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Archive for January 2019

Alcohol and Cancer - Do They Mix?

by Jane Ashley

Some studies show that drinking alcohol is a risk factor for developing cancer especially for oral, breast and liver cancers. Other studies show consuming small quantities of alcohol protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Still, other studies show that red wine might prevent cancer.

Moderation

So what, as patients and survivors, supposed we to do? First and foremost, talk to your oncologist about your alcohol consumption during treatment. The type of cancer and chemo and the extent of...

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Is The High Cost of Revlimid Too High For Multiple Myeloma Patients?

by Jane Ashley

We all know that cancer care is expensive. We see our individual bills for our type of cancer, and most of us struggle to pay it. But multiple myeloma patients are now facing a financial crisis with the cost of Revlimid, an oral medication used as a maintenance drug after an autologous stem cell transplant or for newly diagnosed patients who are not eligible for an autologous stem cell transplant. 

International Myeloma Foundation

Revlimid is very effective, but at what costs to the patient and their family? Financial...

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Are You Petrified Over An Upcoming Procedure?

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, many of us are shocked and stunned and yes, petrified over what our treatment will entail. As many of us have learned, cancer doesn’t always choose convenient places to occur. Many of the sites of our cancers are virtually inaccessible – 

John Wayne Quote

Tumors or cancer cells can be in the lining of our bladder, our brain, our rectum or anus, our throat, our breasts, a testicle or penis or an ovary or our bones. Melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer, can even appear...

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Tips For Traveling For Cancer Care

by Jane Ashley

Many of us will have to travel for all or part of our cancer care. We might live in a rural area, or we might have a rare cancer and need specialized expertise. It takes planning, money, and support from others to travel for cancer care. 

Bone Marrow Transplant

Planning and Logistics

There are many practical decisions that must be made when you travel for a second opinion or specialized treatment.

Method of transportation. The distance will probably be the determining factor. Perhaps, your travel distance...

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Don't Let Worry Rob You of Peace of Mind

by Jane Ashley

WORRY – it’s something that almost all cancer patients and survivors do. What exactly is worry? Depending on the dictionary, here are some definitions:

Don't Worry About Tomorrow

To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.
• A state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
• Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
• A strong feeling of anxiety.
• A troubled state of mind.

Worry is not something new

We are not alone. When we look at...

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Giving Back After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients want to “give back” after their treatment has ended. But we’re not always sure how to “give back” or where to start. Volunteering and/or helping others helps us recover, feel better and move on with our new life once treatment is done. There’s no right or wrong way to “give back.” Some do a project by themselves while others become part of an organization. Here are some meaningful ways to help others in the same battle that we’ve fought.

Giving Back After Cancer

Join an organization that...

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Coping With Radiation Side Effects

by Jane Ashley

Many newly diagnosed cancer patients are surprised to learn that radiation will be part of their treatment. When most people think about cancer treatment, they automatically think of chemotherapy.

External Beam Radiation National Cancer Institute

Yet over half of all cancer patients will receive radiation as part of their treatment regimen. Radiation therapy is considered an essential part of curative treatment for brain, breast, cervical, head and neck, lung, prostate and sarcomas. Radiation is also used for eye, lymphomas, thyroid cancers...

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Types of Blood Cancers

by Jane Ashley

Most people know about cancers that produce tumors – they are the commonly known ones that are most frequently diagnosed – lung, prostate, breast and colorectal. But many patients are more than a little confused when they are diagnosed with blood cancer.

Hematology (1)

You’re likely to be diagnosed by a hematologist. Hematologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the bone, bone marrow and lymphatic system. Most blood cancers begin in our bone marrow where our blood cells are...

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 13, 240 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Before the Pap smear, cervical cancer was a common cause of death in women. Pap smears have dramatically decreased the death rate from cervical cancer. 

Cervical Cancer Preventable


What is cervical cancer?

The cervix is the lower long, narrow part of a woman’s uterus. Cervical cancer begins slowly with abnormal cells appearing gradually. These abnormal cells are called dysplasia...

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