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Is it Too Late for a Second Opinion?

by Brian English.

The second opinion is standard operating procedure once you discover that you’re going to be a cancer patient. And it’s an important step. Cancer patients are encouraged – perhaps more than people with any other condition – to get second and even third opinions before starting treatment.

Get A Second Opinion

The reason second opinions are so crucial is that it’s possible to get a slightly different diagnosis, which, of course, would then alter the course of one’s recommended treatment.

But WhatNexter KC49 posed...

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Cancer Related Pet Peeves

by Brian English.

Pet peeves: we’ve all got them. Some of us have more than others. Maybe it’s the way your husband puts the toilet paper on the roller (the only right way is “over” – with the paper in front – by the way). Maybe it’s that your wife doesn’t screw the top on the milk all the way.

Petpeeve

And you probably thought that once you were diagnosed with cancer, your focus on the “little things” would vanish; you likely figured that battling cancer would surely make any tiny annoyances seem silly. Which, of...

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Living With Breast Cancer

by GregP_WN.
Living With Lung Cancer

There are several types of breast cancer. Most breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which originate in the milk ducts of the breast before spreading to other parts of the breast. Other types include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which originates in milk ducts but has not yet spread; and invasive lobular carcinoma, which begins in milk-producing glands. Symptoms of breast cancer can include a lump, swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or...

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21 More Tips For The Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient

by GregP_WN.

Once you or a loved one are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you have so many questions, fears and concerns. How am I going to get through this? Where do I begin? It's scary and not easy. We've turned to our WhatNexters, and asked them what advice they would give to someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer and needs support. They've been through it, hopefully their words of wisdom can help.

21 Tips


1. Assemble your team. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to beat...

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Living With Colorectal Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. The cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. 

Living With Colorectal Cancer

Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer.....Before I Got Cancer

by Brian English.

Cancer. You’ve been there, done that. And you’ve got the scars (physical and emotional) to prove it. Along the way, you’ve learned a lot. About yourself. About your friends and loved ones. About, well … life in general. And that’s some hard-won knowledge.

Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer Before I Got Cancer

Wouldn’t it have been nice to at least had a preview of these experiences? It may not have made things any less scary or intimidating, but at least you would have been ready, you could have girded yourself for what was to come.

At WhatNext,...

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Cancer Portrayal in TV and Movies

by Brian English.

From the moment you are first diagnosed with cancer, this disease that you probably spent very little time thinking about is suddenly everywhere you look. Your ears become hypersensitive to the word “cancer” on the radio, on TV – and even in small snatches of conversations you overhear.

Cancer Portrayal In Tv And Movies

“I don't know about everyone else, but every time I hear someone mention
‘cancer’ or ‘diagnosis,’ or the topic is raised on a TV show or movie – my antennae go up,”
says WhatNexter GregP_WN.

This incredible...

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5 Steps For Evaluating Online Cancer Information

by Brian English.

We all do it. All the time. At home. At work. In the car. For almost everything. In fact, you’re doing it now.

Google Scope

It’s a little thing called “checking the Internet.” Or just “googling” it. And many cancer patients have found that instantaneous access to information about the disease – and, seemingly, every conceivable aspect of cancer – can be both a blessing and a curse.

It’s almost certain that well over 90% of you that are reading this right now spent untold hours in the days following your...

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A Lung Cancer Journey

by "Cards7Up".

Our Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Cards7Up", she is a Stage IIIA lung cancer survivor and has been through quite a journey. She shares her story of fighting with determination while being her own advocate for quality care.  

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I was originally diagnosed with NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer) adenocarcinoma, stage IIIA in July 2010. At that time, two tumors were found, one in upper and lower right lobes. I knew about LC as my Mom had passed almost one year previously to the day I...

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It's Cancer, So What's Next?

by GregP_WN.

Shock, fear, denial, anger, rage, sadness, and disbelief are just some feelings WhatNexters have felt when they were first diagnosed with cancer. There may be a whole cycle of different emotions that you experience.

“I can't believe this. I have never even heard of lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced cancer. I have so many plans and things I want to do. This can't be happening!” -- margarita thumbnail Margarita, Lymphoma, Stage III

Newly Diagnosed

“How am I supposed to react to my father...

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