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Doctor insights on: Financial Help For Cancer Patients

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Do you know any organization or sponsors for financial support for dialyais patients?

Do you know any organization or sponsors for financial support for dialyais patients?

Financial support: The best person to ask is the social worker who is at the dialysis center the patient seeking financial support dialyzes in. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

Recommend chemothera: There are more than one chemotherapy options. Seek advice from a medical oncologist. A combination of Gemcitabine and Nab Paclitaxel is one recently approved treatment regimen. Other drug regimens like FOLFERINOX are also commonly used. ...Read more

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What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

Many: There are many support services available for patients and families. One can begin to search for local resources. If none are available, contact the american cancer society, the leukemia/lymphoma foundation, or the leukemia society for resources. ...Read more

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What organization to donate to help with curing cancer?

What organization to donate to help with curing cancer?

Charitable Societies: There are many foundations or charitable societies whose mission it is to try to find cures for cancers. Many of these are specific for particular types of cancers. Some examples include the american cancer society, the brain tumor society, or the kommen foundation (for breast cancer). Most major universities or hospitals also have foundations or initiatives for cancer research. ...Read more

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Looking for some cancer care-giver's advice or website?

Looking for some cancer care-giver's advice or website?

Websites: Look at the www.Nccn.Com , www.Cancer.Gov, www.Cancer.Org / www.Cancer.Net. There are a lot of good info for caregiver regarding cancer. ...Read more

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Which type of financial goverment assistance is available for people with cancer?

Which type of financial goverment assistance is available for people with cancer?

Apply for it: There are sources of financial aid particularly for medical coverage for patients with cancer. Some is through the federal and some through the state.Medicaid/medicare are available, but one needs to apply for it. There are a lot of forms that a social worker can help with, but most patients get the health insurance coverage. Most hospitals and cancer programs have social workers that can help. ...Read more

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Are there social services for people with bulimia but cannot afford treatment?

Are there social services for people  with bulimia but cannot afford treatment?

Treatment option: There are community mental health centers that usually provide service on sliding scale. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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Palliative care question: good reference guideline for end-stage COPD clinical/functional markers for poor response to CPR, and should recommend DNR?

Palliative care question: good reference guideline for end-stage COPD clinical/functional markers for poor response to CPR, and should recommend DNR?

COPD and DNR: I recommend going to uptodate and review what their recommendations are. This is the best source of good medical information I have found. When you read the sections on these issues you can also click on the reference to see the cited reference. ...Read more

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Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

NO: Bcg is a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus used as a vaccine against tuberculosis. Its used in treatment of superficial bladder cancer since late 1980s. Instillation of bcg into the bladder is an effective form of immunotherapy in this disease. While the mechanism is unclear, it appears a local immune reaction is mounted against the tumor. Its not contagious. ...Read more

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Which postoperative treatments do you recommend for people with colon cancer?

Which postoperative treatments do you recommend for people with colon cancer?

Stage dependent: Postoperative therapy is stage dependent. For stage 1 cancer usually just follow-up is enough; for high-risk stage 2 cases chemotherapy or clinical trials are considered; for all stage 3 and 4 cases chemotherapy is recommended; radiation is usually not required unless tumor was attached to other structures or couldn't be entirely removed for example. ...Read more

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Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS  in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Common drugs for MDS include:1.Azacitidine (Vidaza) 2.Cytarabine (Cytosar-U) 3.Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) 4. Decitabine (Dacogen) 5. Idarubicin (Idamycin) 6.Lenalidomide (Revlimid).Overall, 30 to 40% of patients may benefit. Gene manipulation of own stem cell has cured, patients with severe advanced leukemia, is the future. Pts.reported rapidly to iv infusion, was recently reported ...Read more

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Patient with nsclc, egfr negative, with brain metastates and pelvic area, please give advice for best treatment available?

Patient with nsclc, egfr negative, with brain metastates and pelvic area, please give advice for best treatment available?

Chemoradiation: Stage IV nsclc is best treated by chemotherapy and radiation. While a cure is possible, the expectation is a slightly longer survival. If that is not warrented, then supportive or comfort care is advisable. ...Read more

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What could hospice care do for cancer patients?

What could hospice care do for cancer patients?

End of life care.: Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away. The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. hospice care can include pain management and emotional counseling. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

PANCAN: The best group out there is the pancreatic cancer action network, aka pancan. Their liason program connects people with experience with pancreatic cancer with those seeking more information. www.pancan.org. ...Read more

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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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