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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".

Beth Caldwell

"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. 


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 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.


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

Colorectal Cancer Experiences Page at WhatNext


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What the NFL Gets Right (And Wrong) About Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Everyone knows how the NFL covers many off the field issues: terribly. But one of the ways the NFL gets it right is with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Since 2009, every October the NFL has a very in-your-face embrace of Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ll see bright pink sprouting from gloves, wristbands, and shoelaces on the field. And of course you can buy pink hats, pink trimmed jerseys, and even pink beer coozies to proudly show your support in the stands. Congratulations, NFL. You’...

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