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Ultraviolet Safety Month

July is known as Ultraviolet Safety Month. During this time, the mission is to spread awareness about the importance of protecting our eyes and skin from the side effects of UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that derives from the sun and man-made sources such as a tanning bed containing UV […]

Cancer Treatments & Hair loss

Hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatments. It is common in those undergoing chemotherapy as part of one’s cancer treatment. Not all who undergo these types of treatments will experience hair loss. Chemotherapy drugs often damage hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Some therapies will only affect the hair on […]

What is Immunotherapy?

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - What is Immunotherapy

June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, cancer immunotherapy refers to treatments that can unlock the power of a patient’s immune system to fight his or her cancer. Decades of scientific research have provided us with in-depth insight into the immune system and how it interacts with cancer cells. […]

National Cancer Research Month

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - National Cancer Research Month

May is National Cancer Research Month. It is hard to find a person who has not been impacted by cancer. Whether it was a friend, neighbor, or relative, it continues to hit close to home. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. As a result, the American Association for Cancer […]

Melanoma Monday

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - Melanoma Monday

Today is #MelanomaMonday. The American Academy of Dermatology has designated the 1st Monday in May to kick off National Melanoma Month. This time frame focuses on sun safety, skin health, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings. The hope is that the resources and information shared will reduce the number of melanomas diagnosed. Although Melanoma is […]

Do I Need a Professional Cancer Advocate?

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - Do I Need a Professional Cancer Advocate

Your answers to the following questions strongly indicate whether hiring a professional oncology advocate is right for you. ✅ ❌ Do you feel in control of navigating your healthcare? ✅ ❌ Do you fully understand your disease, treatment options, and plan of care? ✅ ❌ Do you feel informed and empowered that you are making […]

Esophageal Cancer Awareness

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - Esophageal Cancer Awareness

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society’s estimates 21,560 new esophageal cancer cases will be diagnosed, and 16,120 deaths will occur in 2023. Men account for over 70% of these cases. Some risk factors associated with esophageal cancer are age, gender, tobacco and alcohol , gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barretts esophagus, […]

What is Genetic & Genomic Testing, and why is it so important?

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - What is Genetic & Genomic Testing, and why is it so important

Let’s start with the basics. Although the terms genetics and genomics are commonly used interchangeably, they are not synonymous. Genetics refers to a person’s genetic makeup, whereas Genomics is typically used in reference to a tumor’s molecular composition. Genetic testing may help to identify an individual’s risk of cancer and other diseases. A genomic test […]

Beacon Advocate’s Value & Impact

Beacon Advocates Blog Posts - Beacon Advocate’s Value & Impact

Our team works so very hard for our clients diagnosed with cancer. I am really proud of our team and, more importantly, of the impact we have made. Because folks often don’t understand our work and how we add value, we thought we might share with you some case examples of our impact: We saved […]