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Five Tips to Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

by Brian English.

5 Tips To Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

You're a Survivor......Now What?

We all know that cancer causes casualties. But one of the less publicized victims of the disease is the social life of patients. The intense and emotionally draining period shoves everything but survival onto the back burner. In the wake of cancer treatment – even in amid the joy of a NED announcement – it can be more difficult than you think to resuscitate a battered and bruised social life.

Before cancer showed up, many of us were defined by our social...

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Guilt: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer

by "Gumpus61".

My Wife Has Cancer: A Husband and caregiver Shares his Journey

Ann And Mitch 4 Yrs. Prior

When asked what emotion a person feels most often when living with cancer as a patient or caregiver, a lot of words come to mind. Sorrow, anxiety, resolve, and desperation are some. Even if you have not faced cancer and were asked the question those words might come to mind. But there is an emotion that comes with the territory that nobody anticipates. It’s guilt .

After 36 years of marriage and the resolve along the way to...

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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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