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HPV Vaccine: Yes or No?

by Brian English.

In the last few years, the topic of vaccines has become quite divisive. But then, that’s usually what happens whenever a medical issue becomes a political football – something of which all cancer patients are all too aware.

Hpv Vaccine Yes Or No

Usually, the vaccines controversies aren’t found in the cancer community. After all, you can’t vaccinate against cancer … except in one case. The vaccine Gardasil can protect males and females against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

The HPV vaccination...

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Biopsies: A Primer

by Brian English.

The biopsy is usually the first step to diagnosing cancer. And “biopsy” is a term so often heard that people can get the impression that one biopsy is about the same as another. But that’s definitely not the case.

Biopsies A Primer

Biopsies are often discussed by WhatNexters, and there can sometimes be confusion; two forum members can be discussing biopsies, but since each are being treated for different forms of cancer, it’s likely that they experienced entirely different types of biopsy. So without...

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Things to Ask Your Oncologist on the First Visit

by Brian English.

The moments after your cancer diagnosis can be a whirlwind. Your mind is racing. It can be quite a shock and one that can take significant time from which to recover. And it’s not only possible but very likely that you’ll still be in a bit of a fog when it’s time to meet your oncologist for the first time.

Things To Ask Your Oncologist On The First Visit

All of it will seem like a blur at the time. But the initial stages of your treatment are critical. And you’ll want to be sure that you show up to that first visit with your...

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September Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN.

September a busy month for cancer awareness, it is the month to bring awareness to:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancers

From www.childrenscancer.org/gogold, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting our groundbreaking research.

During the month of September:

25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or...

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Sharing Bad News About Your Cancer

by Brian English.

Often the trickiest part of living with cancer is other peoples’ reactions to the disease. Sometimes, just telling longtime friends or close family about your condition can utterly change their demeanor. They become uncomfortable or begin to treat you as though you’re fragile. Normally fun, smiley, back-slapping friends can instantly become withdrawn and reserved upon hearing the news.

Sharing Bad News About Your Cancer

In most cases, this condition eases as time goes by. But during the course of your treatment, there...

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Cardiac Arrest to Stage IV Colon Cancer: Still a Survivor!

by GregP_WN.

Meet our WhatNexter of the Week, William Sams, in this picture, he has just survived cardiac arrest, being shocked back to life 3 times and having had an Automatic Installed Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implanted. he is with his Wife and kids, happy to have survived such an ordeal. Little did he know that this wasn't going to be the hardest fight of his life. 

William Sams After Cadiac Arrest

William, his Wife and kids in the hospital after having had surgery for the implant

William had served almost 14...

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Cancer and Nausea: Seven Tips for Relief

by Brian English.

There have been major advancements in reducing the side effects of cancer treatments in recent years. Thanks to new drug formulations, incidents of nausea and vomiting are now less severe and pass more quickly. But in spite of these advances, the battle against barfing, puking, tossing your cookies, vomiting, and generally feeling like you’re going to hurl still has yet to be won. 

Cancer And Nausea 7 Tips For Relief

According to the Canadian Cancer Research Journal Current Oncology, “approximately one half of cancer...

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Helping Children Cope With Your Hair Loss

by Heather Erickson.

Our blog post today is from Guest Blogger and WhatNexter "Donesewright" Heather Erickson. Heather is the caregiver for her Husband Dan who has fought through stage IV lung cancer. 

As adults, we have resources available to help prepare us for side effects we’ll experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other forms of cancer treatment. Our doctor can explain what to expect, and how long it will last. 

Helping Children Cope With Cancer Side Effects

Children, on the other hand (even teens), don’t have...

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The Second Opinion : It's Your Right

by Brian English.

Your cancer diagnosis often arrives with a thunderclap. You’re stunned. You’re reeling. And often you’ve barely absorbed the news of your diagnosis before you’re bombarded with information about your treatment. While you’re still there in shock, the doctor begins to tick through how he plans to attack the disease. Surgery, radiation, chemo … they all become a blur.Second Opinion It's Your Right

Regardless of how much you trust or like your oncologist, it’s only natural to think that maybe there’s more than one way to go...

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Celebrities and Cancer

by Brian English.

Cancer made headlines in the entertainment news when actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her breast cancer had spread, and she’d received a single mastectomy. The actress told Entertainment Tonight that after a recent surgery, it was discovered that “some of the cancer cells may actually have gone out of the lymph nodes.” She will soon be starting a course of chemo and radiation treatments.

Shannen Doherty

For people here in the WhatNext community, cancer isn’t a human interest story; it’s part of every...

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