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Cancer Treatment After "ObamaCare"

by Brian English.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising win on election day, people everywhere are wondering how the President-Elect’s policies will effect their healthcare. Trump has long listed the repeal of Obamacare as the top priority of his first 100 days in office. In fact, it’s been rumored that Trump has actually talked about convening a special session of Congress on January 20, 2017 – the very day he takes the oath of office – in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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5 Cancer Myths

by Brian English.

They are spread by the media. They pop up on the Internet. You read them in email chains. On blogs. And in online forums. And often – perhaps most of all – you hear them in the hospital. They are the popular myths and rumors about cancer.

5 Cancer Myths

You don’t have to be part of the cancer community too long before you’re well versed nearly every “popular” cancer rumor and misconception. And, in an equally short time, certain of these persistent lines of bull you-know-what can make you crazy. As with...

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4 Tips for Battling Neuropathy

by Brian English.

It’s an unfortunate reality that chemotherapy and other drugs that fight cancer can often damage peripheral nerves. As a result, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. This syndrome can result in feelings of numbness, burning sensation, pain, and tingling in the extremities, as well balance issues, and more.

4 Tips For Battling Neuropathy

On top of the other body blows that come with chemotherapy treatment, these after effects can just seem like insult to...

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November Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN.

In the month of November we recognize the following cancers and these events:

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

There are three main types of lung cancer. Knowing which type you have is important because it affects your treatment options and your outlook (prognosis). If you aren’t sure which type of lung cancer you have, ask your doctor so you can get the right information.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This is the most common type of lung cancer. About 85% of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancers. Squamous...

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3 Tips for Comprehensive Lung Health

by Brook Spencer.

When it comes to lung health, there are many factors that can attribute to complications like cancer. Unfortunately, some of these are out of your control. However, many lung conditions can be avoided and controlled to some extent. It’s best to take all possible steps to prevent poor lung health!

3 Tips For Comprehensive Lung Health

Improve Indoor Air Quality

While seemingly safe, your home can contain lots of possible toxins that can lead to poor lung health. As a best practice, look out for the following in your home:

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What's it Like: Having a Mastectomy

by Brian English.

The What's It Like? Blog Series

It's Ok To Be Scared

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters deliver straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’s It...

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Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

by Brian English.

Dear Loved Ones,

To say that I’m tired would be an understatement. I’m drained. Empty. There’s nothing in the tank. Cancer-related fatigue is real. It could be the disease that’s doing this to me. Or it could be the cure – turns out that radiation and chemotherapy really are the butt-kickers everyone says they are.

Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

So, yes: I’m listless. Out of it. And it’s putting a real dent in my quality of life. Napping helps, but not for long. Because this is a bone-tiredness that can’t be kept at bay...

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What it's Like to Have Chemotherapy

by Brian English.

The What’s It Like? Blog Series

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. 

What's It Like To Have Chemotherapy

Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters delivers straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’...

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6 Things You Should Know About "Pinktober"

by Brian English.

Dear Pinktober Fans,

Look, we all know it’s Pinktober. Of course, it’s kind of impossible to miss. And we know that you’re all-in on pink ribbons, and Breast Cancer Awareness retail promotions. Not to mention the Twitter posts. And the Facebook posts. And the Instagram posts.

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But if you’ll excuse us, not all of us are thrilled with it. There are some things about it we wish could be toned down. In fact, many cancer patients and survivors have come to absolutely loathe every one of the 31...

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What it Means to Survive Cancer

by GregP_WN.

With new treatments and medical advances, the odds of surviving cancer are greater than they’ve ever been before. And they’re increasing all the time. And while that’s great news, there’s little doubt that time between the day of your cancer diagnosis and the day you’re told that there is “No Evidence of Disease” is going to change you forever.

Hello I Am A Survivor

Coming through to the other side can yield valuable lessons about life that are often lost on those who’ve not lived through. For her book Mind Over...

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