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  • 9 Simple Ways to Live Well with Cancer

    One of my nursing colleagues Katen Moore has written a book with Libbyu Schmals called “Living Well with Cancer” (2001, Berkley Publishing Group, NY, NY). In this helpful book designed for patients and families they list the following 9 simple way...

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  • Myths About Chronic Pain Management

    Many individuals with cancer who have chronic pain have heard "rumors" or "myths" about pain medications and pain management. It is helpful to have the correct information about these myths.MYTH 1: A person should wait as long as possible before s...

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  • What Does Dental Care Have To Do With Cancer?

    About 2 weeks ago I went to my dentist and found out that - right then and NOT tomorrow - I was going to get a temporary crown on my tooth. Now you have to understand I am not severely phobic of dentists, but I can think of lots of other things to...

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  • Courage and Cancer Survivors

    I have wanted to talk about courage for awhile, but not really knowing what to say. Because of my "English, journalism training" I find myelf going back to the definition of words.Some of the ones I found today include:The state or quality of mind...

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  • Should Cancer Survivors Receive The Pneumonia Vaccine?

    The most common type of bacteria that causes pneumonia is called streptococcus pneumoniae. The most common type pneumonia in the United States is pneumococcal pneumonia. This can be a very serious disease. Pneumococcal pneumonia may cause high fev...

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  • Cancer Care In The US Has A Long Way To Go It Seems

    When I decided to write a blog about cancer, I thought it would be pretty easy. After all, my wife and I have been living with it for some three years come this Fall. And then there is the endless stream of great cancer research that anyone can ...

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  • Any Newcomers to Support Groups?

    On my previous post I discussed some of the different types of support groups. But there are many other facts and questions to ask about support groups. One aspect that is essential is what do you do if you are a newcomer?Regardless of the type of...

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  • The Controversy Surrounding John and Elizabeth Edwards and Her Cancer

    Since John Edwards announced his candidacy and Mr. and Mrs. Edwards announced the recurrence of her cancer, there has been a lot of controversy. The public seems to have many issues around John Edwards' candidacy while his wife faces cancer. These...

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  • Optimism - Part III

    In dealing with cancer, we must be careful of not falling into what is called the "victim role"Some of our thoughts in the victim role may be: "It will never get better. Things will never change. My cancer illness will get worse. A disaster is goi...

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  • Thank You to A Surprising Grand Rounds at Dr Hebert's Medical Gumbo

    Thank you to Dr. Hebert's Medical Gumbo for including my post, How Can All Family Members Obtain Important Information from the Doctor?, in last week’s Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly hosted event where a medical blogger recommends posts fr...

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BA, MPH

Steve shares what he learned from his personal experience with cancer.

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