Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | October 26, 2016

In this week’s Oncology Spotlight we learn about Patient Advocacy from the perspective of a cancer survivor and a terminally ill woman, from two different care centers, and an update on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Cancer Research Advocacy: Progress With a Side of Heartbreak Jamie Holloway, a PhD student in tumor biology and survivor of […]

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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | October 12, 2016

This week in Patient Advocacy, we present articles that share two very different cancer journeys that are now impacting patient advocacy, a study that examines cognitive functions on cancer treatment, genetic testing to improve patient treatment, and a look at how one pharmaceutical company gives back through health and patient advocacy education. Voices of Value: Lisa Goldman […]

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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | August 31, 2016

This week in Patient Advocacy, we share articles that detail efforts of advocacy groups working to improve pain management, health insurance coverage gaps, and even the acoustic experience of patients in hospitals. A National Campaign Calls for Investment in Pain Research and Access to Pain Therapies U.S. Pain Foundation-which claims 70,000 members and 100,000-plus social […]

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Oncology Patient Advocacy: Spanning cultures, countries, and friendships

IP Blog | Dave Melin | August 3, 2016

In this week’s Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight, we look at the impact of patient advocacy, or lack of, for patients around the world and of other cultures as well as personal stories of advocates championing care for their friends and loved ones. Komen-Kaiser Permanente Cancer Awareness Project Targets Latinas This OregonLive reports that breast cancer […]

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

IP Blog | Dave Melin | July 20, 2016

This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight addresses how having conversations around palliative care can improve the patient and caregiver experience. It’s Time to Train All Doctors on How to Talk to Patients About End-of-Life Care A recent national poll found that although 99% of the physicians feel end-of-life and advance […]

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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | July 7, 2016

This week, our Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight explores how expanded knowledge at the patient level, provider level, and public level can enhance care and practices. Private Patient Advocates a Growing, Yet Costly, Trend in Health Care A discussion of a new trend in which patients or their family hire an advocate to assist in navigating […]

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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | April 12, 2016

This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes: financial barriers can discourage patients from participating in clinical trials and light therapy may help to ease the suffering of cancer patients. Financial Burden of Cancer Clinical Trial Participation and the Impact of a Cancer Care Equity Program A recent study has found […]

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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | November 24, 2015

Cancer supportive care spotlight includes how “cowboy doctors” are raising health costs, Medicare’s new Care Choices expansion, a community conversation about end-of-life planning, and the role of spirituality in supportive care at the end of life.

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BioBlog Weekly: Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | October 20, 2015

This week’s oncology patient advocacy spotlight: JAMA article shows large clinical trial disparities among lower income patients with cancer, typical silver health plans’ out of pocket expenses are twice as high as in average employer plans, and the importance of teaching American consumers how to use their health insurance. Lower-Income Cancer Patients Less Likely to […]

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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | October 8, 2015

This week: physicians and social media, why cancer patients and survivors are more susceptible to flu, the state of palliative care in the U.S., and why young people are the “lost tribe” of oncology and palliative care.

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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | September 9, 2015

Cancer supportive care spotlight: the need for more physician palliative care training, the growth of the North American cancer supportive care market, and palliative care in emergency medicine.

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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | August 26, 2015

This week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes an analysis of drug pricing factors, a call to abandon fee-for-service, and a snapshot of New Jersey’s Medicaid ACOs.

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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | July 30, 2015

This week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes when chemo hurts patients, 2015 oncology approvals, trends in advance care planning, the potential benefits of “prehab”, and Medicaid expansion’s effect on appointment access.

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