Cancer Treatments, Insights and Other Musings -

When Sleep Won't Come

by Jane Ashley

Do you have those nights when sleep won’t come? It’s a common problem during treatment. Estimates suggest that up to 75 percent of patients experience insomnia . A significant number of patients report continuing difficulty sleeping after their treatment ends. Sleep disorders include awaking early, problems going to sleep, waking up and not being able to go back to sleep or restlessness throughout the night. Many patients still feel fatigued upon awakening.

Up To75 Percent Insomia

We need to look at the whys we can...

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Gifts Cancer Patients Will Appreciate

by Jane Ashley

When we’ve been diagnosed with cancer, our family, friends and co-workers want to support us in every way possible. Many times, they just don’t know what to do. Many would like to give us a gift but aren’t sure what we might need or want.

A Ruana Provides Cozy Comfort 

I’ve talked and interacted with hundreds of people who are battling cancer, and these are some of the gifts that most patients will appreciate most. Cancer treatment is expensive, even when we have insurance so many of these suggestions help lift the...

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12 Common Fears Experienced at Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Each person reacts to their cancer diagnosis differently, but fear is always part of every single new patient’s response to their diagnosis. Virtually every cancer patient remembers the date of their diagnosis. We all remember that day – the shock, the disbelief and the fear of the unknown.

You Never Know How Strong

Our experiences might be different, but our fears are similar. Know that you are not alone – we share the shock, the fear and then, the gradual acceptance of cancer. Let’s look at some of the fears we...

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Legal Documents and Paperwork Cancer Patients Need to Complete

by Jane Ashley

One of the last tasks that most cancer patients are thinking about is getting their legal and financial documents updated. But it is a prudent and wise task to put behind you … just in case.

Update Legal Documents

Having critical legal documents prepared or updated brings peace of mind to you, your spouse/partner and your family. It’s a sobering reminder, but trust me – you’ll feel much better once you get this done.

When I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, I suggested to my husband that we should have my will...

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Managing Cancer Treatments When You Have a CoExisting Health Condition

by Jane Ashley

As we have all discovered, cancer does not discriminate. Regardless of age, ethnicity, income or existing health, cancer may land on our doorsteps. 

The question is, “How will we manage our co-existing condition now that I have cancer too?”

Cancer May Land On Our Doorsteps

Common coexisting conditions include:

• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Kidney disease
• Lung disease

The treatment of cancer is complex and may last for an extended period. If we aren’t careful, we might get so caught up in our cancer...

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Immunotherapy - The Future is Almost Here

by Jane Ashley

Immunotherapy…we hear that word, but many cancer patients don’t understand exactly what immunotherapy is or how it works or it’s an option for their specific cancer/situation. So let’s take a closer look at immunotherapy.

Out Of Options

The Jimmy Carter cancer story

Many of you remember that back August 20, 2015, former President Jimmy Carter announced that he had a liver tumor removed but that doctors also discovered 4 tumors in his brain. His outlook was grim, but his medical team at Emory University’s...

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Things I Learned From 11 Days in The ICU

by GregP_WN

We cancer patients know that we are sometimes just an infection, low white blood count, bad scan results, or some other complication away from being in the emergency room, or maybe even the ICU. These are not limited to cancer patients, anyone with one of the many other chronic health issues can find themselves in the same situation. 

What I Learned From 11 Days In The Icu

I recently spent 11 days in the ICU with my Mother-In-Law, while there, I had many hours to observe some things, and experience a wide range of emotions...

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World Lung Cancer Day - August 1st, 2018

by Jane Ashley

August 1, 2018, is World Lung Cancer Day. Lung cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers worldwide. Sadly, lung cancer accounts for more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Approximately 1.2 million people die worldwide from lung cancer.

World Lung Cancer Day

Statistics in the United States

About 14 percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are lung cancer. That’s almost 235,000 people in 2018 with slightly more men diagnosed than women (almost 122,000 men and over 112,000...

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The Consequences of Dry Mouth

by GregP_WN

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, including prescription drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, and other disorders and syndromes. These conditions can inhibit the production of saliva and result in a sticky or even burning sensation in the mouth. Dry mouth is more than a nuisance to those who experience it because they often struggle with day to day activities like speaking, eating, and even sleeping. 

Dry Mouth

Long-term consequences of dry mouth include the decay of teeth due to...

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World Head and Neck Cancer Day - July 27, 2018

by Jane Ashley

July 27, 2018, is World Head and Neck Cancer Day, a day to help educate the public about the symptoms of head and neck cancers, allow facilities to offer free screenings for head and neck cancers, celebrate survivors and remember those who succumbed to this set of cancers.

World Head And Neck Cancer Day Logo

Organizer of World Head and Neck Cancer Day is International Society for Maxillofacial Rehabilitation. Their goal is to educate patients and their families about the surgical reconstruction combined with oral and facial...

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