Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call such clinics modern-day snake-oil salesmen. But on that day in 2016, Tyler trusted the clinic to extract stem cells from her fat and inject them into her eyes, where she was told they could halt or even cure the macular degeneration threatening her sight.Five days after … [Read more...] about Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.
Financial help for cancer patients
Nearly 18 years after surviving cervical cancer, Tamika Felder still longs to have a child.The disease left the 42-year-old infertile. Her insurance at the time would not cover the cost of freezing her eggs for in-vitro fertilization later and the procedure was too expensive to pay for herself.She now hopes that legislation that passed in the recent General Assembly session will make it easier for cancer patients to preserve their fertility. The legislation requires insurance companies to pay for standard fertility preservation procedures, such as sperm and egg freezing, for people who undergo medical treatment that would result in infertility. This includes chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients.Gov. Larry Hogan still must to sign the bill for it to take effect. A spokeswoman, Amelia Chasse, said the governor is waiting for an opinion from the attorney general’s office.“The governor recognizes the importance of this issue and will closely review the … [Read more...] about Maryland lawmakers pass legislation to help preserve the fertility of cancer patients
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff April 12, 2018 A new therapy is limiting chemotherapy-induced hair loss, an emotionally devastating side effect of cancer treatment. But the cost — and the refusal of some insurers to pay — could put the therapy out of reach for less-affluent patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the state’s Medicaid system are among the insurers that don’t cover the therapy, called scalp cooling, with Blue Cross saying it hasn’t been shown to be widely effective. But breast cancer doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital said good evidence exists that cold caps prevent hair loss for patients on certain chemotherapy regimens. The two Boston hospitals recently rented scalp-cooling machines, which pump cold air through a hose into a cap fitted snugly on a patient’s head, … [Read more...] about New therapy allows cancer patients to keep hair, but most insurers won’t cover it
By Isabel Teotonio Life Reporter Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 A few months after being diagnosed with colon cancer and undergoing surgery to remove part of his bowel, Jim Beattie slipped into a “black hole” of depression. He was living with chronic pain, fatigue and in fear of cancer returning. And, he had stopped buying flower seeds — a worrisome sign for this avid gardener who loved tending the yard of his Leaside home. “I was feeling hopeless, bereft,” recalls the 69-year-old retired technology consultant. “I felt very, very sorry for myself. I didn’t have any clear vision that there was a future.” He’s not alone. The emotional and physical challenges that cancer patients experience after treatment is highlighted in a recent report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. It includes findings from a first-of-its-kind survey of 13,000 Canadian adults on their experience, within the last three years, of … [Read more...] about Cancer patients still suffer after treatment
When Roberta Woodard underwent breast cancer treatment last year, the disease took a toll not only on her health, but also on her bank account.The first part of her treatment was one day of intense chemotherapy per week for 16 weeks. The 48-year-old Salisbury woman, a paraprofessional who works with students with special needs, traveled to Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore for the treatment, which meant taking the day off from work. The costs of drugs, co-pays and other medical expenses quickly ate up much of her $19,000 annual salary.Woodard burned up all of her sick leave early in her treatment, which meant she didn’t get paid when she missed work for chemotherapy treatments or doctor’s appointments. She started using her credit card to pay for gas for her car and other basic necessities.She cut back on spending as much as she could. Still, the bills piled up.“It’s like you’re living in this whirlwind,” Woodard said. “You’re doing chemo … [Read more...] about Cost of breast cancer burdensome for many patients