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The Family and Medical Leave Act and Cancer

By on December 11th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Many cancer patients are holding down full-time or part-time jobs and do not have the financial luxury of leaving those positions in order to attend to multiple medical appointments, lengthy chemotherapy sessions, and recovery from surgical procedures. You may be one of these people. So what do you do if you face a serious diagnosis and are trying to figure out how to balance work …

The ACA and Breast Cancer: Some Good News for Diagnosed Women

By on December 2nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that just about everyone in the United States will have to have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, or pay a penalty. Most types of health insurance will count towards this requirement including employer sponsored insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, and individually purchased plans.

To help us all understand what the ACA means for women diagnosed with breast cancer, …

What My Patients Are Asking: Follow-up on the Supreme Court’s Ruling That Human Genes Can’t Be Patented

By on July 10th, 2013 Categories: News

The Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that human genes cannot be patented. The Court ruled unanimously in this case that Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA1 and 2 genes were invalid. The decision is a victory for patients and for industry.

This is good news for patients because access to genetic testing will improve. I spoke with George Prendergast, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Cancer Research and …

What My Patients Are Asking: How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision on BRCA Genes Affect Me?

By on May 21st, 2013 Categories: News

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court heard a challenge by a group of scientists to Myriad Genetics’ patent of the BRCA1 and 2 genes. On May 14, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy because testing had shown her to be positive for the BRCA1 mutation, bringing further attention to the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision.

Everyone has BRCA1 …

Reconstruction Coverage Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

By on October 11th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and opt for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your surgery will be covered by your health insurance plan. Such surgical procedures can cost tens of thousands of dollars, taking into account the bills from the lab, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the surgical assistant, the hospital, and others.

Prior to …

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