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Ellmers’ Cancer Bill Marks 100 Co-Sponsors

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Today, Congresswoman Ellmers announced that 100 bipartisan cosponsors have signed on to support her bill – The Cancer Patients Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1416). The bill aims to ‘protect cancer patients from the harmful effects of the misallocated sequestration cuts.’  The bill also protects patients suffering from other diseases too.  In a statement from the Congresswoman, she points out that the focus of sequestration is to reduce spending, but treating patients in hospitals is Read More >

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Medicare Part B: Barriers to Cancer Treatment

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The National Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has seen a notable rise in calls for assistance from both Medicare beneficiaries and cancer doctors regarding difficulty accessing certain cancer drugs in the physician office setting, where most patients receive their care. As a result, patients are being forced to seek cancer treatment in the hospital setting to access their life-saving cancer medicines; this displacement disrupts their continuum of care, is inconvenient, and is more costly to the Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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Cancer Stem Cell Therapy: Real Or Just Hype?

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Also known as tumor-initiating cells, cancer stem cells (CSC) have unique capability endemic to stem cells of self-renewal and differentiation, thereby causing tumor relapse and/or metastatis. While traditional cancer treatments focus on tumor shrinkage, it’s a distinct possibility that these agents do not effectively destroy all of the CSCs, causing the tumor to reappear. The CSC theory is relatively new, so the treatment pipeline is still in its early stages. Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad, a contributor to Read More >

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Childhood Cancer Groups Join Forces to Train Childhood Cancer Leaders

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Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States today. Each year, about 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer—more than a schoolroom of children every day. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and our organizations are drawing attention to these devastating diseases by training advocates to take action to change the future for children with cancer. While the five-year survival rates of some childhood cancers have improved, Read More >

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