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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.

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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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Research Means Hope for Rare Cancers

by Tonya Nelson

The last day of February each year marks Rare Disease Day, a time to raise awareness for the diseases many have never heard of or know very little about. There are 7,000 rare diseases, which affect 30 million Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates this year nearly 13%, or 1 in 8, of cancer diagnoses, among those 20 and older will be rare cancers. That means over 200,000 rare cancer diagnoses in 2017.

Rare Disease Day February 28

This year’s Rare Disease Day celebrates research and what it means for these...

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

by GregP_WN

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so..... what does that mean? With hundreds of thousands of cancer cases preventable through good diet, exercise and weight control, this month's "awareness" is not just to let someone know that you have a particular kind of cancer, or that there is another cancer out there that everyone should know about. But it is instead geared toward preventing as many of these cancer cases as possible from ever getting diagnosed. 

February National Cancer Prevention Month

It is estimated that...

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Life Planning For Cancer Patients

by Jackie Waters

When planning for the future, life can start to get pretty intimidating. Especially if you have children, property, and aging parents. There is so much to consider: debt, college tuition, retirement, inflation, etc. Oftentimes we become so overwhelmed by these subjects that we procrastinate or put it out of our minds entirely.

Life Planning For Cancer Patients

The problem is, life has a tendency to throw curve balls — especially when we least expect it.
A cancer diagnosis forces you to accept the future sooner rather than...

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#BCSM - Breast Cancer Social Media Support

by Elissa Malcohn

Community Resource: Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM)


Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) is but one example of how Twitter is much, much more than tweets about celebrity gossip or what someone had for dinner. This very active community includes patients, doctors and other health care providers, researchers, caregivers, advocates, and other supporters. I found #BCSM two months after my diagnosis and participated in my first chat four days after my first chemo infusion. 

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A Dream Team...

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