My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Reston, VA, USA
I am a Physician Assistant in a family practice setting. I first learned of this organization as I read Ms. Drescher's book "Cancer Smancher". As a medical provider, I was angered by the response she recieved from the medical community during her own illness. As I read her book, I vowed to never allow one of my patients to feel as helpless as she did. She was one of the lucky one's who empowered herself, did the research, and pursued the diagnosis. It saved her life. Not everyone is that lucky or strong.
I have utilized this organization's website both professionally as a reference and personally as an interest. This organization allows women to empower themselves and "take responsibility" for their bodies. I have seen it teach women that they don't have to take no for an answer and can seek a diagnosis and cure early on in their disease process. Not only does the organization empower women, but it also empower female teens to take resposibility for their bodies and prevent cancer from developing.
This is a wonderful organization for women, but can also be an example for men to take control as well. The bottom line is that Cancer Schmancer advocates early diagnosis so that cancer can be stopped and cured through routine screening and educated contact with health providers. Women must feel strong and comfortable enough to challenge their health care providers, otherwise the partnership of medical provider and patient is a weak one. I commend Ms. Drescher for her strength, determination, and compassion.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Because I feel I'm a more compassionate provider, I've been more agressive in my testing of patients with concerning symptoms. As a result I've found early cancers that the patients have had treated aggressively. Not only are they now cancer survivors, but they have not had to have extensive radiation and chemotherapy because their cancers have been found early, before they have moved into the lymph system.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I can't think of any I would make at this time. They are very active throughout the US and their website is readily accessible and easy to navigate.