Posts tagged “Chemotherapy”

How to Keep Occupied While Having Chemo

by GregP_WN.

Those of us that have had the displeasure to sit in "the chair" for any length of time know how it can be a long sit, or at least seem like it's taking forever. Some patients report taking 8 hours or more to receive all of their pre-meds, fluids and actual chemo. In other cases, some patients have a slow drip for 24 hours. You're going to need something to keep your mind occupied. Here are some suggestions from patients that have come before you to keep occupied while having chemo.

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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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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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What is a Chemo Port and Why You Will Want One!

by GregP_WN.

A chemotherapy port is sometimes referred to as a mediport, cancer port, or port a cath, is a vascular access device that is implanted under the skin so that people with cancer can be given chemotherapy. A power port is a port that enables patients to receive IV therapy as well as contrast CT scans.

For more information on chemotherapy read our guide: How WhatNexters Prepared for Chemotherapy.

What Is A Port, And Why You Will Want One

Over a thousand WhatNexters have shared their firsthand experiences with chemotherapy ports. We...

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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 Cancer.net 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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Chemo Vs. Radiation - The Pros and Cons

by GregP_WN.

When you are given that diagnosis of Cancer, one of  the first things that might come to your mind is one or both of the most common forms of treating it, chemotherapy and radiation. You have probably heard all of the horror stories about each of them, ask 100 people that have never had either and you will probably get 100 different stories, and maybe a few of them will have some fact in them. 

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But ask 100 people that have had both types of treatment and they will give you...

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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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17 Things to Consider Before Your First Chemo Treatment

by Brittany McNabb.

Chemo Preparation

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many people with cancer go into their first chemotherapy treatment with no idea of what to expect or how their body will react. Here is a list from...

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Things to Bring to Chemo - Part II

by Brittany McNabb.

Things To Bring To Chemo Part Ii

Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. As a follow-up to our first post on 22 Things to Bring to Chemo, we have added 15 more things thanks to Facebook Contributors. Getting some of these things together might ease your anxiety about going to your first chemotherapy treatment; these are simply suggestions, but we hope that some will help you!

Top Response: According to feedback from our first post, one of the most popular answers on "What to...

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Be Prepared: 22 Things to Bring to Chemo

by Brittany McNabb.

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Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. Here is a quick list of things other WhatNexters have brought to their first...

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