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31 Thoughtful Things to Do For Someone With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many of our friends or co-workers want to know how they can help us through our cancer treatment. We’re often reluctant to ask for help. But we are eternally grateful when someone does one or more of these things for us or our family.

Cozy Socks

1. Grocery shopping. Offer to go grocery shopping or to pick up our on-line order.

2. Offer a ride to treatment. Our caregivers may be juggling a job and taking us back and forth to treatment. A ride to and from daily radiation or picking us up after...

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Don't Say This to a Cancer Patient - Say This Instead

by Jane Ashley

We know that our friends, co-workers and family love us and want to help us, but sometimes, they don’t know what to say. They say something vague or insensitive without realizing that they missed the mark, and we end up feeling worse, instead of better.

Im Here For You

So … what are some of the things that we’d rather hear?

The truth is that the general public doesn’t understand what having cancer is like — all of the medical appointments, the anxiety of waiting for test results or the intensity of our...

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Prostate Cancer Facts and Statistics

by Jane Ashley

Almost 175,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate annually, making
prostate cancer the most common cancer in men (except for skin cancer). About 60 percent of
men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over the age of 60. Average age for diagnosis is 66.

One Out Of Every Nine Men Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is about 60 percent higher in African-American men than white men.
About 90 percent of prostate cancer is diagnosed when it is localized or has spread to nearby
organs (regional disease). Five-year survival...

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Alternative Vs. Complimentary Treatments For Cancer

by Jane Ashley

 It is disturbing that so much disinformation floats around about cancer treatment. Misinformation creates fear in many newly-diagnosed patients — they have heard “horror” stories about chemo and “terror” tales about radiation. Well-meaning friends and relatives buy books and forward emails about all sorts of “natural” cures, juicing, supplements or diets to cure cancer.

40 Percent Believe

How many people believe that alternative treatments cure cancer?

According to the American Society of Clinical...

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14 Weird Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Weird Side Effects

Nose Bleeds

When we begin cancer treatment, we are sailing into “uncharted waters” — we’re about to being something that we’ve never done before. We’re nervous, even scared, about the side effects.

Most of us already know about the common side effects of cancer treatment:

Fatigue
Nausea or vomiting
Weight loss
Hair loss
Diarrhea
Compromised immune system

Many patients have a chemo orientation or their oncologist gives them a list of their medications and possible side effects (also...

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National Men's Health Week June 10th - 16th

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that June 10th through June 16th (Father’s Day) is National Men’s Health Week?

Mens Health Week Logo

What is National Men’s Health Week?

National Men’s Health Week is the week that leads up to Father’s Day each year — to focus on health issues that disproportionately affect men. Of course, there are the obvious health issues that men face … just because they are men. These issues include cancer of the prostate, testicles and penis. But other health issues affect more men than women. National Men’s...

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How to Make Your Home More Cancer-Patient Friendly

by GregP_WN

A family’s cancer journey can feel overwhelming. For caregivers, knowing how to balance your own needs while still providing the best possible care and support to your loved ones isn’t always easy. After taking care of our Parents our family learned some things to make life a little easier for both the caregivers and the patient. 

Cancer Patient Bathroom

Before a cancer diagnosis, most families just go about their daily routine with ease. However, after receiving a cancer diagnosis, families quickly realize...

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National Cancer Survivor's Day

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that Sunday, June 2, 2019 is OUR DAY? It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. For the last 32 years, thousands of cancer survivors across the world recognize their cancer history and connect with other survivors.

National Cancer Survivors Day Logo

National Cancer Survivors Day is not only a time for each of to reflect on our personal history with cancer — it’s also a day when we draw attention to one of the world’s most serious diseases. This is a day when we educate others about the challenges every cancer...

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What Is Bright Light Therapy for Cancer Patients?

by Dr. Srishti Tayal

What is Bright Light Therapy for Cancer Survivors?

Bright Light


Cancer – a word that evokes emotions of fear, anxiety, and tension not just in the mind of the patient but of all the others around him as well. What is even more disturbing is that the life-threatening disease engulfs anyone beyond the barriers of age, gender, or even state of health. The causes remain vitally unknown despite years of research on the subject by top universities the world over and the outcomes can be severe, sometimes fatal....

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Why Cancer Isn't Over When You Ring The Bell

by Jane Ashley

Most cancer patients expect that when they complete their cancer treatment, they’ll pick up where they left off with their lives. They think that it will be kind of like the SERVPRO slogan — Like it never even happened.

Sail Towards The Sun

We believe (or want to believe) that the time spent in cancer treatment was just a bad dream, and that once treatment has ended, we are done — finished — cured — never going back to those days again.

Are our expectations realistic?

Many cancer survivors are surprised when...

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