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WhatNexter Dan Dickinson - "Dan7264" Giving Back

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter Dan Dickinson "Dan7264" is giving back to others fighting cancer and going through chemo treatments at the facility he was treated at. He came up with an idea to go sit with some of the patients while they are having treatments, which is great in itself, but Dan kicks it up a notch by taking some custom made shirts for chemo patients with some funny, witty and edgy quotes on them. He might even be carrying a box of doughnuts. 

Nov Dan7264

Dan says that his purpose in doing this is not to...

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5 Cancer Myths

by Brian English

They are spread by the media. They pop up on the Internet. You read them in email chains. On blogs. And in online forums. And often – perhaps most of all – you hear them in the hospital. They are the popular myths and rumors about cancer.

5 Cancer Myths

You don’t have to be part of the cancer community too long before you’re well versed nearly every “popular” cancer rumor and misconception. And, in an equally short time, certain of these persistent lines of bull you-know-what can make you crazy. As with...

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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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What it Means to Survive Cancer

by GregP_WN

With new treatments and medical advances, the odds of surviving cancer are greater than they’ve ever been before. And they’re increasing all the time. And while that’s great news, there’s little doubt that time between the day of your cancer diagnosis and the day you’re told that there is “No Evidence of Disease” is going to change you forever.

Hello I Am A Survivor

Coming through to the other side can yield valuable lessons about life that are often lost on those who’ve not lived through. For her book Mind Over...

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So You're Getting a Colostomy? This is What it's Like

by Michael Holtz

So You're Getting A Colostomy

Editor's Note - Our Blog Post today is from Michael Holtz, a WhatNexter and Stage 3b-colon cancer survivor who has been through treatment and dealt with everything that a cancer diagnosis throws at us, then was given the news that he would have to wear a colostomy bag. Not only has he dealt with it like a boss but has gone on to prove to himself and everyone who will notice, that having a colostomy doesn't mean your life and all your activities are over. Have a read of his contribution...

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People Say the Craziest Things to Cancer Patients

by Brian English

There’s a little-known side effect of cancer that most patients suffer from almost from the very moment of their diagnosis. And while this side effect may not cause any physical pain, it can still do lasting damage to emotions and relationships. The name of this side effect? Insensitive remarks.

People Say The Craziest Things To Cancer Patients

It’s true: most cancer patients have heard their fair share of insensitive comments about a host of topics surrounding their situation. Careless remarks about a disease or a patient’s life situation...

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Cardiac Arrest to Stage IV Colon Cancer: Still a Survivor!

by GregP_WN

Meet our WhatNexter of the Week, William Sams, in this picture, he has just survived cardiac arrest, being shocked back to life 3 times and having had an Automatic Installed Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implanted. he is with his Wife and kids, happy to have survived such an ordeal. Little did he know that this wasn't going to be the hardest fight of his life. 

William Sams After Cadiac Arrest

William, his Wife and kids in the hospital after having had surgery for the implant

William had served almost 14...

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Helping Children Cope With Your Hair Loss

by Heather Erickson

Our blog post today is from Guest Blogger and WhatNexter "Donesewright" Heather Erickson. Heather is the caregiver for her Husband Dan who has fought through stage IV lung cancer. 

As adults, we have resources available to help prepare us for side effects we’ll experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other forms of cancer treatment. Our doctor can explain what to expect, and how long it will last. 

Helping Children Cope With Cancer Side Effects

Children, on the other hand (even teens), don’t have...

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Celebrities and Cancer

by Brian English

Cancer made headlines in the entertainment news when actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her breast cancer had spread, and she’d received a single mastectomy. The actress told Entertainment Tonight that after a recent surgery, it was discovered that “some of the cancer cells may actually have gone out of the lymph nodes.” She will soon be starting a course of chemo and radiation treatments.

Shannen Doherty

For people here in the WhatNext community, cancer isn’t a human interest story; it’s part of every...

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Cancer and the Zika Virus

by Brian English

By now, everyone has surely heard of the Zika virus. It’s usually near the top of every national TV news report. And you probably know that it has something to do with mosquitos and pregnant women. But as a cancer patient, something that you need to look out for? Yes and no.

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Zika is not known (yet) to pose any particular hazard to cancer patients. However, the Centers for Disease Control recently reported that information is lacking as to whether the risk of contracting Zika (or the...

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