Survivorship

July 7, 2017

How to Tell People Your Cancer Has Returned

Talking about cancer isn’t easy, especially when it comes to sharing difficult news about a diagnosis with loved ones. These conversations can become more complicated and emotional when a patient has to share the news that his or her cancer has returned. Sharing the News Stephanie R. Moore, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, an Advanced Practice Provider […]

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June 12, 2017

A Father’s Cancer Journey

Melvin Hartman’s 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis—the result of additional tests his doctor recommended after his yearly physical—came as a complete surprise to the retired Jackson, Michigan police detective. “I was dumbfounded,” says Hartman, who was working at the time as a cold case investigator for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “No males in my family […]

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May 31, 2017

The Connection Between Creative Expression & Healing

Creative pursuits have been a part of Diana L. Harrison’s life for decades, so it’s no wonder that many proved to be a therapeutic outlet after she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the tongue. In addition to working as a graphic artist for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Harrison, of Platte City, Missouri, […]

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May 15, 2017

7 Lessons Learned From Being a Cancer Caregiver

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with cancer may be one of the most important roles in someone’s life. It may also be among the most challenging, often because it comes without warning, preparation or prior experience. Many times, when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the caregiver is thrust into the role […]

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April 10, 2017

From Patient to Caregiver

Shortly after Chelsea “Chuck” Glenn was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in April 2001, the doctor who performed a second set of tests said his only choices were to try to find a clinical trial or get his affairs in order. The couple seemed to be out of options—until Ann saw a commercial for […]

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March 13, 2017

Finding Relief from Chemotherapy-Related Nerve Damage

Chemotherapy is known for causing a number of side effects that may affect patients’ quality of life. Many of them, like fatigue, nausea and hair loss, are often temporary. Peripheral neuropathy is different. Characterized by nerve damage that may impair patients’ ability to walk, maintain balance, hold objects and perform other key functions, it has […]

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February 13, 2017

Overcoming Survivor Guilt

It isn’t widely associated with cancer and yet it affects many: survivor guilt, that sense of self-blame, responsibility and sadness that often affects those who survived a trauma when others did not. Common to those who lived through accidents, natural disasters and wars, survivor guilt typically involves conflicting feelings—happiness to be alive, and grief and […]

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February 13, 2017

8 Healthy Habits for Better Sleep

In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This was defined as sleeping less than seven hours per night, which is associated with numerous health risks. Enough Sleep is Essential When you don’t get enough sleep, Abdul Hamid Alraiyes, MD, […]

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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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