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Affordable Care: Will It Ever Come to Be?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will attempt to ease access to health coverage and attempt to strengthen regulations of private health insurance coverage. Much of the law’s key […]

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The Problem & Promise of Clinical Trials

Navigating patients one-on-one brings home the overwhelming complexity they face in trying to choose a clinical trial.  Our recent advances in therapy are revolutionary but still limited. They came about […]

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What to do About Tanning Salons

It is a formidable task to shut down tanning salons, but it should happen.  They are dangerous and increase a person’s chance of getting melanoma by 75%! The tanning bed […]

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Best Hospitals: Some Tips to Find One

U.S. News and World Report recently named the “best” hospitals in the U.S.   The marketing hype surrounding the list needs to be balanced with the reality of what good care […]

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Melanoma: Not Always As It Seems

The public health message for melanoma is to look for a change in a mole, and some recite the ABCD’s of melanoma. But there are other types of melanoma that […]

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The Cost of Melanoma: Early Detection Could Save Millions of Lives

One person dies each hour from melanoma.  Incidence is rising steadily on a global scale. It is clear from the literature that melanoma leads to significant years of potential life […]

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Talking to Your Children About Melanoma

Over the many years that I have served as a psycho-oncology counselor, the majority of questions I was asked had to do with the painful task of talking to children […]

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ASCO 2013: Melanoma Patients are the Pioneers for Discovery

Let me start with what I already knew before the 2013 American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting a few days ago. Although there is some recognition of patients and caregivers […]

Melanoma patients and their caregivers: Buyer Beware!

Cancer patients and their caregivers are put into a terribly vulnerable position when diagnosed with melanoma. Being in this state of anxiety, which is very normal, pushes folks to desperately […]

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