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Summer Tips For Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Ahh … summer. For many people, summer is our favorite season of the year. But if we’re in active treatment for cancer, there are some precautions that we need to take to ensure we enjoy summer safely.

Sun Protection

Wear light-weight clothing. Avoid polyester and other synthetic fibers. Wear light-weight cotton that breathes.

Avoid mid-day sun exposure. Some chemotherapy drugs cause sun sensitivity. Radiation treatments may make patients more prone to serious sunburn. Err on the side of caution and wear...

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Examining Support For Cancer Patients And Survivors In College

by Chloe Bennet

There’s never a good time in life to get diagnosed with cancer. That said, dealing with cancer during the formative and vital period of your education is a particularly harsh deal. Strangely enough, college aged cancer patients or survivors are actually spoken about much less than other cancer demographics. 

Examining Support For Cancer Patient Students2

Though cancer is perfectly capable of taking lives, no cancer fighter will be willing to compromise their life after cancer by letting their lives grind to a halt while they fight...

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WhatNext Nominated For 4 Categories in the WEGO Health Awards

by GregP_WN

Wego Health Awards

We are honored to be nominated in the WEGO Health Awards again this year. So far, we've been nominated in four categories:

Best in Show-Support Community

According to the WEGO Awards site, this means someone who has created an amazing online community or threaded forum that houses important conversations about health. Through either their own site or an open online space, they bring people together. Their leadership takes the form of active community management, engagement, and...

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Lower Your Risk of Falling During Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that cancer patients are more likely to fall compared to the general population? In patients over 65, between 30 and 50 percent of cancer patients fall during or after their treatment. However, oncologists don’t believe that the aging process is to blame for their increased fall risk. Younger cancer patients are also at greater risk to fall. 

Dont Trip

But for older patients, they are more likely to be seriously injured — broken bones and head injuries may lead to the loss of being...

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Things Cancer Patients Wish They Had Known Before Their Cancer

by GregP_WN

It seems like almost everyone has something that they wish they had known about cancer and treatments before it started. We asked the WhatNext Community about their answers and we got a wide range of answers. Their answers range from the financial issues, to keeping better records , and making better decisions, these are some of their answers:

Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer Before I Got Cancer


1. Get second opinions.

2. Find out more about your cancer before you blindly follow doctors.

3. Remember that people say weird things to...

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Receiving Bad News Over The Phone

by Jane Ashley

A disturbing new trend is emerging in the diagnosis of cancer. More patients (60 percent, in fact, of breast cancer patients) receive their diagnosis of cancer over the phone. It seems that some patients would prefer to learn the results of their tests as quickly as possible, even it’s via a phone call. Perhaps younger patients who use “phone and text” as their primary means of communications don’t want to wait for an appointment — they want to know ASAP.

60 Percent

But is this the best method to...

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Tumor Boards - What Are They, Who Are They, Why Are They Looking At My Case?

by Jane Ashley

Perhaps you’ve heard of a tumor board or tumor committee and wondered, “What is a tumor board?” A tumor board is a group of medical professionals from many specialties who meet regularly to review cancer patients’ records and recommend the most effective treatment for a particular patient. Think of the tumor committee as a “group second opinion.”

The Tumor Board

Types of specialists that comprise a tumor committee

A diverse group of physicians and medical specialists make up the tumor committee. They always...

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What Do You Call Yourself? Warrior, Fighter, Patient, Victim?

by Jane Ashley

What do we want to be called? All of us here at either have cancer, are caregivers of someone with cancer or are cancer survivors. But what do we want to be called? The news media and our communities give us names, but many of us don’t like the names that others have chosen.

Cancer Journey

We didn’t choose cancer — cancer chose us. And I’d like to think that we are INSPIRING to others. We’ve taken the worst possible circumstances and done the best that we can to overcome one of the most...

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31 Thoughtful Things to Do For Someone With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many of our friends or co-workers want to know how they can help us through our cancer treatment. We’re often reluctant to ask for help. But we are eternally grateful when someone does one or more of these things for us or our family.

Cozy Socks

1. Grocery shopping. Offer to go grocery shopping or to pick up our on-line order.

2. Offer a ride to treatment. Our caregivers may be juggling a job and taking us back and forth to treatment. A ride to and from daily radiation or picking us up after...

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Don't Say This to a Cancer Patient - Say This Instead

by Jane Ashley

We know that our friends, co-workers and family love us and want to help us, but sometimes, they don’t know what to say. They say something vague or insensitive without realizing that they missed the mark, and we end up feeling worse, instead of better.

Im Here For You

So … what are some of the things that we’d rather hear?

The truth is that the general public doesn’t understand what having cancer is like — all of the medical appointments, the anxiety of waiting for test results or the intensity of our...

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