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Simple Thoughts to Make Life Easier When Dealing With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Sometimes just living seems so difficult during treatment or as a survivor. Pain, discomfort, fear of recurrence, side effects, lingering side effects afterward — it seems more than a soul can bear. 

Choose To Be Happy

Yet we persist and continue with life. And yes, we even experience joy and happiness. But are there ways to make our life easier?
These simple thoughts might be the answer to help us slosh through our rainy days.

I look for the Silver Linings.

Our diagnosis sucks. There’s no getting...

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CBD And Cancer - What Does The Science Say?

by GregP_WN

CBD and Cancer – What Does the Science Say?

Humans have been searching for a cure for cancer for centuries. Even modern technology has only taken us so far. The newest hope is that cannabidiol, or CBD, will become the latest miracle cure that actually works.

Cbd

Though the science does not yet definitively support many of the claims being made about CBD and its use as a cancer therapy, the research is bound to continue. Now that hemp production is legal by federal government dictates and...

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Stem Cell Transplants - What They Are and What They Do

by Jane Ashley

A stem cell transplant is a treatment for blood cancers. It’s used to treat certain types of leukemia, some kinds of lymphoma and to treat multiple myeloma.

Northside Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

It used to be referred to as a bone marrow transplant because the stem cells were extracted from the bone marrow. Now, stem cells are harvested from the blood so they are referred to as stem cell transplants. But they are the same medical procedure, regardless of which terminology is used.

Who needs a stem cell transplant?

Stem cell...

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Genetic Testing - Knowledge Is Power

by Jane Ashley

It seems that we hear about a friend, a relative, a co-worker or someone in the news who gets diagnosed with cancer all too frequently. Although death rates for cancer have been declining since the 1990s, that is only part of the story — the diagnosis of cancer is traumatic, expensive and changes most people’s lives forever.

Genetic Mutations

Over 1/3 of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

If our mother or father or one of our parents had cancer, does that mean we...

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Straight Talk About HPV

by Jane Ashley

What is HPV? What is the HPV vaccine? Why should we give it to our pre-teen children? Does HPV cause cancer later in life? 

Protects Against6 Kinds Of Cancer

Let’s sit down and have a straight talk about HPV and the cancers that it causes. Perhaps, then we’ll understand why it’s so important that all of our young adolescent children get their HPV vaccines. These adolescents are our children and our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews – protect them against certain kinds of cancer that occur in adulthood.

What is...

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Alternative Vs. Complimentary Treatments For Cancer

by Jane Ashley

 It is disturbing that so much disinformation floats around about cancer treatment. Misinformation creates fear in many newly-diagnosed patients — they have heard “horror” stories about chemo and “terror” tales about radiation. Well-meaning friends and relatives buy books and forward emails about all sorts of “natural” cures, juicing, supplements or diets to cure cancer.

40 Percent Believe

How many people believe that alternative treatments cure cancer?

According to the American Society of Clinical...

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What Is Bright Light Therapy for Cancer Patients?

by Dr. Srishti Tayal

What is Bright Light Therapy for Cancer Survivors?

Bright Light


Cancer – a word that evokes emotions of fear, anxiety, and tension not just in the mind of the patient but of all the others around him as well. What is even more disturbing is that the life-threatening disease engulfs anyone beyond the barriers of age, gender, or even state of health. The causes remain vitally unknown despite years of research on the subject by top universities the world over and the outcomes can be severe, sometimes fatal....

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Long Term Hormonal Therapy and Joint Pain

by Jane Ashley

Post-menopausal women who had hormone-positive breast cancer usually take an Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to help prevent a recurrence of their breast cancer. Post-menopausal women still produce estrogen — an enzyme called aromatase converts androgens (sex hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogen. The AI (aromatase inhibitor) prevents this conversion to estrogen.

Post Menopausal Women

The AI is effective in reducing the chance of recurrence, but it puts women at higher risk for osteoporosis. The AI...

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10 Effective Ways to Overcome Exercise Obstacles

by Jane Ashley

Most of us want to get more exercise, but there’s always a reason or excuse as to why we never succeed. For patients in active treatment, exercise helps reduce fatigue. For us cancer survivors, 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week cuts the risk of recurrence by 40 to 50 percent.

First Step


Sadly, many survivors don’t exercise. But exercise improves our quality of life . We’re stronger and have more energy. We become more flexible and can do more of our favorite things again. So what can we do...

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10 Benefits Your Pets Give You

by Jane Ashley

We’ve all heard about the benefits of pets. Do you know the reasons why pet ownership is so good for us? There are at least 10 reasons that our pets benefit us as cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Unconditional Love


1. Stress Reliever. Studies show that petting a dog or cat relieves stress. First of all, they are very good listeners. Having cancer is stressful – we are scared, we are anxious and we are frustrated over the lack of control in our lives. As crazy as it sounds, talking to your pet about your...

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