Be An Empowered Patient: Ask Questions

I just returned from  accompanying a client to her initial radiation oncology appointment.  My client has breast cancer and has gone through chemotherapy and surgery.  Next step radiation. I have watched her navigate this journey with class, dignity, integrity and LOTS OF QUESTIONS.  She has never agreed to proceed with an any aspect of treatment…

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Slaying The Dragon:The Quest For A Timely Medical Appointment

One aspect of my job is helping clients get timely medical appointments.  It is not unusual to make a call and be told the next available appointment is in a month.  The other day, when trying to get a newly diagnosed breast cancer client an appointment to get started on treatment, I realized how increasingly…

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Another HIPAA Rant

I have said this before and I will say it again; I am all for patient privacy when it doesn’t get in the way of the patient’s medical needs. Once again, a client was given an absurd refusal to obtain much needed medical records. This client was waiting for biopsy results and had to travel…

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A Day At Chemo

Here I am with a client and a friend at Beth Israel Oncology Chemotherapy center.  My  client has breast cancer and is receiving bimonthly chemo.  There is usually several of us here with her.  We say we are her entourage.  It makes a difference.  My client says to tell everyone that it is important to…

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