It’s OK to Talk About Your Mental Health

Posted June 11th, 2018

I was walking into work the other morning. Stopped at a red light, I glanced at my phone, where I read, “Anthony Bourdain dead of apparent suicide.” I screamed out loud, “NOOOO!” This isn’t a person I know or have ever met. But he hung out in my living room and took me to places […]

Pets are Cancer Survivors Too: Greta’s Story

Posted June 8th, 2018

Greta was adopted by her mom, Janine, in March of 2013. She was around six years old and had made the trek from Alabama to New York City to find her forever home. Not much is known about Greta’s life before she was adopted, but one thing was certain, she had hit the jackpot with […]

Cancer Survivorship and Relationships: All Hands on Deck

Posted June 7th, 2018

Cancer survivorship can present many challenges to interpersonal and intimate relationships. In a short period, people with cancer often find out a lot about the people in their lives who support them.  Is John a task master who will coordinate all my insurance and financial stuff? Can I cry on Suzy’s shoulder? Does Henry fall […]

OncoLink named one of Healthline’s 2018 “Best Cancer Blogs of the Year”

Posted May 11th, 2018

Once again, the OncoLink blog has been named one of the Best Cancer Blogs of the year by Healthline. We are so proud of our writers who blog for us and share their expertise, experiences, and passion with you – this award reflects their commitment to cancer care, education and support. Our blog team comes […]

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted April 27th, 2018

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 Aside from cotton swabs, mouthwash and makeup remover, are there old, outdated prescription drugs in your cabinet? How do you dispose of old, outdated, expired or unneeded medications?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 […]

Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Medical Decision Making

Posted April 16th, 2018

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD). This day focuses its efforts on increasing knowledge of medical decision making and advance care planning. Advance care planning includes living wills and health care power of attorney or surrogate decision maker. These documents are important for EVERYONE to have. Not just older people or those […]

5 Things To Know About In-Home Genetic Testing

Posted March 28th, 2018

Recently,  in-home genetic testing kits, such as 23andMe and Color, were granted FDA authorization to provide direct to consumer, no prescription needed, in-home genetic testing. On the surface, this seems very attractive. Genetic mutations are thought to account for 5-10% of all cancer diagnoses ( As we learn more about how genetics influence our cancer risk, more […]

Combating the Opioid Crisis Through Safe Drug Disposal

Posted March 21st, 2018

In October 2017 the opioid crisis was declared a “public health emergency.” In the US, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs and in 2016, some 56,000 people died as a result of prescription drug overdose. As much as 1/3 of all prescription opioid medications go unused and are often sitting, unsecured, in kitchen […]

Make ‘em Laugh: The Power of Humor to Help Care for Ourselves

Posted March 16th, 2018

This morning, I had the honor of giving a social work month lecture at a local hospital. I give a lot of talks—usually focused on patient education, survivorship, responding to cancer related distress or social work/medical ethics. But for this talk, I wanted to do something different…something special. Social work is tough stuff. We are […]

The Power of Friendship

Posted January 17th, 2018

Over the past several months, I’ve been supporting a dear friend through his cancer diagnosis, appointments, treatment decisions and planning, and adjustment to life with cancer. This is not new territory for me; I’ve been an oncology social worker for many years, and I’ve walked this path with many patients and their families along the […]