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After Cancer Treatment, How Do I Get Back to Being Me?

by Lisa Vento

Last year, this very weekend, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It seems so long ago because so much happened when I heard the words, “You have cancer.” to now a year later. As we all know, there are decisions and surgeries and treatment and within all of that is a loss of self.

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I thought I knew who I was. I thought I was an uber-focused MOM (caps and emphasis, mine). I thought I was meant to be a local teacher so I could still do my number one which was to...

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In Memoriam Beth Caldwell, Advocate

by Elissa Malcohn

Beth Caldwell's death on Nov. 2 stunned and saddened the breast cancer and especially the metastatic breast cancer community, even though she had warned us. "I know a lot of you were hoping there’d be some miracle out of this PET, and this is not easy news to take in," Beth had written in her blog, "The Cult of Perfect Motherhood".

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"Watching your friends die is AWFUL. I’ve watched so many friends die, and it’s never been remotely OK. And now, y’all have to watch me die. But, that’s life. It’...

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The Positive Side of "Pinktober"

by GregP_WN

For those in the cancer community, October doesn’t mean Halloween, or football, or changing leaves. October means “Pink,” and the big push for breast cancer awareness.

The Positive Side Of Pinktober

Of course, by mid-month, you’d truly have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the Breast Cancer awareness push – whether you’re in part of the cancer community or not. It’s inescapable. From 3rd grade to the pros, football players don pink socks or gloves. Pink ribbons festoon local stores and municipal buildings. Pink...

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Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy (NIBB)

by GregP_WN

If you're a breast cancer patient, you may have heard of or even had Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy, or (NIBB) as a part of your treatment. While it's not as widely used as conventional radiation therapy, it is gaining recognition and being used more often. More than 50 facilities are using this procedure that has been used for over 10 years. 

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Benefits of this type of treatment over traditional radiation therapy include:

* It provides targeted, measured, therapeutic doses is...

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Living With Breast Cancer

by GregP_WN
Living With Lung Cancer

There are several types of breast cancer. Most breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which originate in the milk ducts of the breast before spreading to other parts of the breast. Other types include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which originates in milk ducts but has not yet spread; and invasive lobular carcinoma, which begins in milk-producing glands. Symptoms of breast cancer can include a lump, swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or...

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#BCSM - Breast Cancer Social Media Support

by Elissa Malcohn

Community Resource: Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM)


Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) is but one example of how Twitter is much, much more than tweets about celebrity gossip or what someone had for dinner. This very active community includes patients, doctors and other health care providers, researchers, caregivers, advocates, and other supporters. I found #BCSM two months after my diagnosis and participated in my first chat four days after my first chemo infusion. 

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A Dream Team...

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What's it Like: Having a Mastectomy

by Brian English

The What's It Like? Blog Series

It's Ok To Be Scared

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters deliver straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’s It...

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6 Things You Should Know About "Pinktober"

by Brian English

Dear Pinktober Fans,

Look, we all know it’s Pinktober. Of course, it’s kind of impossible to miss. And we know that you’re all-in on pink ribbons, and Breast Cancer Awareness retail promotions. Not to mention the Twitter posts. And the Facebook posts. And the Instagram posts.

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But if you’ll excuse us, not all of us are thrilled with it. There are some things about it we wish could be toned down. In fact, many cancer patients and survivors have come to absolutely loathe every one of the 31...

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October Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

October brings us possibly the largest movement in cancer awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's hard to look in any direction and not see something pink, or an add on TV or radio with a Company touting their support for breast cancer research. Regardless of your position on all of the "pinkwashing" that goes on, it cannot be denied that the movement does bring incredible awareness to cancer issues. October is also Liver Cancer Awareness Month

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The National Breast Cancer...

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March Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN

March has Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Lymphedema Awareness Month, International Women's Day, Kick Butts Day and Anal Cancer Awareness Day.

Click the links below each for more information.

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For more information about Colorectal-Colon cancer

 Guide to Colorectal Cancer from Cancer.net

Colorectal Cancer Experiences Page at WhatNext

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