Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a consumer focused, nonprofit that informs and empowers adults to make a personal health care plan that honors their values and choices all through their lives. Every adult or their health care agent and guardian, has the right to be fully informed about their health and make choices for care that reflect each […]

  If you or your partner have been diagnosed with cancer, there will be a lot to take care of. If you are a single parent, the pressure can feel overwhelming. Between making medical appointments and attending support groups, organizing childcare should not have to be an additional stressor. Backup childcare is available throughout the […]

By Constance Gustke, The New York Times Sometimes paying for a loved one’s health care expenses literally takes a crowd. Norm Breyfogle, a comic book artist known for his work on Batman, found himself struggling after a stroke in December. He had no health insurance. He was partly paralyzed on his left side, unable to […]

What is Palliative Care? Palliative care can begin as early as the onset of treatment to help patients feel more comfortable by focusing on the relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of appetite, nausea, and constipation. Palliative care services refers to any care that alleviates symptoms, even if there is hope of a cure by other means. It is not suggested due to life expectancy, like hospice care.

As if confined in a sinister maze, cancer patients often discover that some routes lead to forking branches. It may be impossible to find a way through the bewildering medical labyrinth without feeling lost. My oncologist Dr. Matei, pointing out treatment paths, tells me to choose: “It’s up to you,” she says. When I had […]

A cancer diagnosis can be shocking, and bring out a wide range of emotions including fear, anger, sadness and disbelief. Add the additional stress of financial burden and many patients and families may feel completely overwhelmed. Please know that there are numerous organizations ready to help. Cancer.Net, for example, provides comprehensive, oncologist-approved information from the […]

You want to help but don’t know how. Experts, patients and friends who’ve been there tell you how to show empathy and give concrete assistance By Donna Jackson Nakazawa When I was in my forties, I was paralyzed twice with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disorder that damages the nerves carrying signals to the brain. […]