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Breast Cancer & How Physical Activity Can Prevent Diagnosis and Ease Treatments

by GregP_WN

With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year, breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women. Although there are several preventative measures that can be taken, anyone with breasts is at risk of developing the disease in their lifetime.

Breast Cancer Risks

Who is at Risk of Breast Cancer?

There are many factors that increase a person's risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. For example, women over the age of 55 tend to be diagnosed more often, but younger women are still...

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Lifestyle Changes to Reduce The Chance of Recurrence

by Jane Ashley

When you ask cancer survivors what their worst fear is, they will tell you, “Fear of recurrence.”

Fear Of Recurrence

There is no way to guarantee that cancer won’t come back. Every person’s cancer is different. Genetic mutations, the stage when diagnosed, other health problems and current lifestyle all play a role in one’s risk for recurrence.

However, there are a few concrete lifestyle changes that have been proven to help reduce the risk of recurrence. Many times, we feel like we have no control over what...

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5 Side Effects of Head and Neck Cancer Radiation Treatment You Must Know About

by GregP_WN

Head and neck cancer includes cancer from the throat up, including salivary cancer, tonsil cancer, tongue cancer, thyroid cancer, laryngeal, esophageal cancer, adenoid cancer, including subtypes of each. There are specific types of diagnoses for these also, making for a large group of head and neck cancer diagnoses. 

Head And Neck Cancer Stat

The treatments for each will vary, but often include a variety of chemo regimens, surgery, and radiation. While chemo has it's own set of side effects, and many of them...

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Frustration - A Big Side Effect of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Nowhere is frustration ever listed as a possible side effect of cancer, but as we all learn soon enough, frustration is a BIG side effect of cancer.
Frustration comes from all angles – from the diagnosis process to the waiting for treatment to begin to the crazy/stupid things people tell you to do to cure your cancer. So let’s look at frustration. My bet is that most of you have already experienced several of these frustrations.

A Hug Will Have To Do

Waiting for the diagnosis.

How long did it take for you to get...

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Acceptance - A Key Factor in Moving Forward With Your Cancer Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

We all remember that day … the day time stood still … the day that we learned we had cancer. Sometimes, we have symptoms and seek out a diagnosis hoping against hope that it isn’t cancer. For others, the diagnosis comes as a result of an annual physical or annual mammogram without a hint of impending trouble.

Acceptance

Regardless of the circumstances of our diagnosis, we will never forget the day. Many of us call it our “Cancerversary.”

I don’t know about you, but I can recall the exact the words...

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Liver Cancer - The "Other" Diagnosis for October Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

Liver cancer is one of the diagnoses that are highlighted during the month of October for cancer awareness. It gets overshadowed by the attention that gets put on breast cancer awareness, but all cancers matter, so we highlight liver cancer today.

Liver Cancer Awareness

The American Liver Foundation's website has a ton of good information about liver cancer, symptoms, treatments, and resources. Their website says:

"It’s October, and that means it’s almost Liver Cancer Awareness Month! For the fifth year in a row,...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

October is a time when we honor those with breast cancer, whether they are in active treatment or are survivors or succumbed to their disease years ago. While breast cancer is extremely rare in men, we shouldn’t forget them either – just under 1 percent of all breast cancer occurs in men.

1 Out Of 8

Breast cancer is so much more than “just being cancer” – as if that wasn’t enough – the treatments are often disfiguring and can induce early menopause. Breast cancer puts a lot on our plates, too much...

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You've Finished Cancer Treatments, What's Next?

by Jane Ashley

WhatNexter CindiT85 ringing the bell after finishing treatments.

Cindit85 Ringing Bell

It’s the day that you’ve looked forward to since you first learned that you had cancer. You counted down the radiation sessions. You marked off the weeks between chemotherapy sessions. You waited the allotted time, after chemo or radiation, until you could have surgery. You waited for genetic results. You waited for the pathology report. You waited to finish adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation. You marked every event in your...

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Low Platelets - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Nothing is more frustrating to hear on the morning of chemo than, “No chemo for you today. Your platelet count is too low.” The chemo that we once feared has become our friend. We want our chemo because we’re afraid for it to even be delayed for a week. We realize that chemo is our best hope to beat this.

Low Platelets

But now, our oncologist is telling us that we can’t have chemo today. So we’re wondering, “What are platelets? Why are they so important that I can’t have chemo if there are low?”

What are...

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Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

Patients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer have many questions. Will I die? What’s my prognosis? Will the chemo make me sick? What about pain? Will I be able to work? What if I can’t work? Can I get into a clinical trial?

Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage Iv

Once a patient gets into treatment and the initial shock wears off, it’s common to wonder about and ask, “How do I find meaning and purpose in my life when I don’t know what the outcome is going to be?”

Other questions include, “How do I plan when I don’t even know if I can...

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