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Healing Paws: Claire, Elise, Kim, Don and Finn

Posted February 9th, 2016

“Sissy, look. Doggie!” Elise brought her sister, Claire, over to meet Finn. Claire (age 4 ½) was still a bit groggy from anesthesia, but her interest and wonder in Finn was apparent. Finn first met Elise, who is the 23-month-old sister of Claire. Elise was drawn to Finn like a magnet. She squealed with delight […]


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Understanding Proton Re-Irradiation

Posted January 28th, 2016

This webinar, presented by John Plastaras, MD, PhD, focuses on the use of proton therapy for re-irradiation (delivering radiation to the same field that was previously radiated). About the presenter John Plastaras, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Penn Medicine. He is the Chief of the Lymphoma and […]


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Healing Paws: Silverio, Ginetta and Finn

Posted January 26th, 2016

Silverio and Ginetta are from Montreal, Canada. Cancer has been part of their lives for some time. Silverio was first diagnosed over 5 years ago. He was doing well and had returned to his “normal” life when the cancer came back. He needed treatment he could only get in the US (proton therapy), so he […]


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Healing Paws: Miriam, Monica and Finn

Posted December 23rd, 2015

Miriam and Monica are first year students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. As social workers in training, their studies are rigorous and coupled with 24 hours per week in field practice work. Miriam and Monica are completing their field work at Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology. Since the beginning of […]


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Healing Paws: Finn and Linda

Posted December 16th, 2015

Linda has been “hanging out” with Finn for the past four weeks. “I look forward to Thursdays when he is here. He takes my mind off why I’m here.” She and her husband have made it a habit to bring Finn special treats every week. They love to share affection and compassion with their furry […]


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Healing Paws: Ron, Monica and Finn

Posted December 9th, 2015

As she sat in the waiting room, Monica was instantly draw to Finn. “I had a beagle named Heidi—he reminds me of her. He brings up great memories.” Visiting with Finn brought up positive memories for Monica. Her mood improved. Reminiscing about her own dog helped her cope with the stress she was currently facing. […]


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Catherine and Finn

Posted December 1st, 2015

“Finn is a sweetie pie…the best thing since sliced cheese.” says Catherine as she gets closer for some snuggles before her radiation treatment. Pet therapy has been a surprising source of support for Catherine and her caregiver, Woody. Catherine describes Finn as comforting and distracting. “He gives me something else to think about—I also see […]


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Being a Caregiver

Posted November 2nd, 2015

November is National Family Caregiver Month. It’s hard to follow all the pinkness of October, but I hope the millions of people caring for loved ones get a little bit of the limelight this month. Think the NFL will wear caregiver awareness ribbons this month? You see, caregiving is a thankless job. You’re usually damned […]


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Annual Health Insurance Education Webinar Series

Posted October 29th, 2015

OncoLink is proud to present our annual health insurance education webinar series! This year, we have broken the webinars into shorter, topic-focused modules, allowing you to listen to all of the modules or just those that are important to you as you think about your open enrollment and health insurance needs. Module topics include: Medicare […]


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Let’s Celebrate Health Education!

Posted October 19th, 2015

Since 1995, National Health Education Week (NHEW) has been celebrated during the third full week of October. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this celebration focuses national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health. At OncoLink, we […]