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Does your income qualify for Social Security disability? What cancer patients need to know

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Supplemental Security Income guidelines are set by the federal government for all 50 states, according to social workers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Income may include your wages, Social Security benefit payments, and pensions. It also includes resources like real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds, and food and shelter. Your total monthly income,(...)

Do you qualify for Social Security disability as a cancer patient? 5 tests

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Social Security pays benefits for a medical condition that is expected to last for at least a year, or may result in death.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) supports the aged, blind or disabled who have little or no income, providing cash for basics like food, clothing and shelter. According to social workers at the Johns Hopkins(...)

Improving the ‘Care’ in Cancer Care

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*This blog post was written by the Kimmel Cancer Center's development specialist, Allison Rich. Anyone who has ever heard the words “you have cancer” knows that no part of their life remains unaffected by the reality of this diagnosis. Yet even though we know this to be true, the traditional approach to cancer medicine has(...)

What Is Maryland’s Plan to Curb Cancer?

What Is Maryland’s Plan to Curb Cancer?

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We've heard much about the national Cancer Moonshot led by Vice President Joe Biden aimed at galvanizing resources across the nation to speed the rate of cancer discoveries. The Kimmel Cancer Center’s own deputy director, Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., is co-chair of the national Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel that has provided recommendations for the initiative. But on(...)

National Cancer Advisory Board Accepts Blue Ribbon Panel’s Recommendations for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

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Today, the Blue Ribbon Panel of advisers for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative presented a set of 10 recommendations for research opportunities worthy of investment. While these recommendations do not cover every corner of cancer research, they provide a framework for building on the progress we’ve made to help more scientists collaborate, make(...)

What are the different types of lung cancer? Is one more serious than the other?

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The two main categories of lung cancer are small-cell lung cancer, and non-small-cell lung cancer, says Russell K. Hales, M.D. “Non-small cell lung cancer is further divided into adenocarcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. “All lung cancer is aggressive, but all cancer in its early stages can be treated, and patients can have long term control(...)

I was diagnosed with restrictive lung disease. My mother and my cat died of lung cancer. I’m a non-smoker but worried about environmental issues. How likely is it that this will become lung cancer, and what would the treatment be?

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“It's not just smoking that leads to lung cancer,” says Russell K. Hales, M.D. “ We know that environmental exposures and underlying lung disease can increase the likelihood of lung cancer. Unfortunately, in patients with restrictive lung disease, we don't have any information to show that screening those patients will increase the likelihood of finding(...)

Palliative medicine focus at #ASCO16 meeting

Palliative medicine focus at #ASCO16 meeting

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Tom Smith, M.D., wants cancer patients to live well. Fewer side effects, better quality of life, more joyful time with family…these are among the primary goals, he says, of palliative medicine. Researchers have studied the impact of palliative medicine programs on patients’ outcomes, and results show that patients benefit, says Smith. “A lot of aggressive(...)

Vice President Biden Speaks at Launch of Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke to researchers, medical students, government leaders and others during the dedication of the new Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. It was founded with gifts of $50 million each from Michael R. Bloomberg and Sidney Kimmel, and $25 million from more than a dozen additional supporters. Read the immunotherapy feature story(...)