How Cancer Survivors Can Help Solve Patient's Transportation Problems

Science and medicine have made continuous improvements in cancer care. However, there are still many appointments required for cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment. Some appointments are quick, in-and out, and some may take most of the day, but no matter how long you have to be at the cancer center, patients sometimes struggle getting to and from their cancer care center. The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program matches patients with people that can drive them to their appointments.

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Categories: Survivorship & Helping Others

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

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

Gear Up Now for Summer Sun Safety Month

We Pacific Northwesterners love our sun. After a long wet winter, summer calls to us with all the beauty our great outdoors has to offer. since many of us are spending more time outside due to social distancing,

August is Summer Sun Safety Month and, it's a great time for a reminder on how to enjoy the sun and outdoors safely. The longer, sunny days of summer present the possibilities of beautiful, fun-filled days. Being outdoors is proven to improve our overall physical and mental health and we've known for years that we need sunlight to produce the vitamin D our bodies require. But we also know that overexposure to the sun may cause skin cancer, regardless of our natural skin tones.

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Categories: Skin Cancer