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Don't Skip Halloween Because You're Bald

by Jane Ashley

Just because we have cancer doesn’t mean that we aren’t supposed to have fun. Sometimes, the best medicine is LAUGHTER – Halloween is a great reason to embrace your bald head. Whether male or female, you can bring smiles to everyone.

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Here are some ideas for Chemo Week or Halloween night Trick-or-Treat.

Get a Henna Tattoo.

Henna tattoos are an ancient art form that has come full circle to help women who have lost their hair from chemotherapy feel beautiful again. The tattoos are done with a...

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Low Platelets - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Nothing is more frustrating to hear on the morning of chemo than, “No chemo for you today. Your platelet count is too low.” The chemo that we once feared has become our friend. We want our chemo because we’re afraid for it to even be delayed for a week. We realize that chemo is our best hope to beat this.

Low Platelets

But now, our oncologist is telling us that we can’t have chemo today. So we’re wondering, “What are platelets? Why are they so important that I can’t have chemo if there are low?”

What are...

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Cancer and the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jane Ashley

When we’re diagnosed with cancer, one of our first questions may be, “Will I still be able to work?” Why is that one of the most commonly asked questions?

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We may be the primary breadwinner of the family. Our health insurance is probably through our employer. Your health insurance may cover the rest of your family – what about if something happens to them too? And even with a two-income family, it’s difficult to cover medical copays with when most of the family budget is already tight.

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Legal Documents and Paperwork Cancer Patients Need to Complete

by Jane Ashley

One of the last tasks that most cancer patients are thinking about is getting their legal and financial documents updated. But it is a prudent and wise task to put behind you … just in case.

Update Legal Documents

Having critical legal documents prepared or updated brings peace of mind to you, your spouse/partner and your family. It’s a sobering reminder, but trust me – you’ll feel much better once you get this done.

When I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, I suggested to my husband that we should have my will...

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Everything Happens For a Reason? Even Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

It happens to almost every person diagnosed with cancer. And it happens to most people who experience a tragedy in their life. What is it?

People Say Everything Happens For A Reason Meme

Someone says, “Things happen for a reason.”

So, exactly what do they mean by that comment? Do you mean that I deserve this diagnosis? Is this diagnosis to teach me a lesson? Do you mean that I did something that caused this to happen? Do you mean that I need to grow in wisdom?

They might even utter this thought in slightly different words:

• “Everything...

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What Is ASCO And How it Can Help Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Who is ASCO? What do they do? Why is the information that they share so important? Most probably, you’ve seen some online articles or heard the acronym on television in a story about cancer. But let’s dig deeper and learn why ASCO is so important to every cancer patient and survivor.

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Who is ASCO?


ASCO stands for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The Society was founded in 1964 by seven cancer physicians whose goal was to improve the care for people diagnosed with cancer. When ASCO...

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11 Cancer Myths - And Truths

by Jane Ashley

As if it’s not bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s even worse when our friends, co-workers, and relatives share things that they have heard about cancer. They mean well, but many myths are floating around the internet. It’s time that we separate truth from fiction. Here are some of the common myths about cancer that simply are not true.

11 Cancer Myths And Truths


Chemo Kills – Not Cancer 

This myth is not just a myth. It’s also a dangerous myth that may scare people from seeking potentially curative...

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The Top 10 Questions Colon Cancer Patients Are Asking

by GregP_WN

When we are diagnosed with cancer we immediately have all sorts of things running through our minds. Questions start popping up about everything from will I die, to will treatment hurt, and how long will all of this take? A survey of our WhatNext Colon Cancer Community revealed these top 10 questions that colon cancer patients are asking. 

1) Does a port implant hurt to have put in?

Port Installation

"I am having a power port done on Saturday because my veins keep blowing. I have been told...

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Coping With Cancer Treatments Through Summer

by Jane Ashley

Welcome summer…we’ve missed you. The official first day of summer is June 21, but hot temperatures are already here for most of us. Hot weather brings some different issues to the forefront for us as cancer patients – how hot weather and strong sunlight affect us as cancer patients and survivors.

Officially Summer

Sun Exposure

Fluorouracil, commonly known as 5FU, may cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun. 5FU is a common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast, colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ...

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You WILL Want a Port, The Only Question is - What Kind?

by Jane Ashley

One of the first encounters of cancer treatment is having a port implanted to receive chemotherapy. If you don’t have a port, you may be asking these questions.

Power Port

What is a port? A port is a small medical device (about the size of a quarter or nickel) implanted under the skin that connects to an IV catheter inserted into a large vein. 

There are four brands:

• BardPort
• Mediport
• Port-A-Cath
• PowerPort

The very center of the port is called the septum and is made of a seal-sealing...

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