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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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21 More Tips For The Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient

by GregP_WN.

Once you or a loved one are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you have so many questions, fears and concerns. How am I going to get through this? Where do I begin? It's scary and not easy. We've turned to our WhatNexters, and asked them what advice they would give to someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer and needs support. They've been through it, hopefully their words of wisdom can help.

21 Tips


1. Assemble your team. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to beat...

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Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer.....Before I Got Cancer

by Brian English.

Cancer. You’ve been there, done that. And you’ve got the scars (physical and emotional) to prove it. Along the way, you’ve learned a lot. About yourself. About your friends and loved ones. About, well … life in general. And that’s some hard-won knowledge.

Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer Before I Got Cancer

Wouldn’t it have been nice to at least had a preview of these experiences? It may not have made things any less scary or intimidating, but at least you would have been ready, you could have girded yourself for what was to come.

At WhatNext,...

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5 Steps For Evaluating Online Cancer Information

by Brian English.

We all do it. All the time. At home. At work. In the car. For almost everything. In fact, you’re doing it now.

Google Scope

It’s a little thing called “checking the Internet.” Or just “googling” it. And many cancer patients have found that instantaneous access to information about the disease – and, seemingly, every conceivable aspect of cancer – can be both a blessing and a curse.

It’s almost certain that well over 90% of you that are reading this right now spent untold hours in the days following your...

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It's Cancer, So What's Next?

by GregP_WN.

Shock, fear, denial, anger, rage, sadness, and disbelief are just some feelings WhatNexters have felt when they were first diagnosed with cancer. There may be a whole cycle of different emotions that you experience.

“I can't believe this. I have never even heard of lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced cancer. I have so many plans and things I want to do. This can't be happening!” -- margarita thumbnail Margarita, Lymphoma, Stage III

Newly Diagnosed

“How am I supposed to react to my father...

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Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

by GregP_WN.

We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?

Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get....

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It's a Cancer Thing-You Wouldn't Understand

by Brian English.

Since you’re reading a blog that’s dedicated to cancer issues, it’s likely that you’re in the club. You’re one of the people who’ve had their lives touched (and turned upside down) by this disease.

It's A Cancer Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

Some cancer experiences can only be truly understood by other members of the club. Ann Marie Giannino-Otis, a breast cancer survivor who writes the Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog dedicated a post to the topic “It’s a Cancer Thing. You Wouldn’t Understand.” It’s a list/rant of some of “inside”...

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