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Frank Discussions About Oral Cancer Therapies

June 8, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Oral cancer therapies seem poised to revolutionize cancer care for many cancer types. More convenient, more effective, and often less toxic. But they are quite expensive—in many cases, more than $100,000 a year per patient. And some experts have been discussing combining two drugs. We must talk more about cost and not just echo the mantra of researchers who are “excited” about trial results.[read more]

Schmoozing for Cancer, Part II

May 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

If you become part of the Patient Power community, we don’t schmooze with you once but all the time. It’s the way we interact. And we believe it’s unique. We talk with people, not at them, and we want to know everyone’s story. That’s why our town meetings are not seminars, they are conversations.[read more]

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Virtual Meet-Ups for Cancer Patients

April 14, 2015 by Joan Justice

Patient Cafe™

Now, cancer patients can meet virtually and share stories. With the Patient Cafe™, a virtual meet-up program from the Patient Empowerment Network, cancer patients sign up to meet others with the same cancer condition. The program is free and all the participants need is a good internet connection.[read more]

Cancer Drugs: Why the High and Rising Prices?

April 10, 2015 by David E Williams

Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

While politicians wring their hands, pricing strategists at pharma and biotech companies take action by charging high and rising prices for products for life-threatening illnesses. Cancer is Exhibit A, with many drugs costing more than $100,000 per year of treatment. I don’t expect any dramatic clampdown on cancer drug prices in the near term.[read more]

Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

Celebrating Partnerships in Cancer

March 9, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Powerful Patients at Moffitt Cancer Center

I have written many times here about my frustration when groups that are supposed to have a devotion to cancer patients as their top priority get sidetracked by egos, distrust of one another, bureaucratic procedures and turf wars. But I am happy to report some instances now when groups are working together as true partners.[read more]

The Uncertainty of Cancer

February 24, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

The author, with Dick and Carole Crew

Just two weeks ago, I wrote of losing an old television colleague to liver cancer. From diagnosis to death was less than two months. Today I am writing about the death this past weekend of another old friend and mentor, Dick Crew, who fought diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for about a year.[read more]

Immuno-oncology: The Challenging Road Ahead

February 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Oliver Press

Experts say there is tremendous promise in stimulating a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer. A few new drugs are already on the market in this area for conditions like advanced melanoma and some subtypes of lung cancer. But there’s a caution just now: even when experts say they are “excited,” it can be a rough go for patients.[read more]

Remembering the Guy Who Made Me Look Good

February 1, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Brad Stafford

Just as my family is getting settled back in Charlotte after me being away 35 years, my friend Brad Stafford has died from complications of liver cancer. I never got to see him as his decline was very fast, and I am very, very sad. I wanted to recall some good times long before cancer claimed Brad’s life or disrupted mine.[read more]

The Lessons of Stuart Scott

January 7, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott died January 4 at just age 49, and he is survived by daughters Sidni, 15, and Taelor, 19, who were the lights of his life. In watching and reading more about Stuart, what comes through for me is the story of a unique man who did not let cancer stop him, not once, not twice, not three times from doing what he loved—sportscasting.[read more]

How Facebook Scares Me

January 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Facebook

Like any cancer survivor, I worry about what’s next. After all, I was first diagnosed 18 years ago. I stuff the fears down, but they are there. And that’s why there’s a trend on Facebook that scares me: patients who are not doing well post some of the most gruesome photos. Do we really need to see?[read more]

Navigating Cancer Faster

December 16, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

For most cancers, there are no longer “one-size-fits-all” treatment plans. And at the recent American Society of Hematology meeting in San Francisco, we heard not only that this is changing but that it is changing quickly. I almost feel sorry for the growing ranks of “nurse navigators” who will have many long nights studying just to keep up.[read more]