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What is The Difference Between Terminal and Incurable Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

Recently diagnosed patients with Stage IV cancer are sometimes told that they have “incurable” cancer. Stage IV cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant parts of their body.

Incurable Is Not Terminal

But there is a fine line between “incurable” and “terminal.” Every living creature who is born will eventually die. And that is true for humans too.

Many patients believe that they are “terminal” – often thought of as having less than 6 to 12 months to live. These patients ask, “How long am I going to live?”

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The Great American Smokeout November 15th, 2018

by Jane Ashley

The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday of every year as The Great American Smokeout. About 38 million people in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes. The statistics about smoking are staggering. 

Great American Smokeout

480,000 deaths annually in the U.S. – 1 in every 5 deaths are caused by smoking
• 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking
• Smokers die, on average, 10 years before non-smokers
• Total economic costs - $170 billion in medical costs and $156 billion in lost...

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Holidays When You're In Cancer Treatment

by Jane Ashley

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, St. Nicholas Day or New Year’s Eve/Day ( Saint Basil's Day in Greece) , every nationality and faith seem to have a holiday that occurs in November, December or early January. 

Gift Exchange

Those from other countries bring their holiday traditions with them here to the United States. Almost all “winter festivals and holidays”...

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November Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

November has Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,  National Family Caregiver Month, No-Shave November, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, as well as the Great American Smokeout, and Neuroendocrine Tumor Day. Some information on each is listed below as well as how you can participate in these and make a difference. 

Lcam

IASLC is taking part in November 2018's Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM)!

Join the IASLC in helping to raise awareness about lung cancer...

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Are You Sure You Want to Take Your Chances Without Treatment?

by Jane Ashley

What did you think when you first heard the words, “You have cancer”?

Our Loved Ones Decision

Shock, fear, anger, denial, overwhelmed – even Oh, no…WhatNext?

And for most of us, we wonder if they can treat what we have. Most of us want it cut out, zapped with radiation or killed by chemo – we want it gone – and most of us are willing to go the distance in the pursuit of a successful treatment.

But not everyone feels that way.

Some people might ask, “If I do treatments, how much time will I have left?” Depending on...

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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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