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Tips to Protect Yourself During Cancer Prevention Month

by Emily Liptak, MAA Center

How to Protect Yourself This Prevention Month

Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is a difficult word to hear, often associated with strenuous battles and unpredictable times ahead. February is Cancer Prevention Month, a time to learn how to treat your body better in hopes to prevent this disease from impacting yourself and your loved ones.

Many Cancers are carried through genetics or are hereditary. Few have been directly linked to specific causes. Nevertheless, there are a still number of cancers that may be caused...

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Survivor's Guilt - Do You Have It?

by Jane Ashley

People on the outside of the World of Cancer believe that those of us who have completed our treatment will be joyous and happy and just jump back into life with both feet and never look back. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

No One Should Feel Guilty

Most of us realize that we’ve changed during treatment. We are more aware of the value of time and the wonder and beauty of life. And we’ve gotten to know other people with cancer; we’ve made in person friends and online friends. And then we will learn...

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World Cancer Day - Feb. 4th, 2019

by Jane Ashley

Monday, February 4, 2019, is World Cancer Day – a day designated throughout the world to bring awareness concerning cancer and the importance of early screening and detection. This day also focuses on ways to help prevent cancer, with healthy eating, exercise, smoking cessation, and HPV awareness and vaccination.

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The World and Cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, about 9.6 million people died worldwide in 2018 from cancer. Translated that means about 1 of every 6 deaths was...

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Alcohol and Cancer - Do They Mix?

by Jane Ashley

Some studies show that drinking alcohol is a risk factor for developing cancer especially for oral, breast and liver cancers. Other studies show consuming small quantities of alcohol protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Still, other studies show that red wine might prevent cancer.

Moderation

So what, as patients and survivors, supposed we to do? First and foremost, talk to your oncologist about your alcohol consumption during treatment. The type of cancer and chemo and the extent of...

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Is The High Cost of Revlimid Too High For Multiple Myeloma Patients?

by Jane Ashley

We all know that cancer care is expensive. We see our individual bills for our type of cancer, and most of us struggle to pay it. But multiple myeloma patients are now facing a financial crisis with the cost of Revlimid, an oral medication used as a maintenance drug after an autologous stem cell transplant or for newly diagnosed patients who are not eligible for an autologous stem cell transplant. 

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Revlimid is very effective, but at what costs to the patient and their family? Financial...

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Are You Petrified Over An Upcoming Procedure?

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, many of us are shocked and stunned and yes, petrified over what our treatment will entail. As many of us have learned, cancer doesn’t always choose convenient places to occur. Many of the sites of our cancers are virtually inaccessible – 

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Tumors or cancer cells can be in the lining of our bladder, our brain, our rectum or anus, our throat, our breasts, a testicle or penis or an ovary or our bones. Melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer, can even appear...

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Tips For Traveling For Cancer Care

by Jane Ashley

Many of us will have to travel for all or part of our cancer care. We might live in a rural area, or we might have a rare cancer and need specialized expertise. It takes planning, money, and support from others to travel for cancer care. 

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Planning and Logistics

There are many practical decisions that must be made when you travel for a second opinion or specialized treatment.

Method of transportation. The distance will probably be the determining factor. Perhaps, your travel distance...

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Don't Let Worry Rob You of Peace of Mind

by Jane Ashley

WORRY – it’s something that almost all cancer patients and survivors do. What exactly is worry? Depending on the dictionary, here are some definitions:

Don't Worry About Tomorrow

To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.
• A state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
• Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
• A strong feeling of anxiety.
• A troubled state of mind.

Worry is not something new

We are not alone. When we look at...

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Giving Back After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients want to “give back” after their treatment has ended. But we’re not always sure how to “give back” or where to start. Volunteering and/or helping others helps us recover, feel better and move on with our new life once treatment is done. There’s no right or wrong way to “give back.” Some do a project by themselves while others become part of an organization. Here are some meaningful ways to help others in the same battle that we’ve fought.

Giving Back After Cancer

Join an organization that...

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Coping With Radiation Side Effects

by Jane Ashley

Many newly diagnosed cancer patients are surprised to learn that radiation will be part of their treatment. When most people think about cancer treatment, they automatically think of chemotherapy.

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Yet over half of all cancer patients will receive radiation as part of their treatment regimen. Radiation therapy is considered an essential part of curative treatment for brain, breast, cervical, head and neck, lung, prostate and sarcomas. Radiation is also used for eye, lymphomas, thyroid cancers...

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