With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
When cancer treatments fail, patients can turn to clinical trials as a last hope for a cure or remission. However, many insurance companies do not cover either the clinical trials or the routine care costs that can accompany them. US Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill which he hopes will expand access to clinical trials.
When cancer strikes a father or mother, a child might become frightened and confused. If the parent dies, it might take years for a child to recover from the loss. A program at Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital has been helping children work through the process of understanding cancer, death and grief.
Cancer researchers in Columbus are monitoring stimulus spending in Washington. They hope the federal government will help make up for recession-driven losses in private donations. Despite the dire economic news, cancer researchers are optimistic – at least in the short term.
Cancer survivor and multiple Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is holding a Live-strong Summit in Columbus. The event began last night with Armstrong hosting a presidential town hall meeting on cancer. Republican candidate John McCain attended the meeting. Democrat Barack Obama did not because he’s traveling in Europe.
At Ohio State alone, there are more than 200 clinical trials for cancer patients. At least 20-percent of patients who attempt to enroll in those programs face problems with their insurance companies.
A consultants’ report commissioned by Ohio State says fighting among physicians could jeopardize the OSU Medical Center and the James Cancer Center. The internal rifts have slowed the most expensive project in university history, the $780 million expansion of the medical center.
A Columbus philanthropist donates to Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital, but not merely in dollars. In August, a unique collection of classic Rolls Royce cars will be auctioned to benefit cancer research.
Doctors often order a cardiac CT scan to determine whether patients are at risk for heart attack. While early detection of arterial blockage can save lives, CT scans also expose patients to X-ray radiation. The radiation itself bears some risk of cancer. A new study by doctors at Ohio State University and Mount Sinai Medical Center found a way to measure that risk.
In many cases cancer patients can not afford to take part in clinical trials. That’s because most insurance companies won’t cover the bills. Over the past decade about 20 states have passed laws requiring insurers to cover the costs. Tuesday, Ohio lawmakers unveiled a bill that would ensure clinical trial coverage for Ohioans.
Ohio is the latest state to join the controversy over mandating a new cervical cancer vaccine.