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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

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

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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How to Improve Your Chances

Posted on June 23, 2016

One of my daughter’s favorite movies is 21. It’s about some MIT students who use their math skills to improve their chances at blackjack in Las Vegas. Just like the MIT students, callers to the Colon Cancer Alliance’s toll-free helpline (877 422 2030) often want to know how to improve their chances. Having just reached the 12th anniversary of my stage III diagnosis, I started wondering, “Is there anything people can do to tilt the odds of surviving cancer in their favor?” 

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Into the Weeds: What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana & CRC Part III

Posted on May 18, 2016

While the use of marijuana has been around for thousands of years, it has only become legal in 24 states and the District of Columbia within recent history. As more states continue to approve marijuana for medical purposes, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts surrounding this drug.

This blog is the third in this series. Read Part I and Part II.

Research Studies

Cannabis research policies vary across the world. For example, Canada and the Netherlands have government-run programs in which specialized companies supply quality-controlled herbal cannabis. The Czech Republic, Israel, Canada and the Netherlands have government-sponsored research programs. 

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