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Living With Colorectal Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. The cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. 

Living With Colorectal Cancer

Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer.....Before I Got Cancer

by Brian English.

Cancer. You’ve been there, done that. And you’ve got the scars (physical and emotional) to prove it. Along the way, you’ve learned a lot. About yourself. About your friends and loved ones. About, well … life in general. And that’s some hard-won knowledge.

Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer Before I Got Cancer

Wouldn’t it have been nice to at least had a preview of these experiences? It may not have made things any less scary or intimidating, but at least you would have been ready, you could have girded yourself for what was to come.

At WhatNext,...

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Cancer Portrayal in TV and Movies

by Brian English.

From the moment you are first diagnosed with cancer, this disease that you probably spent very little time thinking about is suddenly everywhere you look. Your ears become hypersensitive to the word “cancer” on the radio, on TV – and even in small snatches of conversations you overhear.

Cancer Portrayal In Tv And Movies

“I don't know about everyone else, but every time I hear someone mention
‘cancer’ or ‘diagnosis,’ or the topic is raised on a TV show or movie – my antennae go up,”
says WhatNexter GregP_WN.

This incredible...

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5 Steps For Evaluating Online Cancer Information

by Brian English.

We all do it. All the time. At home. At work. In the car. For almost everything. In fact, you’re doing it now.

Google Scope

It’s a little thing called “checking the Internet.” Or just “googling” it. And many cancer patients have found that instantaneous access to information about the disease – and, seemingly, every conceivable aspect of cancer – can be both a blessing and a curse.

It’s almost certain that well over 90% of you that are reading this right now spent untold hours in the days following your...

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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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