Life Insurance for Cancer Survivors

It's not uncommon, as a cancer survivor, to consider your life insurance policies. One common concern is whether you'll qualify for life insurance as a cancer survivor.

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering what it might be like trying to obtain life insurance after your diagnosis. Good news! Plenty of life insurance companies happily insure cancer patients and survivors. Premiums and coverage specifics differ from case to case. But you'll be happy to hear that you can still get life insurance. Cancer won't stop you from getting covered.

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Categories: Cancer Survivor Support

Gene Mutations & Cancer: Is Cancer Hereditary?

You hear the word cancer all of the time, but how does cancer actually happen? Cancer is a genetic disease that happens when changes occur in the genes of cells in the body. These abnormal cells then grow at faster than normal rates. Cancerous cells invade the body and destroy normal cells causing systems in the body not to work correctly or at all.

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Categories: Cancer Risk, Genetic Testing

Healthy Weight Loss Tips: Facts versus Myths

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. People who are overweight have an increased risk of osteoarthritis, especially in weight-bearing joints like the knees. Being overweight also increases your risk of developing certain diseases like type two diabetes.

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Categories: Cancer Risk

How to Deal With Cancer Survivor's Guilt

Most people think that surviving cancer is a time for celebrating. While it is a happy time, it can also come with other emotions. One of those emotions might be guilt. What is there to feel guilty about, some might ask?

As a cancer survivor, you've had a life altering experience where you met new people while in treatment and may have even lost some of them to cancer along the way. Why them and not you?

You may also experience guilt about the amount of time and energy invested in you by family and friends when you're typically the caretaker of others in your family. It's important to know that this is a normal feeling, but it also can't be ignored.

Let's take a look at what it is and what you can do to counter feelings of survivor's guilt.

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Categories: Survivorship & Mental Health

A Cancer Survivor's Guide: Managing Dental Disorders after Cancer Treatment

Unfortunately, cancer is a well-armed and very prepared opponent when it attacks the body. This means that the treatment to send cancer to the curb must be just as tough...and it is.

Cancer treatments are designed to slow the growth of, kill, and prevent new cancer cells from growing. The medicine used must be very potent in order to eliminate this disease. Unfortunately, this means that life after cancer often comes with both short and long-term side effects including dental disorders.

This is your guide to an in-depth look at which cancer treatments cause dental disorders, why they cause oral health issues, the most common dental issues experienced by cancer survivors, and how to manage and prevent them. 

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

7 Surprising Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Because lung cancer develops in the lungs, as you’d probably expect, its most common symptoms involve the lungs. Persistent coughing, coughing up blood or excess mucus, shortness of breath, and chest pain are all common signs of lung cancer. The presence of these symptoms doesn’t definitively mean you have lung cancer, though, as they can also be caused by other conditions. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by your doctor sooner rather than later.  

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Categories: Lung Cancer

10 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Portland!

Since 1985, the month of October is breast cancer has been celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness month. This annual international campaign organized by major breast health charities aims to raise awareness of the disease and the value of screening and early detection and to raise money for research into breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cures.

Across the U.S., the number of events seems to grow with every passing October. The Portland-Vancouver metroplex is no exception.

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Categories: Breast Cancer

13 Things That You Should Know About Liver Cancer

October is liver cancer awareness month. Which makes this the perfect time to look at risk factors for liver cancer. Liver cancer is often eclipsed by breast cancer in the public eye, but it's still important to know what can cause it and if you can possibly avoid some of the risk factors.

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Categories: Gastrointestinal Cancers, Liver Cancer

Hereditary Risk Factors for Gynecological Cancers

The month of September is designated as Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. This time is set aside to provide education about these cancers that affect women, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Genetics have been found to play a role in some forms of gynecologic cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is available for ovarian and other cancers.

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Categories: Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting vs. Active Surveillance

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Most of the men who have it are over 65 and live active lives. If your oncologist (the type of doctor that sees cancer patients) sees that your cancer is growing slowly, they may decide that you don't need treatment. You should never make that decision by yourself. 

If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may hear your oncologist use terms such as "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance." These may come up if the cancer is determined to be small, slow-growing, and confined within the prostate (has not metastasized). Some doctors don't use the terms properly, so be sure that your oncologist has the right definition.

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Categories: Cancer Treatment, Prostate Cancer