Sequester Fallout: Where Will Medicare Patients Get Chemo?

With Medicare cuts from the sequester kicking in this week, cancer doctors warn that they may be forced to stop offering chemotherapy in their offices and clinics. A survey of 331 oncology practices by the Community Oncology Alliance found that 72 percent planned drastic measures like not taking new Medicare patients, not seeing any Medicare patients without supplemental insurance or sending away everyone in the program who needs chemotherapy. “I hate the idea of people battling cancer worrying about anything,” said …

Days of Laughter, Days of Grief

A lifelong friend received the worst kind of news not long ago when he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and given a matter of a few months to live. It had spread to his liver and lungs, and because of its total involvement with his liver it was considered inoperable. They gave him chemo and test trials of various possible cures but nothing worked.  The “Big C,” as he put it, could not be stopped. “I am being …

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Cancer Patients…And Save Them Money

Grapefruit juice can interfere with a lot of prescription and nonprescription drugs, but cancer researchers found that the tart juice helps the body absorb more of a promising medication, reducing side effects and saving patients money because they need smaller doses. Cancer researchers at the University of Chicago found that a glass of grapefruit juice increased the body’s uptake of a powerful drug called sirolimus, which allowed doctors to cut the drug dosage by a third to get the same …