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The $125 billion question: how will the ACA affect cancer survivors?

Sabik Barnes Bradley for ACA blog post

In 2010, the total cost of cancer care in the United States reached $125 billion. Cancer patients are also living longer today, which is further increasing the cost of their continued care. As the health insurance exchanges have opened and heated debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, many questions remain, including the $125 billion question: “How will the ACA affect the most expensive disease: cancer?”

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International study led by Massey researcher finds promise in new class of anti-cancer drugs

Nicholas Farrell

A new class of platinum-based drugs has shown significant anti-metastatic effects in fighting cancer, according to a recently published study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University chemistry professor and Massey researcher.

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The aroma of good health

Aroma, the word alone brings powerful memories—some good, some not so good. Most people, however, have no idea how much aroma and our sense of smell can influence well-being. Enter aromatherapy.  

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Integrative health team member highlight: Teresa James

Teresa James is the nurse manager in Massey's Dalton Oncology Clinic. She is usually behind the scenes working to improve the quality of our care and patient experience, but we decided to put her in the spotlight for this month's team member highlight. 

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Integrative health myths & facts: lavender & cancer

Lavender is a flower native to the Mediterranean area.  The name comes from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash.” Lavender has been used in many folk medicine traditions for anxiety, insomnia, depression, as an antiseptic, for headaches and much more. But is there any evidence to show lavender’s effectiveness for cancer patients?  

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Integrative health recipe corner: mediterranean cucumber salad & chickpea medley

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and American Cancer Society (ACS) both recommend a diet that is high in plant-based nutrition for cancer prevention and survivorship. This month’s Recipe Corner highlights garbanzo beans, or chickpeas. 

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