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Archive for October 2018

What is Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

by Jane Ashley

Peripheral neuropathy is a common side effect in many cancer patients. Certain families of chemotherapy (platinum compounds, taxanes, vinca alkaloids, epothilones, bortezomib, fluorouracil, and thalidomide) are the most likely to cause chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). CIPN is now one of the most frequent reasons for referral to a pain clinic.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy

What is peripheral neuropathy?

In the simplest terms, peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves in the distant parts of your...

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Honoring Healthy Lung Month - Lung Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Every October, we recognize Healthy Lung Month and seek to bring attention to diseases of the lung that affect thousands of Americans every year. Lung cancer and mesothelioma are both among these lung diseases, and both have ties to the dangerous toxin asbestos. In light of Healthy Lung Month and Mesothelioma Awareness Day passing at the end of September, now is the perfect time to highlight asbestos-related diseases and how to work to prevent victims from being diagnosed in the future.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Emotions You May Experience After Treatment Ends

by Jane Ashley

Most of us expect to feel jubilant and overjoyed when our treatment ends. But many of us find that it’s not that easy to transition back into “normal” life. People who haven’t experienced cancer firsthand, either as a patient or caregiver, don’t realize that just because we’re not taking medications does not mean that our cancer care is over.

Feeling Lonely

Cancer survivors have a “new normal.” We are cautiously optimistic while acknowledging our fear of recurrence. Our values may change – we may isolate...

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Don't Skip Halloween Because You're Bald

by Jane Ashley

Just because we have cancer doesn’t mean that we aren’t supposed to have fun. Sometimes, the best medicine is LAUGHTER – Halloween is a great reason to embrace your bald head. Whether male or female, you can bring smiles to everyone.

Henna Crown Pinterest

Here are some ideas for Chemo Week or Halloween night Trick-or-Treat.

Get a Henna Tattoo.

Henna tattoos are an ancient art form that has come full circle to help women who have lost their hair from chemotherapy feel beautiful again. The tattoos are done with a...

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Are You Sure You Want to Take Your Chances Without Treatment?

by Jane Ashley

What did you think when you first heard the words, “You have cancer”?

Our Loved Ones Decision

Shock, fear, anger, denial, overwhelmed – even Oh, no…WhatNext?

And for most of us, we wonder if they can treat what we have. Most of us want it cut out, zapped with radiation or killed by chemo – we want it gone – and most of us are willing to go the distance in the pursuit of a successful treatment.

But not everyone feels that way.

Some people might ask, “If I do treatments, how much time will I have left?” Depending on...

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How "Pinktober" Benefits All Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Pinktober Logo

There’s a lot of talk sometimes about PINKTOBER. Twenty-five years ago, President Bill Clinton urged that the third Friday in October be designated National Mammography Day. Over the years, it’s morphed into a month-long wave of “pinkness” fueled by the commercialization of products carrying the pink ribbon, retailers carrying pink tee shirts and companies advertising in all sorts of “commercialized” special sections of newspapers, radio campaigns and other events to show their support for...

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Breast Cancer & How Physical Activity Can Prevent Diagnosis and Ease Treatments

by GregP_WN

With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year, breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women. Although there are several preventative measures that can be taken, anyone with breasts is at risk of developing the disease in their lifetime.

Breast Cancer Risks

Who is at Risk of Breast Cancer?

There are many factors that increase a person's risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. For example, women over the age of 55 tend to be diagnosed more often, but younger women are still...

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Lifestyle Changes to Reduce The Chance of Recurrence

by Jane Ashley

When you ask cancer survivors what their worst fear is, they will tell you, “Fear of recurrence.”

Fear Of Recurrence

There is no way to guarantee that cancer won’t come back. Every person’s cancer is different. Genetic mutations, the stage when diagnosed, other health problems and current lifestyle all play a role in one’s risk for recurrence.

However, there are a few concrete lifestyle changes that have been proven to help reduce the risk of recurrence. Many times, we feel like we have no control over what...

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5 Side Effects of Head and Neck Cancer Radiation Treatment You Must Know About

by GregP_WN

Head and neck cancer includes cancer from the throat up, including salivary cancer, tonsil cancer, tongue cancer, thyroid cancer, laryngeal, esophageal cancer, adenoid cancer, including subtypes of each. There are specific types of diagnoses for these also, making for a large group of head and neck cancer diagnoses. 

Head And Neck Cancer Stat

The treatments for each will vary, but often include a variety of chemo regimens, surgery, and radiation. While chemo has it's own set of side effects, and many of them...

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Frustration - A Big Side Effect of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Nowhere is frustration ever listed as a possible side effect of cancer, but as we all learn soon enough, frustration is a BIG side effect of cancer.
Frustration comes from all angles – from the diagnosis process to the waiting for treatment to begin to the crazy/stupid things people tell you to do to cure your cancer. So let’s look at frustration. My bet is that most of you have already experienced several of these frustrations.

A Hug Will Have To Do

Waiting for the diagnosis.

How long did it take for you to get...

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