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    CancerNews asked a questionCancer

    survivors are thrilled to be, well,...survivors. But the long term side effects are sometimes unknown.

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      My favorite hematological response: ""Doctor, what are the long-term side effects of this drug"

      Doctor (laughing) "You'll tell us!"

      My basic response to inquiries regarding my well being is "I am delighted to be ANYWHERE!"

      2 months ago
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    Prior to my mastectomy someone said how lucky I was to be getting a " boob job"

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    We are putting a blog post together about things to NOT say to a cancer patient.

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      My first round of chemo 5fu for 24/7 for 5 weeks. The oncologist told me that 5fu will not be a chemo to have you lose your hair. You know...come to think of it I don't think I have ever seen a man lose his hair. I'm sure it has happened but not as much as women. My best to all of you...Russ

      3 months ago
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      Things not to say: stories about other people who had this cancer and died. I completely understand that people are trying to help but I can't follow the "helpful" thinking with this one at all. Becoming the cancer patient's Food and Behavior Police: "you can NEVER eat that (favorite food) again", "don't walk too far" "don't you dare bring your husband that cup of coffee, make him get it himself!", "you must try XYZ holistic remedy or treatment, no really my uncle's dogwalker's friend did great with it". I was lucky enough to enjoy a long career with tons of responsibility, always took care of myself and my family, I have the discipline and wherewithal to follow my doctors instructions very closely, I do NOT need a warden. My favorite response to this nonsense is "they removed my ovaries, not my brain".

      Things to say: I have been very comforted by people praying for me, adding my name to prayer groups, etc obviously it depends on the individual. It helps to counteract the helplessness one feels on hearing that a friend has a serious illness. Definitely ask what the person needs and then listen. carefully. Keep following up if they say "nothing right now" because that can change. Share the many stories of wonderful breakthroughs being made in science every day: I tell everyone "this ain't your Grandma's ovarian cancer" because there is truly so much reason to be hopeful.

      3 days ago
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      Don’t ever tell a cancer survivor , “ I had a friend or loved one or patient once with your type of cancer who lasted almost xxx number of years .”

      1 day ago
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