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Surviving Cancer And Making Bank - A How-to Guide

by Lisa Vento

Editor's note: A Guest Blog Post from WhatNexter Lisa Vento - "TimeBetweenIs" on WhatNext. She is a breast cancer survivor and fierce advocate for breast cancer issues and women's issues in the workplace, especially after or during cancer. She helps Women figure out how to get back to work and regain their confidence. 

Lisa Vento Surviving Cancer And Making Bank

Surviving Cancer & Making Bank - a How-To Guide

For those of us who are hit with the beast of cancer, without warning or planning because who in the world...

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Surviving Larynx Cancer - And a Misdiagnosis

by GregP_WN

Editor's Note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Patches0" she is a 6-year survivor of Larynx cancer, but almost didn't live through a misdiagnosis of COPD to be able to survive cancer. Her story of perseverance is inspiring.  

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About 2010 I started having a lot of difficulty breathing. Worse than normal that is, as I had always been troubled with asthma. But at this time, the coughing and breathing became so bad I was hospitalized several times. My primary doctor kept trying...

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Getting Financial Help With Drug Costs

by GregP_WN

How to pay for cancer treatment? You've been diagnosed with cancer, the plan of treatment has been determined, it includes a new drug that has shown great promise for stopping your type of cancer. All you need is $57,000.00 per treatment, and you will need twelve. No problem, right? Here are some tips and resources for getting financial help with drug costs.

Getting Help With The High Costs Of Chemo Drugs

If you have been dealing with cancer treatment costs for any time at all you have undoubtedly realized that this is probably going to...

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Why I Finally Got a Feeding Tube

by Laura Compston

Editor's note: Today's Blog Post is from "LCompston", she is a two-time survivor of head and neck cancer, that covers over 32 years. She has persevered all of the treatments, the side effects, and everything that cancer has thrown at her over the majority of her life, and she is still happy to be here to tell us about it. Today, she describes what it's like to live with a feeding tube. 

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I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually,...

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Looking for a Clinical Trial? New Clinical Trial Finders Will Help

by Jane Ashley

Most late-stage cancer patients hear this advice, “You might want to consider a clinical trial.” A number of Stage IV patients think ahead to have a plan in place in the event that a second line chemo isn’t effective. Your oncologist may even tell you that you need to contemplate a clinical trial.

Looking For A Clinical Trial

Knowing in advance what your options are in the event of second-line treatment failure will help you avoid stress if you get bad news.

Before you begin searching, you need to produce a one-page...

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Multiple Myeloma and The Skyrocketing Costs of Treatment

by Jane Ashley

Many multiple myeloma patients experience long periods of remission, but virtually every patient will experience a relapse. The good news is the newer therapies offer effective for patients who relapse. The downside is the cost and how patients can afford the life-saving new therapies.

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma has one of the highest costs per patient. Although only about 1 percent of all cancer patients have multiple myeloma, the cost of treatment over the course of time is inexplicably higher than...

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March Cancer Awareness and Events

by GregP_WN

March has the following cancer types and awareness events scheduled.

Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four (March 31)
HPV Awareness Day (March 4)
International Women’s Day (March 8)
Kick Butts Day (March 21)
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Nutrition Month

Coaches Vs. Cancer

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Every shot counts. Every life counts.
The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge helps the American Cancer Society save more lives. The 3-Point Challenge unites college and high school basketball teams from across...

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Moving Into Survivorship After Cancer

by GregP_WN - HelenJ

There's something about survivorship that leaves you wondering about what's next. Should you just move on with your life? Do you need to take different steps to stay healthy? You may feel a sense of confusion and loss after a doctor tells you that you are cancer free or ready to move past treatment. The challenge is moving into survivorship and taking the next steps to enjoy your life.

Hello I Am A Survivor

Getting Support

We've all gone through a transitional period with our emotions after cancer. When my mother...

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Immunotherapy: A Different Approach to Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN, JoyB

The Promising Future of Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy A Different Approach To Cancer Treatment

Instead of disrupting the immune system like other treatments do, immunotherapy uses certain parts of your own immune system to fight cancer. Cancer cells often hide from the body’s immune system, but immunotherapy works to understand how cancer works, helping the immune cells find cancer cells and destroy them. Immunotherapy helps your body fight cancer in a couple different ways, including:

A) Giving your body important immune system components, such...

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Hope And The Stage IV Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient remembers the day of diagnosis. I refer to that day as “the day time stood still.” The common thread for every story is the deep, gut-wrenching fear that grips you. Some people cry while others sit quietly. Everyone tries to understand the enormity of what they’ve just heard.

Hope And The Stage Iv Diagnosis

Rectal bleeding prompted my referral to a colorectal surgeon. A colonoscopy confirmed I had rectal cancer. The surgeon scheduled chest, abdomen, and pelvic CT scans along with a rectal MRI and told...

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