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Archive for November 2019

Practical Tips For Caregivers

by Jane Ashley

Most of us are not prepared for the responsibilities that we assume when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. We instantly become a “CAREGIVER” — we don’t have any experience for role we are about to assume.

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Just remember that every patient’s reactions to treatment are different — it helps to be flexible and adjust your routine as different needs arise. Never refuse an offer for help. Cancer treatment can take a long time. Accepting help from others will help prevent caretaker burnout.

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month - Nov. 21 Is World Pancreatic Awareness Day

by Jane Ashley

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States — surpassing breast cancer — and is expected to surpass colon cancer deaths in 2020. Cancer deaths for other kinds of cancer are decreasing. 

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Unfortunately, death rates are increasing for pancreatic cancer; in fact, survival rates are virtually unchanged in the last 40 years.

Why? What can be done? Let’s learn more about why pancreatic cancer is so...

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Ringing The Bell

by Jane Ashley

Did you ring the bell after you finished chemotherapy or radiation? Or was your cancer center one of those who doesn’t provide a bell to ring at the end of treatment? Perhaps you are one of those who never even knew about “ringing the bell.”

Ring The Bell

How did the tradition begin of ringing the bell?

Tradition has it that “ringing the bell” began in 1996 at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Rear Admiral and former Navy Seal, Irve Le Moyne, a head and neck cancer patient, wrote a poem and installed a brass...

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Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN

Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

Exercise After Cancer

There are over 80 studies regarding the effects of exercise in cancer patients which have found that not only is exercise safe but it can significantly improve symptoms, day-to-day functioning, fitness, and overall quality of life. All too often people with cancer are encouraged to rest as much as possible, but staying active or even just doing a small amount of exercise a couple of times a week can have a big impact o your...

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CBD And Cancer - What Does The Science Say?

by GregP_WN

CBD and Cancer – What Does the Science Say?

Humans have been searching for a cure for cancer for centuries. Even modern technology has only taken us so far. The newest hope is that cannabidiol, or CBD, will become the latest miracle cure that actually works.

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Though the science does not yet definitively support many of the claims being made about CBD and its use as a cancer therapy, the research is bound to continue. Now that hemp production is legal by federal government dictates and...

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Drinking Alcohol During or After Cancer

by GregP_WN

Can You Drink Alcohol After Cancer Treatment?

Soking And Alcohol

The number of people surviving cancer is expected to continue to rise in the US in the following years. This is largely thanks to early detection and effective treatment. When people undergo cancer treatment, they can often feel that their life is on hold and cannot do the simple things they enjoy, such as enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Alcohol can interact with chemotherapy drugs, while also worsen some of the side effects of...

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Keep On Swimming

by Jane Ashley

Cancer is one of those maladies that takes a long time in treatment and a long time afterward in surveillance. Cancer can be likened to a marathon — we must pace ourselves to reach the finish line — we must be patient, and we can’t give up. No matter how tired we are, we must dig a little deeper to find the strength and the will to persevere.

Keep On Swimming

Have you felt like you couldn’t continue? Have you just wanted to give up? You are not alone. Almost all of us get overwhelmed from time to time.

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November Cancer Awareness Month Salutes Several Types of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

November is a busy month when it comes to cancer awareness. We honor those whose lives have been touched by carcinoid, lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer. November is the month that we acknowledge the importance of our caregivers. November is also the NHL (National Hockey League) Fights Cancer month and No Shave November.

Great American Smokeout

November 21st is the World Pancreatic Cancer Day as well as the Great American Smokeout.

Each of us believes that “our” cancer is the most important — yet we learn so...

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Cancer Care - Reflections From A Caregiver

by Miguel Barron

In 2019, I published a book entitled The Boxer’s Corner. The book was a semi-real time account of my experience as a caregiver during my late wife’s battle with metastatic cancer. In the book I recount the pain, frustration and isolation I felt in my role as husband, father and caregiver during my wife’s agonizing battle.

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But in addition to the human component of our experience, the book also touched on a number of issues relating to her treatment that I believe exposed shortcomings in her...

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