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What To Say: To A Cancer Survivor

So many people have said to me, “You look fantastic!” Why focus on how I look? You probably have little idea about my quality of life compromises that you cannot see on the outside. For me, I had bilateral vocal chord polyps and nodules, basal cell carcinoma in my radiated field, ringing in my ears, periodontal disease, numerous health scares …

Head and Neck Cancer: Bundled Fees for Care

A pilot program is being developed by UnitedHealthcare and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to explore the benefit of a preset, bundled payment for head and neck cancer care that includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. “Patients are going to know right upfront what the total cost is,” UnitedHealthcare’s Dr. Lee Newcomer said. The collaboration is among the …

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) promotes healing of wounds, improves vascularity and fights infection. This therapy has improved quality of life for patients who have undergone radiation to the head and neck to treat cancer.  For these patients, HBOT is a recommended treatment in conjunction with any invasive dental procedure. The winter after I endured targeted radiation therapy for cancer on …

Talk 4 Hope: Cancer Survivorship Stats

How many cancer survivors are there in the US? The American Cancer Society summarized the data: 14.5 million cancer survivors are alive in the Unites States 64% were diagnosed 5 or more years ago 15% were diagnosed 20 or more years ago 5% are younger than 40 and 46% are 70 or over In 10 years, it’s estimated that the …

Medical Student at Slaughterhouse Learns Benign vs Malignant

Dr Jonathan Reisman was trying to learn all the latin names of body parts and visited a kosher slaughterhouse for help: the psoas major muscle (filet mignon); the erector spine (rib eye). He wrote an article about it. Why a kosher slaughterhouse? Because to be kosher, the basement membrane that encases every organ and all tissue, cannot be damaged. “The …