Monthly Archives: April 2016

Start Today: What Will You Do to Be More Physically Active?

By Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

My husband and I once had a 101-year-old neighbor named Arlie. One day, after driving my husband to work, I arrived home – at 7:30 a.m. – and Arlie was out raking the leaves in our front yard.

On garbage day, after the garbage trucks had been up and down the street, Arlie used to wheel ours and all the other neighbors’ empty garbage cans back up to our houses.

If there was anyone who could ever convince me that being active could help you live long and well, it was Arlie.  My father is another one – but more on that in a bit.

Today, the American Cancer Society is part of an event to release the newly revised National Physical Activity Plan. The first National Plan was released in 2010, after the creation of the country’s first National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008.

This plan is based on a vision: that one day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity.

This is important to the mission of the American Cancer Society, because physical activity reduces the risk of a variety of cancers, and may reduce the risk of recurrence and improve survival, as well.… Continue reading →

When Cancer Hits Home, Hit Back

By Mandi Battaglia Seiler

Having spent nearly 15 years working for the American Cancer Society’s free 24-hour cancer information service (NCIC), I have learned a lot about the challenges cancer patients face when it comes to navigating the health system. This knowledge helped me when it came time for me to care for 3 loved ones dealing with cancer.

Most of the issues I dealt with are the very same concerns patients call us about. Three of my personal experiences in particular provide insight into the important advice we give callers.

Explore all opportunities for treatment

My father-in-law, Ralph, was diagnosed in 1995. He inspired me with his incessant need for more information on how to beat his cancers. First getting diagnosed with prostate cancer and later, a second primary of bladder cancer, he never gave up – even requesting clinical trial information while on hospice care. I lost him in 2007, but not before seeing up close the determination that drives people like him to call our Clinical Trials Matching Service at any stage of their cancer journey.

Advocate for the right care – and be persistent

Before Ralph passed, my mother, Kaye, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having helped many a patient with access-to-care issues navigate many systems as a member of the American Cancer Society’s Health Insurance Assistance Service team, I was fortunate to know persistence was key.… Continue reading →