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Archive for October 2015

What the Cost of Cancer Equals in Ridiculous Things

by GregP_WN

It’s no secret that cancer drugs can be crazy expensive. It’s as obvious as saying the sky is blue. Of course, the cost varies from cancer to cancer, and especially drug to drug. But it’s really just a matter of determining what degree of expensive chemo is going to be.

Cancer Costs Chemotherapy

Avalere Health conducted a study to determine the average cost of an episode of chemo, which they measured as a 3-4 month course. The average price tag? $20,000-$26,000. Remember, this is just the average. And if you math it...

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5 Cancer Cocktails Your Doctor Won’t Prescribe

by GregP_WN

You didn’t think we’d really give you a list of drinks full of alcohol, did you now!? While some groups will have a cancer research fundraisers around cocktails, these drinks are simply some that are inspired by their cousins containing alcohol.  

Cocktails For A Cure Md

Lots of studies will tell you that alcohol consumption runs the risk of developing cancer. But, what researchers don’t know is whether alcohol use after treatment could increase the risk of cancer coming back. The American Cancer Society gives...

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6 No-No's When Talking to Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Dear World,

Hi there, cancer patients here. We get it, we really do: You’ve just found out we have cancer, and you want to say something comforting and helpful, but you have no idea what that “something” is. And we appreciate it, we really do. What we DON’T appreciate is when you try to guess what’s going through our minds, or when you tell us how to feel or not to feel. As a helpful guide, here are a few conversational no-no’s you should avoid.

One Size Does Not Fit All

1) There is no “one size fits all” approach...

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Cooking For Life! - Gingery Sweet Potato Soup

by GregP_WN

Our Recipe of the Week is from WhatNexter Ann Ogden from Cook For Your Life. It's a Gingery Sweet Potato Soup that looks and sounds great! Perfect for Fall!

Gingery Sweet Potato Soup

This yummy soup proves that eating well doesn't have to be difficult or dull. Although this soup tastes like the perfect comfort food, it is actually a lovely, warming way to get great nutrition onto your plate in a hurry. It is rich in vitamins A, B6, & C and bursting with antioxidants thanks to the tomatoes and turmeric, plus...

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6 Ways to Drive Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

Everybody knows somebody affected by cancer—moms, dads, neighbors, colleagues, children. Thus, many people feel passionate about bringing awareness to the disease. October and November are jam-packed with ways to shine the spotlight on several types of cancer— breast cancer and liver cancer in October; and in November, people specifically support pancreatic, lung, stomach, and carcinoid cancer

Acs Strides

Clearly, it’s a disease that plagues many people and needs full-fledged support so that one...

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A Surprising Side Effect of Cancer - New Friends

by GregP_WN

“Social butterfly isn’t” want people initially think of when they think of someone living with cancer. We more often hear about the lethargy and fatigue that comes from chemo, other drugs, and cancer itself. 

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But there are 5 surprising ways cancer helps you make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

Grandmother And Granddaughter

1. Reaffirm Relationships With Family and Friends

Cancer has a way of putting life into perspective. We’re so used to thinking that we’ll get to the things we love eventually: that big...

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Will The Sanders Solution Actually Lower The Cost of Prescription Drugs?

by GregP_WN

As members of WhatNext, we know better than most an ugly truth about cancer medications. This ugly truth was in the news recently after the price of Daraprim, a toxoplasmosis drug, was hiked nearly 5000% (though the cost was later lowered).

Drug Prices Are Too Damn High

Of course, the high cost of cancer medications—or any medications, really—is nothing new. Many people’s gut reaction to rising medication costs is to say, “The government should do something about this!” But debate about prescription drug costs...

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What the NFL Gets Right (And Wrong) About Cancer

by GregP_WN

Everyone knows how the NFL covers many off the field issues: terribly. But one of the ways the NFL gets it right is with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Since 2009, every October the NFL has a very in-your-face embrace of Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ll see bright pink sprouting from gloves, wristbands, and shoelaces on the field. And of course you can buy pink hats, pink trimmed jerseys, and even pink beer coozies to proudly show your support in the stands. Congratulations, NFL. You’...

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