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Cancer Steals a Smile, Ray of Sunshine, and Life

by GregP_WN

Last Tuesday, cancer stole another life. This one wasn't just another cancer patient, this one was a dear family member of ours. She was one of the sweetest people that could be found on earth. She was a beautiful young woman, mother to two great sons, wife to a fantastic husband, who will be missed dearly by all of her family and friends.

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We see new cancer diagnoses almost every week. All of us know of someone who has been diagnosed, either themselves, someone in their family, a friend or...

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Amazing Things: Sandy Kyrkostas - Victory Over Stage IV Colon Cancer

by GregP_WN

Originally Posted on Health Matters, Stories of Science, Care, and Wellness by New York Presbyterian

When this TV and film producer was diagnosed at 47 with aggressive colon cancer, doctors gave him little hope – until he met Dr. Manish Shah.

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Sandy Kyrkostas isn’t the kind of guy who lets life’s little challenges get in his way.

So in late 2013, when he noticed he was having diarrhea, coughing a bit, and occasionally feeling dizzy, he went to the drugstore to get some meds. He also made an...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, after lung and breast cancer (excluding skin cancer). Approximately 140,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the past year — 97,220 new cases of colon cancer (49,690 men and 47,530 women) and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer (25,920 men and 17,110 women). Ninety percent (90%) of all colorectal cancer occurs in people over 50. Colorectal cancer accounts for just over 50,000 deaths...

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What is The Difference Between Terminal and Incurable Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

Recently diagnosed patients with Stage IV cancer are sometimes told that they have “incurable” cancer. Stage IV cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant parts of their body.

Incurable Is Not Terminal

But there is a fine line between “incurable” and “terminal.” Every living creature who is born will eventually die. And that is true for humans too.

Many patients believe that they are “terminal” – often thought of as having less than 6 to 12 months to live. These patients ask, “How long am I going to live?”

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Persevering and Overcoming - A Story of a 30-Year Cancer Fight

by Glen Kirkpatrick

My life with my wife Debbie, and our three-year-old son Russell was wonderful before cancer. Our memory building times together included family dinners, the days we spent swimming in our pool, taking trips to the San Diego Zoo, and enjoying extended vacations. Leading up to my first cancer diagnosis I was serving as a police officer with the City of Manhattan Beach, California. My wife was working in the animal healthcare field.

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I STOOD OUTSIDE IN THE POURING RAIN. As the water washed over...

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Stage IV Melanoma...It's NOT Just Skin Cancer!

by Holly Flores

Today's Guest Blog Post is from "HFlores", she is a Stage IV Malignant Melanoma patient/survivor currently in treatment. While she is still fighting a serious fight she is still trying to live her life as normal as possible. 

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In the spring of 2014, my hairdresser noticed a mole on my scalp that appeared to be changing color. After a biopsy in August, it was confirmed I had Malignant Melanoma. On September 11th, I was wheeled in for a 4-hour surgery (wide excision of the scalp) and...

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I'm a Mother, Wife, and Lung Cancer Survivor

by Sharon McBride

Our Guest Blog Post today is from "CheryNCP" She is a Mother, Grandmother, Wife, career woman, and a lung cancer survivor, as well as an active member of WhatNext. This is her story.

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My name is Sharon McBride but all my friends call me Sam. I am a 66-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother. I live in Mobile, Alabama with my husband Bob and our two cats Grayson and Shadow. I worked in the medical field nearly my entire working life in one capacity or another. I was working part-time as an...

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Surviving Larynx Cancer - And a Misdiagnosis

by GregP_WN

Editor's Note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Patches0" she is a 6-year survivor of Larynx cancer, but almost didn't live through a misdiagnosis of COPD to be able to survive cancer. Her story of perseverance is inspiring.  

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About 2010 I started having a lot of difficulty breathing. Worse than normal that is, as I had always been troubled with asthma. But at this time, the coughing and breathing became so bad I was hospitalized several times. My primary doctor kept trying...

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Why I Finally Got a Feeding Tube

by Laura Compston

Editor's note: Today's Blog Post is from "LCompston", she is a two-time survivor of head and neck cancer, that covers over 32 years. She has persevered all of the treatments, the side effects, and everything that cancer has thrown at her over the majority of her life, and she is still happy to be here to tell us about it. Today, she describes what it's like to live with a feeding tube. 

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I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually,...

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Hope And The Stage IV Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient remembers the day of diagnosis. I refer to that day as “the day time stood still.” The common thread for every story is the deep, gut-wrenching fear that grips you. Some people cry while others sit quietly. Everyone tries to understand the enormity of what they’ve just heard.

Hope And The Stage Iv Diagnosis

Rectal bleeding prompted my referral to a colorectal surgeon. A colonoscopy confirmed I had rectal cancer. The surgeon scheduled chest, abdomen, and pelvic CT scans along with a rectal MRI and told...

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