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Hope Garden | BSD Medical

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

An on-line "garden" where you can plant a virtual flower and label it with someone's name and a message of hope. And while you're there, take a look around at other flowers nearby and maybe "water" some by selecting a message from a list.

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One Bite at a Time; Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends

Type: 
Book
Description: 

This is a geat book with wonderful healthy yummy recipes , great writings and health charts for cancer patients and survivors. Check it out!

Source: 
Celestial Arts
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Rebecca Katz with Marsha Tomassi and Mat Edelson
Publish date: 
2004
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"A Pastor's Cancer Diary"

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

Blog written by a Presbyterian minister with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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THYCA Complimentary Low Iodine Cookbook

Type: 
Article
Description: 

An excellent low iodine cookbook, complete with basic guidelines, for those with thyroid cancer who will be undergoing radioactive iodine treatment.

The "LID" - low iodine diet - deprives your body of iodine, and is normally done for a period of 2 weeks prior, and 24-48 hours following radioactive iodine treatment doses. It is important to carefully adhere to the diet particularly for the 7 days prior to treatment.

The resulting low iodine dietary content ensures your body 'soaks up' as much of the radioactive iodine treatment as possible, in all 'thyroid like' tissues, including cancerous ones.

This free resource is yet another valuable contribution to us, provided by the folks at THYCA, located at www.thyca.org

Source: 
Low Iodine Diet
Contact information: 
phone: See www.thyca.org
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Variety of approved sources - see document
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Nutrition and Cancer: State of the Art

Type: 
Book
Description: 

"Nutrition and Cancer: State of the Art will save countless lives and reduce needless suffering by bringing the latest health advances to the attention of both health professionals and the public. Here, many readers will find the precise information that will be life-saving to them. This vital information may also serve humanity in a manner not directly intended by Dr. Goodman."
Richard A. Passwater, Ph. D.
Berlin, Maryland USA.

http://www.drsgoodman.com/nutrition_cancer.php

Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Sandra Goodman, Ph.D.
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Carepages

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

Great resource to use and to share and it's free!

Thyroid Cancer - for patients by patients

Type: 
Book
Description: 

This booklet provides patients with information about the different types of thyroid cancer, available tests and treatment, and sources of further help, all written from the patients' perspective by people who have been through it themselves. Available from the British Thyroid Foundation PO Box 97, CLifford, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 6XD, UK. See also http://www.btf-thyroid.org.

Source: 
British Thyroid Foundation
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
British Thyroid Foundation
Publish date: 
2006

Hypoparathyroidism UK

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

Hypoparathyroidism UK is run for people with HPTH by people with HPTH, with help and advice from interested professionals, and is affiliated to the Hypoparathyroidism Association, a worldwide registered charity. It is a helpful resource for anyone who has suffered parathyroid damage as a consequence of surgery for thyroid cancer.

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Selling cancer chemotherapy with concessions creates conflicts of interest for oncologists

Type: 
Article
Description: 

Some Oncologists Look for New Ways To Profit From Cancer Treatments, according to a New York Times article. They examined how limits placed on profits that physicians can make on cancer drugs have left some oncologists "searching for new income," such as by "performing additional treatments that" have "the best reimbursements, whether or not the treatments" benefit the patients. Medicare until 2005 paid a markup of 20% to 100% for many cancer drugs, along with injectable treatments for arthritis and other diseases.

In 2005, Congress changed the reimbursement system to pay physicians 6% more than the average price for a given treatment. The reduction in reimbursements "did not reduce overall federal spending on cancer care," which has increased slightly in the last two years, and the difference in spending "mostly represented profit that doctors had made on the drugs," the Times reports. However, cancer doctors say the "change did nothing to reduce a larger problem in cancer treatment," according to the Times.

The decrease in payments has made it difficult for smaller practices to break even on cancer drug purchases because the practices often do not buy enough of any drug to receive rebates or discounts from drug manufacturers. Some oncologists have attempted to increase profits by "performing chemotherapy more often or installing multimillion-dollar imaging machines where they profit when their patients receive diagnostic scans" and by "putting new pressure on cancer patients to make out-of-pocket drug copayments," according to the Times.

The situation "offers a vivid example of how difficult it may be to rein in the nation's runaway health care spending without fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid," the Times reports. Robert Geller, a former oncologist and senior medical director at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, said oncologists likely will continue to find ways to profit from Medicare as long as they are paid by procedure and not for time spent with patients.

In related news, the Times examines how before the change to Medicare reimbursements for cancer treatments, pharmaceutical companies "sometimes calculated to the penny the profits that doctors could make from their drugs" and sales representatives from the companies "shared those profit estimates with doctors and their staffs," according to industry documents that have become public in a federal civil lawsuit against drug makers. The lawsuit, filed by cancer patients and health insurers, alleges that marketing practices of drug companies caused them to be overcharged for oncology medicines because list prices for the drugs were higher than the actual cost of the drugs for physicians.

Source: 
Healthy Skepticism
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Gregory D. Pawelski

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