Support Ideas

Art & Portfolio

Whether a craft or an art, music or painting, spontaneous or planned – dance or some other creative endeavor – art heals.  Engage with it.  Surprise yourself or someone else with the gift of creativity.  If you have an artistic suggestion that we could add to this list, tell us! Here are a few useful links.  (We receive no fees from any of these links)

Health and Fitness Activity Trackers

Lifestyle & Health Trackers

Activity and health trackers monitor more than steps or heart-rates.  These remarkable technology tools can help improve the quality of life as well as the style in which we live.  They are also fun. Check it out and tell us your opinions and share your tracker experience.  (We receive no income from any of the brands mentioned)

Enroll in Support Innovation

Innovation for patient support begins with creative ideas.  Your patient insight and collective experiences are extracted from our crowd-sourced innovation effort so together we can develop the best way forward for future patients.  Join-in.  It’s free, of course.

Support the AI Robot

“Resilience” is the name of our natural-language robot that responds to patients in human-like conversation.  The aim is to seamlessly support patients.  You can help make it smarter by talking to “Resilience” and asking good questions and suggesting improved responses.  There’s no limit to the support potential.

iPhone Reminders

iPhone and Apple Watch users … Whenever you need to set a reminder, all you have to do is launch Siri by either pressing and holding on the digital crown or saying “Hey Siri” into your Apple Watch’s microphone.  Siri will jot down your request directly into the Reminders app !  It’s free.  For additional, interesting and free apps, visit an earlier post here.

Medical Supplies and Equipment

Quick and easy online ordering is a must – Helping to save you time and money. When it comes to ordering medical supplies, surgical supplies, exam room supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals, patients need value for money, choice and reliability.  We rely on Moore Medical for quality service, comprehensive selection and overall value.  Check them out. (We receive no income from Moore Medical.  We just think they’re good but if you have found a better vendor, tell us so we can share that info!)

Lodging

Need a Hotel?  We need your patient-favorite picks for all major medical centers. Meanwhile, we generally like Starwood for a reason. 1st, they go the extra step.  2nd, they play as a team.  3rd, they promise to do the right thing by using good judgment, respecting  guests, communities, associates, owners, partners and the environment. Check out the discounted rates. (We receive no remuneration from any of the Starwood Brands)

Transportation

No, we didn’t partner with NASA…yet.  But, we need your help.  We want to know your proven favorite taxi or limo services for all major cancer centers.  Share that so we can add the links. if you need a rental car, we have options. (We receive no income from any of these brands)

Have a Useful Suport Option? Share it!

Patients need your experience.  If you have a favorite hotel, taxi, tip, suggestion or insight into a cancer support and care issue, share it with us.  You can do it anonymously.  It’s easy, fast and painless.  We just want to make the path for the patient ahead, much much easier.

Links to Ponder as You Sip Your Coffee

Every patient usually finds themselves searching the web.  Patient Ahead wants to highlight a few links below that seem to offer recurring value to patients.  If you have a suggestion for a link, let us know.  That’s how we roll… by sharing.

Medication Side Effects

You can research side effects here.  Several things can affect who does and does not have a side effect when taking a drug – age, gender, allergies, how the body absorbs the drug, other drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements that you may be taking. Common side effects include upset stomach, dry mouth, and drowsiness.  Check out the medicines that you consume, here.

Want Smooth Sailing? Check for Drug Interactions

Want to check for potential drug interactions? Easy to do, click here.  If you’re taking a medication, either prescription or non-prescription, you’re at risk of a drug interaction. Each drug could interact with other medications, vitamins, supplements and even foods. That’s why it’s important to check for interactions, especially when you start something new.  There are many links that can do this.  We like this one.

Find a Research Trial

Interested in finding or understanding clinical trials?  Check Here.  Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

Deducting Medical Expenses

Check out IRS Rules here. You should know about potential medical deductions and try to make sure you are tracking what you need to track so the IRS will allow it.  IRS Publication 502 explains the itemized deduction for medical and dental expenses that you claim on Schedule A (Form 1040). It discusses what expenses, and whose expenses, you can and cannot include in figuring the deduction. It explains how to treat reimbursements and how to figure the deduction. It also tells you how to report the deduction on your tax return and what to do if you sell medical property or receive damages for a personal injury.

Long-Term Survivorship Care & Follow-up

Here is a great tool-kit by the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center. More Americans are surviving cancer than ever. As the number of cancer survivors living years beyond their cancer diagnosis has grown, so has the emphasis on enhancing health and quality of life before, during and after cancer treatment. Cancer survivors are at risk for relapse, physical, psycho-social and practical impacts from cancer and its treatment, and it is essential that they have comprehensive and consistent follow-up care after treatment ends.

Dealing with a Relapse? You can do it!

The Mayo Clinic has a great link (here) for patients dealing with a relapse. It indicates to use the lessons from your initial treatment to give you confidence and strength as you face the anger and fear that come with a cancer recurrence.  In other words, you have advantages this time around. Rely on these to help you cope. For example, You know more now.  Think about how much you knew about cancer at your first diagnosis. You’ve built relationships. You’ve worked closely with your doctor, and you know your way around the hospital or clinic. This can make you feel more comfortable. You’ve done this before. Based on your first experience with cancer, you know what’s best for you during this time.

PS As a patient who has gone through a relapse, my message is simple…. you can do this!