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Archive for September 2019

Genetic Testing - Knowledge Is Power

by Jane Ashley

It seems that we hear about a friend, a relative, a co-worker or someone in the news who gets diagnosed with cancer all too frequently. Although death rates for cancer have been declining since the 1990s, that is only part of the story — the diagnosis of cancer is traumatic, expensive and changes most people’s lives forever.

Genetic Mutations

Over 1/3 of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

If our mother or father or one of our parents had cancer, does that mean we...

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From Prostate Cancer Patient to Prostate Cancer Coach

by GregP_WN

Editor's note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from Dennis Golden, a 7 year survivor of two diagnoses of prostate cancer. This is his story in his own words. 


On the face of it, I was a healthy and physically active 70-year-old, 168-pound male. A 25-mile daily bike ride and a wholesome diet resulted in a 32-inch waistline and body fat readings of 14%. Except for the occasional cold, all indications pointed to a guy who was healthy and in great shape.

Like many males, I saw no need to ask...

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Straight Talk About HPV

by Jane Ashley

What is HPV? What is the HPV vaccine? Why should we give it to our pre-teen children? Does HPV cause cancer later in life? 

Protects Against6 Kinds Of Cancer

Let’s sit down and have a straight talk about HPV and the cancers that it causes. Perhaps, then we’ll understand why it’s so important that all of our young adolescent children get their HPV vaccines. These adolescents are our children and our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews – protect them against certain kinds of cancer that occur in adulthood.

What is...

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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Cancer

by Jane Ashley

One of the things that we learn about cancer very soon into our treatment is that everyone is different — we respond differently to chemotherapy and radiation. Some of us recover rapidly from a surgical procedure while for others, it takes an extended time. Every person’s cancer experience is different, yet we share many of the same experiences.

Things I Wish I Had Known Blog

We think, “Boy, I wish I had known about this.” Another patient says, “I had no idea this could happen.”

What are some of the things that we...

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Cancer is a Thief - These Are Things it Has Stolen From Us

by GregP_WN

Cancer is a thief! It sneaks up and takes things like our ability to talk, our strength and stamina, our hair, our eyesight, our teeth, and even sometimes it takes organs from us. Cancer doesn't care if you are rich poor, white or black, skinny or heavy, an average person on the street or a celebrity on Hollywood Blvd. It will take something from all of us, lots of times it's our peace of mind and for the unfortunate ones, life.

What Cancer Cannot Do

We asked our WhatNext Community to tell us about some of the...

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September Cancer Awareness Types and Events

by Jane Ashley

September is one of the busiest months for cancer awareness. Awareness is the first step so that we learn how to prevent more types of cancer, encourage people to have all recommended screenings for early detection and develop more effective treatments. Here’s our September list:

Calendar of Events.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Mont

Five facts about childhood cancer.

15,780 children in the U.S. are diagnosed annually
1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn...

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13 Things Cancer Patients Want You to Know About Cancer

by Jane Ashley

We face approximately a one in three lifetime risk of developing cancer. The diagnosis is one of the most frightening events that will ever happen to us — regarding of our sex, age, race or economic status, we all face the risk of cancer — and money alone is not enough to save our life. Our response to treatment and our overall health are contributing factors to surviving cancer along with being diagnosed at an early stage.

Young Adults

In reality, there are only three categories of people.
Those who...

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Why Does Chemo Take So Long?

by Jane Ashley

Chemotherapy is one of the most feared aspects of cancer treatment. We’re are afraid of the side effects — we are afraid that it may not work — and we don’t understand the process that occurs on “chemo day.”

Chemo Center Wait

After our first infusion, we have a new question, “Why does it take so long to get our chemotherapy?”

Many people work together to ensure that your chemotherapy session is as safe as possible. Once we understand the process, it may be easier for us to understand why our chemo may require...

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Top 50 Things to NOT Say to A Cancer Patient

by Jane Ashley

Many of us are shocked at what both our friends and family and total strangers say to us when they learn that we have cancer. Most of these comments aren’t meant to hurt us, but some do hurt us, and others stress us. These seemingly callous and insensitive phrases are probably because most people don’t know what to say to us so they blurt out something that they’ve heard other people say.

Oh The C Word

Here are some phrases that made our Top 50 List of Things Not to Say to a cancer patient.

Oh, the “C”...

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