Cancer Journey

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January 11, 2017

Goals that Go the Distance

New Year’s resolutions are an annual tradition for many of us. As we look ahead to the promise and opportunity in the year ahead, taking time to consider what we want to change and improve—be it lifestyle, relationships, financial planning, or other significant issues—can be an empowering step in launching a new chapter. Setting Goals […]

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November 14, 2016

#1 Cancer Killer in Women – Know Your Risk

In the spring of 2015 Newport, Virginia resident Anne Beleu felt a twinge of pain in her left side, which became persistent over a couple of months. “I thought I had pulled a muscle,” Anne says. “I had been stacking firewood with my boys, and I figured I had just overdone it.” But when the […]

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October 11, 2016

Double Duty

In the past, women requiring mastectomy for breast cancer typically faced a series of operations and recoveries. But now patients may be able to opt for simultaneous surgeries, which can give better cosmetic results including less scarring. Before undergoing any type of breast reconstruction surgery, it’s important understand what it involves and get answers to […]

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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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October 7, 2016

7 Food Supplements Cancer Patients Should Avoid

Natural supplements—the very words sound healthy. Many times, they are. Adding vitamins, minerals and other natural remedies to your daily regimen can boost some people’s immune system, energy level and overall health. But if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and especially if you are undergoing treatment, certain supplements may actually harm you. Some may even […]

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October 7, 2016

What Does ‘New Normal’ Really Mean?

Catherine Whitley has had a busy week. The 46-year-old mother of three from Old Bridge, New Jersey, has been managing the same happy back-to-school chaos that most moms face in early September (she has two school-age kids at home and one at college), and she’s glad to have Friday in her sights. But today and […]

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October 7, 2016

YOGA for Warriors

As Ingrid Yang was beginning a new type of yoga teacher training in 2005, her aunt was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Dr. Yang offered to stay with her and forgo the training, but her aunt insisted she continue. “She said, ‘Please go, you need to teach me how to breathe. It’s so hard for me […]

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October 7, 2016

Breast Cancer Test: Studies Show Hope on the Horizon

The Claim: With the help of Oncotype DX, a test that predicts the likelihood of benefit from chemotherapy, some women with early-stage breast cancer won’t have to go through chemo. The Study: The West German Study Group study followed more than 3,100 patients at 93 German centers who had estrogen-receptor positive HER2-negative early-stage breast cancer and who […]

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September 14, 2016

The Power of Being Informed

Randy Knight hadn’t missed a day of work in 29 years when what he thought would be a short-lived bout with kidney stones became much more serious: a CT scan revealed a suspicious image in his right lung, and further testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Given his dedication to his career, it’s […]

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September 14, 2016

Rock Climbing for Fighters

When Karla Baptiste donned the nick name “Stiletto” and joined a team for a climbing expedition in Rocky Mountain National Park she expected a challenge. And she’s okay with that. Like all members of this team, Baptiste has already conquered the challenge of cancer. “It was harder than I expected, but very inspiring to get […]

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