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What Cancer Centers can Learn from Cancer Patients

by KarenG_WN.

Cancer1Choosing where you'll go for cancer treatment is a huge and complicated decision for many cancer patients and their families. Those who are newly diagnosed can be so overwhelmed, it's hard to know where to begin when making this important choice. Cancer centers want to care for you, but you want to know that you're selecting the best place that meets your individual needs. We asked our network of cancer fighters what they love most about their own cancer centers and what makes them a great partner. Here's what they had to say:

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Dealing with the Costs of Cancer

by KarenG_WN.

34762228343381428 I Ve R Esvv FOnce you get hit with a cancer diagnosis, you have to figure out the best strategy for financing it as well as for fighting it. Even if you do have health insurance, and especially if you don’t, costs for treatment and other practical issues can be beyond overwhelming. The good news is that there are a lot of resources that can help. Following are some helpful ideas and resources:

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FREE Housecleaning for Cancer Patients

by Robyn Stoller aka CancerHawk.com.

8911629 S 300x271There are several amazing organizations that will clean the homes of cancer patients FREE of charge. Regardless of geographic area served, all of these amazing groups partner with licensed & bonded professional cleaning services to clean the homes of cancer patients. Listed below are the different groups that I know of so far. As always, if you know of any other organization that provides free house cleaning to cancer patients, please email me at robyn@cancerhawk.com OR post the info here...

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Foods and Drinks to Get You through Cancer Treatment

by KarenG_WN.

UnknownYou've been hit with a cancer diagnosis, told that you'll need to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation and that you need to do your best to maintain proper nutrition and a healthy weight. It's not always so easy to accomplish. We asked the WhatNext network to share the foods, drinks and tips (and some tasty treats!) that helped them to get through treatment. Here's what they offered up:

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Turmeric ~ Spicing up the Cancer Research

by K. Simon Yeung, PharmD, LAc, and Manager of the "About Herbs" website for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Turmeric Powder1Many chemotherapy drugs are derived from plants. It is no surprise that herbal dietary supplements are often promoted as cancer cures although few have actually been studied as drugs. Turmeric is an exception, having been extensively studied as an anticancer supplement.

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Dealing with Hair Loss and Cancer

by Karen Glowacki.

BaldwomenHair loss resulting from chemo is traumatic for most women and men. From itchy scalps to wigs and scarves, it's hard to figure out what will make you feel most comfortable as you deal with the loss of your hair...and not being sure exactly how your hair will look when it does return. To get some insight from those who have been through it, we asked the WhatNext network how they dealt with their hair loss. Here's what they had to say:

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Getting a Little Green this Summer

by Kendall Scott, CHHC.

Cashews KaleAdding greens to your diet is easy, and your body will thank you for it with increased energy, more balanced moods, faster healing from trauma, and fighting or preventing disease. If you do nothing else – just get those greens in on a daily basis, if possible. Make a greens salad, steam greens or sauté kale, collards or spinach with a little olive oil, sea salt and garlic. Or try this simple and yummy recipe from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer.

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Inspiring New Book for Caregivers Offers Tips, Laughs & Hope

by Karen Glowacki.

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When Rob Harris of RobCares.com found out his wife was diagnosed with cancer (the first time), he found himself with a new role, "cancer caregiver." After supporting is wife through her second diagnosis, Rob was inspired to help other caregivers be as effective and empowered as possible. We sat down with Rob (also a WhatNext-er) to learn more about his inspiring new book, a love story that provides practical tips for the caregiver.

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