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WhatNexter Of The Week- 3 Time, 25 Year Survivor

by GregP_WN

Enemy Attack
Early in 1987, I grew extremely fatigued. Then one morning in May, I was shaving and noticed a lump protruding on right side of my neck. 

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Glen and Debbie

My doctor ordered chest x-ray and biopsy of the lump. Results were in: lymph node was malignant. Helplessness, confusion and fear overcame Debbie and I. Soon after I had diagnostic surgery called Stanford Staging Laparotomy. Diagnosis: stage 3a Hodgkin’s disease. After my release from the hospital my physician told us, “...

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Melanoma Monday - 5 Things You May Want to Know about Melanoma

by GregP_WN

As May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month there are five things you may want to know about melanoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer that can be dangerous if it is not found early, many clinical trials are offered for melanoma patients, there is about a 90% survival rate for people with all stages of melanoma to live without the disease for at least 5 or 10 years, and that there are a few things you can do that may help protect your skin from skin cancer....

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Six Months to Live...What Next?

by GregP_WN

Carol came out of her ultrasound. She hadn’t seen the results yet, but she knew. She got in the car with Tom, her devoted husband of 30 years, and on the way to speak with her doctor said, “Tom, I have ovarian cancer.” He told her not to be ridiculous, that she was jumping to conclusions. She sat there calmly. Later her doctor came into the room holding back her own tears and said, “You know, don’t you?” Carol replied, “Of course I know.”

Large Tom And I August 2010 Crop

Carol

Carol was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian...

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HOW DOES THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE BENEFIT CANCER PATIENTS?

by GregP_WN

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and being a massage therapist myself, I already knew of the wonderful benefits massage therapy offers for helping with every day aches and pains and stress relief. I was yet to learn how incredibly wonderful it would be to help get me through breast cancer!

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Marnie Clark, Breast Cancer Survivor

My own massage therapist was also my best friend, so she already knew everything I was going through. I was so fortunate to have her nearby to help me...

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After Beating Cancer, You Need Reel Recovery

by GregP_WN

Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that holds free fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from all forms of cancer with a mission to provide support through the healing powers of nature, sport, and close interaction with others who have similar journeys.

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Jimmy Blunt with his first big catch of the day!

 Reel Recovery provides a safe and reflective environment, expert fly-fishing instruction, and information on cancer resources. The retreats facilitate networking,...

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week this week is AlizaMLS. She is a Breast Cancer Survivor and a very helpful part of WhatNext. We asked for a little about her journey and why she is here on WhatNext and this is what she had to say.

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I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Stage I in August 2012, & underwent a mastectomy in December. To make matters worse I’m a Lupus patient.

After the shock, I went into Medical Librarian mode & researched and chose Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with the...

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You Have Cancer and I Am So Mad at You

by GregP_WN

A friend of ours told me that you have lung cancer and that you are not doing very well. That made me feel so very sad because you are such a wonderful person and you’ve made a very huge difference in my life. I wanted to know whether there was anything that I could do to help you as I have had cancer and my father had lung cancer.

Anger At Cancer

 I have spent so many hours praying for you and your family and friends and trying to keep updated regarding how you are doing and what treatments you are...

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Testicular Cancer Awareness - Things You Need to Know

by GregP_WN

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month; this is one of the most common cancers in men between the ages of 15-35, yet it is not as talked about as other types of cancers. 1 of 270 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Women are encouraged to do routine self-exams for signs of breast cancer, and it is the same for testicular cancer. It is important to know the signs and symptoms so that it is not overlooked; testicular cancer is very curable if caught early. This month, the...

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National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 14-20)

by GregP_WN

April is National Oral, Head and Neck Awareness month; the week of April 14-20th is specifically dedicated to raising awareness for these cancers. Commonly these types of cancer may seem more rare, but approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer every year in the United States. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness and providing people with the information and resources they need to get screened and learn more about the symptoms and risk factors of...

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Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Did you know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month? Throughout the month of April, the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is promoting community events to raise awareness for cancer of the esophagus. It is ECAA's belief that earlier detection of the disease can save thousands of lives each year.

Esophageal Awareness

Esophageal Cancer (EC) has a strong 1, 2 punch. EC is one of the fastest growing cancers by incidence and is a top-3 most deadly cancer in the US. According to the National...

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