Cancer Journey

May 7, 2018

6 Inspiring Tips from 4 Mothers Who Faced Cancer

Throughout motherhood, when asking for advice, there’s never a shortage of opinions, facts and anecdotes for everything from getting newborns to sleep to dealing with teenagers’ emotions. Just sifting through the available information on raising children can be exhausting, let alone actually living the role of mom each day. In the moments when they don’t […]

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May 6, 2018

Unexpected Doesn’t Mean Untreatable

Many women are aware they should be screened for certain types of cancer—skin cancer, for example, the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and breast cancer, which the National Cancer Institute suggests the U.S. will see more than 266,000 new cases of in 2018 alone. A number of women, however, may be largely unfamiliar with some other […]

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May 2, 2018

Fat Cells May Hinder Chemotherapy’s Impact

It’s hardly newsworthy that obesity leads to a litany of health problems, from heart disease and high blood pressure to diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. But for cancer patients, a new study suggests obesity may cause even more medical complications by interfering with efforts to treat the disease. Citing the results of research published in Molecular Cancer Research, a National […]

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May 2, 2018

Hereditary Cancer Risks: How Information Can Open Up Opportunities

It’s impossible to know if, when or where in the body cancer will come calling. Cancer risks increase with age, lifestyle choices, environmental exposures and other factors, but the exact causes of many cancers—and why they affect some people but not others–remain a mystery. A lifelong smoker may never develop the disease, for example, while […]

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April 3, 2018

Dealing With a Second Cancer Diagnosis

Fighting cancer once is difficult enough, but for patients faced with a second primary diagnosis, life can become even more complicated. That’s why the news of a second diagnosis hit Michael Hill, a 41-year-old Springfield, Missouri native, hard in 2017. A Shock to The System Michael had testicular cancer in 2013, but caught it early, […]

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March 13, 2018

From the Cubicle to CEO of Courage and a Cure

Four years ago, Jodie Murphy, age 54, reached what she thought was peak of her career. After 23 years of climbing the corporate ladder, the San Diego native living in Goodyear, Arizona landed the demanding role of Senior Manager of Global Investigations at Gap Inc. “It was a pretty stressful job,” Jodie Murphy explains. “I […]

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March 13, 2018

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority for Cancer Patients

Most people experience poor sleep from time to time. Maybe you went to bed too late, were too excited or stressed to fall asleep, took medication that kept you alert or had an alcoholic beverage before bed that interfered with your ability to fall asleep. There are many reasons that you might have a bad […]

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March 13, 2018

Hesitant to Join a Cancer Support Group? Here’s Why Camaraderie Heals

A cancer diagnosis is often seen as only a physical affliction, but cancer patients know the battle is also emotional. The whirlwind of emotions experienced following a cancer diagnosis — from anxiety and depression to fear, guilt, frustration and helplessness — can make you feel like giving up. Isolation and loneliness are real issues too, […]

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February 12, 2018

Fighting Fatigue with Determination

From time to time, everyone has experienced exhaustion: as a child, after a slumber party; as a teenager, after intense sports practices; in college, from studying all night for an exam; and throughout the first year of being a new parent, when you are rarely granted uninterrupted sleep. For cancer patients, exhaustion can be relentless, […]

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February 12, 2018

Treating Together: Challenges and Benefits of Experiencing Cancer as a Couple

When Deb and Mark Pattullo of Lewiston, Michigan, got married in 1985, they had big plans—to travel, raise a family and share in the joys and challenges of building a life together. They never counted on sharing another journey—the battle against two cancers, hitting both of them at the same time. Despite the difficulties, the […]

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