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4 Reasons to Quit Smoking and Tips on How to Do It

by GregP_WN

A lot of smokers say, “Don’t tell me why to quit, tell me how.” Hopefully this information will provide you with the things you need to know about quitting smoking and tips on how to do it.

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1. Smoking kills people.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. That means we can do something about it. There are approximately 45 million smokers in the U.S. and 1/2 of the people that smoke will die because of a smoking related illness. A smoker loses 10 years life...

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15 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Begin Chemotherapy

by GregP_WN

A lot of people with cancer have heard of common side effects of chemotherapy but may not be clear on other important details about the treatment. A good way to understand the treatment plan ahead is to consult with your doctor. Here are 15 questions to ask your doctor before beginning chemotherapy and a few tips for beginners from WhatNexter’s themselves.

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1. What’s the goal of the chemo for my cancer?
2. What are the chances that the chemo will work?
3. After the chemo will I be cured, in...

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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor and 10 Ways to be Assertive

by GregP_WN

There are two aspects of a doctor-patient relationship that may be important to you. The first is knowing what questions to ask, and the second is knowing how to get the answers you need. Some WhatNexter’s have felt they don’t know what to ask their doctors or they are too timid to ask questions. Some have experienced trouble getting the attention they desire from their doctor. 

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Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor when you are first diagnosed with cancer and 10 suggestions from...

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Why Starting an Exercise Plan is Easier than You Think: Ideas from Other WhatNexter’s

by GregP_WN

Maybe you are experiencing fatigue or lack of energy before, during, or after cancer treatment, maybe you are feeling down on yourself, or maybe you just feel like you need to get moving - starting an exercise plan could be easer than you think. WhatNexter’s have all been there; they have had to determine what exercise plan would work for them. It may take a few tries. Here are some ideas from other WhatNexter’s on how you may be able to make exercise work for you.

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Remember to consult your...

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21 Simple Food Changes You Can Make Today to Feel Happier & Healthier

by Kendall Scott, CHHC

Guest Blog this week by Kendall Scott, CHHC, Health Coach, Co-Founder of TheKickingKitchen.com and Coauthor of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer

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One big reason why so many of us fall short of healthy eating habits is because we find less-nutritious (or just plain bad for you) options that are more convenient. That drive-thru window sure takes a few steps out of eating lunch. But at what cost? 

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Feeling down? 12 Feelings of Depression During Cancer

by GregP_WN

Many WhatNexter’s have said that before, during, or after cancer treatment they have experienced anxiety, fear, worry, and feelings of depression. Whether the depression is situational, clinical, or brought on by certain cancer treatments, it is common to feel depressed. Here are 12 feelings of depression that WhatNexter’s have experienced that you may be feeling.

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1. When your bad days outweigh the good days - Cancer is an emotional roller coaster and when the bad days seem to outweigh the...

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Angelina Jolie has Double Mastectomy: The Importance of Cancer Prevention

by GregP_WN

Actress and director Angelina Jolie has experienced a great amount of support around her decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent her 87% chance of developing breast cancer. Jolie’s mother died at the age of 56 after fighting breast cancer for 10 years. Jolie, age 37, possesses the BRCA-1 (breast cancer) gene and her doctors estimated that she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer. 

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On April 27, Jolie finished the...

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Our WhatNexter of The Week - KateMarie

by GregP_WN

I’m Kate, known on WhatNext as KateMarie. Because of some problems I experienced for years I had a total abdominal hysterectomy on 2/5/13. On 2/11/13 while in my gynecologist’s office for a post-surgery exam, she informed me that the pathology report showed I had Stage 1 Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma.


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Surprise! After consulting a gynecological oncologist, I had a laparoscopic bilateral pelvic para aortic lymph node dissection on 4/15/13, along with a needed laparoscopic umbilical hernia...

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Hot Under the Collar? - How to Cope with Anger and Cancer

by GregP_WN

In the whirlwind of emotions that come with hearing you are diagnosed with cancer, anger is a common emotion. People with cancer may experience anger with their caregivers, doctors, loved ones, or with themselves.Here are 10 feelings of anger that WhatNexter’s have experienced and some of their solutions to dealing with each source of anger.

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1. When you feel angry because your loved ones don’t “get it”...
- Cancer may feel very isolating; it is likely that your family or loved ones will not...

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Top 5 Things Women Must Know About Cancer Prevention

by GregP_WN

In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), there are five things that all women may want to know about cancer awareness and cancer prevention. The most important things include when to get a mammogram and when to get a pap smear, how to prevent skin cancer, to quit smoking, and to make a few lifestyle adjustments to maintain overall health.

Womens Health Week

1. Mammograms
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that is used to detect breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer...

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