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

World Lung Cancer Day: Shedding a Light on Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer is the second-most common form in men and women. The American Cancer Society reports that disease accounts for 13% of all newly diagnosed cases, and their researchers made the following estimates for 2019 in the United States. There will be:

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Categories: Lung Cancer

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

Sarcoma is sometimes called a "forgotten cancer" because it's rare. It doesn't have the same amount of public awareness that other types of cancers have. Sarcoma affects the body's connective tissues, which includes bones and soft tissues. 

Patients and their loved ones may struggle to find adequate information about the disease. To help spread awareness, July has been designated as Sarcoma Awareness Month. 

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Categories: Sarcoma

Is Sunscreen Really Safe?

Everyone has heard that you need to wear sunscreen. The message has been delivered by just about every healthcare professional and cancer prevention organization out there. But recently there have been concerns raised about the safety of using sunscreen. Could sunscreen be bad for our health?

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Categories: Skin Cancer

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 2

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day. This is an important day that highlights the challenges faced by cancer survivors and how they're learning to cope with their "new normal." As cancer death rates continue to decline, it becomes more important than ever to raise awareness about the issues faced by cancer survivors and provide them with the support and information they need to live happy, productive lives in the wake of cancer treatments. This June 2, there are a number of ways you can celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and help spread the word about the needs of this diverse population. 

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Categories: Cancer Survivor Support, Survivorship & Helping Others