Opening the Door

Cancer treatments offer a better chance than ever before for an extended life or even a cure. However, none of that means much for a patient who can’t afford treatment. The Patient Financial Assistance department at BioPlus specializes in helping patients overcome this obstacle by connecting patients with financial resources and accessing foundation grants and…

Shout Out to Oncology Nurses

May is Oncology Nursing Month, which means that it’s the perfect time to recognize the hard work of oncology nurses. Oncology nurses spend time with patients throughout the entire process: from explaining a new diagnosis, guiding patients through what to expect with treatment, and sharing in victories or providing compassion during dark times.   The…

Cancer Treatment Slowdowns

Prior authorizations can present one of the biggest obstacles to patients diagnosed with cancer. This conclusion emerged in recent discussions among experts from three groups: the American Medical Association, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. These experts gathered together to examine prior authorization practices and a key finding…

The Generics Have Arrived

For headaches and run-of-the-mill aches and pains, patients have become accustomed to generic over-the-counter medications found in the aisles of any pharmacy. Increasingly, patients are also finding generic choices when it comes to prescription oncology medications. In fact, reports show that generics are growing at twice the rate of the overall oncology market. Generic oncology…

Serving Up Success

Immunotherapy as cancer treatment harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. This continues to be a cutting edge area of cancer research, with plenty of success stories, including immunotherapy medications such as Keytruda, Opdivo, and Tecentriq. These medications do not have the exact same effectiveness in every patient, of course….

Post-Treatment Financial Hardship

Cancer treatment brings many stresses to a patient and their family, not least of which is financial. Prior research has documented the monetary challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, including the fact that someone with cancer is 2.5 times more likely than another person from the general population to file for bankruptcy. In fact,…

Hit Pause on Student Loans

Financial issues create significant problems for many cancer patients, yet the impact of this can often be overlooked. It’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. This situation cuts across all demographic lines, even in young people starting their careers. More than 70,000 adults (ages 15-39) get a cancer diagnosis each year. For…

A Time of Thankfulness

At BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy we pride ourselves on working as a team to go the extra mile in our work as a specialty pharmacy. Our mission is to service our patients and work with doctor offices in a way that always makes each interaction both easy and fast. We view ourselves not as simply delivering…

Mediterranean Diet for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer, as with any cancer, develops for complex reasons. One of the contributing factors in breast cancer traces back to diet. As with the microbiome found in the gut, breast tissue also is affected by the foods one eats. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina have been exploring this diet-breast…

Flu Shots Important for Cancer Patients

Last month I shared in this blog how important flu shots can be for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, since protecting against influenza each year keeps people with rheumatoid arthritis healthier and reduces the number of flu-related deaths in that population. Today I want to share a similar message for anyone who has (or even previously…

When Costs Create a Barrier

Cancer treatment options continue to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients across the board, which is excellent news! However, the costs of treatment can sometimes keep treatment out of reach for patients; it’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. Just how often do financial barriers actually get in the way…

Get Moving! (Yes, Even if You Have Cancer)

Exercise does a body good. In terms of cancer, there is already a substantial amount of evidence that staying active reduces the risk of developing cancer, including colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. Now, experts are excited about the connection between exercise and better outcomes for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. For the first…

Introducing New Prostate Cancer Treatment, Available from BioPlus

A new medication has joined the ranks of potential treatment for prostate cancer. The FDA recently approved Janssen’s Erleada™ (apalutamide) for the treatment of patients with prostate cancer that has not spread (non-metastatic), but continues to grow despite treatment with hormone therapy (castration-resistant). BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy can help patients get started with Erleada and support…

Breast Cancer Treatment Options Expanding

Targeted cancer therapies aim to best match the treatment to specific characteristics of cancer cells. Increasingly, breast cancer treatment is based on targeted therapy medications. With targeted therapy, the harm to healthy cells can be lessened and thus side effects can be less severe than from traditional chemotherapy. Earlier this month, the FDA approved a…

Time is of the Essence

The chilling words of a cancer diagnosis can make time seem to stand still. However, experts know how important it is to keep the medical process moving quickly: progressing from diagnosis to a treatment plan, then all the way to treatment implementation. Prompt treatment lessens the chance that a cancer will spread and increases survival…

Overcoming Oral Oncolytic Challenges

Cancer treatment today is just as likely to involve self-administered pills at home, as it is to mean sitting in an infusion clinic for chemotherapy. Oral oncolytics bring benefits to both patients and their health care providers, but challenges also remain. Many of these challenges are best addressed with proactive communication among the treatment team,…

Financial: Another Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

All too many cancer patients realize that the high cost of cancer treatment can end up as an unexpected side effect of treatment. In fact, some patients go into debt while trying to save their own life. This has become so common that it now has a name: financial toxicity. This economic hardship can be…

Multiple Myeloma Patient Education Series (Part 3 of 5)

This summer I am sharing guest blogs from a variety of experts. This week’s blog is the third in a multi-part series about multiple myeloma from my colleague Dr. Margaret Henderson who has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado. –Dr. Stephen Vogt Welcome to the third installment in a 5-part patient…