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Archive for February 2019

Need a Break From Cancer? How About a Cancer Camp?

by Jane Ashley

We’re probably all felt like this. We need a break from cancer. We want to take a vacation. But we’re in treatment or have recently finished treatment — money is too tight for even a short vacation. 

Under The Stars

Have you felt like this? Do you feel like this today?

There are answers for your need to have a break. The answer is, “What about a cancer camp or cancer retreat?”

What is a cancer camp?

The idea for a camp, trip or retreat for people with cancer began back in the 1980s with pediatric...

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Rare Disease Day - An Opportunity to Educate and Advocate

by Jane Ashley

Rare Disease Day, the last day of February every year, is a day to raise awareness of rare diseases throughout the world. We, at WhatNext.com, hope to raise awareness of rare types of cancer on this day.

Rare Disease Day

What is the definition of a rare disease?

In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000 people at any one time. Europeans define a rare disease as one that affects less than 1 in every 2,000 people. Worldwide, there are at least 6,000 rare diseases.

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What Is Multiple Myeloma?

by Jane Ashley

Multiple myeloma (MM) is one of the blood cancers. It is the second most common blood cancer, after Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Multiple myeloma affects the bone marrow — malignant plasma cells replace normal plasma cells.

Multiple Myeloma

What do our plasma cells do?

Plasma cells play a critical role in our ability to fight infections. Plasma cells produce antibodies. Antibodies travel in our blood plasma and our lymphatic system to fight infections. Antibodies bind to antigens (foreign substances) and either...

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Prostate Cancer and Genetic Mutations

by Jane Ashley

More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than any other cancer (except skin cancer). One in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. About 60 percent of men are over 65 when diagnosed.

One In9 Men

Facts and statistics.

Almost 175,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019. Although prostate cancer is sometimes characterized as a slow-growing, “something-else-will-kill-you” kind of cancer, prostate cancer will be responsible for over 31,500...

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Getting our bodies back into condition after cancer treatment is an important part of survivorship. Rehabilitation after cancer treatment can help us regain what we thought we might have lost and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

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Evidence shows that physical therapy after cancer treatment is underprescribed. We might only think of physical therapy as being for people who were injured in an accident or who had hip-or-knee replacement surgery.

You may not realize that physical therapy can...

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Tips to Protect Yourself During Cancer Prevention Month

by Emily Liptak, MAA Center

How to Protect Yourself This Prevention Month

Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is a difficult word to hear, often associated with strenuous battles and unpredictable times ahead. February is Cancer Prevention Month, a time to learn how to treat your body better in hopes to prevent this disease from impacting yourself and your loved ones.

Many Cancers are carried through genetics or are hereditary. Few have been directly linked to specific causes. Nevertheless, there are a still number of cancers that may be caused...

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Survivor's Guilt - Do You Have It?

by Jane Ashley

People on the outside of the World of Cancer believe that those of us who have completed our treatment will be joyous and happy and just jump back into life with both feet and never look back. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

No One Should Feel Guilty

Most of us realize that we’ve changed during treatment. We are more aware of the value of time and the wonder and beauty of life. And we’ve gotten to know other people with cancer; we’ve made in person friends and online friends. And then we will learn...

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World Cancer Day - Feb. 4th, 2019

by Jane Ashley

Monday, February 4, 2019, is World Cancer Day – a day designated throughout the world to bring awareness concerning cancer and the importance of early screening and detection. This day also focuses on ways to help prevent cancer, with healthy eating, exercise, smoking cessation, and HPV awareness and vaccination.

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The World and Cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, about 9.6 million people died worldwide in 2018 from cancer. Translated that means about 1 of every 6 deaths was...

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