cancer patients

An agency pilot program aims to bypass regulations that can make it hard for veterans to get cutting-edge medical treatment.

Thousands of cancer patients lack a ride to the treatments they need to stay alive. Some lack access to a vehicle, while others are too sick to drive themselves or use public transportation. Cancer patients may also face acute dietary restrictions or nutrition needs during and after their treatment.

That's all on top of the costly and time-consuming efforts of ensuring the battle with cancer is covered by health insurance.

The brilliantly-colored shapes reminded Carol Vincent of fluorescent deep-sea creatures, and they floated past her languidly. She was overwhelmed by their beauty — and then suddenly, as if in a dream, she was out somewhere in deep space instead. "Oh, wow," she thought, overwhelmed all over again. She had been an amateur skydiver in her youth, but this sensation didn't come with any sense of speeding or falling or even having a body at all. She was just hovering there, gazing at the universe.

If you’re an elderly patient with cancer, where you live may play a big part in how aggressive your medical treatment is during the last month of life, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to a study by the Dartmouth Atlas Group, about 28.8 percent of cancer patients across the country were admitted for intensive care in their last days.

The American Cancer Society has quietly decided to stop funding its popular summer camps for children fighting the disease and college scholarships for young survivors, according to documents obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

The decision is meeting pushback from some of those who raise money for the projects, but ACS says it wants to focus its resources on ways to lengthen lives and maybe find a cure.