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  • What Do You Say To Someone Who Has Cancer?

    I have worked with individuals with cancer and their families and friends for several decades and had many family and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. When I learned yesterday of another very dear family friend has been diagnosed with ...

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  • Communication between Health Care Providers and Cancer Patients

    I recently received an email from "A grieving granddaughter in Mississippi" who was upset, disappointed and discouraged with the lack of effective communication between the health care providers and her family over her grandmother's diagnosis, tre...

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  • What Are the Best Methods To Prevent Cancer?

    Cancer can be caused by many factors including genetics, environment and lifestyle. We cannot guarantee that any particular individual will not get cancer. But, there are suggestions health care providers can make to help prevent cancer or to help...

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  • Talking About Quality of Life with Survivors - Fertility

    Today group of cancer survivors (young and old) joined me for a discussion about quality of life issues. They had so many wonderful suggestions on how to make the experience at a cancer center better and provided praise for things that are already...

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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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  • Optimism Part VI- ACT

    Despite the fact that some people say you cannot "learn" optimism or a more positive attitude, there is research to show that you can. This relatively easy way to improve your attitude may help during your cancer journey.It is called:How To Act Up...

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  • What Should A Cancer Survivor Know About Nutrition

    I am constantly amazed by the number of healthcare professionals who care for individuals with cancer who do not discuss basics about nutrition during the cancer journey. There are different issues during various time periods in the cancer journey...

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  • Cancer and Spirituality

    Now that December has come and many people are preparing for Christmas and happy holidays with family and friends I find myself reflecting about the meaning of Christmas. But, I also find myself thinking about family and friends who currently have...

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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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BA, MPH

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

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