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The Difference Between Neoadjuvant Therapy and Adjuvant Therapy

by Jane Ashley

When we think of cancer treatment, chemotherapy is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Chemo makes the news almost every day, in part because of its sometimes brutal side effects including hair loss, nausea/vomiting, fatigue and weight loss/weight gain. There are just over 250 chemotherapy drugs that are utilized in the treatment of all different types of cancer. 

Neo Adjuvant

We may think, “Well, chemo is chemo.”

That’s true, but chemotherapy is used in different ways for different...

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Things Cancer Patients Bought After Diagnosis They Never Expected to Need

by GregP_WN

First, we never thought we would be diagnosed with cancer. Then, we never thought we would be buying these things that are listed. One day you're moving through life as planned, and a few days later you are trying on wigs, or looking for the right size adult diapers, or new clothes because the old ones don't fit anymore. We asked the WhatNext Community what they had to buy after their diagnosis that they never thought they would and these are some of those things.

Things Cancer Patients Bought After Their Diagnosis They Never Thought They Would

Cancer has lots of...

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Coping With Cancer Treatments Through Summer

by Jane Ashley

Welcome summer…we’ve missed you. The official first day of summer is June 21, but hot temperatures are already here for most of us. Hot weather brings some different issues to the forefront for us as cancer patients – how hot weather and strong sunlight affect us as cancer patients and survivors.

Officially Summer

Sun Exposure

Fluorouracil, commonly known as 5FU, may cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun. 5FU is a common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast, colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ...

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Hair Loss May Become Rare....In the Meantime, Here are Tips to Cope

by Jane Ashley

Hair loss is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and targeted therapy or locally from radiation therapy. Looking back at my first oncology appointment, I remember my husband asking her, “Is my wife going to lose her hair?” He was asking because he knew losing my hair would probably be distressing to me. 

Bald Is Beautiful Shave Your Head For Chemo

Hair Loss from Chemotherapy May Become a Rare Side Effect for Certain Cancer Patients

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of...

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Radiation for Cancer - More Choices

by Jane Ashley

Before diagnosis, many people don’t realize that radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer treatment. It is used to kill cancerous tumors or shrink tumors before surgery. Estimates suggest that over half of all cancer patients receive radiation during their treatment. You might be wondering how radiation works and if it might work for your cancer. Consider the information contained here as Radiation 101.

Radiation, What To Expect Guide

How Radiation Works on Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are faster-growing cells than...

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Oral Chemo - Advantages and Disadvantages

by Jane Ashley

The first oral chemotherapy dates back to 1992 when Xeloda (capecitabine) was patented. It was first approved for the treatment of breast cancer in 1998 and approved for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer in 2001. In 2018, oral chemotherapy drugs are commonly prescribed for many types of cancer. It’s estimated that about over 25 percent of the new cancer drugs now in the pipeline will be oral. Is Oral Chemotherapy Covered by Insurance?

Oral Chemotherapy Advantages And Disadvantages

Cancer patients may be surprised to learn...

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Today is National Cancer Survivor's Day - Celebrate it!

by Jane Ashley

National Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of June. This holiday recognizes the growing number of cancer survivors who integrate themselves back into a productive and fulfilling life. National Cancer Survivors Day serves as an inspiration to people who are currently in treatment, recognizes the importance of caregivers and reminds the community at large of the increasing number of cancer survivors.

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This is “Our Day” – a day for each of us whose lives have been touched by...

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World No Tobacco Day

by Jane Ashley

May 31 is the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) sets aside as World No Tobacco Day. For 2018, the emphasis is “Tobacco and heart disease,” focusing on the link of smoking to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

World Not Tobacco Day Quit


But this is a good day for cancer patients and their families to consider the effects of smoking on their health if they are in active treatment for cancer or if they are the caregiver or another member of the family.


1 out of 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke


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11 Things Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Are Talking About

by GregP_WN

There are over 1,200 Metastatic Breast Cancer patients registered at WhatNext. These are some of the conversations they are having about the issues they are facing.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Info

Just curious about how long everyone has been living with cancer, or I guess if you're in remission, how long has that been? I am told I might have to have treatments periodically for the rest of my life. That sounds scary. ~JulesMom

I had a large melanoma in 1964 as a very young woman. Then 6 years ago had a series of...

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You Are NED! Great....What is it?

by Jane Ashley

As cancer patients, we hear our fellow patients proclaim, “I’m still NED.” They seem happy to be NED so we nod in agreement and ask ourselves, “What is NED?”

You Are Ned Great What Is It

NED is the acronym for “No Evidence of Disease.”  

On a related note: It's also the name of a Band, A unique band of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country, N.E.D. is taking healing and the arts to a new level. Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, they saw the...

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