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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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What is Your Personal "Word of the Year"?

by GregP_WN

For all of us cancer patients, we have certain things that immediately send us back to a spot in treatments, or sitting in the exam room when you got the news about having cancer. There are other things like songs that will spark a memory and give you a flashback to sitting in the chemo chair or you might go back to being half naked sitting on the side of a bed, wearing nothing but a paper gown, in the holding area getting ready to go back to surgery.

Word Of The Year

But what about a word? After...

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Fertility Preservation & Cancer

by Robyn Stoller aka CancerHawk.com

Our Blog Post today is from Robyn Stoller, the founder of CancerHawk and also was a caregiver for her Husband Alan who had been diagnosed with kidney cancer, followed by pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Robyn is a tireless advocate for cancer patients everywhere. Her article today touches on the issues with fertility when dealing with cancer and treatments. 

Cancer Hawk Fertility

Chemotherapy and radiation can harm your fertility or cause sterility. For women, certain...

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5 Ways to Give Back During The Holidays

by GregP_WN

The Holiday Season is in full swing and most of us are thinking of things to give your friends and loved ones. Some of us are even making last minute changes to our wish lists. And then some of us cancer survivors and caregivers have an urge to do more, to give back in some way. After going through a life-altering event like cancer, many of us feel a need to help others, in whatever way we can. 

5 Ways To Give Back During The Holidays

So how can you give back? Here are 5 easy ways to give back during this season of...

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A strange journey (memories of a teenage girl)

by GregP_WN

This weeks Wednesday's WhatNexter Of The Week is Tracy. She is a long time Thyroid Cancer survivor of 37 years. Here is a little about her journey through Thyroid cancer, starting as a 14 year old.

Tracy High School

I was a teenager in the mid 70’s when diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer after being sick for several years. Luckily I lived in Seattle at this time so I was sent to Virginia Mason Clinic which was the major west coast cancer treatment center at this time.

This clinic was so busy that you had to be...

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How to Keep Occupied While Having Chemo

by GregP_WN

Those of us that have had the displeasure to sit in "the chair" for any length of time know how it can be a long sit, or at least seem like it's taking forever. Some patients report taking 8 hours or more to receive all of their pre-meds, fluids and actual chemo. In other cases, some patients have a slow drip for 24 hours. You're going to need something to keep your mind occupied. Here are some suggestions from patients that have come before you to keep occupied while having chemo.

Sara 1st Chemo

There are...

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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

Lung Cancer Great American Smokeout   Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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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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