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Dealing With Some of the Toughest Side Effects of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Some WhatNexters say the side effects of cancer “may get worse before it gets better.” Here are some of the ways WhatNexters have made it through those common side effects and a few positive outlooks shared by WhatNexters who have come out on the other end. This information is from WhatNexters and should not be substituted for medical advice.

Side Effects

How People Will React
While not medical, a big side effect of cancer is coping with the way people will react to your diagnosis. Not everyone will...

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“Scanxiety” - Sound familiar?

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Scanxiety,” that anxious feeling you get when heading into scans or awaiting tests results, causes a lot of WhatNexters stress. Here is how WhatNexters have handled scanxiety; their firsthand insights may inspire you with ways to do the same.

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Focus On What Is In Your Control
Many WhatNexters talk about realizing what they can and cannot control; they say part of the struggle is conquering their mind.

“I have decided I will deal with what ever will be at the time I have to deal with it, and...

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Interview With WhatNexter GypsyJule, When a Hysterectomy Turns to Cancer

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter GypsyJule talks with WhatNext Community Manager GregP about having a routine hysterectomy, only to find out she has endometrial-uterine cancer. She goes from thinking the surgery wasn't so bad and will be able to recover to having another surgery to remove lymph nodes, followed by chemotherapy.

Take a look at her interview and share with anyone you know that has recently been diagnosed with cancer to let them know that yes, you can make it through a cancer diagnosis and...

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Supporting Those With Cancer

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Recently we had a question from WhatNexter OneHeart on the site about how to support the one you love with cancer. In response, another WhatNexter mentioned that sometimes it is important to wait for cues from your loved one to find out how much help they need or want. By asking questions you can give them control of their care before doing too much or overstepping your boundaries.

Support

Here is a list of questions, inspired by WhatNexters that you may want to try asking your loved one while...

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What’s happening to my nails? - Nail Changes from Chemo

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Nail changes are a common side effect of chemo; with this side effect it is hard to pinpoint exactly what is going on or why it is happening. If you have seen...

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9 Ways for Parents to Organize Life at Home During Cancer

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Parents that are coping with cancer have a lot to juggle from cancer treatment, taking care of children, going to work, and managing their family the best they can. With the end of summer and kids going back to school, it might help you and your loved ones to brainstorm simple ideas to organize your family in ways that fit everyone’s needs.

Family At Home

1. Determine Your Personal Organization Preferences

Different people prefer different things when it comes to organization in their home. For a lot of...

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9 Year Survivor of Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Shares His Journey

by GregP_WN

 A Stage IV Colorectal cancer diagnosis is a tough piece of news to receive. WhatNexter PhillieG received that almost 9 years ago. Despite several surgeries, chemo, radiation, bouts with other side effect health problems like his current bout with pneumonia, PhillieG keeps a positive attitude and outlook on his life. Take a look at this interview with Greg P WhatNext Community Mgr as we talk about surviving a late stage cancer diagnosis.

Do you have an inspirational story of surviving...

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Losing Weight After Chemotherapy

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

We have had a lot of questions on the site concerning how to lose weight after chemotherapy . Weight gain is a side effect of cancer treatment and might affect your self esteem and morale. There are no magic ways to lose weight gained from chemo or other cancer treatment, but WhatNexters say it may help to focus on your overall health and the practical things you can do to lose weight.

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Talk to Your Care Team
Your care team of doctors and nurses can give suggestions on how to lose weight...

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12 Year Survivor of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer Tells Story

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter Russ describes his journey with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Greg Pierce, Community Mgr. for WhatNext chats with Russ about finding his cancer, treatments, and being a long time survivor of a cancer that many do not survive. Russ offers hope and inspiration for anyone who has been diagnosed with a late stage cancer that YES, you can survive a late stage diagnosis.

Do you have an inspiring survival story you would like to share? Contact Greg here to set up an interview to share...

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To port or not to port? – WhatNexters Weigh in on Chemo Ports

by GregP_WN

Getting a port for chemotherapy is a decision that a lot of WhatNexters have faced. A port, also known as a mediport or a portacath, is an access device used to give chemotherapy treatment. 

Power Port

While it’s really a personal preference, getting or not getting a port is something that will affect you every time you get chemo treatment and in some ways will affect your daily life. None of these bits shared by WhatNexters should be considered “rule” or medical advice, but maybe these personal...

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