How to Choose the RIGHT DOCTOR: (Patient Advocacy Series)

Edited by: Carmen Regallo-Dewitt ( editor)

Today, we exercise our freedom of choice to seek complete confidence in our decisions. Seeking what's right for you is just that! I support all patients to be well-informed with research and asking a lot of questions that pertain to their health and issues.  Do not be swayed by pressure just because this doctor takes your insurance or the popularity of that procedure. The almighty Google is still on your side to answer any question about anything and anyone, where making an intelligent choice must be strategic and thought through.

From the moment your physician calls you about a debilitating illness,  that inner voice may express curiosity about what other treatment options another doctor would prescribe?  You may want to get another perspective on your current diagnosis or get another set of professional eyes to review your reports.  All these concerns are quite natural and common - especially when it…

Cancer Experts & Survivors Join to Form Screening Program For 9/11 First Responders

Next-Generation Cancer Imaging expert Dr. Robert Bard plus a list of cancer resource colleagues from NYCRA (NY Cancer Resource Alliance) helped establish a new joint effort to bring public awareness and alternative treatment options to the many first responders and survivors of the WTC disaster.Aptly called "9/11CANCERSCAN" (, Dr. Bard's collaborative project is part of a public outreach crusade to support the patient philosophy of "the second opinion", prompting the many exposed potential victims to pursue continued monitoring & screening in response to the growing list of cancer cases that are just now beginning to appear- as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other government health orgs.  
9/11 CancerScan's alliance of caregivers include survivors-turned crusaders, publishers, cancer researchers, environmental advocates, medical specialists and legal experts. Together, they share and promote awareness and offer in…

Introducing IvyGene: "Patient-Friendly" Advancement in Early Cancer Detection

"...the term 'cancer' is not a singular enemy; its a single term to represent hundreds of different cancer types-- all unique to their location in the body and their origin, and that makes screening/treating them a very specialized and a highly customized procedure."  Howard Prince, research specialist & patient advocate
Early detection and prevention pursuits have driven our medical community to invest heavily on the advancement of cancer screenings for every individual type of cancer.So exists specialized scanning processes and tools such as colonoscopy, tomography, mammograms, mri's, PSA tests, PET Scans, skin exams- just to name a few.
Recently, a new form of blood test by LAM (Laboratory for Advanced Medicine) can confirm the presence of cancer as early as stage 1. It provides measurable data in the form of a score to make it easier to understand- while confirming the presence of cancer early, when it can be more easily managed and treated. The score can…

"Surviving the Legal Red Tape of WTC Victims"- An Interview with Michael Barasch

By: Lisa Vento-Nielsen, Lizbieta Sansal & Carmen R. Dewitt
(Editorial staff @

Our 9/11 Health Report presents an exclusive interview with Mr. Michael Barasch of Barasch & McGarry; a nationally-recognized law firm dedicated to victims with post-9/11 illnesses.Awareness for a Cure explores the many concerns and complex issues of being a 9/11 survivor- from the health and medical aspects to the social and political landscape to defining of the policies of being certified with the WTCHealth Program.Very few can bring clarity to all these perspectives in a way that Mr. Barasch has been able to provide us.

Q: You had a front row seat to the points of view of many first responders. From your conversations with your clients, can you give us some insight on what it was like to be in their shoes? What I did hear was that because the buildings were on fire for 99 days, it was ridiculously hot. It was really like working in hell finding body parts while it was 120 deg…

9/11 REMEMBRANCE SERIES 2: Richard Marrone and the 9/11 Cancer Resource Group

Written by: Lizbieta Sansal & Carmen R. Dewitt (Editorial staff @

Richard Marrone is a career veteran with the NY Fire Department, an active Emergency Medical Technician for the FDNY and a first responder at 9/11. He spent a significant amount of time in Ground Zero since the attack treating all responders and civilian victims while being directly exposed to the deadly air and toxic dust that affected (and continue to affect) so many thousands. His 9/11 experiences alongside all his colleagues in the FDNY, NYPD and other city workers who risked their very lives and well-being are now part of an ongoing health concern as supported by The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Actand public programs like the WTC Health program and the Victims Compensation Fund alongside an extensive list of other dedicated organizations. (see list of charitable funds).


A 9/11 CANCER SURVIVOR STORY By: Lisa Vento-Nielsen

During the 2001 attacks, I was working downtown at Standard & Poor's and exposure to the toxic dust and air particles are thought to be how I wound up with breast cancer despite no family history of cancer, no risk factors and no genetic component.  I am now living as a cancer survivor and someone who has asthma and other respiratory issues. My husband was an NYPD sergeant, a first responder at 9/11 and is certified with the WTC monitoring program.  The ironic thing is that he has been monitored for years and we expected him to get sick but instead it was I that got cancer. I was not originally signed up to be part of the program, though I should have been since I am a survivor of the event. 
I am glad the WTC HEALTH PROGRAM  is there to help  manage my continued care for breathing issues and monitor my cancer and other ailments that could result down the road (knock on wood, there will be no other things, but we never know). I am not sure if one government program can cover …

9/11 REMEMBRANCE pt1: Featuring John Feal- WTC Crusader for First Responders

Written By: Dr. Jesse Stoff | Edited by: Carmen Regallo-Dewitt of Awareness for a Cure

"A true leader is an ambassador of HOPE,
finding STRENGTH from adversity and INSPIRATION
from anguish..." 
- the unknown soldier

Since 2005, JOHN FEAL and his FealGood Foundation has been tirelessly bringing public support to the many first responders who risked their lives in Ground Zero.  To this day, he continues to wear the many hats he needs to fulfill his mission from FUNDRAISER for the VCF (Victim’s Compensation Fund) to ADVOCATE and PUBLISHER of a non-profit RESOURCE CATALOGUE of all related 9/11 support services and LOBBYIST in Washington for the support of all public resources and compensation venues. The FealGood Foundation is one of the largest national organizations carrying the torch of ambassadorship for the many who selflessly risked their lives while defending the benefits of first responders and survivors of 9/11.

John Feal was a demolition worke…