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Archive for July 2018

Things I Learned From 11 Days in The ICU

by GregP_WN

We cancer patients know that we are sometimes just an infection, low white blood count, bad scan results, or some other complication away from being in the emergency room, or maybe even the ICU. These are not limited to cancer patients, anyone with one of the many other chronic health issues can find themselves in the same situation. 

What I Learned From 11 Days In The Icu

I recently spent 11 days in the ICU with my Mother-In-Law, while there, I had many hours to observe some things, and experience a wide range of emotions...

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World Lung Cancer Day - August 1st, 2018

by Jane Ashley

August 1, 2018, is World Lung Cancer Day. Lung cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers worldwide. Sadly, lung cancer accounts for more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Approximately 1.2 million people die worldwide from lung cancer.

World Lung Cancer Day

Statistics in the United States

About 14 percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are lung cancer. That’s almost 235,000 people in 2018 with slightly more men diagnosed than women (almost 122,000 men and over 112,000...

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The Consequences of Dry Mouth

by GregP_WN

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, including prescription drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, and other disorders and syndromes. These conditions can inhibit the production of saliva and result in a sticky or even burning sensation in the mouth. Dry mouth is more than a nuisance to those who experience it because they often struggle with day to day activities like speaking, eating, and even sleeping. 

Dry Mouth

Long-term consequences of dry mouth include the decay of teeth due to...

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World Head and Neck Cancer Day - July 27, 2018

by Jane Ashley

July 27, 2018, is World Head and Neck Cancer Day, a day to help educate the public about the symptoms of head and neck cancers, allow facilities to offer free screenings for head and neck cancers, celebrate survivors and remember those who succumbed to this set of cancers.

World Head And Neck Cancer Day Logo

Organizer of World Head and Neck Cancer Day is International Society for Maxillofacial Rehabilitation. Their goal is to educate patients and their families about the surgical reconstruction combined with oral and facial...

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Frequent Fruit Consumption Can Boost Your Cancer-Fighting Efforts

by Jackie Edwards

The American Cancer Society urges adults to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day to help reduce their cancer risk and with good reason. We have known for countless years that fruit and vegetables form a vital part of any healthy diet. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly evident that fruit, in particular, can be of great benefit to cancer patients. 

5 Fruits And Vegetables

Not only can the regular consumption of certain fruits reduce the risk of developing cancer, but it can...

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Panic Attacks and How to Control Them

by Jackie Edwards

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can further deteriorate the quality of life for those who have cancer. It may be difficult to assess the role of anxiety as it tends to be intertwined with other aspects of a cancer diagnosis, but patients may feel panic throughout initial screenings for cancer, as anticipatory anxiety can settle in when waiting for results. Panic attacks often have different symptoms for individual people, but they...

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Everything Happens For a Reason? Even Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

It happens to almost every person diagnosed with cancer. And it happens to most people who experience a tragedy in their life. What is it?

People Say Everything Happens For A Reason Meme

Someone says, “Things happen for a reason.”

So, exactly what do they mean by that comment? Do you mean that I deserve this diagnosis? Is this diagnosis to teach me a lesson? Do you mean that I did something that caused this to happen? Do you mean that I need to grow in wisdom?

They might even utter this thought in slightly different words:

• “Everything...

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WhatNext Cancer Support Network Nominated for "Best in Show-Cancer Support Community"

by GregP_WN

We have great news to share! The WhatNext cancer support network and myself have been nominated in the WEGO Health Awards for "Patient Leader", "Advocating For Others", and "Best in Show" for Cancer Support Community. We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award, and we appreciate everyone that has nominated WhatNext. 

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What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

According to the WEGO Health Website, "Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards,” the WEGO Health Awards were...

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What Is ASCO And How it Can Help Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Who is ASCO? What do they do? Why is the information that they share so important? Most probably, you’ve seen some online articles or heard the acronym on television in a story about cancer. But let’s dig deeper and learn why ASCO is so important to every cancer patient and survivor.

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Who is ASCO?


ASCO stands for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The Society was founded in 1964 by seven cancer physicians whose goal was to improve the care for people diagnosed with cancer. When ASCO...

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11 Cancer Myths - And Truths

by Jane Ashley

As if it’s not bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s even worse when our friends, co-workers, and relatives share things that they have heard about cancer. They mean well, but many myths are floating around the internet. It’s time that we separate truth from fiction. Here are some of the common myths about cancer that simply are not true.

11 Cancer Myths And Truths


Chemo Kills – Not Cancer 

This myth is not just a myth. It’s also a dangerous myth that may scare people from seeking potentially curative...

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