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For Husbands Only : What They Don't Tell You the Day Your Wife is Diagnosed With Cancer

by "Gumpus61".

Well, my friend, it has happened to you. We go through life as men thinking the bad things happen to the other guy. So it is always a shock when you sit in an office and watch a tear roll down your wife’s face as she is told she has a terrible disease. 

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Shock is not too strong a word. I literally felt fight or flight, panic, anger, shock and bewilderment…….all at once. It must be like getting shot, suddenly you find yourself sitting there not knowing why your sitting instead of...

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Sleep: The Best Medication, It's Benefits and How to Get More

by Jackie Edwards.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer patients are twice as likely to experience insomnia, and almost half of cancer patients have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. Fears of the future and uncertainty about treatments are troubling ideas that would keep anyone awake. However, lack of sleep is highly detrimental to your body and is shown to determine how well your body can fight cancer and promote recovery and progression.

Sleep, The Best Medication, It's Benefits And How To Get More

Benefits of Sleep

We all need sleep to help rejuvenate...

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Shouldn't My Doctor Know My Health History?

by Brian English.

When you have cancer, you get used to side effects. There are side effects to everything. Side effects from chemo. Side effects from radiation. They’re not fun. But there’s one little-known side effect of cancer that really drives patients crazy: constant repetition.

Shouldn't My Doctor Know My Health History

Because when you have cancer, you see doctors. Lots of them . And every time you see a new doctor (or even your own doctor), you find yourself re-capping your entire health history. Over and over. Again and again.

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The Effects of Anxiety on Cancer Patients

by Jackie Edwards.

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Anxiety

Panic attacks can further deteriorate the quality of life for those who have cancer. It may be difficult to assess the role of anxiety as it tends to be intertwined with other aspects of a cancer diagnosis, but patients may feel panic throughout initial screenings for cancer, as anticipatory anxiety can settle in when waiting for results. Panic attacks often have different symptoms for individual people, but they are...

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"Melanoma Monday" - Check Yourself, Check Your Partner

by GregP_WN.

May is designated as National Melanoma Month. Included in that designation is National Melanoma Monday, which is the first Monday in May. The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Melanoma Monday

People who are unaware of the dangers of skin cancer will often say things like, "at least it's just skin cancer", or "that's one of the good kinds of cancer, right"? They are not aware that on average, one person dies every hour from melanoma, or that early...

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Five Tips to Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

by Brian English.

5 Tips To Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

You're a Survivor......Now What?

We all know that cancer causes casualties. But one of the less publicized victims of the disease is the social life of patients. The intense and emotionally draining period shoves everything but survival onto the back burner. In the wake of cancer treatment – even in amid the joy of a NED announcement – it can be more difficult than you think to resuscitate a battered and bruised social life.

Before cancer showed up, many of us were defined by our social...

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Guilt: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer

by "Gumpus61".

My Wife Has Cancer: A Husband and caregiver Shares his Journey

Ann And Mitch 4 Yrs. Prior

When asked what emotion a person feels most often when living with cancer as a patient or caregiver, a lot of words come to mind. Sorrow, anxiety, resolve, and desperation are some. Even if you have not faced cancer and were asked the question those words might come to mind. But there is an emotion that comes with the territory that nobody anticipates. It’s guilt .

After 36 years of marriage and the resolve along the way to...

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Is it Too Late for a Second Opinion?

by Brian English.

The second opinion is standard operating procedure once you discover that you’re going to be a cancer patient. And it’s an important step. Cancer patients are encouraged – perhaps more than people with any other condition – to get second and even third opinions before starting treatment.

Get A Second Opinion

The reason second opinions are so crucial is that it’s possible to get a slightly different diagnosis, which, of course, would then alter the course of one’s recommended treatment.

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Cancer Related Pet Peeves

by Brian English.

Pet peeves: we’ve all got them. Some of us have more than others. Maybe it’s the way your husband puts the toilet paper on the roller (the only right way is “over” – with the paper in front – by the way). Maybe it’s that your wife doesn’t screw the top on the milk all the way.

Petpeeve

And you probably thought that once you were diagnosed with cancer, your focus on the “little things” would vanish; you likely figured that battling cancer would surely make any tiny annoyances seem silly. Which, of...

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Living With Breast Cancer

by GregP_WN.
Living With Lung Cancer

There are several types of breast cancer. Most breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which originate in the milk ducts of the breast before spreading to other parts of the breast. Other types include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which originates in milk ducts but has not yet spread; and invasive lobular carcinoma, which begins in milk-producing glands. Symptoms of breast cancer can include a lump, swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or...

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