Editor’s note: Part of a series of occasional articles on how money affects patients and their care. To read more, click here. Something was very wrong. Marie Cajuste couldn’t ignore it any more.She had noticed a hard lump in her left breast about a year before, but kept the discovery to herself. She literally could not afford to be sick. Related Links PHOTOS: When getting sick is unaffordable Cajuste sometimes worked back-to-back shifts, stretching from 3 p.m. until 7 a.m., and still barely covered her bills. Her focus was on keeping her three grown children, who had weathered their own disappointments, and two grandchildren under one roof. Illness was not an option.But instead of going away on its own, as she hoped, the mass grew. She finally revealed her secret at a family meeting. Her two daughters were shocked. “You need to see a doctor right away!’’ her son Jacques Cajuste insisted.And so at last, on a summer morning before work, she … [Read more...] about A double diagnosis — cancer while poor
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jessie Scanlon August 02, 2018 MARY GOODING MADE THIS TRIP alone, listening to NPR as she drove up Interstate 95 in June 2017 on the way from her home in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. On previous trips she’d prayed or chatted with her sister as a distraction. She felt she was through the worst now, six months since an X-ray revealed her persistent cough was caused not by pneumonia or bronchitis, but by a case of melanoma that had reached stage four. Then 60, Gooding knew melanoma well, a byproduct of childhood summers spent poolside at the Warwick Country Club with her eight siblings, even though, she says, “I’m so fair-skinned I get sunburned under a light bulb.” She’d first been diagnosed with the malignant skin cancer in her 40s, and had gone through three surgeries to get rid of various reoccurrences.But this … [Read more...] about Boston’s biotech boom could bring bold new treatments for cancer
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff August 02, 2018 People who work at Boston’s prominent medical centers often get calls from desperate friends and relatives, like the one a Massachusetts General Hospital executive took from an old college roommate. She was seeking help for her son, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. The executive e-mailed someone she knew — Dr. David Ryan, the hospital’s well-known and well-liked chief of oncology.The next day, a colleague of Ryan’s spent an hour discussing options with the worried family. As a journalist covering health care, I spend a lot of time talking to hospital employees. And I often hear stories like this one. Someone wants an appointment with the breast cancer doctor from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who was interviewed on “NBC Nightly News,” the dermatologist with the six-month wait, or … [Read more...] about How to land an appointment with a sought-after specialist
Mary Shertenlieb didn’t think she’d run another marathon this year. Back in April, she was one of the thousands of runners who battled brutal rain and cold on the 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. At the 15.5-mile mark, the mother of two — who endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to fight off cancer three times in the last five years — decided to stop because of the cold. But she returned to the course hours later to finish the race, accompanied by her husband, Rich Shertenlieb, one of the hosts of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show. They crossed the finish line together after midnight. “A couple days after the marathon, I was feeling pretty happy about how everything turned out,” Shertenlieb told Boston.com. “Then in the back of my head, I was like, you know what, maybe I’m just not cut out for marathons, which is OK. Just because I finished last.” … [Read more...] about Mary Shertenlieb crossed the Boston Marathon finish line after midnight. She’s running New York next.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff June 14, 2018 The employees and students who regularly gather in the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital include women, blacks, and Hispanics. The 31 gold-framed portraits of medical luminaries that cover the walls do not.The portraits are all of men. Thirty are white, and one is Chinese.On Thursday, the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital plans to remove the paintings of the former department chairs, as part of its broader diversity initiatives. Advertisement Many of the paintings have spent decades in the prestigious spot. They hang in a room that hosts a growing array of cultural events, including the hospital’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Now they’ll be dispersed to department conference rooms and lobbies throughout the hospital. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget … [Read more...] about In an about-face, hospital will disperse portraits of past white male luminaries, put the focus on diversity