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Archive for February 2017

It's Cancer, So What's Next?

by GregP_WN.

Shock, fear, denial, anger, rage, sadness, and disbelief are just some feelings WhatNexters have felt when they were first diagnosed with cancer. There may be a whole cycle of different emotions that you experience.

“I can't believe this. I have never even heard of lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced cancer. I have so many plans and things I want to do. This can't be happening!” -- margarita thumbnail Margarita, Lymphoma, Stage III

Newly Diagnosed

“How am I supposed to react to my father...

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What to Expect From Radiation Treatment

by GregP_WN.

What To Expect From Radiation Treatments

You probably don’t know what to expect when going into radiation therapy for the first time. It is okay to be a little uneasy; below are some insights from the American Cancer Society and WhatNexters that may help.

WhatNexter’s recommend reading the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Radiation Therapy. It provides insight on what it is, how it helps, and deeper discussion on the treatment.

The first source to go for questions about what to expect from radiation therapy is your...

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Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

by GregP_WN.

We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?

Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get....

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It's a Cancer Thing-You Wouldn't Understand

by Brian English.

Since you’re reading a blog that’s dedicated to cancer issues, it’s likely that you’re in the club. You’re one of the people who’ve had their lives touched (and turned upside down) by this disease.

It's A Cancer Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

Some cancer experiences can only be truly understood by other members of the club. Ann Marie Giannino-Otis, a breast cancer survivor who writes the Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog dedicated a post to the topic “It’s a Cancer Thing. You Wouldn’t Understand.” It’s a list/rant of some of “inside”...

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Thoughtless Cancer Compliments

by Brian English.

One of the more difficult aspects of cancer is that the physical changes caused by the treatment can cause you to lose what might be called your “medical anonymity.” Hair loss. Weight loss. Weight gain. Skin lesions, Scars … these outward signs of your cancer battle are often obvious to one and all.

Thoughtless Cancer Compliments

Except when they aren’t.

“I ran into an acquaintance at my local Starbucks,” writes WhatNexter ShortCuts. “Upon learning about my cancer returning, she said, ‘Well, you look great without hair,’...

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Research Means Hope for Rare Cancers

by Tonya Nelson.

The last day of February each year marks Rare Disease Day, a time to raise awareness for the diseases many have never heard of or know very little about. There are 7,000 rare diseases, which affect 30 million Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates this year nearly 13%, or 1 in 8, of cancer diagnoses, among those 20 and older will be rare cancers. That means over 200,000 rare cancer diagnoses in 2017.

Rare Disease Day February 28

This year’s Rare Disease Day celebrates research and what it means for these...

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

by GregP_WN.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so..... what does that mean? With hundreds of thousands of cancer cases preventable through good diet, exercise and weight control, this month's "awareness" is not just to let someone know that you have a particular kind of cancer, or that there is another cancer out there that everyone should know about. But it is instead geared toward preventing as many of these cancer cases as possible from ever getting diagnosed. 

February National Cancer Prevention Month

It is estimated that...

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