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Take Me Out To The…Cancer Game

Posted July 14th, 2016

Last night, like many others, I settled in to watch the mid-summer classic, the MLB All Star game. It’s not so much a game, as it is a spectacle. Last night, it also became a cancer spectacle—of standing up and never giving up the fight. This morning, as I thought about it more, I got […]


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National Cancer Survivors Day Wrap Up

Posted June 23rd, 2016

National Cancer Survivors Day is officially the first Sunday in June each year. Many cancer centers and cancer care organizations plan activities, events and recognitions throughout the month of June. Team OncoLink was honored to coordinate activities at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors. It was great to reach […]


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Eight Tips for Addressing Medical Billing Issues

Posted May 25th, 2016

Recently, I had the pleasure (sarcasm intended) of dealing with a collections agency regarding a $20.00 medical debt from 2015. I found this FASCINATING, as I had never received any bills related to this visit, nor had I actually had an office visit on the day on the bill! It got me thinking that now […]


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National Healthcare Decisions Day “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

Posted April 14th, 2016

Did you know that April 16, 2016 is the 9th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day?  The mission of National Health Care Decision Day (NHDD) is “to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Why do we need a day to highlight the importance of making healthcare decisions […]


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March is Multiple Myeloma Action Month!

Posted March 21st, 2016

Part of getting involved in advocacy and action is learning more about the disease and the cause to improve research, treatment development, supportive care and resources. Multiple myeloma is often a cancer very few have heard of, but once it touches you, you never forget it. In the media, it is often referred to as […]


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Thank you, social workers!

Posted March 14th, 2016

March is Social Work month. Yes, that is right, we get a WHOLE MONTH to celebrate our profession—which is often looked down upon, misunderstood and often underpaid! This year marks my 20th anniversary as a social worker! I remember when I told people I was going to social work school. Often I heard, “Why are […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]