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Please Stop Saying "Call Me if I Can Do Anything"

by GregP_WN.

Very soon after the diagnosis, we start hearing "call me if I can do anything". It's well meant, usually the gut twitch answer or the first thing that comes to mind of those we know. We understand that you mean well, and you probably would offer to help out somehow, if it isn't too much of a burden for you. 

Please Stop Saying Call Me If I Can Do Anything

But what you might not know is, we hear this every day from lots of people. From our closest friends who might actually do something to help, to the distant acquaintance that we...

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November Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN.

Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 16)*
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Family Caregiver Month
Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one killer of women in the US killing more than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. It is overlooked as the number one killer and overshadowed by breast cancer and the publicity that breast...

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Don't Know What to Say to Someone With Cancer? Send a Text of Support

by GregP_WN.

When you're diagnosed with cancer people are shocked, they don't know what to say, some people won't say anything, while others will say things that are rude or insensitive. Try not to take it personally, they are just trying to come up with something to say. We have found that a large number of our WhatNexters would appreciate loved ones checking in on them by text as good as a telephone call or even as much as stopping by.

Texts To Cancer Patients

A text is quick, and it eliminates that awkward moment when the...

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Are You Prepared for a Disaster as a Cancer Patient?

by GregP_WN.

With all the hurricanes hitting the US lately, combined with the occasional tornado, flood, earthquake, ice storm, wildfire or other disasters, everyone should be like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Are you prepared for a disaster as a cancer patient? We have special needs and should take those into consideration if we should need to leave home or have to shelter in place at home without electricity for a while. 

Are You Prepared For A Disaster As A Cancer Patient

A lot of people say "it will never happen to me", we won't have to evacuate....

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Cancer Awareness for September

by GregP_WN.

September is a busy month for cancer awareness and events. This month these types of cancer and conditions are recognized.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (typically the last week in September)
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness 

Ask anyone with a child that has been diagnosed with...

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Get Cancer Support, Inspiration, Motivation and Education, at

by GregP_WN.

WhatNext was formed to allow cancer patients, their family, friends, and caregivers to connect and share their personal cancer experiences along the way. Have you ever heard someone say "you just wouldn't understand since you haven't been through it"? Well, it's true in the case of cancer. A cancer patient will understand and have empathy for you when you tell them about the side effects you're having after chemo. 

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They will understand when you tell them about nausea that the radiation...

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5 Ways to Keep Cancer Out of Your Relationships

by Brian English.

Your biggest struggle after diagnosis is getting the cancer out of your body. But second place goes to trying to keep cancer out of your relationships. Because soon after the news of your diagnosis spread among friends and family, it seems that your illness will dominate every aspect of your interactions. You might need some tips to keep cancer out of your relationships.

Talking To Your Friend With Cancer

It’s a phenomenon that can have a lasting impact on couples, friends, and family – no matter how close or intimate before...

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What Does The CBO Score Say About Cost Impact on People With Chronic Conditions?

by Ask Hilbert.

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the effects of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4.

Cbo Report

Under this bill, insurance companies would be allowed to pay a smaller proportion of your health care costs. Those who are older or who have chronic or pre-existing conditions would see their premiums rise considerably, while the premiums for younger and/or healthier people are projected to go down. The CBO analysis...

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Five Tips to Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

by Brian English.

5 Tips To Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

You're a Survivor......Now What?

We all know that cancer causes casualties. But one of the less publicized victims of the disease is the social life of patients. The intense and emotionally draining period shoves everything but survival onto the back burner. In the wake of cancer treatment – even in amid the joy of a NED announcement – it can be more difficult than you think to resuscitate a battered and bruised social life.

Before cancer showed up, many of us were defined by our social...

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Is it Too Late for a Second Opinion?

by Brian English.

The second opinion is standard operating procedure once you discover that you’re going to be a cancer patient. And it’s an important step. Cancer patients are encouraged – perhaps more than people with any other condition – to get second and even third opinions before starting treatment.

Get A Second Opinion

The reason second opinions are so crucial is that it’s possible to get a slightly different diagnosis, which, of course, would then alter the course of one’s recommended treatment.

But WhatNexter KC49 posed...

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