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The Hidden Side Effects of Radiation

by GregP_WN.

Radiation is a standard part of treatment for a large group of cancer types. Sometimes combined with chemotherapy, sometimes used on its own, and even sometimes with a mixture of other traditional treatments, surgery, and drugs. There are several hidden side effects that you may or may not be told to expect. Some of them show up quickly, but many wait years to show up. Some can be life threatening. 

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You will find many people that say radiation was much easier to take than chemotherapy...

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How to Find the Right Wig When Cancer Takes Your Hair

by GregP_WN.

Cancer can throw your entire life into disarray. Constant visits to the hospital or doctor’s office can dominate your schedule. Fatigue can sap your energy and leave you unable to enjoy the activities you once did. You and your family may experience stress and anxiety due to uncertainty about your prognosis. This article will help you find the right wig when cancer takes your hair.

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Even your outward appearance can be changed by a cancer diagnosis, especially if you’re one of the...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark

by GregP_WN.

Cancer leaves a mark, in many ways. There are the inevitable scars from surgery, bruises from injections or treatments, skin burns and peeling from radiation, and then there are the mental scars, the flashbacks when you smell something or hear something, and even PTSD that never seem to go away. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

The average person on the street doesn't know or understand all of the ways that we are marked for life by cancer, because as many survivors say, "you can't understand it if you haven't been...

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12 Hard Truths About Having Cancer

by GregP_WN.

When you hear the words that you have cancer, lots of things change. Some of them won't be that bad, but a lot of them will straight up suck. Saying that your life will never be the same again isn't a stretch. It's not ALL going to be terrible, but here are 12 hard truths about having cancer. 

12 Hard Truths About Cancer

1) Your Old Life Is Gone - From the time of your diagnosis until you're done with treatment and move on into survivorship, things will not be the same. Some people lose their jobs because of...

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24 Survivor's Tips to Better Handle Chemo and Radiation

by GregP_WN.

You have been given the three-word sentence that none of us ever wants to hear... YOU HAVE CANCER! For many of us, your head is spinning and you may not even be able to hear anything else that the Dr. tells you after that. The information starts coming at you like water out of a hose drowning you in the face. 

24 Ways Tips To Better Handle Chemo And Radiation

They will tell you the type of cancer, the location, eventually, they will tell you the stage, and maybe a plan of treatment. One common part of treatment is chemotherapy. There...

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Things We Didn't Expect From Cancer Treatments - But Wish We Did

by GregP_WN.

After you get the cancer diagnosis, the next thing you usually get is a plan of treatment. A road map of what's going to happen, when and approximately how long they expect it to take. Keep in mind that this treatment plan is subject to change when problems, side effects or other issues pop up, and they usually do! They will tell you lots of things to expect, but these are some things that happened, that we didn't expect from cancer treatments, but wish we did. 

Side Effects We Wish We Had Known About

The term "treatments"...

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8 Tips For Battling Chemo Brain

by Brian English.

The fogginess. The forgetfulness. The feeling of cluelessness. That’s chemo brain, one of the most frustrating side effects of cancer treatment. There’s even an official name for it – bet you didn’t know that. It’s called “Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment.”

Chemo Brain

Of course, cancer patients probably have some more colorful ways to describe the condition, but it wouldn’t be polite to print those here.

One of the problems with chemo brain is that because it’s been given a familiar name, those...

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How Long Does It Take for Hair to Grow Back After Chemotherapy?

by GregP_WN.

Answer: In most cases, it takes about 3-10 months after the end of chemotherapy treatment for hair to grow back.

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In case you didn't know, Cancer itself isn’t responsible for hair loss (which is also called alopecia). Hair loss is actually caused by certain types of treatments—namely, chemotherapy. Chemo blasts healthy cells as well as cancer cells, including the cells that make hair follicles; however, not everyone with cancer loses their hair. It depends on the addition of...

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Sleep: The Best Medication, It's Benefits and How to Get More

by Jackie Edwards.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer patients are twice as likely to experience insomnia, and almost half of cancer patients have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. Fears of the future and uncertainty about treatments are troubling ideas that would keep anyone awake. However, lack of sleep is highly detrimental to your body and is shown to determine how well your body can fight cancer and promote recovery and progression.

Sleep, The Best Medication, It's Benefits And How To Get More

Benefits of Sleep

We all need sleep to help rejuvenate...

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The Effects of Anxiety on Cancer Patients

by Jackie Edwards.

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Anxiety

Panic attacks can further deteriorate the quality of life for those who have cancer. It may be difficult to assess the role of anxiety as it tends to be intertwined with other aspects of a cancer diagnosis, but patients may feel panic throughout initial screenings for cancer, as anticipatory anxiety can settle in when waiting for results. Panic attacks often have different symptoms for individual people, but they are...

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