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September Cancer Awareness

by Jane Ashley

September is a busy recognition month for cancer patients and their caregivers. It’s a good idea for every cancer patient to learn a little bit about other cancer patient’s battles. What we realize is that although each of our cancers may be different, we are all united by the cancer journey that we take – the daily battles, the disappointments, the good news and our fears. Here’s what is happening in September.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month 

Blood Cancer Month Logo

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (

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Suicides In Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Most of us who have had or who have cancer want to continue living and accept the side effects, surgical pain and financial consequences of cancer treatment. We want to live, and we’re usually willing to take dramatic steps to survive.

Cancer Types Suicide

We probably haven’t ever contemplated the fact that the suicide rate is significantly higher for cancer patients than the general population. The National Cancer Institute studied cancer patients older than 20 whose cause of death was “suicide of...

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12 Common Fears Experienced at Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Each person reacts to their cancer diagnosis differently, but fear is always part of every single new patient’s response to their diagnosis. Virtually every cancer patient remembers the date of their diagnosis. We all remember that day – the shock, the disbelief and the fear of the unknown.

You Never Know How Strong

Our experiences might be different, but our fears are similar. Know that you are not alone – we share the shock, the fear and then, the gradual acceptance of cancer. Let’s look at some of the fears we...

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Managing Cancer Treatments When You Have a CoExisting Health Condition

by Jane Ashley

As we have all discovered, cancer does not discriminate. Regardless of age, ethnicity, income or existing health, cancer may land on our doorsteps. 

The question is, “How will we manage our co-existing condition now that I have cancer too?”

Cancer May Land On Our Doorsteps

Common coexisting conditions include:

• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Kidney disease
• Lung disease

The treatment of cancer is complex and may last for an extended period. If we aren’t careful, we might get so caught up in our cancer...

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Panic Attacks and How to Control Them

by Jackie Edwards

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can further deteriorate the quality of life for those who have cancer. It may be difficult to assess the role of anxiety as it tends to be intertwined with other aspects of a cancer diagnosis, but patients may feel panic throughout initial screenings for cancer, as anticipatory anxiety can settle in when waiting for results. Panic attacks often have different symptoms for individual people, but they...

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WhatNext Cancer Support Network Nominated for "Best in Show-Cancer Support Community"

by GregP_WN

We have great news to share! The WhatNext cancer support network and myself have been nominated in the WEGO Health Awards for "Patient Leader", "Advocating For Others", and "Best in Show" for Cancer Support Community. We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award, and we appreciate everyone that has nominated WhatNext. 

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What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

According to the WEGO Health Website, "Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards,” the WEGO Health Awards were...

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Practical Ways to Beat Scanxiety

by Jane Ashley

Virtually every cancer patient will agree that when it’s time for your scans, it’s one of the most stressful parts of your treatment or surveillance after treatment. It has a name – SCANXIETY (scan zi et ee). Here are some practical ways to beat scanxiety.

Practical Ways To Beat Scanxiety

Your closest family members don’t understand; your friends don’t have a clue; don’t bother to tell a co-worker either. We remember all too well that when we were diagnosed, it was most probably a scan that told our doctors that we...

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Things Cancer Patients Bought After Diagnosis They Never Expected to Need

by GregP_WN

First, we never thought we would be diagnosed with cancer. Then, we never thought we would be buying these things that are listed. One day you're moving through life as planned, and a few days later you are trying on wigs, or looking for the right size adult diapers, or new clothes because the old ones don't fit anymore. We asked the WhatNext Community what they had to buy after their diagnosis that they never thought they would and these are some of those things.

Things Cancer Patients Bought After Their Diagnosis They Never Thought They Would

Cancer has lots of...

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Palliative Care - Finding Symptom Relief

by Jane Ashley

Confused about what palliative care is? Has someone suggested that you receive palliative care but you’re afraid that it’s the same thing as hospice? There is quite a bit of confusion about palliative care and how it may benefit cancer patients.

Palliative Care Finding Symptom Relief

What is palliative care?

Palliative care seeks to relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care provides patients relief from both the symptoms of their disease and the symptoms created by their treatment.


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Cancer Friends-What To Say And Do When They Progress To Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, we may lose some friends because they don’t know what to say or are unable to cope with our cancer diagnosis. But, we gain new friends who also have cancer. We meet these new friends at our chemo or radiation center or through a Facebook group or an online message board.

When Your Friend Has Stage Iv Cancer

These friendships may become strong and lasting. But what do you say and do when your treatment is going well and your friend’s cancer has progressed? What do you say if they become Stage...

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