Understanding a cancer diagnosis is an important part of learning how to live beyond the disease. Each year, Healthline chooses cancer blogs that stand out because of their ability to educate, inspire, and truly empower their visitors.
Whether you’re navigating cancer, or you love someone who is, these are valuable resources for support and information.
I Had Cancer
These first-person accounts are valuable not only because of their perspective, but also because of the varied topics. Popular posts include chemo side effects, how to manage fears of recurrence, and what cancer survivors want you to know.
The Young Survival Coalition is a great resource for young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer — and those who love them. On the blog, personal stories, useful tips, and warm, honest advice are shared with those who need them most. Topics include sex and dating after diagnosis and treatment, holiday self-care, and chemo guidance, among many others.
Colorado Cancer Blogs
This doctor-approved patient information site helps those navigating cancer care, providing details about various kinds of cancer, research and advocacy, and survivorship. Blog topics, written in both English and Spanish, are wide-ranging and comprehensive.
Those in search of current information about treatment, research, and facts relating to various types of cancer will find it on the blog for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. It also offers several multi-post series that provide a comprehensive look at specific topics, including common myths relating to cancer.
Patients fighting different kinds of cancer share their very individual stories here on the MD Anderson Cancer Center blog, making it ideal for those in search of inspiration. Read what a former nurse learned after her double mastectomy or how colorectal cancer taught one young woman to listen to her body. Other posts focus on current research, clinical trials, and new treatments.
Chris’s Cancer Community
Diagnosed with stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma in 2007, Chris was told he had 6 months to live. Not only did he defy the odds of this rare type of blood cancer, but the lack of online cancer support networks also inspired him to create Chris’s Cancer Community.
Here, readers can find advice on how to navigate their “new” lives in the face of cancer while finding success and hope. You can also catch up on Chris’s latest charity work contributions and gain some ideas of your own to help others in the cancer community.
Established in 2000 by cancer survivor Geoff Eaton, Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) aims to be a support network for young adults who are either living with or have survived cancer.
Blog posts are broken down by type, including survivor profiles, supporter profiles, and community stories. The individual profiles show a variety of adults from all walks of life who are affected by various types of cancers.
Readers can also check out Geoff’s blog, which provides insight into his own cancer journey as well as news stories about YACC.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is known as one of the first grassroots organizations dedicated to increasing awareness and support for childhood cancer.
Providing educational resources has been another mission of the ACCO since 1970, and the organization now does this in part with their blog.
Here, readers can find some news items related to the ACCO and childhood cancer, as well as profiles of “Gold Ribbon Heroes,” which tells the stories of children and adolescents who are currently battling or have survived cancer.
Living With Cancer
Living With Cancer is a blog from Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Article topics are geared toward adult cancer patients, with topics ranging from treatment tips, recurring cancer prevention, and work-life balance.
The blog features a mix of informative articles as well as first-person accounts from those who are currently fighting or have survived their battles with cancer.
Readers also have the opportunity to join a virtual BIDMC community group to learn more about cancer and its management.
Cancer Talk is a blog by the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York. New articles are posted on almost a daily basis, where readers can learn about topics related to cancer research, treatment, management, and prevention.
Each post is succinct and to the point, so readers can easily browse through the archive and gain a lot of information in a short amount of time. Here, you will learn whether hair dyes and sweeteners can cause cancer, how fast certain cancers can metastasize, and much more.
Consisting of stories from cancer warriors and supporters, Stupid Cancer is a blog hosted on Medium that offers more blunt and realistic discussions about fighting this disease. Stupid Cancer itself is a nonprofit organization that focuses on supporting young adults who are fighting cancer.
On this blog, readers will have a chance to meet survivors of rare cancers, an oncology social worker, and staff of this large charity. You may even inquire about submitting a guest blog to share your own story with the community.
A Crack in the Wall
When Michele Wheeler got cancer at age 37, her perspective on life shifted to living more in the moment. Her blog addresses more than the typical medical technicalities of surviving stage 4 cancer by exploring less talked about topics.
Readers will gain a fresh perspective from this wife and mother of two on how she honestly explores feelings of doubt and insecurity from a cancer diagnosis and how she has learned to embrace and accept the changes in her life.
The (Other) C Word
This personal blog is written by Steve, who was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer at age 30. His posts cover his personal experiences with osteosarcoma, including treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy.
The (Other) C Word also explores the world of holistic health and its potential to complement cancer treatment plans.
Readers will appreciate Steve’s honest, but optimistic, outlook on life and his continued journey to try to contend with a new life with cancer.
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