Major Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
As with any disease there are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer.A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer.However, just because you have 1 or 2 of the risk factors does not mean you ...
Test Results From Your Doctor - No News Is Not Always Good News
You would think that being diagnosed with cancer was bad enough. But what if you discovered that a “communication glitch” resulted in a delayed diagnosis of your cancer? A delay that resulted in your being diagnosed as a Stage IV cancer patient wi...
Laughing is One of the Best Medicines
Thanks to Rita for making me laugh in this week's grand rounds at msspnexus where she highlighted my post on whether cancer patients should discuss using complementary therapies with their physician
Yes, No, I Need More Information
One of the overall themes of this blog will be how can you live or cope with cancer. The day you or your loved one learned you had cancer you probably suffered from surprise, shock and were numb. Almost everyone feels disbelief. You may have known...
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...
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...
How To Start a Support Group
Sometimes individuals are interested in a support group but there is nothing offered in their area, yet there are other individuals who are traveling along the same cancer journey. Do not be afraid to start a group, but be realistic. It takes awhi...
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 ...
The Language of Cancer
When a person hears the words “You Have Cancer,” it becomes clear soon after, that there is a whole lot of work to do. There are important conversations to have with your healthcare providers and treatment decisions that have to be made. But what ...
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...