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Patient Leader Spotlight: Wes Hensel

In my 20’s, I suffered from pain and bleeding that my doctors misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids. Because I was so young, my doctor didn’t order a colonoscopy for another four years, but when the procedure was finally ordered, they found a large tumor. At the age of 34, I was diagnosed with stage three rectal cancer.  

My doctors moved quickly with treatment - I went through radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. Luckily, I have now had no evidence of disease for a year.

Through genetic testing, doctors discovered that I have Lynch syndrome, a hereditary condition that increases your risk of certain types of cancer, including colon cancer. This means I will have to get a colonoscopy every year for the rest of my life.

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Patient Leader Spotlight: Diane Bendsten

Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. By the time my doctors found the cancer, it had already metastasized to my liver and lymph nodes.

Despite the shock of my diagnosis, we moved quickly to treat the cancer. I had a surgery and began chemotherapy right away. One year later, I beat the odds – I had reached no evidence of disease (NED) status, meaning my cancer was gone for now.

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Patient Leaders Visited Capitol Hill to Urge Lawmakers to #RepealDeviceTax

Last week, patient leaders from across the country joined Right Scan Right Time for a Capitol Hill fly-in! These delegates came from eleven different states and met with dozens of lawmakers about the need to repeal the medical device tax before it goes back into effect at the end of the year.

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Patient Leader Spotlight: Ann Elliot

One night in the fall of 2018, I was experiencing some stomach bloating that escalated into a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. My husband insisted I go to the doctor who immediately sent me to the emergency room.

In the emergency room, I was given a CT scan, which revealed that my colon was perforated. I had exploratory surgery that day when they found what they thought were just two cysts on my liver and fibroids on my uterus.

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Patient Leader Spotlight: Jennifer Fake

After I gave birth to my son, I started to experience bleeding. Initially, I assumed this was related to childbirth, but as the symptoms persisted, I told my doctor about what was happening. They referred me to a GI specialist, and my doctor scheduled a colonoscopy. that’s when they discovered I had stage one rectal cancer. I was only 36 years old.

I went through the typical procedures that go along with a stage one diagnosis including surgery but did not receive chemotherapy. After my surgery, the cancer was gone, and my ongoing medical scans began.

For the first year, I received medical imaging scans every three months to check for a reoccurrence of cancer. In the second year, the medical imaging scans were reduced to every six months.

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Patient Leader Spotlight: Nicole Bhat

In the fall of 2015, my husband Shahzad began feeling sick. At first, it was fatigue and then it turned into nights sweats. After multiple trips to the doctor, an x-ray, and an MRI, we still didn’t have any answers.

Our concern grew over the next few months as his symptoms continued and an unexplainable pain in his foot was obviously bothering him. I called his doctor and asked them to run more tests. After weeks of waiting, his doctor called and said we had to get him to the ER immediately because he had high creatinine levels, indicating kidney failure.

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Recognizing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Digital connectivity is critical to today’s health care systems, and cybersecurity is crucial to that digital connectivity. Started by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, October has been recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month since 2004.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month supports efforts from government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity in healthcare and medical imaging.

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Congress Has 100 Days to Act

The medical device tax will go back into effect at the end of this year.

As the clock has continued to tick, we have heard voices across the country speak out against this tax.

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Recognizing Innovations in Treatment During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

About one in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. This disease is also the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. While these statistics are staggering, today, there is hope for better outcomes- thanks to early imaging screening and innovative treatments.

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In the Midst of August Recess, the Clock Continues to Tick.

August Recess is upon us, and, as always, homebound lawmakers are spending their time holding town halls and meeting with constituents to discuss important issues. In the midst of a slew of broad sweeping healthcare proposals coming from the Democratic presidential field, as well as a possible September roll-out of the Trump administration's healthcare plan, lawmakers are sure to be greeted with a lot of healthcare questions from constituents like you.

As your lawmakers ponder the merits of the various health policy overhauls being offered, they should also consider amending a healthcare policy already on the books which undermines patient access and hurt American jobs: the medical device tax.

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