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How "Pinktober" Benefits All Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Pinktober Logo

There’s a lot of talk sometimes about PINKTOBER. Twenty-five years ago, President Bill Clinton urged that the third Friday in October be designated National Mammography Day. Over the years, it’s morphed into a month-long wave of “pinkness” fueled by the commercialization of products carrying the pink ribbon, retailers carrying pink tee shirts and companies advertising in all sorts of “commercialized” special sections of newspapers, radio campaigns and other events to show their support for...

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Lifestyle Changes to Reduce The Chance of Recurrence

by Jane Ashley

When you ask cancer survivors what their worst fear is, they will tell you, “Fear of recurrence.”

Fear Of Recurrence

There is no way to guarantee that cancer won’t come back. Every person’s cancer is different. Genetic mutations, the stage when diagnosed, other health problems and current lifestyle all play a role in one’s risk for recurrence.

However, there are a few concrete lifestyle changes that have been proven to help reduce the risk of recurrence. Many times, we feel like we have no control over what...

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Frustration - A Big Side Effect of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Nowhere is frustration ever listed as a possible side effect of cancer, but as we all learn soon enough, frustration is a BIG side effect of cancer.
Frustration comes from all angles – from the diagnosis process to the waiting for treatment to begin to the crazy/stupid things people tell you to do to cure your cancer. So let’s look at frustration. My bet is that most of you have already experienced several of these frustrations.

A Hug Will Have To Do

Waiting for the diagnosis.

How long did it take for you to get...

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Acceptance - A Key Factor in Moving Forward With Your Cancer Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

We all remember that day … the day time stood still … the day that we learned we had cancer. Sometimes, we have symptoms and seek out a diagnosis hoping against hope that it isn’t cancer. For others, the diagnosis comes as a result of an annual physical or annual mammogram without a hint of impending trouble.

Acceptance

Regardless of the circumstances of our diagnosis, we will never forget the day. Many of us call it our “Cancerversary.”

I don’t know about you, but I can recall the exact the words...

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Liver Cancer - The "Other" Diagnosis for October Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

Liver cancer is one of the diagnoses that are highlighted during the month of October for cancer awareness. It gets overshadowed by the attention that gets put on breast cancer awareness, but all cancers matter, so we highlight liver cancer today.

Liver Cancer Awareness

The American Liver Foundation's website has a ton of good information about liver cancer, symptoms, treatments, and resources. Their website says:

"It’s October, and that means it’s almost Liver Cancer Awareness Month! For the fifth year in a row,...

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You've Finished Cancer Treatments, What's Next?

by Jane Ashley

WhatNexter CindiT85 ringing the bell after finishing treatments.

Cindit85 Ringing Bell

It’s the day that you’ve looked forward to since you first learned that you had cancer. You counted down the radiation sessions. You marked off the weeks between chemotherapy sessions. You waited the allotted time, after chemo or radiation, until you could have surgery. You waited for genetic results. You waited for the pathology report. You waited to finish adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation. You marked every event in your...

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Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

Patients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer have many questions. Will I die? What’s my prognosis? Will the chemo make me sick? What about pain? Will I be able to work? What if I can’t work? Can I get into a clinical trial?

Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage Iv

Once a patient gets into treatment and the initial shock wears off, it’s common to wonder about and ask, “How do I find meaning and purpose in my life when I don’t know what the outcome is going to be?”

Other questions include, “How do I plan when I don’t even know if I can...

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When Bad Health Causes Role Reversals Between Parents and Children

by GregP_WN

There will be a time in your life when your role as your parent's child will change to being your parent's caregiver. 

Caregiver Love

From the time you are born until you take off on your own in life, your parents are there for you. When you're a baby they take care of your every need, feeding, bathing, changing, and any other need you may have. That's the way it is. Even when you're an adult, they are still looking out for you, checking up on you and making sure you are OK. 

There comes a time...

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Should You Have a Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace?

by Jane Ashley

Have you ever considered whether you, as a cancer patient, should have a medical alert bracelet or necklace? The answer is not always clear – for some people, it’s a good decision while for others, your diagnosis is probably not a compelling reason to have medical alert jewelry.

Medical Alert Symbol

What is medical alert jewelry and how does it work?

Medical alert jewelry is just what it says – it alerts EMTs and emergency room personnel that you have a medical condition that could impact your treatment, when...

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65 One Liner Tips for Newly Diagnosed

by GregP_WN

When you are first diagnosed with cancer and you tell a few people about it the advice will start rolling in. Some of it will be good advice, but a lot of it you will need to ignore. The best place to get information about cancer issues is from someone who has been through it. WhatNext is the internet's leading source of first-hand cancer experiences, and one of the best places to get information from someone who has been there, and "gets it". 

65 Tips For The Newly Diagnosed

We asked the WhatNext Community for their...

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