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Archive for May 2020

National Cancer Survivor's Day 2020

by Jane Ashley

Sunday, June 7, 2020, is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is the day to celebrate our survival and to be an inspiration to those who are newly diagnosed. It’s also a day for community outreach as we reach out to create awareness that more and more people are surviving cancer. 

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Our day also focuses on the challenges that cancer survivors face.

But it’s different this year …

Not in recent history has the world experienced a worldwide pandemic like COVID-19. COVID-19 is at the forefront...

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What Are "Virtual Second Opinions"?

by Jane Ashley

We’ve all been told the value of a second opinion. Even in “normal” circumstances, it seems like a rather daunting task to get a second opinion. There is usually expensive travel involved along with hotel and meal expenses. Plus, the copays involved and the logistics of getting our medical records sent to the facility where we’re getting our second opinion. Yet, we know, deep down within us, that a second opinion could save our lives.

Should I Get A Second Opinion

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how can we get a second...

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Diagnosis #5, Because Apparently #4 Wasn't Enough

by GregP_WN

What's that saying? "God will only give you what you're strong enough to carry"? Or something like that. Well, apparently he thinks I'm the son of Hulk, brother of Thor, with a little Superman in there, and a touch of Batman. I mean, again??? Seriously? Five Fricking Times?

Diagnosis #5

Have you ever thought that maybe your life is just you inside of someone else's video game, like that movie years ago? Maybe that would make sense? When it comes to the bad luck lottery I am the winner, shut it...

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How Can Modern Technologies Improve Cancer Treatments?

by Kelly Pethick

How Can Modern Technologies Improve Cancer Treatment?

How Can Modern Technologies Improve Cancer Treatment

The rapid advancement of modern technologies has largely changed the way the world functions. And the change is not necessarily negative, despite the claims and allegations of reserved individuals. Technological breakthroughs have given people unprecedented opportunities to have a better, safer life within today’s relentless social and political environments.

The highly beneficial impact of technologies manifests itself substantially in...

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Getting Ready For Chemo - What You Need To Know

by Jane Ashley

Ask most cancer patients what they were most afraid of, and they will say, “Chemo.”

Chemo Nurses

So how do we prepare ourselves for our chemotherapy?

Step #1 -Accept That Chemotherapy is an Essential Part of Treatment

Acceptance is the first step in overcoming fear and distress. Don’t believe all of the horror stories that you’ve heard, like the one that says, “Cancer doesn’t kill — it’s the chemo.”

Chemotherapy is one of the three most common treatments for cancer , along with radiation and surgery....

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Forgiveness and its Role in Cancer

by Jane Ashley

We don’t often associate forgiveness as a part of our cancer experience. Forgiveness plays an important role in our emotional and physical recovery.

Forgiveness And Its Roll In Cancer

Many of us feel anger, resentment, and despair — sometimes, all of these emotions come at once. Other times, these feelings come in episodes — we may think that we’ve regained emotional control, and then, those feelings return.

How does forgiveness play a part in our emotional healing?

As the shock of our diagnosis wears off, we may feel angry....

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Brain Cancer - Things You May Not Know

by Jane Ashley

Brain cancer is a family of different types of cancer that occur in the brain and spinal cord. Brain cancers occur in both adults and children. Almost 24,000 adults and 3,500 children are diagnosed with brain cancer annually. Over 60,000 additional adults are diagnosed with benign brain tumors. Our likelihood of developing brain cancer is less than 1%. About 18,000 people die annually in the U.S. of brain and spinal cord cancer.

Drawing Of The Brain

What are the symptoms?

Recognizing symptoms is critical to...

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Things Usually Go Right - But Sometimes They Go Left Down the "Highway to Hell"

by GregP_WN

Have you ever considered that when you go to a doctor for anything, a test, a check-up, scan results, biopsy results, or almost anything that you could be going to a doctor for, that things could go alright, or they could go left? 

Things Can Go Right Or Things Can Go Left Down That Highway To Hell

In the amount of time it takes to open a cold drink and take a sip you can go from everything is fine to something's wrong. It could be positive or negative biopsy, a clean scan or a scan with problems, blood test can all look good or one part can have a...

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Your Persistence Can Save Your Life - You Know When Something's Wrong!

by Norma Jauregui

Today's Guest Blogger is Norma Jauregui, she shares her experiences with a stage IIIA breast cancer diagnosis and treatments. Her persistence my have saved her life!

My name is Norma, I am 59 years old. I am from San Diego, CA. My breast cancer experience began in May of 2012, I was 51 years old. The first sign that let me know that something was wrong was pain.


I always heard that cancer does not hurt and it’s hard to know that you have it, but I started experiencing pain in my...

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Bladder Cancer - What You Need To Know

by Jane Ashley

Our bladders are an essential part of our urinary tract system. The bladder holds urine, produced as waste, and excess fluid by our kidneys. Urine travels from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureters. Urine exits our bodies via the urethra. Although the anatomy varies between men and women, the urinary tract system works the same in both sexes. In men, the prostate is part of the urinary tract too. The bladder is located in the lower abdomen — behind the pubic bone.

Bladder Cancer

What exactly...

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