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A Lung Cancer Journey

by "Cards7Up".

Our Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Cards7Up", she is a Stage IIIA lung cancer survivor and has been through quite a journey. She shares her story of fighting with determination while being her own advocate for quality care.  

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I was originally diagnosed with NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer) adenocarcinoma, stage IIIA in July 2010. At that time, two tumors were found, one in upper and lower right lobes. I knew about LC as my Mom had passed almost one year previously to the day I...

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It's Cancer, So What's Next?

by GregP_WN.

Shock, fear, denial, anger, rage, sadness, and disbelief are just some feelings WhatNexters have felt when they were first diagnosed with cancer. There may be a whole cycle of different emotions that you experience.

“I can't believe this. I have never even heard of lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced cancer. I have so many plans and things I want to do. This can't be happening!” -- margarita thumbnail Margarita, Lymphoma, Stage III

Newly Diagnosed

“How am I supposed to react to my father...

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What to Expect From Radiation Treatment

by GregP_WN.

What To Expect From Radiation Treatments

You probably don’t know what to expect when going into radiation therapy for the first time. It is okay to be a little uneasy; below are some insights from the American Cancer Society and WhatNexters that may help.

WhatNexter’s recommend reading the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Radiation Therapy. It provides insight on what it is, how it helps, and deeper discussion on the treatment.

The first source to go for questions about what to expect from radiation therapy is your...

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Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

by GregP_WN.

We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?

Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get....

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It's a Cancer Thing-You Wouldn't Understand

by Brian English.

Since you’re reading a blog that’s dedicated to cancer issues, it’s likely that you’re in the club. You’re one of the people who’ve had their lives touched (and turned upside down) by this disease.

It's A Cancer Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

Some cancer experiences can only be truly understood by other members of the club. Ann Marie Giannino-Otis, a breast cancer survivor who writes the Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog dedicated a post to the topic “It’s a Cancer Thing. You Wouldn’t Understand.” It’s a list/rant of some of “inside”...

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Thoughtless Cancer Compliments

by Brian English.

One of the more difficult aspects of cancer is that the physical changes caused by the treatment can cause you to lose what might be called your “medical anonymity.” Hair loss. Weight loss. Weight gain. Skin lesions, Scars … these outward signs of your cancer battle are often obvious to one and all.

Thoughtless Cancer Compliments

Except when they aren’t.

“I ran into an acquaintance at my local Starbucks,” writes WhatNexter ShortCuts. “Upon learning about my cancer returning, she said, ‘Well, you look great without hair,’...

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Research Means Hope for Rare Cancers

by Tonya Nelson.

The last day of February each year marks Rare Disease Day, a time to raise awareness for the diseases many have never heard of or know very little about. There are 7,000 rare diseases, which affect 30 million Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates this year nearly 13%, or 1 in 8, of cancer diagnoses, among those 20 and older will be rare cancers. That means over 200,000 rare cancer diagnoses in 2017.

Rare Disease Day February 28

This year’s Rare Disease Day celebrates research and what it means for these...

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

by GregP_WN.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so..... what does that mean? With hundreds of thousands of cancer cases preventable through good diet, exercise and weight control, this month's "awareness" is not just to let someone know that you have a particular kind of cancer, or that there is another cancer out there that everyone should know about. But it is instead geared toward preventing as many of these cancer cases as possible from ever getting diagnosed. 

February National Cancer Prevention Month

It is estimated that...

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My Wife Has Cancer - A Husband and Caregiver's Story

by "Gumpus61".

Tears 

Someone said when you’re falling in or out of love every song on the radio is about you. The Same is true of the cancer experience. Most everyone, at some awful or wonderful way point, relates that moment to a song. 

My Wife Has Cancer A Husband And Caregiver's Story

My wife is dying of cancer and there is not a damn thing I can do about it. We husbands of cancer cry often, and with deep feeling, but more often alone than with our wives….and right at that moment I sat in Traffic and was the loneliest man in the world. If...

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Making a Facebook “Game” of Cancer

by Brian English.

What’s with All the Hearts?

Making A Facebook Game Of Cancer

A new Facebook “game” is meant raising awareness, but it’s raising hackles instead.

If you’re a woman, you may have noticed all those little red heart emojis popping up on your Facebook page recently. It might take a few minutes to realize it, but this is supposed to be a way to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.

Here’s how it works: you post a heart on a female friend’s Facebook page, then send a private message explaining that the heart is a subtle...

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