Teenaged cancer patients need to know there’s more to life than the hospital

CLEVELAND –Being a teenager is hard enough. Add in a cancer diagnosis, and an already-difficult time can feel unbearable. Three doctors at an Association of Health Care Journalists conference panel in April agreed that many teenagers need more psychological support than they’re currently getting during cancer treatment. “Mental health is absolutely the most critical need for this age…

Traveling the gender spectrum: Making healthcare accessible to the transgender community

By Marlee Ellison Healthcare providers need to know that gender isn’t a male-female binary . However, many providers aren’t aware of the unique needs of transgender patients. According to Lambda Legal’s Health Care Fairness Survey, 65.2 percent of transgender or gender nonconforming people felt that a medical care provider was unaware of their health needs. 26.7…

AHCJ panelists discuss covering new HIV era

By Guimel Sibingo A disease once thought to mean the end of person’s life is no longer and impediment to longevity. That means journalists have to get more sophisticated when it comes to news coverage of HIV, said Heather Boerner an independent journalist and author of Positively Negatively a book about advances in HIV treatment. Boerner and…