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  • Health Care Providers or Professionals

    Before we delve too much into the problem of lack of effective communication skills of the health care provider (or professional) with the cancer patient and family member. It is helpful to be sure we are talking about the same terms.Overall I lik...

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  • Surgery for Colorectal Cancer

    Surgery is one of the main treatments of colorectal cancer. Usually the tumor on the colon or rectum is removed as well as any lymph nodes. Sometimes pieces of the colon have to be removed and then sewn back together with a colostomy (or opening i...

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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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  • Survivors' Viewpoints on Communication Importance

    As I mentioned in my posting on January 21, 2007 my father, a retired physician, and I are writing a book for all patients and family members on communicating with your health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). W...

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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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  • Welcome to the Survivorship Blog

    Hello, my name is Cyndy. I have been a nurse for almost 3 decades. I love being a nurse. In my years as a nurse I have worked with individuals with cancer and their caregivers/family/friends in various settings (hospitals, clinics, doctors offices...

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  • Screening Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) puts out guidelines for all types of cancers so that they may be detected early and treated early. These guidelines are based on average risk men and women. However, if you have a family history of colorectal canc...

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  • How Understanding Cancer Patient's Internet Design Preferences Affect Patient Education

    Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, FNP, RN read an article in the Oncology Nursing Forum that was recently written by authors C. Chernecky,D. Macklin, & J. Waller. The authors believe that understanding the computer experience of individuals with cancer ...

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BA, MPH

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

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