Monthly Archives: June 2011

Prescription Assistance Resource Round Up for Cancer Patients

NeedyMedsvisit site
NeedyMeds is an online information resource of programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs. Patient Assistance Programs called PAPs, which are created by pharmaceutical companies, provide free or discounted medicine to people who are unable to afford them. Each program has its own qualifying criteria.

American Cancer Society, Prescription Drug Assistance Programsvisit site
There are drug assistance programs for people who:

  • Need financial help
  • Are age 55 or older
  • Have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
  • Have no prescription drug coverage and live on a limited income
  • Have insurance
  • Want to find out more about Medicaid
  • Want to save money on prescription drugs
  • Want to buy drugs online

Partnership for Prescription Assistancevisit site

  • Co-pay Programs: Co-pay programs provide financial assistance for certain health care costs to patients who qualify financially and medically.
  • Patient Assistance Programs: Many state and corporate prescription assistance programs help patients obtain free or low-cost medications.
  • Savings Cards: For additional ways to obtain free or low-cost prescription drugs, try the following discount drug card programs.

Rx Assistvisit site
RxAssist can help you learn about ways to use pharmaceutical company programs and other resources to help reduce your medication costs.

New Cancer Center Partner – Premiere Oncology Foundation

premiere oncology foundation is proud to partner with the Premiere Oncology Foundation to provide their patients with free, personal websites.

The Premiere Oncology Foundation (POF) provides services that address the physical, mental and emotional needs of patient and caregivers. In addition to individual and group counseling, POF’s programs include a full range of integrative medicine services. All of these services are not only provided for patients, family members and caregivers, but are open to the community at large.

We are here to serve our patients and our community. We believe every person who battles cancer is unique and must be treated as a whole person. We believe that every cancer patient deserves access to the best and most innovative treatments available. We believe in the science of research and the art of medicine. We are here to help cancer patients and their loved ones live their lives to the fullest. We believe in integrative medicine by providing patients with easy access to a complete range of support services. Most of all we believe in hope.  We will never ever give up the fight to find a cure. We are the Premiere Oncology Foundation.

While many other oncology centers provide some of these programs, POF is the only community-based center providing all these services in one centralized location, creating a continuum of care that is unique among local and national cancer centers. POF aims to provide a “single stop” experience for patients. Everything surrounding their care and treatment is conveniently located on one floor in one location, including a resource library, treatment rooms, hair solutions salon, workshop facilities, exercise facilities and counseling areas. A continuum of care is provided with a team of professional always accessible.

POF programs provide cancer patients with access to a full range of health care practitioners, and other oncology-related professionals that are unavailable in most practice settings. Access to these resources is vital to the health and welfare of these individuals.  

A panel of oncology experts comprised of Hematology & Oncology News & Issues’ editorial advisory board recently selected the Premiere Oncology Foundation as their HOPE(Hematology & Oncology Practice Excellence) award winner in the category of “Integration of Care.”  The award recognizes the importance of the intersection between the oncologist and practice manager, serving as the foundation of benchmarks tailored specifically for the community-based oncologist.

Premiere Oncology Foundation
2020 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310 570-1474

Patients from Premiere Oncology can sign up for their own website at

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact

I Wouldn’t Go Back – poetry by a two time cancer survivor

I Wouldn’t Go Back to me without Cancer


Before I had cancer I had no idea

How precious this life is

How fragile and fleeting

That all for some cells not behaving themselves

Can be snuffed out and finished

Like blowing a match


Before I had cancer I had no idea

How people can rally

And gather around you

Compassion, encouragement, meals and prayer,

Fresh food from the garden

Surrounded by care


Before I had cancer I had no idea

What strength lay within me

Deposit of power

Available now as much as I need

To  find in the battle

My peace and my joy


Before I had cancer I had no idea

How deeply involved

In each other we are

The sweet bonds of love binding us all together

A glimpse of God’s heaven

Right here on earth


Don’t take it for granted, you’re not here for ever

This beautiful world

And the wonder of life

Cancer has shown me just how great my love is

I can only be grateful

And never look back

Another piece by Lynette. Has your experience with cancer inspired you to write?  Post your comments.

The Wedding Pink-A Wedding Give-a-Way for Someone Affected by Breast Cancer

In honor of my own wedding coming in up a week in a half, I found it fitting to promote the “The Wedding Pink” this week.

The Wedding Pink is an annual, heartfelt wedding giveaway package presented to a couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer.

Cheryl Ungar, the founder of The Wedding Pink, is a 20-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer. In addition to Cheryl donating her own wedding photography services, she has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

One of my favorite couples was the recipient of the first annual Wedding Pink. You can watch  video footage  or browse pictures from The Wedding Pink

Melissa + Jeff, the recipients of the first  The Wedding Pink

If you’ve been touched by breast cancer recently and just got engaged, submissions are being accepted from July 1, 2011 to August 15, 2011.

From The Wedding Pink Website:  We are beyond thrilled to announce The Wedding Pink – 2012 to be held on May 17, 2012 in beautiful Vail, Colorado. We are teaming up with one of the premier venues in the heart of Vail, the Donovan Pavilion and the award-winning wedding planner, JoAnn Moore of Mountains & Meadows. Submissions will be open nationally this summer. You may find all of the details here, we will be providing more information as it becomes available.


Unfair – poetry by a two time ovarian cancer survivor

We’re starting a new feature on our blog with poetry written by cancer patients. Here’s the first one from Lynette.


I have cancer, he does not

Until now forever one

Common life, we plan our future

With each other all the way

Cancer comes and draws a line

Separating him and me


I have cancer, he does not

All the focus goes on me

I’m the patient, he the carer

Doctors, scans, reports and treatment

All about my precious health

No-one asking how he is


I have cancer, he does not

He’s supportive, loving, patient

But it’s thrust now in our faces

That which couples always know

But they never want to look at

Death will surely part our ways


I have cancer, he does not

Not for us the sweet forgetting,

of the imminence of death

Every joy and love in this life

Now accompanied by this –

One day it will be no more


I have cancer, he does not

Feelings now are sharp as knives

Deeper love means deeper wounding

As I cherish every moment

Every look and voice and gesture

All unutterably dear


Lynette was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 08, at the age of 64. She had an operation and went on chemo for 6 months. It recurred in November 2010, and she is now going through her second lot of chemo. The poetry has been written since her recurrence, and the mylifeline site has been a great chance to share it with friends and family.

If you would like to submit a poem for our blog, please email with your poem and a short bio.

National Conference on Work and Cancer

National Conference on Work & Cancer logo

Less than two weeks away, register today!

This FREE conference will explore the complexities working people face as they try to balance their cancer treatment and recovery with employment. Space is limited so register today. This event is for both healthcare providers and survivors.  Topics will include:

Job Search Health Insurance & Legal
Medical Issues Working During Treatment
Self Employed Job Re-entry
WITH a Keynote by Sonia Kashuk, Creator Sonia Kashuk Beauty, Breast Cancer Survivor
AND a Special Session for Young Adults With Cancer

For details on sessions and speakers, please visit: Five CEUs will be available for oncology nurses and social workers!


June 17th, 2011
Breakfast 8am, Conference 9am
Desmond Tutu Center – 180 Tenth Avenue (at 21st Street) – New York City (map it here)

For more information:

Phone: 646-929-8032
If you would like flyers or postcards to circulate please contact us, we are happy to send to you!


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Oncology Nursing Society, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886534115) for five continuing education contact hours.

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Silver Sponsor:
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  Novartis logo
  Tweezerman logo


Can’t make it to the Conference?

Join us for one of our upcoming Ask The Experts teleconferences to ask questions and get answers from a career coach and a legal expert. For more info: is proud to be a community partner on this very educationcal conference. If you plan on attending, let us know so we can follow up with you after the conference to hear your experiences from the conference.