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Research Means Hope for Rare Cancers

by Tonya Nelson.

The last day of February each year marks Rare Disease Day, a time to raise awareness for the diseases many have never heard of or know very little about. There are 7,000 rare diseases, which affect 30 million Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates this year nearly 13%, or 1 in 8, of cancer diagnoses, among those 20 and older will be rare cancers. That means over 200,000 rare cancer diagnoses in 2017.

Rare Disease Day February 28

This year’s Rare Disease Day celebrates research and what it means for these...

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

by GregP_WN.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so..... what does that mean? With hundreds of thousands of cancer cases preventable through good diet, exercise and weight control, this month's "awareness" is not just to let someone know that you have a particular kind of cancer, or that there is another cancer out there that everyone should know about. But it is instead geared toward preventing as many of these cancer cases as possible from ever getting diagnosed. 

February National Cancer Prevention Month

It is estimated that...

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My Wife Has Cancer - A Husband and Caregiver's Story

by "Gumpus61".


Someone said when you’re falling in or out of love every song on the radio is about you. The Same is true of the cancer experience. Most everyone, at some awful or wonderful way point, relates that moment to a song. 

My Wife Has Cancer A Husband And Caregiver's Story

My wife is dying of cancer and there is not a damn thing I can do about it. We husbands of cancer cry often, and with deep feeling, but more often alone than with our wives….and right at that moment I sat in Traffic and was the loneliest man in the world. If...

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Making a Facebook “Game” of Cancer

by Brian English.

What’s with All the Hearts?

Making A Facebook Game Of Cancer

A new Facebook “game” is meant raising awareness, but it’s raising hackles instead.

If you’re a woman, you may have noticed all those little red heart emojis popping up on your Facebook page recently. It might take a few minutes to realize it, but this is supposed to be a way to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.

Here’s how it works: you post a heart on a female friend’s Facebook page, then send a private message explaining that the heart is a subtle...

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Life Planning For Cancer Patients

by Jackie Waters.

When planning for the future, life can start to get pretty intimidating. Especially if you have children, property, and aging parents. There is so much to consider: debt, college tuition, retirement, inflation, etc. Oftentimes we become so overwhelmed by these subjects that we procrastinate or put it out of our minds entirely.

Life Planning For Cancer Patients

The problem is, life has a tendency to throw curve balls — especially when we least expect it.
A cancer diagnosis forces you to accept the future sooner rather than...

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#BCSM - Breast Cancer Social Media Support

by Elissa Malcohn.

Community Resource: Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM)

Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) is but one example of how Twitter is much, much more than tweets about celebrity gossip or what someone had for dinner. This very active community includes patients, doctors and other health care providers, researchers, caregivers, advocates, and other supporters. I found #BCSM two months after my diagnosis and participated in my first chat four days after my first chemo infusion. 

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A Dream Team...

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Cancer Patients Have Heroes Too

by Brian English.

Many people describe those who are battling the disease as “heroes.” But the truth is, every cancer patient needs a hero of their own. Someone from whom they can draw strength and hope. Someone to look up to, to keep them going when the going gets tough.

We Can Be Heroes

After asking members of the WhatNext community who inspires them most, we found that cancer patients – people who fight a real battle every day – have different kinds of heroes than everyone else.” You won’t find athletes, actors on this...

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What to Expect From Cancer Treatments

by GregP_WN.

A cancer diagnosis can cause a whirlwind of questions and emotions. Often the specifics of the road ahead are unknown. Many WhatNexters agree that it felt easier once they found out more, got familiar with treatment plans, and found ways to stay positive and cope in their everyday life. 

What To Expect From Cancer Treatments

“I took it one thing at a time. I keep thinking each procedure, each treatment, is one more step towards recovery and that keeps me moving forward.” -- Beannie, Breast Cancer, Stage I


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Chemo Induced Facial Acne and Remedies

by Brian English.

Chemotherapy is notorious for its side effects. But while hair loss, vomiting, and diarrhea get all the attention, there’s one lesser-known side effect that can be just as tough: acne.

Chemo Induced Facial Acne

It’s true: your chemo treatment might end up taking your face on a time trip back to those thrilling days of puberty. Who says chemo can’t make you feel young again?

It might seem minor, but the reemergence of facial acne during cancer treatment is an added source of low self-esteem for patients. You can get a...

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What is a Chemo Port and Why You Will Want One!

by GregP_WN.

A chemotherapy port is sometimes referred to as a mediport, cancer port, or port a cath, is a vascular access device that is implanted under the skin so that people with cancer can be given chemotherapy. A power port is a port that enables patients to receive IV therapy as well as contrast CT scans.

For more information on chemotherapy read our guide: How WhatNexters Prepared for Chemotherapy.

What Is A Port, And Why You Will Want One

Over a thousand WhatNexters have shared their firsthand experiences with chemotherapy ports. We...

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