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Don't Panic! Tips for Weathering The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Jane Ashley

These are troubling times for most cancer patients. Having cancer and being in active treatment is stressful enough, but now the entire global population is besieged with the coronavirus, aka COVID-19.

Wash Your Hands #2

What is the coronavirus, and why is it so dangerous?

Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is a new virus for humans. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, but there are several strains of the coronavirus in animals. COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The first patients had...

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What Cancer Patients Need To Know About The Coronavirus

by Jane Ashley

The first fact to remember is that the worldwide coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid situation. Almost every day brings more news — more cases, new cases in another country, and more than a little bit of panic among many people. So gird yourself with some courage and self-restraint. You don’t need a month's worth of groceries at home, and you don’t need to stock up on bottled water.

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Follow the advice of your oncologist. Every cancer center is carefully monitoring the coronavirus outbreak....

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Myths About Leukemia and Lymphoma

by Jane Ashley

Leukemia — a type of cancer that affects blood and bone marrow.

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Lymphoma — a cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes.

There are many myths and misconceptions about leukemia and lymphoma. If we are diagnosed with either of these blood cancers, we might be confused because of “things” we’ve heard. We’re going to look at some common misconceptions about leukemia and lymphoma and help to set the record straight.

MYTH: Leukemia only occurs in...

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Navigating Life Insurance As a Cancer Survivor

by GregP_WN

As a cancer survivor, you’re probably eager to begin a new chapter in your life. But despite a positive outlook, it can be challenging to overcome the worries associated with life after cancer—especially when it comes to finances.

Navigating Life Insurance As A Cancer Survivor

One of the best ways to lessen the anxiety and fear of what’s ahead is by creating a solid plan. Of course, your plan is going to look different from another person’s plan, but the result of intentional planning should be similar in that you (and others) will...

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Cancer Facts And Figures

by Jane Ashley

Did you hear the news? The death rate from cancer decreased by 29 percent in the years from 1991 (when the death rate peaked) to 2017. And even better, the biggest annual drop in the death rate occurred between 2016 and 2017 when the death rate declined by 2.2 percent.

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That’s the largest single-year decline ever recorded. These facts and figures are calculated annually by the American Cancer Society and published in their journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Which types of cancer...

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February Cancer Awareness

by Jane Ashley

When we think about February, most of us immediately think about Valentine’s Day. For those of us whose lives have been touched by cancer, we realize that each month of the year has a special meaning when it focuses on the kind of cancer that we battle. Awareness months help us to understand the kinds of cancers that others face.

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February 4th, 2020 – World Cancer Day

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day began with six cancer experts who met in Paris in...

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Cancer And Cold Weather - Tips To Help You Cope

by Jane Ashley

Winter is here and presents unique challenges for cancer patients. Let’s look at some of the potential problems that we, as cancer patients, might face this winter.

Icy Sidewalks

Falls. Chemotherapy affect some patients’ balance, making them more prone to falling. Now add in icy sidewalks, snowy parking lots, and steps, and we have a formula that might lead to a cancer patient being more likely to fall in winter. So how do we avoid falls in winter?
More lighting for outside areas of your house. With...

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Understanding Your Tumor Size

by Jane Ashley

The medical profession utilizes the metric system for measurement of tumor sizes. The system is internationally used and is the primary standard of measurement in the healthcare field. In the United States where we use inches, yards and miles along with ounces and pounds, we as patients are confused when our medical team tells us that our tumor is 5 cm in diameter.

Tumor Sizes In Centimeters

For some kinds of cancer, the size of the tumor determines the stage of the cancer. Staging for breast and lung cancer utilize...

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Close Calls and The Fear Of A Recurrence

by Jane Ashley

At the beginning of our treatments, most of us didn’t realize how the fear of recurrence would impact our lives for many years afterward. We didn’t even know the word “Scanxiety.” Most of didn’t realize how frequently we would return for checkups that include blood work and scans.

Keep Calm

Put all of these things together, and we have scenarios where a tumor marker test or a scan or a new pain or symptom might point towards a recurrence. But, upon further investigation and additional testing, we are...

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The Flu Shot - What You Need To Know

by Jane Ashley

There seems to be an anti-vaccination movement afoot in our country. We’ve seen the results with a severe outbreak of measles this year.
Rumors, myths and untruths run rampant every fall about the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine. The CDC takes disease prevention seriously — preventing major flu outbreaks is a high priority. What are some of the myths

One Little Stick

Can the flu shot give you the flu? No. Flu shots do not contain live flu viruses.

It’s better to get the flu than get the flu...

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