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Frequent Fruit Consumption Can Boost Your Cancer-Fighting Efforts

by Jackie Edwards

The American Cancer Society urges adults to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day to help reduce their cancer risk and with good reason. We have known for countless years that fruit and vegetables form a vital part of any healthy diet. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly evident that fruit, in particular, can be of great benefit to cancer patients. 

5 Fruits And Vegetables

Not only can the regular consumption of certain fruits reduce the risk of developing cancer, but it can...

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Panic Attacks and How to Control Them

by Jackie Edwards

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Panic Attacks

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...

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Everything Happens For a Reason? Even Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

It happens to almost every person diagnosed with cancer. And it happens to most people who experience a tragedy in their life. What is it?

People Say Everything Happens For A Reason Meme

Someone says, “Things happen for a reason.”

So, exactly what do they mean by that comment? Do you mean that I deserve this diagnosis? Is this diagnosis to teach me a lesson? Do you mean that I did something that caused this to happen? Do you mean that I need to grow in wisdom?

They might even utter this thought in slightly different words:

• “Everything...

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WhatNext Cancer Support Network Nominated for "Best in Show-Cancer Support Community"

by GregP_WN

We have great news to share! The WhatNext cancer support network and myself have been nominated in the WEGO Health Awards for "Patient Leader", "Advocating For Others", and "Best in Show" for Cancer Support Community. We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award, and we appreciate everyone that has nominated WhatNext. 

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What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

According to the WEGO Health Website, "Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards,” the WEGO Health Awards were...

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What Is ASCO And How it Can Help Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Who is ASCO? What do they do? Why is the information that they share so important? Most probably, you’ve seen some online articles or heard the acronym on television in a story about cancer. But let’s dig deeper and learn why ASCO is so important to every cancer patient and survivor.

Asco Logo

Who is ASCO?

ASCO stands for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The Society was founded in 1964 by seven cancer physicians whose goal was to improve the care for people diagnosed with cancer. When ASCO...

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11 Cancer Myths - And Truths

by Jane Ashley

As if it’s not bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s even worse when our friends, co-workers, and relatives share things that they have heard about cancer. They mean well, but many myths are floating around the internet. It’s time that we separate truth from fiction. Here are some of the common myths about cancer that simply are not true.

11 Cancer Myths And Truths

Chemo Kills – Not Cancer 

This myth is not just a myth. It’s also a dangerous myth that may scare people from seeking potentially curative...

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Survivor Moments - Breathe Them In

by GregP_WN

Have you caught yourself stopping for a moment and thinking to yourself, "wow, I could have missed this"?  Cancer survivors all have these moments, it might be simply sitting on your porch watching the sunset. Or seeing a new Grandbaby for the first time. It might simply be waking up one morning and enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. These are "Survivor Moments", breath them in!

Survivor Moments Breath Them In

After having three diagnoses of two types of cancer covering 30 years, I appreciate these survivor moments more...

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Practical Ways to Beat Scanxiety

by Jane Ashley

Virtually every cancer patient will agree that when it’s time for your scans, it’s one of the most stressful parts of your treatment or surveillance after treatment. It has a name – SCANXIETY (scan zi et ee). Here are some practical ways to beat scanxiety.

Practical Ways To Beat Scanxiety

Your closest family members don’t understand; your friends don’t have a clue; don’t bother to tell a co-worker either. We remember all too well that when we were diagnosed, it was most probably a scan that told our doctors that we...

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Things to Do On the 4th of July

by Jane Ashley

The Fourth of July is always one of those happy times of the year. For many families, the Fourth of July has become the date for an annual family reunion. Traditions vary – everyone comes to grandma’s house – or the family rents a large beach house big enough for the entire family. 

Happy Fourth Of July

Even if there’s not a family reunion in your plans, plan to have fun on the Fourth of July. Maybe this is the year to start a new family tradition. Here are some fantastic ideas.

Go on a picnic to a...

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The Top 10 Questions Colon Cancer Patients Are Asking

by GregP_WN

When we are diagnosed with cancer we immediately have all sorts of things running through our minds. Questions start popping up about everything from will I die, to will treatment hurt, and how long will all of this take? A survey of our WhatNext Colon Cancer Community revealed these top 10 questions that colon cancer patients are asking. 

1) Does a port implant hurt to have put in?

Port Installation

"I am having a power port done on Saturday because my veins keep blowing. I have been told...

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