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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

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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. 

Brain...

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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 

#LookingGoodin2016
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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Cancer and Taxes - What You Need to Know

by GregP_WN.

Tax time is here again! Who needs that now especially while you're having to deal with your cancer treatments, appointments, side effects and everything else that comes with a cancer diagnosis, right? As aggravating as it may be to file your taxes, it still has to be done, cancer or not. Here are 4 things you need to know.

Cancer And Taxes

1) Figure out which expenses you can deduct on your taxes. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer you’ve probably spent a lot more on your healthcare this year. Chances are...

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5 Products Every Cancer Patient Should Have

by GregP_WN.

We asked you, WhatNexters, for examples of the products you’ve loved to use on your cancer journey. These are products you couldn’t live without, products that made a world of difference. And we’d love to add to the list! So be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below. But for now, here are five products WhatNexters themselves have recommended for cancer treatment:

Black Hat Cancer


1) TLC Hats for Hair Loss — As people cope with hair loss, many turn to hats, scarves, and other accessories for comfort...

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Just Diagnosed? Top 10 Things You Need to do Now

by GregP_WN.

When we are told "you have cancer", everything seems to go into a slow motion fog filled movie sequence. You don't hear or understand much that's said after that and you feel kind of numb. Don't panic, this is normal! But there are a few things you need to do now, before getting too far into it.

10 Things To Do After A Cancer Diagnosis

1) Breath - Catch your breath and slow your mind down. It is estimated that there will be over 1,685,000 cancer diagnoses in 2016, cancer is treatable and beatable.

2) Ask for all the information...

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From One Mother to Another: Preserving Family Life During Cancer

by Lisa Lurie.

Motherhood can be a juggling act at the best of times. Throw the stress of a cancer diagnosis into the mix, and the impact on family life can be extreme. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my two daughters’ were young. Michelle was thirteen years old, and Gillian, was nine. They were busy middle-schoolers, and yes, I was a busy soccer mom, although in my case it was also dance class, swimming, plays, and endless play-dates.

Lisa Lurie

Recovering with my Daughters Gillian and Michelle

As I stared...

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