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Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

by Brian English

Dear Loved Ones,

To say that I’m tired would be an understatement. I’m drained. Empty. There’s nothing in the tank. Cancer-related fatigue is real. It could be the disease that’s doing this to me. Or it could be the cure – turns out that radiation and chemotherapy really are the butt-kickers everyone says they are.

Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

So, yes: I’m listless. Out of it. And it’s putting a real dent in my quality of life. Napping helps, but not for long. Because this is a bone-tiredness that can’t be kept at bay...

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What it's Like to Have Chemotherapy

by Brian English

The What’s It Like? Blog Series

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. 

What's It Like To Have Chemotherapy

Sure, sites like can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters delivers straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’...

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Helping Children Cope With Your Hair Loss

by Heather Erickson

Our blog post today is from Guest Blogger and WhatNexter "Donesewright" Heather Erickson. Heather is the caregiver for her Husband Dan who has fought through stage IV lung cancer. 

As adults, we have resources available to help prepare us for side effects we’ll experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other forms of cancer treatment. Our doctor can explain what to expect, and how long it will last. 

Helping Children Cope With Cancer Side Effects

Children, on the other hand (even teens), don’t have...

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Radiation - How it Can Affect Your Body

by GregP_WN

Our Blog Post today is part of a series of experiences submitted by WhatNexter "CJGriggs1", about radiation and its side effects.

Radiation How It Can Affect Your Body

Radiation therapy is a local treatment. Therefore, it only affects the area of the body where the tumor is located. For example, people do not usually lose their hair from having radiation therapy. This is only true if the radiation is not aimed at a part of the body that grows hair, such as the scalp. 

Johnny Blue Laster Targeting Radiation Mask

Skin problems - Many people who receive radiation...

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Chemotherapy and How it Can Affect Your Body

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter "CJGriggs1" has put together a helpful manual based on her own experiences in her cancer journey. Listed below is her chapter on Chemotherapy and How it Can Affect Your Body. These are things she learned about chemo throughout her treatments. Take a look for some tips and general information, and feel free to add your own tips in the comments below. 

Chemotherapy and its Side Effects


There are many different chemotherapy drugs with the potential for many different side...

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What Is "Chemo-Brain" Really Like, and How to Fight it

by GregP_WN

 Where Oh Where

According to The Mayo-Clinic the definition of Chemo Brain is:

Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Cognitive problems occur when a person has trouble processing information. This includes mental tasks related to attention span, thinking, and short-term memory.

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Dear Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient - 12 Things I Wish I Had Known

by GregP_WN

If only I knew then what I know now. Have you ever said that? This applies to cancer too, we have found that most cancer patients can find several things that they wish they would have known  like how long will it take to recover, what is chemo like, will radiation hurt. Here is a sample of what many wished they had known. 

Things I Wish I Had Known Blog

Hussy Chemo often has to be postponed for any number of reasons. I was totally unprepared for the many "detours" my husband has had to take during the...

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6 Things to Know About Cancer and Hair Loss

by GregP_WN

6 Things Cancer And Hair Loss

1. 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 chemotherapy, or radiation, and how you react to it. It’s worth remembering not all chemos cause hair loss, and hair loss can occur on any area of your...

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8 Ways You Have Gone Totally "Chemo-Brain"

by GregP_WN

Chemo brain. For years, it’s been the butt of jokes, and yet, one of the several reasons patients find chemotherapy hard to endure.

I Have Chemo Brain What's Your Excuse

To our loved ones, families and friends, we want you to know that it’s real. In fact, it’s so real that for chemo patients, it affects many of the tasks that were once very easy. But, if there was one thing that patients could remind their loved ones of, it’s that we’re trying our best. For example:

1) I didn’t mean to burn the turkey on Thanksgiving. I...

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5 Feelings of Anger When You Have Cancer and How to Manage Them

by Brittany McNabb

Of the many emotions you experience when you are diagnosed with cancer, anger can be one of them. Though many WhatNexters have found a way to cope with anger, it is a daily struggle for some. You can wonder why you were diagnosed or misdiagnosed, you can feel like you are missing out on life, and you can wonder if you will ever feel normal again. Here are 5 feelings of anger and how others have learned to managed them.

Feelings Of Anger During Cancer And How To Manage Them

I get angry thinking...

1. Why me? Why did I get cancer?

"At first , I...

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