpectedly, I received a call from the GI. He sounded distraught, so immediately I tried to put him at ease. (You read that right!) He was not used to delivering this kind of news to someone my age. He just kept apologizing to me. He had assured me that I was too young to have this disease at age 41, and with a 4-year-old son. When I got off the phone, I sat in the parking lot trying to determine what it would all mean, and how my family would react; all I could think of was my son growing up without a dad. Being a father to a now 7-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter has had a tremendous impact on the way I treat my cancer and the decisions I make as I go along this journey. Thankfully, I am still alive and kicking. Read more

Top 4 Takeaways: ASCO Annual Meeting

Posted on June 10, 2014

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We recently had the privilege of attending the 2014 American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting where 35,000 scientists, researchers, medical professionals and advocates from around the world gathered to share cutting-edge scientific innovations and connect with other industry professionals. We sat in on some truly inspirational meetings and presentations that shed light on what’s to come in the area of cancer research. Miss the live updates that weekend? No worries. Check out these need-to-know takeaways from our Patient Advocate Medical Consultant Dr. Laura Porter and get educated on what’s on the horizon for our community. Read more

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