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Breast reconstruction: Your testimonials

It is not easy to decide to have breast reconstruction. Every woman’s needs are different, and each must determine what is right for her. However, so many questions arise. As any woman considering having a reconstruction has many questions, I thought it would be good to collect testimonials on breast reconstruction from members of the community. Tell …

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Six myths about clinical trials debunked

Clinical trials for cancer are used to look for better ways to treat cancer and help improve cancer care. Thousands of people world-wide are helped each year because they took part in a clinical trial. Millions more benefit from the advances in cancer care made possible by clinical trials. Deciding whether or not to participate …

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Making financial ends meet can be tough

Navigating the cancer care system can be challenging enough without having to worry about money. Sure, most of us are glad to be living in Canada when faced with a serious illness like cancer. But making financial ends meet is still tough, especially when employment insurance sickness benefits cover only up to 15 weeks. And, …

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Reverse mentorship: What can you teach your doctor?

I recently attended Medicine 2.0, a conference about health, medicine and the Internet. While there, I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Dr. Alejandro (Alex) R. Jadad. Dr. Jadad is a physician, public advocate, researcher, educator and author. In the introduction to his new book Unlearning, he is described as a “human bridge. …

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Keeping your own Health Record

Your personal health record is an important file folder that holds a record of your health history, your pathology report, all your tests and doctor visits. Some doctor practices and hospitals use electronic health records (EHR) on a computer network system. Once you enter the cancer care system your personal health record gets a lot …