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Archive for April 2018

Cancer Friends-What To Say And Do When They Progress To Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, we may lose some friends because they don’t know what to say or are unable to cope with our cancer diagnosis. But, we gain new friends who also have cancer. We meet these new friends at our chemo or radiation center or through a Facebook group or an online message board.

When Your Friend Has Stage Iv Cancer

These friendships may become strong and lasting. But what do you say and do when your treatment is going well and your friend’s cancer has progressed? What do you say if they become Stage...

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Keeping the Worry of Recurrence Out of Mind

by GregP_WN

Have you heard the expression "Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, but it steals today's peace"?  For cancer survivors, this is hard to do though. Here are some tips on keeping the worry of recurrence out of mind.

Worrying Does Not Take Away Tomorrows Troubles. It Takes Away Todays Peace1

That quote is full of TRUTH! I have always been a person with an extremely positive attitude. That was drilled into me when I was a young man starting out in the insurance business. Every day started with positive thoughts, positive affirmations, and the drive to...

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Hitting Pause: Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

by Jackie Edwards

Guest Blog Post by Jackie Edwards

According to the United States government, over 14 million United States citizens have some form of cancer. Rather than giving in to the depression that comes with a cancer diagnosis, many cancer patients are beginning to empower themselves with control over treatment options. These people find it easier to accept mainstream medicine and help themselves living healthier lives during treatment.

Hitting Pause Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

The Diagnosis is Cancer

Initially, after the diagnosis, the shock...

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What Is the NCCN and Why You Should Download Their Treatment Guidelines

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients have never heard of the NCCN.


So what is the NCCN? And why is it important to me? The NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) is a coalition of 27 prominent cancer centers committed to patient care and cancer research to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

You may think this means meetings and conferences just for oncologists, surgeons and other cancer treatment specialists. But the NCCN is committed to improving care on a day-to-day basis whether the...

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My Mom, My Angel - A Son's View of Fighting Cancer

by Layne Compston

Our guest blog post today is from Layne Compston, he is the Son of Laura Compston, "LCompston", a 2-time head and neck cancer survivor covering 32 years. His post gives a Son's view of fighting cancer.

Laura And Layne Compston

Growing up as an only child had its benefits. For example, I didn’t have to share my toys with anyone. My mom and dad always made sure I had plenty to open when it came to certain holidays such as Christmas. I always remembered having many presents under the tree. My parents would always go...

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Diagnosed With Stage IV NSCLC, But Still Bathing By Myself!

by Marven "Biga17133"

Our guest blog post today is from Marven, "Biga17133". He is a stage IV, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer patient that was given no chances of survival. Diagnosed with an inoperable tumor involved in most of his lung, he wasn't given any real hope. But as he will tell you, he's still fighting it, kicking it, and still taking a bath by himself. That's looking at the positive side of everything! This is his journey in his own words. Editor


My name is Marven but some call me Allen which is my middle...

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The Power of A Written Note

by David Wasilewski

I have a 9-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter. When I was young my parents always made my sister and I write thank you cards after receiving gifts for our birthday and Christmas. I am truly embarrassed to say my wife and I have been very slack about making our kids write thank you cards. 

The Power Of A Handwritten Note

Maybe it is because it feels so old school, the kids don’t want to take time out of playing to write, we never have thank you cards when we need them or maybe it is because our kids don’t...

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Hospice - When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

by GregP_WN

"Hospice " - A word that scares a lot of people, and a service that most of us never want to sign up for. But, when that time comes, when all other options have been exhausted, it is a valuable service. Sadly, I have experienced the services of a Hospice service twice, once with each Parent, only ten months apart. 

Hospice When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

Taking care of a loved one through with Hospice during the last days of their life is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and one of the most rewarding.


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Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy & Metallic Taste

by GregP_WN

Originally Posted at the makers of Metaqil. That metallic taste we get in our mouth after having chemo is a common side effect. There have been hundreds of remedies suggested and written about on WhatNext. I recently ran across this product that eliminates that taste, so I thought it was worth looking into. Here is some information that was originally posted on their website. 

Metqil Revised Bottle

Radiation therapy to the neck and head can damage taste buds and salivary glands, causing the...

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What to Do When the Family Doesn't Support Your Cancer Fight?

by Jane Ashley

The cancer diagnosis doesn’t come with an easy-to-follow instruction book. Every patient responds to treatment differently. And the exact details of each person’s cancer are different. That is what our “shared experiences” are so helpful. But, what to do when the family doesn't support your cancer fight? Here are some ideas.

You Are Not Alone With Cancer

Communication seems to be the key element in gaining support during your cancer fight. How can you get the help you need if your family and/or friends don’t know how you...

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