Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act

Posted June 17th, 2021

It’s a great day for cancer survivors. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. This means The ACA is still the law of the land. Folks who rely on the ACA Marketplace or their state-based exchanges will continue to have access to purchase health […]


What if we count all that still remains?

Posted June 11th, 2021

June is National Cancer Survivors Month! To honor survivors, we will be sharing stories from folks with cancer and their caregivers. Today we hear from Marlys. It was the sunny month of July. We were sharing a vacation rental with our daughter, son-in-law, and the grandkids in a nearby mountain village. My husband’s cancer was […]


Survivor Story: Erin

Posted June 4th, 2021

June is National Cancer Survivors Month! To honor survivors, we will be sharing stories from folks with cancer and their caregivers. Today we hear from Erin. 37-Year-Old Cancer Survivor and Mom of Four Shares Her Survival Story to Help Others An advanced Stage III colon cancer diagnosis was the last thing I expected to receive […]


Get to Know CaringBridge

Posted June 3rd, 2021

A patient website that supports cancer patients and their family caregivers Confronting a cancer diagnosis is one of the most demanding, isolating things you can do. Family and friends are an amazing source of support, but constantly sharing updates with each and every one of them is impractical. So what resources are available to families […]


When Caregiving Takes a Toll

Posted May 28th, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the next few weeks, OncoLink will feature blogs about common mental health challenges faced by cancer patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Please remember, if you are in crisis, help is available. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline 800-950-6264 A caregiver is someone […]


Reflections

Posted May 26th, 2021

Life can be challenging: Unexpected trials, upended plans, suspended dreams, bodies we suddenly can’t trust, needs that seem engulfing, skills that just come up short. Do you relate? Mindboggling as it is, somehow it just helps to know that others can feel the same. Equally as staggering a thought is that somehow, during our times […]


If You Let It, Nursing Will Change Your Life

Posted May 24th, 2021

It was during my first year practicing as a nurse that I had an experience that deeply affected me. On our unit was a young mother of 4 little girls who was admitted for symptom management of late-stage cancer. She was having pain, was not always coherent, and was unable to walk on her own. […]


Mental Health Awareness for Health Care Providers

Posted May 21st, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the next few weeks, OncoLink will feature blogs about common mental health challenges faced by cancer patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.  Please remember, if you are in crisis, help is available. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline 800-950-6264 Mental health disorders are […]


A Nurse’s Love For Oncology Patients

Posted May 20th, 2021

I still remember the day I walked onto the medical/oncology unit for my interview.  I interviewed at about five different hospitals. I compared the hourly rate, benefits, sign-on bonuses- oh yes, back in 2004 when I graduated, they needed nurses and were giving sign-on bonuses! I never even had any clinicals at Penn, but as […]


Peace

Posted May 19th, 2021

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”  Buddha We are living in conflictual times. Health concerns, political and societal unrest, perhaps financial uncertainty all impact the conflict that so many of us are struggling with. Last fall as I was standing in line to cast my absentee ballot, people around me began talking […]