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Archive for December 2016

I Need to Be Alone!! 5 Ways to Get More "Me Time"

by Brian English

What’s it like to be the center of attention? After your cancer diagnosis, you find out fast. Suddenly, you’re getting more attention you can handle.

I Need Some Me Time

First, it’s the doctors and the nurses. Then it’s your friends and family. Endless phone calls, visits, talking … Before you know it, that crucial alone time – your “me” time – is gone. And you find yourself relating more and more to that old Greta Garbo line, “I vant to be alone.”

The simple pleasure of enjoying your own company in peace and...

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Pain Management and Warning Signs of Opiate Addiction for Cancer Patients

by Constance Ray

There are many methods of pain management for cancer patients. Cancer pain is usually very treatable, with many patients finding relief using a combination of medications. Some medications offer general pain relief, and some higher-strength prescription medications target specific types of pain. 

Opioid Addiction

A good plan of action can start with setting a pain management goal with your doctor. Discuss the type of pain relief medication that is needed to keep pain consistently in the tolerable...

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4 New Year's Resolutions About Cancer

by Brian English

Making a cancer-related resolution might be one that you’re more likely to keep. Most resolutions – including the old standards like “lose weight” and “eat better” – barely make it to the end of January, let alone the whole year.

Here are four resolutions that members of the WhatNext will be making for 2017.


Healthy Living

BoiseB suggests that cancer patients and survivors take a more active approach with health-based resolutions. Rather than simply stating that you’ll “eat...

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5 Gift Suggestions for Cancer Patients

by Brian English

Now that the holidays are here, family and friends are plotting to get something special for the cancer patients in their lives. Here in the WhatNext, we realize that this can be difficult territory to navigate. What’s the perfect gift for a cancer patient? This question alone can tie people into knots.

5 Heartwarming Gifts For Cancer Patients What Next Blog

We asked the WhatNext community what kind of gifts that they’d like around this time of year. And hopefully this list of five things to get (along with a short rundown of what NOT to get)...

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Being a Cancer Patient and a Caregiver

by GregP_WN

All cancer patients will have a variety of descriptions of what it's like to be a cancer patient. There will be a lot of details about how hard treatment is, how bad the side effects are, the pain involved and the sacrifices a patient has to make just to go through treatment. 

Is Being A Caregiver Harder Than Being A Patient

All of these will be heartfelt and true statements, but the patient usually feels like they are in control of their own situation. They are the one going through it all and can muster up the determination to keep...

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Coming Out About Your Cancer

by Brian English

After the initial shock of your cancer diagnosis subsides, it begins to dawn on you that you have a big decision to make: how on earth are you going to break the news about all this? And who on earth do you tell first? How do you tell them you have cancer?

I Have Cancer

To the uninitiated, struggling with the mere fact of “breaking the news” may seem insignificant in comparison to the news itself. But that’s hardly the case. A cancer diagnosis is a profoundly life-altering event. It will have an emotional...

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