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Why Should You Tell Your Doctor if You’re Using Medical Marijuana?

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Making your doctor aware that you’re using medical marijuana is not only a courtesy, but a potentially life-saving act. Marijuana interferes with the metabolism of many drugs, including some chemotherapies, and can affect how effective these drugs are.

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Q&A With the Doc: How Do I Survive These Side Effects?

Posted on September 6, 2016

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Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.

Last month, our webinar focused on working with your doctor to manage your side effects. Participants listened in and asked the following questions. Read more

Wearing Colorectal Cancer on Your Sleeve – Sort of

Posted on August 31, 2016

We recently collaborated with the online patient community Smart Patients on an empathy-building program called #ColorectalCancer1day. Together we matched patients and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer (“teachers”) with researchers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente who wanted to learn more about what one day with colorectal cancer feels like (“learners”). We’re now sharing the highlights from this learning experience with a broader audience. Read more

How Do You Talk To Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana?

Posted on July 28, 2016

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You might find that you want to approach your doctor about medical marijuana, but you don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming (not to mention slightly taboo depending on where you live), and you want to have a good foundation before going into your appointment. So, read on to learn how to take on this seemingly daunting, yet surprisingly simple, task of talking to your doctor.

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How to Handle Insurance Disputes

Posted on July 20, 2016

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When I was diagnosed with rectal cancer many years ago, I quickly learned about the value of health insurance. The reality is, who can pay for the colonoscopy, CT scans and everything else entirely out of pocket? However, along with learning the positive aspects of health insurance, I also learned the problem areas.

By working on the Colon Cancer Alliance’s free helpline, (877) 422-2030, I have found other people are having problems too.  What do you do when your insurance denies a claim? How about if a doctor who scrubbed in for your surgery is out of network? What about copays and deductibles? What if you can’t afford your medicines?  

I’ll tell you the answers.

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