What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), August 11, 2017
What Caught Our Eye is our week-in-review blog series, where we recap the cancer policy articles, studies, and stories that caught our attention.

Affordable Care Act

“Donald Trump Owns Obamacare Now”

Via Vox.comWe’ve spent months now watching Congress debate and decide the future of the Affordable Care Act. Sometimes, we’ve even done so until 2 am, spending a very late night with C-SPAN. Congress has had, since January, control over the health law’s fate. Legislators got to propose, debate, and (in the House) pass bills that would repeal and replace Obamacare. But for the next few months, I’m going to spend significantly less time watching Congress — and significantly more watching the executive branch.
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“Bipartisan Health Policy Coalition Urges Congress to Strengthen the ACA”

Via Washington PostAn unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative health-policy leaders is calling on Congress to strengthen the existing health-care law in a variety of ways to help Americans get and keep insurance. The group is urging the government, in particular, to continue paying all the federal subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act and to help Americans enroll in coverage.
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Coping With Cancer

“Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About Harm of Medical Debt”

Via NPR HealthTen years ago, Fumiko Chino was the art director at a television production company in Houston, engaged to be married to a young Ph.D. candidate. Today, she’s a radiation oncologist at Duke University, studying the effects of financial strain on cancer patients. And she’s a widow.
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“Chair Yoga for My Funny Bones”

From Susan Gubar’s “Living with Cancer” series, New York Times Well BlogA year and a half ago, I had no idea that cancer treatments put patients at risk for osteoporosis or that one could do something about it.

After a fall on invisible ice resulted in pelvic fractures, I simply assumed that at 71 I had arrived a tad early in little-old-lady-land. Only medical appointments appeared on my calendar. After lacing my thick-soled shoes and straightening my wig, I got to the hospital by grasping the nearby walker which my stepdaughter had decorated with bling: purple and red plastic streamers.The oncologist took one look and sent me for a bone density test and then to Dr. Theresa A. Guise, a specialist in bone disease at Indiana University.
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Cancer News

“Can a ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Detect Cancer and Save Lives?”

Via Stat NewsA blood test can detect DNA associated with nasopharyngeal cancer in seemingly healthy people, leading to earlier diagnosis and saving lives, researchers in Hong Kong reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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“Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Younger White Adults—And Falling Among Blacks”

Via Kaiser Health NewsWhen Crawford Clay discovered blood on his shorts at the end a routine run in the spring of 2014, he did not know the stains were a symptom of a condition that also afflicted his family.
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