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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.


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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How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Cancer

by GregP_WN

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two forms of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs were designed to help people in need. 

How To Apply For Social Security Disability With Cancer

Various Kinds of Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic experience, so your emotional and mental health should be given consideration...

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Kicking Cancer with the Help of Connected Technology

by Beth Kotz

Living in our digitally-driven world, there are more ways than ever before to connect to treatment and recovery resources as well as other members of the cancer community. The vast array of wearable gadgets, apps, and intelligent “smart” home systems available offer different personalized health functions, with more new features added every day. 

Kicking Cancer With The Help Of Connected Technology

No matter where you fall on the tech-savvy spectrum, there are ways to leverage new digital health tools to your advantage – read on for a...

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Let Your Smartphone Help You Be a Smarter Patient

by GregP_WN

Almost all of us have one now, you see people locked into their phones reading articles, playing games, texting, emailing or using Social Media. Smartphones are a part of our lives. Some people have been so wrapped up on their phone that they have walked into water fountains, down stairs or worse. might as well let your smartphone help you be a smarter patient. 

Let Your Smartphone Help You Be A Better Patient

Most all smartphones come with a calendar app. This alone is a big help in keeping all of your doctor's...

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HPV Vaccine: Yes or No?

by Brian English

In the last few years, the topic of vaccines has become quite divisive. But then, that’s usually what happens whenever a medical issue becomes a political football – something of which all cancer patients are all too aware.

Hpv Vaccine Yes Or No

Usually, the vaccines controversies aren’t found in the cancer community. After all, you can’t vaccinate against cancer … except in one case. The vaccine Gardasil can protect males and females against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

The HPV vaccination...

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Biopsies: A Primer

by Brian English

The biopsy is usually the first step to diagnosing cancer. And “biopsy” is a term so often heard that people can get the impression that one biopsy is about the same as another. But that’s definitely not the case.

Biopsies A Primer

Biopsies are often discussed by WhatNexters, and there can sometimes be confusion; two forum members can be discussing biopsies, but since each are being treated for different forms of cancer, it’s likely that they experienced entirely different types of biopsy. So without...

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Free Services For Cancer Patients

by Brian English

The high cost of cancer treatment is legendary. But as word of the incredible financial burden of fighting this disease has spread, more and more organizations have popped up to donate services to cancer patients to help ease some of the costs. Many of these services are 100% free for cancer patients, and offer everything from airfare to spa treatments.

Free Services For Cancer Patients


Some of these services are disease or gender specific, but this list should provide a great head start for finding volunteer...

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Sell Your Life Insurance...Before You Die??

by GregP_WN

We all know that the purpose of life insurance is to take care of those final expenses, provide money for the family to live on after our death, to pay off some debt and provide some financial relief for our family when we die. But did you know you can collect on that life insurance before you die? And in cases of extreme medical expenses, this could be a source of funds for you.

Sell Your Life Insurance...Before You Die

Several Companies will buy your life insurance policy, all or part of it while you are still alive, and...

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Cancer Awareness and Events for May

by GregP_WN

May is a busy month for cancer awareness. Brain cancer/tumor awareness month, bladder cancer awareness month, skin cancer and melanoma awareness month as well as Melanoma Monday. May also has Don't Fry Day, May 27th; World No Tobacco Day, May 31st; and Oncology Nursing Month. We have listed links to the associated organizations to get more information directly from them about each. 

May Skin Cancer Month Brain Cancer Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness

For more information on each type of cancer awareness or event, click the links below. 


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Melanoma Monday 5 Things You Need to Know

by GregP_WN

Monday, May 2nd is Melanoma Monday, and May is skin cancer awareness and prevention month. Here are 5 things you need to know about melanoma, and one of them is that it's NOT "one of the good cancers". 

"Looking Good" a skin cancer PSA from the American Acadamy of Dermatology 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American...

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