When you have cancer, it seems like just about everyone has advice about what to do. While this type of advice can be helpful, I always found it to be more helpful when someone advised me about something I should NOT do. Cancer can be a journey of ups and downs, but there are a few things that we should stop doing to have more highs than lows. 10 Things to Stop Doing If You Have Cancer
As I said, the advice about what to do is extremely helpful! Here are some things you should definitely do if you have cancer:
1. Ask questions! Here is a list of 10 questions you should ask your doctor when diagnosed.
2. Determine if you need a second opinion. Check out these tips for getting a second opinion.
3. Choose an oncologist, preferably one that specializes or has experience in treating your cancer. How to Find an Oncologist
4. If you don't have insurance, develop a financial plan. Paying for Cancer Treatment When You Are Uninsured
Now that you have solved the logistics of your treatment, it's time to focus on you and how you will cope with cancer.
1. Tell your friends and family about your cancer.This can be one of the toughest parts of treatment. Through revealing your battle, you will gain much needed support. Telling Your Friends and Family You Have Cancer
3. Know that depression can be common among cancer patients. Learn the symptoms and when to seek help.
4. Find your own way of emotional venting to prevent and relieve stress. Here are some ideas.
Creating a scrapbook can be a great way to chronicle your journey with cancer. Personally, I have never created a scrapbook, but after seeing a patient's scrapbook, I have become a huge fan because of the many benefits. It's therapeutic and I truly believe it can help you cope and mentally "sort" your experiences, good or bad. It also helps you to remember things that like the annoying roommate that wouldn't stop talking during a hospital stay or the time a small child asked to rub your bald head. It's these little moments that truly bring us back to our fight and help us remember how hard we fought or are fighting. Check out these awesome ideas for scrapbook pages for a cancer scrapbook.
For the average healthy person, the flu can keep them in bed for a week, but for a person with cancer, it can quickly lead to hospitalization. Cancer treatment can weaken your immune system, leaving you especially vulnerable to infections. Not only are you more at risk of viral, bacterial, and other types of infections, your body has a tougher time fighting them off. If you have cancer, you absolutely must take precautions to protect yourself against the flu and other infections.
The FDA has approved a new drug used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in patients who have not been treated previously for the disease. The drug, Gazyva, is used in conjunction with chemotherapy to treat the disease. The drug is available now in the U.S., just weeks after its approval.
CLL is the most common type of leukemia diagnosed in adults. About 15,000 adults are diagnosed in the United States each year. CLL is the result of a genetic mutation that causes an uncontrolled growth of lymphocytes in the body.
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Yes, the title is misleading. High calorie and high protein milk shakes will definitely not cause you to lose weight. But, if you have cancer, weight loss may be a real issue for you! Side effects from treatment like nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhea can cause rapid weight loss. High protein/high calorie milkshakes can help you get those calories and extra protein you need while you battle cancer. If you aren't experiencing weight loss during cancer treatment, these types of shakes are not for you! Contrary to popular belief, weight loss doesn't affect every cancer patient. In fact, many people gain weight during cancer treatment!
If you need extra calories and protein in your diet, try these delicious high calorie, high protein milkshake recipes!
A few days ago actor Hugh Jackman posted a picture on his Instagram account of himself adorned with a bandage on his nose. The caption read "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!".
In an interview with Variety, Jackman said his wife had noticed a red spot on his nose and urged him to get it checked out by a doctor. Thankfully, he heeded his wife's advice, as it turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. It most often develops on the hands, face, and neck. About 80 percent of all skin cancer cases are basal cell carcinomas, or BCC.I want to applaud Hugh Jackman for being so open about his cancer scare. When celebrities publicly discuss their illnesses, it brings so much awareness. Unfortunately, skin cancer is disease that so many feel "can't happen to them", despite being increasingly common. If you have a suspicious spot, bump, lesion, or mole, please see your doctor! It only takes a doctor a few minutes to visually check a suspicious area and determine if it needs further evaluation or is normal. If you are at high risk of skin cancer, it's best to see a dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings.
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Traveling during the holidays is stressful, even when you don't have cancer. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, traveling can be a nightmare at times. Unfortunately, when you have cancer, you can't just "get up and go" -- you have to prepare and take extra precautions. Traveling isn't impossible for most people with cancer, it just takes some careful planning. 10 Travel Tips for People Undergoing Chemotherapy
Many people with cancer feel especially apprehensive about traveling by air when they have a chemo port. The idea of going through airline security with a chemo port can seem stressful, especially with the stories in the media about cancer patients being subjected to extensive and unnecessary physical searches by airport screeners. I can only advise to be prepared and arrive early to the airport, just in case unexpected events arise during the security check. Tips for Air Travel with a Chemo Port
Do you have any travel tips to share? Leave your ideas and tips in the 'Comment' section below.
Creating a scrapbook can be a great way to chronicle your journey with cancer. Personally, I have never created a scrapbook, but after seeing a patient's scrapbook, I have become a huge fan because of the many benefits. It's therapeutic and I truly believe it can help you cope and mentally "sort" your experiences, good or bad. It also helps you to remember things that like the annoying roommate that wouldn't stop talking during a hospital stay or the time a small child asked to rub your bald head. It's these little moments that truly bring us back to our fight and help us remember how hard we fought or are fighting.
Even if you have never created a scrapbook before, check out these cancer scrapbook page ideas! They may inspire you to create one!
Fleetwood Mac's John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer. The 67 year old bassist's diagnosis was revealed when the New Zealand/Australia leg of the band's tour was cancelled so McVie could receive treatment. It remains unknown what type of cancer John McVie suffers from and what treatment he will undergo. McVie has been tight lipped about the diagnosis and prognosis.
On October 27, the Fleetwood Mac Facebook page updated its status with a message for fans:
"Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand. John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time."
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As we bid farewell to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we welcome National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
You may see purple ribbons here and there, but very little in comparison to the pink ribbons that create awareness for breast cancer. Pancreatic cancer research is shamefully underfunded and the disease desperately needs awareness. I challenge you to learn more about pancreatic cancer this month and share what you know with a friend or family member. You can start with the basics, such as pancreatic cancer symptoms or learning who is at risk.
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