Prostate Cancer Archive

Redefining Cancer


Cheryl Gradziel, an analyst with Global Data, talks about the NCI recommendation to change the language of cancer to reduce overtreatment of early-stage tumors.

Riding the Horse called Hope… a conversation with bill penzer

You would think that a person who had been a practicing psychologist for more than four decades would know how to cope with the diagnosis of cancer in one of his grown children. Psychologists are a source of refuge, help, and direction for many of us who suffer with all kinds of maladies and are […]

H.B. 609 – The Cancer Treatment Fairness Act of NC

From Mike Lawing: Dear Fellow Travelers: I’m attaching some information about a bill that is working its way through the North Carolina state legislature. This bill entitled “H.B. 609 – The Cancer Treatment Fairness Act of NC” would update antiquated insurance laws to ensure that all chemotherapy, regardless of form, will be accessible and affordable […]

Under The Radar: Distress Screening

Prologue: I seldom dwell on the fact that I am a cancer survivor. Now in my 16th year of survivorship I feel that I have grown comfortable with the fact that this type of cancer is essentially incurable, that it still has the capacity to metastasize, and the routine of follow-up CT scans and Dr. […]

Breaking the Habit

Mike talks about his own experience quitting smoking, and encourages you to do the same. At the very least, get the smoke out of your life even if you can’t kick the nicotine. There are smokeless products to help you. Getting rid of nicotine and tar significantly lowers your health risks.

Food for Thought: The Work of Community Servings

Dear Fellow Travelers: Yesterday (Dec 6), Joyce and I had the pleasure of talking with Suzanne Robertson, a professional dietitian who works with Community Servings based in the general area of Boston Massachusetts. According to information on its website (http://www.servings.org) this nonprofit organization delivers homestyle meals each day to some 1300 people in a 215 […]

A Present Dilemma

Dear Fellow Travelers: An article in the AARP Bulletin for November, 2012 entitled To Test or Not to Test by Chris Woolston is the basis for our conversation today. In that article Woolston cites an eye-opening statement made by the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley, M.D. that deserves serious consideration. […]

On Becoming A Powerful Patient: Mike’s Proverb #1

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain Dear Fellow Travelers: I sort of like this putting a quote at the start of these conversations, for it takes a lot of […]

Meet Mike Lawing, Cancer Navigator, Health Advocate

Joyce talks with Mike Lawing, a colleague and friend through patient advocacy work. Mike is a delightful guy with a rich Southern drawl. Mike Lawing was diagnosed with kidney cancer 15 years ago. He has spent those years taking good care of his own health, and has also become very involved with cancer survivorship and advocacy for patients and their caregivers in a number of ways.

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Shows from 2011 Support for Children whose siblings have special needs, 10-27-2011 Elizabeth Batson’s new book *I Have Needs Too! Supporting the Child Whose Sibling Has Special Needs* combines quotes and drawings from kids whose siblings have special needs with parenting help from a professional. The book offers parents insight and practical advice on how […]