Does FREE air transportation really exist?

Posted January 7th, 2020

There may be no such thing a free lunch, but thanks to voluntary pilot organizations FREE air transportation for those in need does exist! This is possible thanks to generous volunteer pilots who donate their time, aircraft and fuel. It is important to remember that this service is not an air ambulance, but instead gets […]

“Dear Patient.” Hints from a healthcare provider on talking about financial toxicity.

Posted November 27th, 2019

Dear Patient, Let’s be honest; we talk a lot about your fatigue, your nausea, your neuropathy, and all the other physical symptoms of treatment and your disease and those things are important.  There’s something else that might be just as important that we never mention…your finances (or how much that drug you’re taking is going […]

Coping with Financial Toxicity: Help is Available

Posted November 14th, 2019

When someone is given a cancer diagnosis, treatment guidelines are reviewed by the physician and then it is common for the oncology nurse to spend time with the individual discussing each drug, their possible side effects, and toxicities.  The role of the oncology nurse in the assessment and management of side effects is key and […]

National Physical Therapy Month

Posted October 18th, 2019

October is National Physical Therapy Month. Physical therapy can be a great benefit to patients, especially those with cancer. Christina Lombardi, PT, DPT, shares answers to some questions about physical therapy in this guest blog. Who Are Physical Therapists? A physical therapist, also called a PT, is a healthcare provider that diagnoses and treats people […]

The “Outsiders”–How to Support Siblings of Children Who Have Cancer

Posted September 19th, 2019

It is undeniable that having a child with cancer is one of the hardest experiences parents endure. Families are miraculous systems, shifting, bending, and working themselves into the most incredible yoga poses to adjust to these situations. As a part of this yoga dance, siblings find themselves outside of their regular routine, and often on […]

Safety and Exercise

Posted July 25th, 2019

Research has shown that physical activity may have beneficial effects for patients with cancer and cancer survivors. Physical activity can improve cardiovascular endurance, fatigue, symptoms, mental health, and quality of life. In addition, there has been research suggesting that physical activity may also improve prognosis as well as reduce cancer recurrence or progression. Because of […]

Keeping Controlled Substances Safe in the Home

Posted July 19th, 2019

Managing your pain is such an important part of your well-being and quality of life. Your doctor may prescribe certain pain medications called opioids to help manage your pain. These medications can help you live better and with less pain when taken correctly. When in the wrong hands or when misused, however, these medications can […]

Safe Medication Disposal

Posted July 17th, 2019

Any expired, unwanted, or unused medicines can be disposed of in a local “take back” program or medication drop box at a police station. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in communities nationwide in the Spring and Fall. Many communities also have their own drug take back programs. […]

Medication Safety

Posted July 15th, 2019

Your doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists work very hard to keep you healthy and safe. But you can also do your part to keep yourself healthy and safe when it comes to managing your medications! Make A List And Check It Twice Keep an up to date list of the medications you […]

Food Safety and Avoiding Foodborne Illness this Summer

Posted July 3rd, 2019

Summer is here, and that means barbeques, picnics and outdoor dining. During these events, you are likely to find many foods including fresh produce, grilled items, and unrefrigerated plates. While delicious and fun, summer dining may promote an increased risk of foodborne illness through cross contamination, improper cooking temperatures and poorly chilled foods. Food safety […]