The Doctor Will See You Now…On the Screen

Posted July 2nd, 2020

On March 10, 2020, my workday as a pediatric radiation oncologist felt very normal – I saw patients and discussed complicated cases with my trusted colleagues in friendly meetings and in close quarters. Three days later, my professional world as I knew it came to a halt.  The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) had been working its […]

Coping with COVID-19: I’ve Lost My Health Insurance, Now What?

Posted June 4th, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 40 million Americans have lost their jobs. With the loss of jobs, comes the loss of health insurance. For cancer patients, maintaining your health insurance is essential. The good news is, you probably have some options to keep your coverage or get new coverage. Keeping Your Coverage […]

Maintaining Connections at a Social Distance

Posted May 21st, 2020

When my quarantine began, I knew I’d be entering a new “normal.” I knew I’d have to leave my University (Penn) and my plans for the final months of junior year behind. I knew it could be months, even a year before I could return, and that life now ran on this virus’s clock. So […]

Preventive Cancer Screenings while Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted May 18th, 2020

What should I do…and when should I do it? I recently read an article that electronic health record data showed a sudden drop in preventative cancer screenings for March 2020 in the United States.  It showed a decrease of 86% – 94% in preventive cancer screenings for cervical, colon, and breast cancers, compared to average […]

SLOWLY–Returning to Pre-Quarantine Life

Posted May 14th, 2020

Last week, I needed to get some labs drawn. I’m not going to lie, I was terrified and anxious about going back to the hospital. Was I risking exposure to COVID by going in? How could I keep myself safe? I kept myself up much of the night before. Tossing, turning, playing out every possible […]

A grilled cheese sandwich…

Posted May 5th, 2020

What is it about a crisis that tears us down. Is it doubt, fear, disappointment, anxiety, stress or is it that we are born with an innate need to respond to our environment to protect, to serve, and to survive and we worry that we are not good enough for the task? As this Covid-19 […]

Pets and COVID-19: What you need to know to keep your furry family members safe.

Posted May 1st, 2020

My dogs, Maggie, Linus, and Huckleberry, have been ENORMOUS supports for me during quarantine. Not only do they provide me with companionship and unconditional love, but they also soothe and comfort me in those moments I’m feeling particularly pessimistic about our current state of affairs AND they get me outside and moving on our regular […]

COVID-19 Sneak Attack on the young..STROKE

Posted April 30th, 2020

It seems like every day on the news we are hearing about new possible symptoms of COVID-19. Last week health care providers announced that they are seeing sudden strokes in patients who are between the ages of 30-50, who are otherwise healthy adults, other than their COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients that had a stroke and were […]

Face Mask 101: Cover Up!

Posted April 27th, 2020

There’s a lot to keep track of these days: numbers, stats, rates, counts, curves, precautions (something our cancer patients know all too well!) It seems we have had to, in some twisted turn of fate, become more focused on success and winning, even as life, as we know it, has halted. This success and winning, […]

How has COVID-19 impacted you and your cancer treatment?

Posted April 23rd, 2020

We want to learn more about the experience of cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. How have things changed for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers during this time?  Have you been impacted practically—had trouble getting food, transportation or internet access? Has your cancer treatment been impacted? Have you been impacted financially? Learning about the […]