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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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Patient Leader Erika Hanson Brown Urges the Senate Finance Committee to #RepealDeviceTax

Recently, the Senate Finance Committee Health Tax Task Force held a meeting to discuss the medical device tax.

While the 2.3% excise tax on medical technology sales is currently suspended, time is running out for Congress to fully repeal the tax before it goes into effect in 2020. A panel of five speakers participated in the meeting – including CEOs of small businesses, medical research advocates, and patient leader Erika Hanson Brown.

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Patient Leader Spotlight: Mark Judge

Cancer recovery is brutal. Five years ago, I had no idea how difficult this journey would be when doctors first told me I had colon cancer. Now, I’m celebrating three years with no evidence of disease (NED), but after all I went through, I know I wouldn’t be here without the medical imaging that guided my treatment.

When my cancer journey started, I was just going in for what I hoped would be routine rotator cuff surgery. My low iron levels were a cause for concern for my doctor, who ordered a colonoscopy. I had no family history of colorectal cancer, the test revealed I had a mass in my colon, and testing confirmed that it was cancer.

To say that the next six years were difficult is an understatement. I had dozens of scans, surgeries and radiation treatments. At every development, this journey was made more difficult by the constant anxiety over “not knowing.”  Would the disease progress? Which treatments were working? I was living scan to scan for answers. 

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Men’s Health Awareness Week

In the United States, men are less likely than women to visit their healthcare providers. Regular screenings are essential for detecting disease early and beginning therapy at a treatable stage. Every June, we recognize Men's Health Week to raise awareness and promote regular screenings for early detection among men.

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The Value of Focused Ultrasound: Thomas’ Story

When Dr. Gluck told Thomas he had early-stage prostate cancer, all Thomas could hear was the word “cancer.” Cancer had taken his brother’s life, and he had been helping his wife fight the disease for years. As Thomas tells it, hearing his diagnosis meant “for a second my body just shut down. I couldn’t think straight; my thoughts were all over the place.”

When he got the news, however, he wasn’t alone. His wife, Andrea, was sitting next to him and quickly snapped him out of his trance. Brought back to his senses, Thomas listened carefully as Dr. Gluck explained the diagnosis and treatment options.

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