Topic: Cancer

May 4 2023

Webinar: 2023 High-cost claims report: A look into trending conditions and injectable drug prices


Sun Life has been sharing its data, insights, and an overview of trends surrounding high-cost claims and high-cost injectable drugs for 11 years. Join us on Wednesday, May 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET) for a webinar and panel discussion on Sun Life’s latest research on these topics. This year’s report includes: Data on... Read More

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virtual seconc opinions
Mar 7 2023

The pros and cons of in-person and virtual second opinions

Second Opinion

A second opinion can be a valuable decision making tool for people who have been diagnosed with a complex, rare, or serious health problem or who have received a recommendation for surgery. You may also want to seek a second opinion if your current treatment isn’t working as expected, you live in an area where... Read More

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breast cancer
Oct 25 2022

Strategies for women at an increased risk for breast cancer

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with inherited gene mutations. These women are considered to be at an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers during their lives. The most... Read More

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integrative oncology
Oct 18 2022

Integrative oncology helps people feel their best during cancer treatment

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

We talked with Dr. Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO, and Dr. Erica Joseph, ND, LAC, FABNO, two of the physicians at Seattle Integrative Oncology, about integrative cancer care. Dr. Aschtgen, founder of Seattle Integrative Oncology, is a board certified expert in naturopathic oncology. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and is an... Read More

skin cancer
Jun 30 2022

Are you taking the right steps to protect your family from skin cancer?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

It’s summer and you and your family are probably spending a lot more time enjoying the outdoors. Whether you’re at the beach or pool, working in the garden, or enjoying a leisurely walk around the neighborhood, there’s one thing you should always do before you step outside—take steps to protect your skin from the sun’s... Read More

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Sun Life
Jun 22 2022

These proactive steps can help you manage the risk of common serious conditions

Disease Management

For 10 years, Sun Life has published an annual research report focused on the highest cost health insurance claims. The data in the report is drawn from Sun Life’s stop loss claims, a type of insurance employers who self-fund their health insurance plan purchase to protect against the financial impact of very high cost health... Read More

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Mar 10 2022

Four things to consider when choosing a hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

When they need hospital care, many people simply go to the closest hospital or the one their doctor recommends. But if you need care at a hospital, whether it’s for labor and delivery, back surgery, joint replacement, cancer treatment, or treatment for heart disease, it’s important to do some research before you choose where to... Read More

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registered dietitian
Nov 9 2021

How working with a registered dietitian can help during cancer treatment

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

Nutrition can make a positive difference in the wellbeing of people who are undergoing cancer treatment. We talked with Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, clinical dietitian and owner of the virtual private practices, Champagne Nutrition® and Seattle Cancer Nutritionist, to find out more about this topic. In addition to her work with patients, Ms. Hultin serves... Read More

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breast cancer risk
Oct 26 2021

Five changes you can make to lower your breast cancer risk

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While there are some factors that affect breast cancer risk that you can’t change–genetic mutations, family history, age, having dense breast tissue, race, and ethnicity–there are proactive changes you can make that have been associated with lowering your risk. These lifestyle changes include: Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Studies have found an association between... Read More

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medical cannabis
Oct 12 2021

Medical cannabis 101: A discussion with Dr. Caroline MacCallum

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

Medical cannabis has been legalized in all but 14 states in the U.S. and its use for treating a range of conditions is a growing topic of conversation in the medical community. We talked with Caroline MacCallum, MD, a specialist in internal medicine, with expertise in complex pain and cannabinoid medicine. Dr. MacCallum is the... Read More

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