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February 29th is Rare Disease Day

Posted February 26th, 2016

I’ve been an oncology social worker for many years. I’ve seen countless cases of the most common cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Because these cancers are more common, there are more supportive services, research dollars and awareness walks for these diseases. But, I’ve also seen a lot of rare […]


7 Tips for Giving Smart on #givingtuesday

Posted November 25th, 2015

It’s a busy week for special days. Thursday: Thanksgiving, Friday: Black Friday, Saturday: Small business Saturday, Monday: Cyber Monday, and finally, Tuesday: Giving Tuesday. After so many days of stuffing our faces, entertaining family, and overspending, Giving Tuesday shifts the focus from gluttony and spending to giving as a holiday tradition. Let’s not forget to […]

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Five Things to Know about Medicare and Advance Care Planning

Posted November 17th, 2015

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. In a major shift in policy, the federal government announced last week that Medicare will begin to cover visits with healthcare providers to discuss end of life care and advance care planning. This represents a big change in the practice, policy, and process of discussing end of […]


Thank You to Our Veterans with Cancer!

Posted November 11th, 2015

Today is Veterans Day. I wanted to take a few moments to highlight a special need of many Veterans: cancer care. Many Veterans are at increased risk for developing cancer just because they did their job protecting our country. There are approximately 40,000 new cancer cases in Veterans reported annually. As the Veteran population continues […]

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6 Insider Tips for Successful Caregiving

Posted November 10th, 2015

November is Caregiver Awareness Month. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a support group session for caregivers. This group is so brave and compassionate. They were so happy to find others who could validate some of the things they were going through and help them feel not so alone. Common themes emerged […]

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National Drug Take Back Day 2015

Posted September 10th, 2015

Have you taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? Aside from cotton swabs, mouthwash and makeup remover, are there old, outdated prescription drugs in your cabinet? How do you dispose of old, outdated, expired or unneeded medications? Flush them down the toilet? Throw them out with your household trash? Not sure? Well, the DEA […]

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National Cancer Survivors Day 2015 Wrap Up

Posted July 15th, 2015

National Cancer Survivors Day is the first Sunday in June every year. Many cancer centers and advocacy groups around the country commemorate this day with a celebratory event. We usually celebrate with (what else?) – education! This year we added 2 new survivorship education videos to our collection – Actions & Attitudes for Cancer Survivors […]

Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Breaking news: Supreme Court votes to uphold Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Posted June 26th, 2015

On June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled (6-3) to uphold health care subsidies included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Crowd Sourcing and Fundraising

Posted May 11th, 2015

As cancer costs continue to rise, we are hearing more stories about cancer patients being forced to choose between paying for the lifesaving medications and putting food on the table. The changing health insurance market has left most individuals with higher out of pocket costs for health care. Resources may exist to provide copay assistance […]

Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Breaking News: Changes to Credit Reporting of Medical Debt

Posted March 16th, 2015

Credit bureaus have made some changes to the way medical debt is included on your credit report, as well as how long it can stay on your report. Learn about these changes to credit reporting.