2014 – 2015 Top Ranked US Cancer Hospitals

Each year US News & World Report ranks the top 50 cancer hospitals in the US.  Every hospital ranked is experienced in treating difficult cases.  Reputation among specialists, survival rates, success in keeping patients safe and patient volume are among the criteria used to evaluate the cancer hospitals.  For a complete...


10 Reasons Why I’m a Fan of The Cancer Treatment Centers of America

For years I’ve seen television commercials for The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).  But are they really as good as they appear to be?  I’ve visited their Arizona facility twice and I have to say, I think they might be that good. If nothing else, I’m impressed with the way...


10 Things Patients Should Know Before Having Surgery

  FACT:  Surgeries and hospitals are designed to improve a patient’s health. FACT:  Although hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices take many steps to keep their patients safe, medical errors happen. According to National Cancer Institute, medical errors account for 98,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. FACT:  The more...


Getting the “RIGHT” Medication…

Meet guest blogger Barbara Bronson Gray.  Barbara is an award-winning writer and a nationally recognized health expert. Through her work on  BodBoss.com, Barbara aims to educate & empower people to be the boss of their own bodies.  Barbara is also a regular contributor to HealthDay.com, preparedpatientforum.com and thirdage.com. She has...


6 Tips to Help Avoid Being Misdiagnosed

    Research has shown that misdiagnosis occurs approximately 40% of the time depending on the illness.  When it comes specifically to cancer, there are many reasons why misdiagnosis occurs.  In the early stages (when cancer is most curable), there may be no symptoms.  In other instances, the symptoms presented can...


Top Ranked Hospitals for Cancer

U.S. News and World Report rankings for the Top Ranked US Cancer Hospitals for 2012-2013  have been released. More than 900 cancer hospitals are listed. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 254 inpatients in need of high level of expertise were treated there...


WTF is a TheraSphere for Liver Cancer?

TheraSphere (also known as radioembolization or selective internal radiation therapy-SIRT) is an innovative liver cancer treatment option designed to help treat both cancer that originate in the liver and cancers that have spread to the liver.  It’s a form of internal radiation therapy using millions of tiny glass beads (1/3 the...

What’s the Dealio with Cancer Treatment Centers of America?

I’ve learned that for better or worse, when it comes to cancer, things rarely are as they appear to be.  After all, cancer is tricky.  And each person’s cancer is unique to them.  The treatment regimen that works for one person may or may not work for another person.  Test...


Great Alternative to Hospital Gowns…

With a diagnosis of cancer comes an endless number of doctors appointments, tests, scans, biopsies, surgical procedures and even hospital visits.  And to add insult to injury, often times, patients need to wear those yucky hospital gowns.  For many, hospital gowns are downright uncomfortable, depressing, embarrassing and candidly just another reminder...


Tips for Coping with a Long Hospital Stay

Let’s face it… staying overnight in a hospital for any reason is not fun…. even if you are in the hospital for a good reason like giving birth to a baby.   And having to stay in a hospital for a LONG period time…. well, that just plain ole’ sucks....




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