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SITE ANNOUNCEMENT: WhatNext Community Survey

by ColbyR

Hello WhatNext! I wanted to share a community survey that we put together with the help of the team over at Patient Worthy. The survey covers aspects such as what you like best about WhatNext, what could be improved, added, fixed and more. We're also seeking advice from some of our cancer support and patient group partners at Patient Worthy to see what has worked for their communities. This survey will be vital feedback as planning for the future of WhatNext moves forward. We want to make...

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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 You Should Know About Brain Tumors

by Jane Ashley

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells within our brain. Some are non-cancerous, i.e., benign. Other tumors in the brain are cancerous. 

Men Are More Likely To Develop Brain Cancer

These cancerous tumors are one of two types:

• Primary – this is a tumor that begins in our brain.
• Secondary/Metastatic – this is where cancer begins to grow somewhere else in our body and spreads to our brain.

Almost 24,000 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with primary brain tumors annually. More men have brain tumors than women — about 57...

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Glioblastoma-What It Is And How It's Treated

by Jane Ashley

The nation is saddened to learn about the death of John McCain. WhatNexters are particularly saddened because he died from glioblastoma (often referred to as GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer.

John Mc Cain

We can be certain that John McCain would want his experience with the glioblastoma to be a catalyst for more research leading to more effective treatments.

What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is a form of tumor that forms from astrocytes, the “star-shaped” cells that make up the connective...

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Cancer Awareness and Events for May

by GregP_WN

May is a busy month for cancer awareness. Brain cancer/tumor awareness month, bladder cancer awareness month, skin cancer and melanoma awareness month as well as Melanoma Monday. May also has Don't Fry Day, May 27th; World No Tobacco Day, May 31st; and Oncology Nursing Month. We have listed links to the associated organizations to get more information directly from them about each. 

May Skin Cancer Month Brain Cancer Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness

For more information on each type of cancer awareness or event, click the links below. 


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10 Times Raising Cancer Awareness Made Us Laugh

by GregP_WN

We all know that raising awareness for cancer causes is an important way to raise funds for research and treatment, and encourage people to get screened. But how can you capture the public’s imagination and stand out in the Awareness Crowd when there are more than 200 days of national observation promoting disease awareness.

Whats Up Your Butt

Colon Cancer Awareness (USA)

One answer is to unleash the power of humor! Here is a look at raising awareness around the country, and other parts of the world.

Colonoscopy Inner Beauty


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May Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN

May is a busy month for several areas of cancer awareness. These types of cancer are being highlighted in May:

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

From SkinCancerAwareness.Org With 3.5 million cases in over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to take this...

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Coping With Metastatic Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Coping with metastatic cancer, advanced cancer, and cancer recurrence can be especially intimidating because patients are left to wonder "Is my cancer spreading?" and "How do I cope emotionally with metastatic cancer?" 

Cancer Cells

Here are some answers to questions about metastatic cancer, and some suggestions on how to cope. 

What is metastatic cancer?

Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the initial site to other parts of the body. Cancer cells can metastasize away from...

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17 Things to Consider Before Your First Chemo Treatment

by Brittany McNabb

Chemo Preparation

Background: is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many people with cancer go into their first chemotherapy treatment with no idea of what to expect or how their body will react. Here is a list from...

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by GregP_WN

Valerie Harper announced that she has a rare type of brain cancer. The doctors have declared her cancer terminal. Harper is best known for her role as Rhoda in the 1970’s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ensuring spinoff, Rhoda. Harper is 73.

Valerie Harper

During her successful career as an actress, Harper earned four Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Her cancer is a rare form in which the cancer cells invade the membrane around the brain. Harper says that her doctors have given her three months...

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