It is crazy to deny terminal patients access to possibly life-saving drugs for fear of offending the Statistics gods! Whether for-profit or not, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industries are weighing in on experimental therapies; we have to be sure that reasonable interventions are given a reasonable chance, and that reasonable costs can be factored in. Quoting my wife who is a two-time cancer survivor and advocate:
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Speaking to the emotional, plus overt/hidden financial costs, cancer's the 2nd most expensive ailment in the U.S., after heart disease Quote:
It's often difficult to maintain a good appetitie and nutritional status when fighting cancer. Here are some tips from cancer experts and dietitians that may help: Fresh ginger (not ginger flavoring), taken about 1/2 hour before eating can lessen or even eliminate nausea, but common in many sodas. Eat more protein and less fat and/or fiber; eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day--maybe 5-6 Drink more between meals than during them
The American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines say refer at-risk patients to a genetic counselor so they can reduce their risks for breast and ovarian cancer. Researchers studied some 2500 women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. About half of the patients underwent risk-reducing surgery. After a median 3.5 years' follow-up, the following results were noted: None with prophylactic mastectomy, but 7% of those who did not have it later had breast cancer events.