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How to Make Your Home More Cancer-Patient Friendly

by GregP_WN

A family’s cancer journey can feel overwhelming. For caregivers, knowing how to balance your own needs while still providing the best possible care and support to your loved ones isn’t always easy. After taking care of our Parents our family learned some things to make life a little easier for both the caregivers and the patient. 

Cancer Patient Bathroom

Before a cancer diagnosis, most families just go about their daily routine with ease. However, after receiving a cancer diagnosis, families quickly realize...

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MDS - What It Is, Symptoms and How It's Treated

by Jane Ashley

There is some confusion over what myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are – MDS used to be considered “pre-leukemia” or “smoldering leukemia.” In about one in three patients, MDS develops into acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a serious, fast-growing type of leukemia. Scientists and physicians once considered MDS as a blood disorder with a low potential for developing into cancer, but research now shows that it is a form of blood cancer.

35 People Daily Dignosed With Mds

What Is A Myelodysplastic Syndrome?

The National Cancer...

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Sorting Through The Confusion Over Leukemia Types

by Jane Ashley

Are you confused about leukemia? Patients and their families may be confused by their “official” diagnosis because it is contains three words and is often referred to by its acronym (an abbreviation of the first letters of the words in the name of an organization or disease – for example, NASA, ATM or COPD).

Leukemia Is Cancer Of White Blood Cells

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is kind of cancer that originates in our bone marrow, causing abnormal white cells to be produced. Our bone marrow (the spongy, red tissue in our large...

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Could a Second Opinion Save Your Life?

by Jane Ashley

We, as cancer patients, are often advised to get a second opinion. Yet, many of us don’t understand exactly what a second opinion is, how to get a second opinion and how a second opinion might benefit us. Second opinions are particularly important when we are first diagnosed or when our cancer recurs.

Confirm Your Diagnosis

Both my surgeon and my oncologist told me that if I ever had any questions about if a treatment or procedure was right for me that I shouldn’t hesitate to get a second opinion. They assured me...

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April is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

April 7-14, 2019 is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and Neck cancer includes a family of cancers that occur in the larynx, mouth, nose, sinuses and throat. Many of the particular locations are uncommon locations for cancer to occur, but when this group of cancers that occur in the oral, head and neck are combined, over 65,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually.

Head And Neck Cancer Logo

Statistics and Types of Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is more prevalent among men. Of the 65,000...

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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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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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Tips to Protect Yourself During Cancer Prevention Month

by Emily Liptak, MAA Center

How to Protect Yourself This Prevention Month

Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is a difficult word to hear, often associated with strenuous battles and unpredictable times ahead. February is Cancer Prevention Month, a time to learn how to treat your body better in hopes to prevent this disease from impacting yourself and your loved ones.

Many Cancers are carried through genetics or are hereditary. Few have been directly linked to specific causes. Nevertheless, there are a still number of cancers that may be caused...

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Is The High Cost of Revlimid Too High For Multiple Myeloma Patients?

by Jane Ashley

We all know that cancer care is expensive. We see our individual bills for our type of cancer, and most of us struggle to pay it. But multiple myeloma patients are now facing a financial crisis with the cost of Revlimid, an oral medication used as a maintenance drug after an autologous stem cell transplant or for newly diagnosed patients who are not eligible for an autologous stem cell transplant. 

International Myeloma Foundation

Revlimid is very effective, but at what costs to the patient and their family? Financial...

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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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