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How Can Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain?

Many patients face years of persistent pain even after treatment is complete

“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Cancer pain has many causes. In the early stages of treatment, pain is most often the result of a tumor pressing on muscles, bones or … Continue reading

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Spinning Out of Control

Life doesn’t stop because someone in the family is terminally ill

One of the difficult realities that people living with a terminal illness must deal with is the fact that life goes on much as it did before. Despite the “new normals” of doctor’s appointments and lab tests and physical changes … Continue reading

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Addiction: The Terminal Illness No One Talks About

Addiction and its aftermath kill millions of Americans every year

Turn on the radio or TV news today and you will probably hear something about America’s epidemic of drug abuse. Opioids (a class of drugs that includes prescription medicines like oxycodone and fentanyl as well as the illegal drug heroin), … Continue reading

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Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Millions of family caregivers across the United States feel abandoned and alone

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” ~Rosalynn Carter The number of people in the United … Continue reading

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Doctors Debate Medical Aid in Dying — Again

Are doctor's putting their own discomfort ahead of their patients' needs?

Over the past several years, a number of states have enacted legislation legalizing medical aid in dying, or physician assisted death. The salient points in each of these laws are essentially the same. They allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults … Continue reading

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Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Why second opinions are essential

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians~ Alexander the Great When a doctor tells you you have cancer (or any life-threatening illness) your natural reaction is to ask him or her, “What should I do?” You’ve just … Continue reading

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