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Archive for September 2016

Radiation Therapy: What's it Like?

by Brian English

Part I of our "What's it Like" series

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. Sure, sites like can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexter delivers straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

Radiation, What's It Like

In our What’s...

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So You're Getting a Colostomy? This is What it's Like

by Michael Holtz

So You're Getting A Colostomy

Editor's Note - Our Blog Post today is from Michael Holtz, a WhatNexter and Stage 3b-colon cancer survivor who has been through treatment and dealt with everything that a cancer diagnosis throws at us, then was given the news that he would have to wear a colostomy bag. Not only has he dealt with it like a boss but has gone on to prove to himself and everyone who will notice, that having a colostomy doesn't mean your life and all your activities are over. Have a read of his contribution...

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Survivor's Guilt - It's Not Your Fault!

by Brian English

That wonderful day your tests results come back with those three glorious letters N, E, and D (No Evidence of Disease) should be among the happiest of your life. It’s the day you’ve been working toward for many arduous months, so feelings of elation, joy, and relief will flood through you. For a while at least.

Survivor's Guilt It's Not Your Fault

But after those initial reactions settle in, survivors often become reflective. In spite of the amazingly good news, thoughts can often turn to an entirely different emotion: guilt....

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People Say the Craziest Things to Cancer Patients

by Brian English

There’s a little-known side effect of cancer that most patients suffer from almost from the very moment of their diagnosis. And while this side effect may not cause any physical pain, it can still do lasting damage to emotions and relationships. The name of this side effect? Insensitive remarks.

People Say The Craziest Things To Cancer Patients

It’s true: most cancer patients have heard their fair share of insensitive comments about a host of topics surrounding their situation. Careless remarks about a disease or a patient’s life situation...

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HPV Vaccine: Yes or No?

by Brian English

In the last few years, the topic of vaccines has become quite divisive. But then, that’s usually what happens whenever a medical issue becomes a political football – something of which all cancer patients are all too aware.

Hpv Vaccine Yes Or No

Usually, the vaccines controversies aren’t found in the cancer community. After all, you can’t vaccinate against cancer … except in one case. The vaccine Gardasil can protect males and females against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

The HPV vaccination...

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Biopsies: A Primer

by Brian English

The biopsy is usually the first step to diagnosing cancer. And “biopsy” is a term so often heard that people can get the impression that one biopsy is about the same as another. But that’s definitely not the case.

Biopsies A Primer

Biopsies are often discussed by WhatNexters, and there can sometimes be confusion; two forum members can be discussing biopsies, but since each are being treated for different forms of cancer, it’s likely that they experienced entirely different types of biopsy. So without...

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Things to Ask Your Oncologist on the First Visit

by Brian English

The moments after your cancer diagnosis can be a whirlwind. Your mind is racing. It can be quite a shock and one that can take significant time from which to recover. And it’s not only possible but very likely that you’ll still be in a bit of a fog when it’s time to meet your oncologist for the first time.

Things To Ask Your Oncologist On The First Visit

All of it will seem like a blur at the time. But the initial stages of your treatment are critical. And you’ll want to be sure that you show up to that first visit with your...

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September Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN

September a busy month for cancer awareness, it is the month to bring awareness to:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancers

From, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting our groundbreaking research.

During the month of September:

25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or...

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Sharing Bad News About Your Cancer

by Brian English

Often the trickiest part of living with cancer is other peoples’ reactions to the disease. Sometimes, just telling longtime friends or close family about your condition can utterly change their demeanor. They become uncomfortable or begin to treat you as though you’re fragile. Normally fun, smiley, back-slapping friends can instantly become withdrawn and reserved upon hearing the news.

Sharing Bad News About Your Cancer

In most cases, this condition eases as time goes by. But during the course of your treatment, there...

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