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August is HPV Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that some types of cancer can be prevented with a vaccination?

Hpv Awareness Month

Yes, it’s true — but not everyone realizes that most cancers caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus) can be prevented by vaccination. August is HPV Awareness Month, and this month is the perfect time to learn more about HPV-caused cancers, and why it’s so important for our children and grandchildren to be vaccinated.

What is HPV?

HPV is the human papillomavirus — this virus is the most widespread sexually-transmitted...

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Liquid Biopsy - What They Are, How They Work

by Jane Ashley

Most of us know what a biopsy is — a biopsy is a procedure where a sample of tissue is removed to determine if a tumor or suspicious area contains cancer cells. The tissue sample is removed by a surgical procedure (either a small sample is obtained, or the entire lump is removed) or by a needle.

Liquid Biopsy

Most people haven’t heard about another kind of biopsy. It’s called a liquid biopsy.

What is a liquid biopsy?

Technically, a liquid biopsy is a body fluid sample (usually blood) to find significant...

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Should You Wear A Mask? Yes.

by Jane Ashley

“Should I wear a face mask?” has become an emotionally-charged question these days. You may be wondering what’s right for you as a cancer patient or survivor.

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First and foremost, follow the advice of your oncologist — they know your particular situation and condition and will advise you as to what’s best for your situation.

Why should we wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First and foremost, wearing a mask helps slow down the spread of COVID-19. You may see that the recommendations...

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Sarcoma Cancer - What It Is And Who Is At Risk

by Jane Ashley

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcoma is sometimes considered a “forgotten” cancer. It’s rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer cases in adults and about 20% of cancer cases in children. Sarcoma is a confusing type of cancer to understand because it doesn’t occur in just one organ — it can occur in blood vessels, bones, fat, joints, muscles, and nerves. It’s considered a “connective tissue” cancer.

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Sarcoma facts – things you probably didn’t know.

1. 12,390 soft-tissue sarcomas...

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Coping With Isolation Due to Corona or Cancer Issues

by Jane Ashley

As cancer patients and survivors, we’ve been told to “shelter-in-place” and “self-isolate.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients were advised not to isolate themselves. We are told that we needed to maintain our connections with friends and family. We were reminded that we need our “social network’s” support to help us through the emotional and physical challenges that cancer brings.


Isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. We may begin to have self-doubt and not take care of...

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June is Men's Health Month

by GregP_WN

Men’s Health Month was created through a resolution by Senator Bob Dole in 1994. Many of the reasons that prompted Men’s Health Month are still men’s health issues. Let’s look at men’s health facts:

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In the U.S., male life expectancy is 76.3 years compared to female life expectancy of 81.4 years. A shorter male lifespan is seen throughout the world.
1 in every 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer .
Testicular cancer is a young man’s disease, with most diagnoses in men between the...

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What Are "Virtual Second Opinions"?

by Jane Ashley

We’ve all been told the value of a second opinion. Even in “normal” circumstances, it seems like a rather daunting task to get a second opinion. There is usually expensive travel involved along with hotel and meal expenses. Plus, the copays involved and the logistics of getting our medical records sent to the facility where we’re getting our second opinion. Yet, we know, deep down within us, that a second opinion could save our lives.

Should I Get A Second Opinion

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how can we get a second...

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Brain Cancer - Things You May Not Know

by Jane Ashley

Brain cancer is a family of different types of cancer that occur in the brain and spinal cord. Brain cancers occur in both adults and children. Almost 24,000 adults and 3,500 children are diagnosed with brain cancer annually. Over 60,000 additional adults are diagnosed with benign brain tumors. Our likelihood of developing brain cancer is less than 1%. About 18,000 people die annually in the U.S. of brain and spinal cord cancer.

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What are the symptoms?

Recognizing symptoms is critical to...

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April Cancer Awareness

by Jane Ashley

Most likely, these cancer awareness programs will, unfortunately, be lost amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, as cancer patients and survivors, it’s good for us to take a moment and reflect when the pandemic is over, and a COVID-19 vaccine is available that the diagnosis of cancer will still be made every day of every month for the foreseeable future.

April Cancer Awareness

What’s happening in April?

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Month. We’ll be having a full feature on oral, head, and neck cancer, written by...

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Blood Transfusions And Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

We, as cancer patients and survivors, learn something new almost every day. Many of us don’t realize that cancer patients may need blood transfusions during treatment. You may be wondering, “Why?”

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Why do cancer patients need blood transfusions?

There are several reasons that patients with cancer may need one or more blood transfusions.

• Anemia. Anemia can be a symptom of blood cancer. Blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma may crowd out healthy blood-producing cells. Cancer in the...

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