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Need a Break From Cancer? How About a Cancer Camp?

by Jane Ashley

We’re probably all felt like this. We need a break from cancer. We want to take a vacation. But we’re in treatment or have recently finished treatment — money is too tight for even a short vacation. 

Under The Stars

Have you felt like this? Do you feel like this today?

There are answers for your need to have a break. The answer is, “What about a cancer camp or cancer retreat?”

What is a cancer camp?

The idea for a camp, trip or retreat for people with cancer began back in the 1980s with pediatric...

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Rare Disease Day - An Opportunity to Educate and Advocate

by Jane Ashley

Rare Disease Day, the last day of February every year, is a day to raise awareness of rare diseases throughout the world. We, at WhatNext.com, hope to raise awareness of rare types of cancer on this day.

Rare Disease Day

What is the definition of a rare disease?

In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000 people at any one time. Europeans define a rare disease as one that affects less than 1 in every 2,000 people. Worldwide, there are at least 6,000 rare diseases.

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World Cancer Day - Feb. 4th, 2019

by Jane Ashley

Monday, February 4, 2019, is World Cancer Day – a day designated throughout the world to bring awareness concerning cancer and the importance of early screening and detection. This day also focuses on ways to help prevent cancer, with healthy eating, exercise, smoking cessation, and HPV awareness and vaccination.

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The World and Cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, about 9.6 million people died worldwide in 2018 from cancer. Translated that means about 1 of every 6 deaths was...

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Alcohol and Cancer - Do They Mix?

by Jane Ashley

Some studies show that drinking alcohol is a risk factor for developing cancer especially for oral, breast and liver cancers. Other studies show consuming small quantities of alcohol protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Still, other studies show that red wine might prevent cancer.

Moderation

So what, as patients and survivors, supposed we to do? First and foremost, talk to your oncologist about your alcohol consumption during treatment. The type of cancer and chemo and the extent of...

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Don't Let Worry Rob You of Peace of Mind

by Jane Ashley

WORRY – it’s something that almost all cancer patients and survivors do. What exactly is worry? Depending on the dictionary, here are some definitions:

Don't Worry About Tomorrow

To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.
• A state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
• Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
• A strong feeling of anxiety.
• A troubled state of mind.

Worry is not something new

We are not alone. When we look at...

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 13, 240 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Before the Pap smear, cervical cancer was a common cause of death in women. Pap smears have dramatically decreased the death rate from cervical cancer. 

Cervical Cancer Preventable


What is cervical cancer?

The cervix is the lower long, narrow part of a woman’s uterus. Cervical cancer begins slowly with abnormal cells appearing gradually. These abnormal cells are called dysplasia...

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Understanding Your Insurance Plan

by Jane Ashley

For many of us, we’ll have a new health insurance plan in 2019. Even if we stay with the same company, more than likely, there will be changes in our plan that will impact our finances and coverage. Whether we have health insurance through our employer, through the Affordable Healthcare Act, Medicare/Medicare Advantage or Medicaid, the plans are complex and impact our cash expenditures.

So Many Choices

Between now and January 1st, it’s a good idea to look at the details of our 2019 health insurance plan...

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Cancer Patients After The Mid-Term Elections

by Jane Ashley

How Will We Be Affected?

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The mid-term elections are finally behind us. Regardless of which political party we supported, those of here on WhatNext.com share a common thread – either we have cancer or a loved one has cancer. That is the tie that binds the WhatNext family together.
Exit polls showed that 4 out of every 10 voters felt that healthcare was the #1 issue facing the United States. Seven out of 10 believed that our healthcare system needs to be reformed.

The Democrats now...

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Questions to Ask at Your First Oncologists Appointment

by GregP_WN

When you're diagnosed with cancer you may experience what some people describe as a "blacked out" type of sensation. You are looking at the doctor, he's explaining what you have, and maybe even going through the steps that are to come next, but you are not hearing it, or cannot remember what the doctor said. 

Questions For Doctor

This is why it's a good idea to have someone with you when you go to all office visits. Your partner can help remember, take notes, and ask questions that you have thought about...

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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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