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    What to Expect From Radiation Treatment

    You probably don’t know what to expect when going into radiation therapy for the first time. It is okay to be a little uneasy; below are some insights from the American Cancer Society and WhatNexters that may help.

    WhatNexter’s recommend reading the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Radiation Therapy. It provides insight on what it is, how it helps, and deeper discussion on the treatment.

    The first source to go for questions about what to expect from radiation therapy is your doctor. Here is a preview of questions that the American Cancer Society suggests asking before beginning treatment.

    What is the goal of my radiation therapy?

    How will I get radiation, how often, and for how long?


    What side effects can I expect?

    Additional information below from WhatNext does not represent medical advice and all input is from WhatNexters themselves.

    Some WhatNexters have felt nervous when going through their first radiation treatment but say that they have gotten more comfortable after each treatment.

    My radiation oncologist made me feel comfortable. I was glad that there was a "simulation" appointment in the beginning, so I was able to get a good sense of what would happen during the actual treatment. I was covered well and did not feel exposed - they made it as dignified as possible.” -- Joachima, Undifferentiated Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma

    Skin Reactions

    Side effects are different for everyone. A common side effect are skin reactions which have been likened to sunburn. If you experience reactions you can ask your medical team for suggestions; as always be sure to consult your doctor before trying anything.

    Related Questions: Beginning radiation - any specific tips? and Does anyone have advice about radiation skin reactions?

    Fatigue

    “I was going through radiation in my last treatments, after 2 weeks of it, I had to take a nap everyday at 2, like clock work, I got droopy and went home.” -- GregP_WN, Hodgkin Disease, Stage II
    Another common side effect of radiation therapy is fatigue. Many WhatNexters would prepare for the fatigue ahead of time by planning time after treatment to rest. You won't feel it immediately, but after at least one week of treatment, possibly more, you will start to feel tired as the day goes on. These changes are very slow to happen and are not noticed sometimes, it could be two or three weeks into treatment when all of a sudden you notice that you are getting extremely sleepy around the same time every day. Or you find that you need to go to bed earlier in the evening.

    Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Radiation

    It is important to take care of yourself during radiation. Ask your doctor or nurses for specific tips on what to do. The American Cancer Society offers these tips:

    Get rest. If you feel more tired than normal it is important to get enough rest during the day and sleep at night.

    Eat well. Be mindful of what you are eating and talk to your doctor about getting the nutrients you need to feel stronger, especially if you experience side effects that keep you from eating.

    Take care of the skin where you are being treated. Clean your skin per your nurse’s suggestion. Ask your doctor about other products that will help treat your skin.

    Wear loose fitting clothes. This is a practical suggestion because tight fitting clothes can rub and irritate the treatment area.

    Protect your skin during sun exposure.
    Dental Issues
    If you have radiation to the head/neck/throat area, you can expect dental issues. This happens due to two main things. First, the radiation often reduces your salivary function or kills your saliva glands completely leaving your mouth dry all the time. 
    While this is most often temporary, it can be permanent. You will want to discuss these possiblilities with your oncologist and dentist. In the most severe cases you could lose your teeth due to a combination of events. The radiation reduces or kills your salivary action, causing your mouth to be dry all the time, which causes your mouth to have a higher level of food particles, drink residue and less enzymes from natural saliva which usually helps to clean all of that out. 
    The body is said to produce more than a gallon of saliva in a typical day. This saliva is used to naturally keep your mouth clean and moist. Without this action your mouth is dry, the teeth get brittle, decay starts and teeth are lost. This happens quickly, sometimes even with prophylactic care by your dentist. 
    If you have a head and neck cancer, your oncologist will often send you for a consultation with the oral surgery department at that facility to get ahead of this problem. 
    Radiation Stenosis of Carotid Arteries
    Having radiation to the neck area can also cause stenosis or artery blockage in the carotid arteries in your neck. The radiation can actually cause the arteries to restrict, with the added problem of plaque in the arteries, a person can have strokes due to restricted blood flow. 
    This problem is often hidden and doesn't show up until a person has symptoms of a stroke. The blood flow and artery condition can be checked with a simple ultrasound. 
    Radiation therapy can affect everyone differently. While the treatment may be unfamiliar, it may help to go in with a positive outlook that this treatment will help you reach your end goal. How did radiation affect you? Do you have any suggestions on what new patients can expect from radiation therapy or what they can do to prepare themselves? We would love to hear about your own experience.











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    We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?

    This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get. Here are a few things we think they could learn from the cancer patients that they serve, and some of the things that some facilities do very well.
    Could You Please Try to Do These Things?
    1. The person doing the "stick" should be someone that's good at it, please don't turn me into a pin cushion!


    It is apparently a little harder to hit a vein than it looks like. And that is compounded when dealing with a cancer patient. Due to several things, dehydration, chemo damaged veins, etc., a cancer patient is a much harder stick. Please have some butterfly needles on hand and the person doing the draws, IV starts, etc. should be someone that is experienced with sticking cancer patients. 
    2. The hospital room being dark and quiet, would be very nice. ~Songwriter

    Most of the time anyone in bad enough condition to have to be in the hospital needs some rest anyway. Again, we cancer patients are sometimes worse and a little peace and quiet (and dark) would be nice. It's hard to get rest when someone is barging into the room every four hours yelling at the top of their lungs that "it's vitals time!!!" This while the lights all come on at once. It's enough to scare the sick out of you! 
    How about coming in quietly, and gently waking us up, then turn on just enough light to get the job done? It can take another hour to get back to sleep after getting jolted out of bed like that all night long. 
    3. While in the hospital I have heard the Nurses out at the Nurse's station talking loudly about the patient in room 323. I don't need to hear it! ~BoiseB


    Not only do I not need to hear it, but I don't want everyone else hearing it when you start talking about what a lousy patient I am or describing my giant draining wound on the side of my neck, and how terrible it is! How about a little privacy and decorum?
    4. Treat your patients as if they are your mother, father, child, wife or husband. or better yet everything you do or say to them will be said and done to you. ~CassieMe1

    I think this is a great piece of advice. Some health care workers get hardened over time and tend to forget that we are real people, with feelings, pains, fears, and don't want to be there, and we are probably pretty scared about the whole deal. Don't treat us like we are just there with a boo boo. Show some concern, empathy, and compassion, if you're not capable of doing this, I might suggest another career path. 
    5. Remember that our needs, while they may seem insignificant to you, are huge to us at the time. 


    Simply needing to go to the restroom is a HUGE thing. If we need to go, WE NEED TO GO! Don't say "it's not my job" and look for a CNA to come help. By the time you get back with someone else to do what you could have done, it might be too late. We have lost almost all dignity by this time anyway, having to mess the bed because someone wouldn't help is demeaning and unnecessary. 
    6. Doctor-Please slow down when you are telling me all this medical jargon. 

    I'm not a Doctor, you are, I am scared, tired, sick and my mind is racing. Explain things to me so I can understand them, and in a way that won't make my anxiety and fears worse. I've had Doctor's do this very well, and I've had some that were obviously in their first weeks of practice, and they needed more practice. And, we want to hear it straight, but you don't have to be "Doctor Doom" either. 
    7. Be respectful of the patient's time. ~Phoenix76


    See the patient within 10 minutes of the appointment (I waited 45 minutes one time - I had to - I was in pain); if the doctor is running late, call the patient to let them know. Many of us move things around in our schedule in order to be there on time; the doctor should be on time, too! I consistently arrive 10 minutes before my appt. time; I often have to wait 20-30 minutes beyond the appt. time. (Maybe I should start billing THEM! ha, ha, ha!)
    8. Take a few minutes to look over my records before you come in the consultation room. ~Beachbum5817

    Don't ask me if I had a mammogram when if you had looked at my chart, you would know that I had a double mastectomy. Also, don't ask me if I need a refill for drugs that are only used on hormone positive patients. I know they see a lot of patients, and I don't expect them to remember all of the facts. However, a quick look at the chart will bring them up to speed. It would help to make me feel like less of a number.
    9. Please don't keep me waiting for 2 - 3 hours beyond my scheduled appointment to hear the results of my CT scan. ~Jayne

    It puts so much undue stress on me!  [#Scanxiety] If it's good news, send someone out to reassure me. If it's not, let me know the doctor is running behind and acknowledge the delay. Even better, call me (since I live local) and let me know that I can come in later than my scheduled appointment.
    10. How about having some big picture windows in the waiting area if possible, some low background music, smaller groupings of chairs, good magazines to look at, blankets in the exam rooms,  would be great to cut through the awkward silence. Decorations on the walls that are bible verses or inspirational quotes lift my mood. - KeishaP

    Having sunshine flow into the waiting room is a wonderful thing for a cancer patient, the feeling of the sun shining on your face is one of the "little things" that make us feel alive. Some low background music to cut through that awkward silence that is sometimes there would be great too. Smaller groupings of chairs, with some private spaces, so you can be off to yourself if you need or want to be. Bright surroundings, with decorations that are uplifting and inspirational, are great.
    These Facilities Do Things Right!
    1. Could you at least act like I've been there before? The last treatment facility we went to was great.~Freebird

    "They get the people relations part right. There is no little sliding glass door or grumpy people to greet us when we go in. It's an open waiting room with a counter and friendly people who greet us by name when we go in. On the first visit, they took a Polaroid photo, and they seem to know everyone who walks through that front door." 
    2. "There is a special lounge area for anyone who has any type of cancer issues. ~ barriesmum


    No matter what type of cancer it is and it's open to men and women. You can just sit and relax in their comfy chairs, they have volunteers who will chat with you, they have professionals come in and donate their time to give massages etc. and it's all free. I find it a great place to unwind after I've had a saline infusion for my breast reconstruction process." --
    3. "As the spouse, it is very important to me my husband always be comfortable and his dignity respected. ~ Queen_Tatiana

    The staff here go over and above every single expectation I have. For example, My husband is 6'6 and terribly sick from the chemo treatment--he is not comfortable in the chemo chair, and they always have a private room with a bed waiting for him. The volunteer staff stop by every so often to check on me and see if I need anything and offer to bring me breakfast then lunch." 
    4. "I was scared. Really scared, when I heard the word chemo. ~ CommaWitch


    Then, you walk into a room full of machines and chairs and people in differing stages of treatment. I wanted to run. I almost did. Of course, I'm so glad I didn't. I have never met anyone with more compassion and affection for others than an oncology nurse. More smiles, hugs, and encouragement have never been given to me and although I know surgery and chemo saved my life, those people rescued my soul." 
    5. "I loved the level of personal care that my treatment facility showed. ~jennqt

    The nurses gave me their direct phone number so I could reach them quickly when issues arose. My cancer center has an awesome group of volunteers who circulate through the waiting areas with fresh baked cookies and drinks for patients and their families. Sometimes a warm chocolate chip cookie is the best medicine!" 
    6. "Framed letters from previous patients on the wall" -KeishaP

    One Doctor even had framed letters on the wall from previous patients. This gave me hope, this gave me hope and told me those people were important to him. 
    What do you wish your facility would learn to do? Or, what do they do that others could copy? Comment below with your pros and cons for your Doctor's office, treatment facility and/or hospital and drop by the WhatNext site and discuss the issues you're facing lately. There is always someone available that "gets it". 

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    It's a Cancer Thing-You Wouldn't Understand

    Since you’re reading a blog that’s dedicated to cancer issues, it’s likely that you’re in the club. You’re one of the people who’ve had their lives touched (and turned upside down) by this disease.

    Some cancer experiences can only be truly understood by other members of the club. Ann Marie Giannino-Otis, a breast cancer survivor who writes the Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog dedicated a post to the topic “It’s a Cancer Thing. You Wouldn’t Understand.” It’s a list/rant of some of “inside” experience that only cancer patients can relate to. Here’s a small sample:
    I pulled a hangnail last week my finger and hand swelled. It's a cancer thing you wouldn't understand.

    I have scans and blood work coming up and it makes me crazy with worry. It's a cancer thing you wouldn't understand.

    I forget what I was going to say. It's a cancer thing you wouldn't understand.

    I feel like I am 90. It's a cancer thing you wouldn't understand.

    Giannino-Otis is not alone. Cancer patients all over the Internet have used blogs to share insights about their personal fights against the disease with other patients. For fellow members of “the club,” posts like these bring nods of understanding; they also provide those outside of the cancer experience a glimpse of a reality and a new appreciation for the struggles.
    Blogger AylaMRuby’s post “20 Things Only Cancer Patients/Survivors (and Their Families) Understand,” has a more lighthearted take on these very serious insights. Here are a few examples;
    Getting asked to describe certain bodily fluids becomes the new “How was your day?”

    Having to tell people how ridiculous it is to worry about radiation from your cell phone when you’ve had full-body radiation and you’re obviously still here.

     Making jokes with your cancer friends, your family, or nurses that normal people would find appalling.

    Posts like these illustrate how the Internet has become a helpful support system for cancer patients. These bloggers who are moved to share their opinions and experience have become incredible ambassadors for the entire cancer community. They are more than a personal catharsis, but they also make amazing strides in getting those outside of the community to get a real feel – and empathy – for the community.
    In their immediacy and visceral power, they are far more effective at raising actual cancer awareness than a pink t-shirt or a cancer walk. The posts not only put a face on the disease but a personality as well.
    Blogs like these – and, we hope, WhatNext – serve not only as a place of shared experience for those with cancer, but also a valuable source for the newly diagnosed. They can help prepare new patients for the experiences and emotions they will face.
    These blogs help us come together. And no other online community comes together to share ups, downs, joys, sorrows, hope, pain … that’s one cancer thing we do understand.
    What cancer experiences and insights do you think aren’t understood by those without the disease? Let us know at WhatNext!

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    One of the more difficult aspects of cancer is that the physical changes caused by the treatment can cause you to lose what might be called your “medical anonymity.” Hair loss. Weight loss. Weight gain. Skin lesions, Scars … these outward signs of your cancer battle are often obvious to one and all.

    Except when they aren’t.
    “I ran into an acquaintance at my local Starbucks,” writes WhatNexter ShortCuts. “Upon learning about my cancer returning, she said, ‘Well, you look great without hair,’ as she flipped her over-done, blonde locks in my face.”
    While cancer can turn a patient’s life upside down, everyone else around them are still locked into the daily concerns of their own lives, including things that have become – to cancer patients – insignificant.
    This can often lead patients to endure a barrage of blithe comments from people. Which can be tough to take – even if the person making the unintentionally offensive or hurtful comment didn’t mean it.
    But this phenomenon isn’t reserved simply for cancer patients; their loved ones experience it, too. After all, cancer impacts an entire family – not just the patient. And the resulting chaos can cause caregivers undergo physical changes, too. Incredible stress, sleeplessness, and nearly nonstop worry absolutely takes its toll.

    Writer Jennifer Liebrum found a compliment so unsettling that it inspired her to pen a piece for the New York Times “Well” blog. Liebrum writes that the stress of her 12-year-old daughter Devon’s treatment for myeloid leukemia caused her to lose weight. And she hadn’t thought about it much. Until a friend visited Liebrum and her daughter in the hospital.
    “After I arrived at the hospital, a friend stopped by to visit,” Liebrum wrote. “Before acknowledging Devon, she looked at me. With purrs of envy, she commented on how thin I looked. Again, I was at a loss for words. My daughter was not.
    “My mom is not skinny because she worked at it,” Devon told our visitor. “It’s because I’m sick.”
    Liebrum writes that the friend merely waved off the comment and continued with the visit. Another friend complimented Liebrum about her weight loss, saying that she looked “amazing,” and adding that she’d “love to catch the stomach bug this year and lose a few pounds myself.”
    Both of these comments are thoughtless. But are they meant to callous? As hurtful as comments like these can be, it’s likely that they are the result of people feeling socially awkward around cancer patients. Very often when we’re nervous, we fall back on the banal small talk that pervades day-to-day life. It would be nice to think that people – especially people close to you – would have the presence of mind to put their brains in gear before opening their mouths. But hey … people aren’t perfect.
    Of course, not all cancer “compliments” are bad. WhatNexter Carool writes that she thought the first wig she bought after her losing her hair due to breast cancer treatments looked – in her words – “ridiculous.”
    But when a young neighbor saw Carool in her wig, she told her, “Your hair looks great!”

    “I didn’t mind hearing that,” Carool wrote. And you could almost hear her smile has she typed it.
    Have you run into any thoughtless compliments during your cancer journey? Share them with us on the WhatNext forums!

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    Research Means Hope for Rare Cancers

    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.


    This year’s Rare Disease Day celebrates research and what it means for these patients: Hope. Receiving any cancer or disease diagnosis is trying, but many rare cancers have poor prognoses or very little information available about them, making already difficult news that much worse. With about 3,000 diagnosed annually in the United States, mesothelioma is an example of a rare cancer. Patients with this asbestos-caused cancer face a poor prognosis of just 12-21 months, with only about 9% of patients living to 5 years. Sarcoma is another rare cancer with a typically poor prognosis because the cancer often isn’t found until it has already progressed to a later stage.


    But these patients still find hope, and new initiatives in recent years have started to give us all a real reason to believe in new, better treatment options for even these rare cancers. The Cancer Moonshot 2020 Initiative led by former Vice President Joe Biden has given a huge surge to cancer research. This collaboration between government, private companies, and researchers in different areas is meant to find the cure for cancer. In just 5 years, the initiative wants to push forward decades’ worth of research. Their work has already seen terrific progress, especially with immunotherapy, a type of cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight the cancerous cells.
    Some of the partnerships within the Moonshot have started to develop new technological advancements to aid researchers’ work. For example, IBM teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the goal to help 10,000 veterans in the next few years. Veterans make up about 3.5% of all cancer diagnoses, and with IBM’s Watson for Genomics technology they’re hoping to better treat these patients with targeted therapies. IBM’s technology is able to save time by referencing mutations in the genes that may cause cancer and pair this information with the most effective treatments available. This is just one of many breakthroughs that has occurred in the past year. The 21st Century Cures Act, which passed in December, secured $1.8 billion for continued, accelerated cancer research through the Moonshot.



    Beyond the many collaborations occurring through the Cancer Moonshot, other research projects have emerged with the same goal: finding a cure for cancer. Microsoft stepped up to the plate with what they’ve called Project Hanover. Small groups of researchers are tackling different aspects of cancer. One team is working on finding a way to better sort all the information from the leading oncologists of the world in order to allow them to more easily create personalized treatment plans for patients. Another team is looking at tumor progression through machine learning, while other researchers are using computing data to help determine how cancer develops and the best way to treat them. Fundamentally, this project is centered around precision medicine or treatment designed specifically for each individual patient’s needs. Cancer isn’t one size fits all, and though chemotherapy is often the first-line treatment for many patients, having their own unique treatment plan can mean a world of difference for their prognosis--especially for rare cancers that often aren’t found until a later stage.
    In addition to working on specifically finding a cure for cancer, other researchers are diving into improving patient care and in turn improving personalized treatment. The University of Southern California is working on developing wearable technologies and apps specifically for cancer patients. In their project known as ATOM-HP, the goal is to provide real-time data to patients’ doctors on the symptoms they’re experiencing to improve their comfort and make better treatment decisions. This will give doctors a real inside look at their patients’ experience outside their in-person interactions, giving them the opportunity to intervene before symptoms get worse and hopefully greatly improve quality of life during treatment. The co-leader on the project, Dr. Peter Kuhn, said “The more than 30,000 minutes between visits are a missed opportunity. Technology can be leveraged to fill this gap and provide a comprehensive picture. The collected data can lead to better treatment decisions, better survival rates, and better understanding between physician and patient.” This real-time data can help fast track research, providing invaluable information to scientists.


    Research is the key to hope for all cancers, but especially rare cancers that often get overlooked. 2016 saw a lot of amazing progress in developing technology and treatment methods that could change how we face cancer forever. Hopefully, the momentum and progress will continue in this new year, and we can one day see these combined efforts find the cure for all kinds of cancer.

    Browse Rare Cancer Profiles at WhatNext

    Today's Blog Post is by Tonya Nelson, she is a health advocate working to raise awareness for mesothelioma, a rare but preventable cancer. Her hope is to educate on the dangers of asbestos to better prevent this cancer and make a difference for a global ban on the toxin. She also hopes to see more and better treatment options for all those who face a rare disease through continued awareness and continued support for research.

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    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. 


    It is estimated that over 340,000 cases of cancer could be prevented if people would make small changes in their lifestyle by moving more, weighing less, and eating healthier. Add quit smoking on top of that and nearly half of the new cancer diagnoses each year could be prevented. 
    To mark World Cancer Day on February 4th and the start of Cancer Prevention Month, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is leading a partnership of organizations and associations in a bold awareness campaign that urges Americans to take evidence-based action to lower their risk.

    On the American Institute for Cancer Research's "Can Prevent" website, you can take a survey answering the most common reasons you don't exercise, keep moving, and eat healthier. You can also download a free 30-day Prevention checklist to help keep you on schedule to a healthier life. The results of a survey done by AICR shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of cancer and that they are unaware that diet, exercise and weight can have an effect on their cancer risk. See the results of the survey HERE.
    This "cancer awareness month" goes a little beyond just letting people know about cancer, it is trying to encourage people to do something to help themselves remain cancer free. The Companies listed below are just some of the organizations that have joined in AICR's program. 
    The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians • The American College of Lifestyle Medicine • The American College of Preventive Medicine • The American Society for Nutrition • The Blue Cure Foundation • California Walnuts • Cancer For College • Careers through Culinary Arts Program • Cary Medical Center • The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation • Four Seasons Healthcare Consultants • Healthy Dining Finder.com • The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association • Latinas Contra Cancer • LessCancer.org • Meatless Monday • Men’s Health Network • Merkle Response Management Group • The Obesity Society • The James: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center • Oldways • The Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics • Pink Aroostook • PROShred Security • Savor Health • The American Pulse Association • The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation • The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts • SuperKids Nutrition
    You CAN have an impact on your own cancer risk, take a look at the links listed above and try to work in a little more activity each day, start small and work your way up to more involved and more strenuous activity. Something is better than nothing, every step you take is a step in the right direction. 
    World Cancer Day


    Part of National Cancer Prevention Month is World Cancer Day, on February 4th.  The World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium in Paris on 4 February 2000. This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilization of the global community against cancer.
    How Can You Get Involved?
    Take a look at ACIR's page on How You Can Help for many suggestions to help them. 
    You can:

    Support Cancer Research Help AICR continue to fund critical cancer research to pinpoint the specific lifestyle factors that help reduce cancer risk.

    Become a Cancer Research Partner: Join the Monthly Giving Program Give a monthly gift and become an AICR Cancer Research Partner. With your monthly support, you’ll help fight cancer every month

    Donate Your Vehicle and Support Cancer Research Vehicle donations are a great way to support cancer research and receive a tax deduction for your donation.
    To support World Cancer Day look at their page HERE. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone (as a collective or as individuals) can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.


    Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
    World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.
    The World Cancer Day Site has pre-made graphics for all social media channels that you can share to show your support. They invite you to use the hashtags of #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan in your posts. There are also several profile pictures and logos you can use on all social media channels, most of them are already optimized for the proper size for the channels. 
    So, during the Month of February, don't just tell people about your cancer, or any cancer in particular, but let's tell everyone one or two things that they can do to prevent 
    cancer, and then let's follow up and do those things ourselves. The life we save might just be our own!
    Log in at WhatNext and tell us what you're doing to encourage those around you to try to live a healthier life to lower their risk of a cancer diagnosis.