Cancer Silver Lining

For patients living with cancer (and even for their health care providers working day in and day out in the cancer field), sometimes it can be hard to find positivity. If you’re looking for a little bright spot about cancer, here’s something to keep in mind: current research suggests that older people who have survived…

Cancer’s Economic Burden

When a patient learns of their cancer diagnosis, it veers them on to a new (and unexpected) path in life. This new path means navigating treatment plans – and it also creates new financial concerns for many patients. In short, cancer comes with a substantial economic burden for many patients. Based on the latest national…

Keytruda: The Good News Keeps Coming

Immunotherapy medications for cancer treatment have been a game changer for the oncology field – and none moreso than Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Keytruda initially gained FDA approval in 2014 for melanoma, with the cancer approvals expanded over the years to include advanced and metastatic cancers such as non-small cell lung cancer, head/neck cancers, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stomach…

Walking Toward Cancer Survival

Observing the gait and walking pace of a cancer patient can serve as a sort of shorthand to assess overall patient health and even the chances of optimal treatment outcome. About a decade ago, researchers found that gait speed could be used in a general way to predict which patients might have greater challenges recovering…

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…

Financial Fallout

A newer field of study, focused on “financial toxicity,” examines issues related to the personal economic burden of cancer treatment. Financial toxicity can affect health outcomes (including rates of death), mental health of patients, as well as the obvious bottom line of family finances. This financial burden can be a clear challenge during breast cancer…

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…

Skip the Chemo?

Breast cancer treatments have made impressive strides in terms of increasing survival rates for patients; however, a huge new study reveals that chemotherapy may not be as important of a factor for some women with breast cancer as previously thought. In fact, in some categories of breast cancer, most patients who received chemotherapy may not…