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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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What Is the NCCN and Why You Should Download Their Treatment Guidelines

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients have never heard of the NCCN.

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So what is the NCCN? And why is it important to me? The NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) is a coalition of 27 prominent cancer centers committed to patient care and cancer research to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

You may think this means meetings and conferences just for oncologists, surgeons and other cancer treatment specialists. But the NCCN is committed to improving care on a day-to-day basis whether the...

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March Cancer Awareness and Events

by GregP_WN

March has the following cancer types and awareness events scheduled.

Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four (March 31)
HPV Awareness Day (March 4)
International Women’s Day (March 8)
Kick Butts Day (March 21)
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Nutrition Month

Coaches Vs. Cancer

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Every shot counts. Every life counts.
The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge helps the American Cancer Society save more lives. The 3-Point Challenge unites college and high school basketball teams from across...

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What Would Your "Farewell Note" Say?

by GregP_WN

Four months ago, a new app was launched called MyFarewellNote – it’s an app that allows people to leave messages for friends, family and loved ones, should the worst happen. Individuals can leave messages as just a typed message, photos, audio or videos or a combination of all four. 

My Farewell Note App

Some people might say why is there a need for this app but when you consider how many tragic events occur around the world on a daily basis, we believe that it is vitally important that individuals leave...

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January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have named January Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine if they're eligible.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

From Healthy Women.org

Get Screened: January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result...

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What a Pet Scan is and How They Work

by GregP_WN

When you are diagnosed with cancer, one of the first few tests you will likely have is a PET Scan or Positron Emission Tomography scan. It is a nuclear medicine functional imaging technique that is used to observe metabolic processes in the body. 

Pet Scan Ct Scan Comparison

These scans produce a color image that highlight where cancer may be located in the body, making it much easier for Doctors to know where to treat, how much to treat and to stage your cancer. In the two photos above, you can see the...

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