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Cancer Diagnosis

Just What Do You Owe Your Doctor?

Dan Duffy | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

In a rapidly advancing field of disease and medicine like the cancer world, a second or third expert opinion can be one of the most important medical decisions you make.

Does a Cancer Diagnosis Turn You Into a Better Person?

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

In addition to the physical alterations, I might very well be less patient, less willing to conform, more easily distracted and far more opinionated. I'm not the same person in many ways, but yet of course I am.

Cancer: Befriend, Don't Battle... It Just Might Turn Out to Be Your Best Friend

Denise DeSimone | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Denise DeSimone

don't think I would be here today, sharing my journey with you, had I chosen to battle and fight against cancer. I would have depleted what little physical and emotional resources I had.

How To Improve The Doctor-Patient Relationship: An Open Letter To Future Physicians

Mailet Lopez | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

No matter what type of physician you may be, and what type of news you are delivering, you become the single most important person in the world to your patients because you are there at the start of their journey, you are at the helm of their survival.

The True Story This Fiction Writer Has To Tell Today

Elin Hilderbrand | Posted 06.12.2014 | Fifty
Elin Hilderbrand

Just like so many of my beautiful readers, I am facing a serious health crisis. I am anxious, I am scared, I have started crying every time my eldest son throws a strike from the pitcher's mound because life has changed in an instant and I fear, oh how I fear, I won't be around to see him pitch next year.

A Few Things I Would Have Done Differently When I Had Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

There are many times during my little skirmish with cancer that I gave in to the physical beating. Friends would call and ask me to do things, and while my heart wanted to say yes, my brain would say "No. I'm too sick."

The Cancer Community

Betsy Hnath | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Betsy Hnath

I tell people what they want to hear, what they need to hear. I don't tell them that George is the only stage IV melanoma patient we know who is still alive.

The End Of The Process: Should I Tell Anyone I Have Cancer?

Stan Collender | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

This is the end of The Process. The first set of scans since I completed my radiation treatment in January came back clean: There is no sign of Merk...

What Would You Say to Cancer If You Only Had Five Words?

Mailet Lopez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

Why do I want to make people feel uncomfortable? Because the reality is that the topic of cancer is still taboo among the general public, and I want to change that.

The Process, Part 14: It's Over!

Stan Collender | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Friday, Jan. 17, and today is the biggest day yet of The Process: It's the last day of the last week of my radiation treatments. Actually, the w...

The Process, Part 13: Life Gets Better

Stan Collender | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Today is day 31. When I leave the hospital today I'll be almost 84 percent done and only have six more treatments left.

The Process, Part 12: Let the Cone-Down Begin!

Stan Collender | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Jan. 6, 2014, and the past seven days have been the most momentous week yet of The Process. First, I've now completed 28 of the 37 (75.7 percent...

The Process, Part 11: My Life as a MasterCard Commercial

Stan Collender | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

The bottom line: The out-of-pocket cost to the insurance company will be more than $65,000, and that doesn't include any of the follow-up visits to other members of Team Stan. That's the financial impact on the insurance company. What about me? Let's start with The Process-caused savings.

The Process, Part 10: When Losing Weight Definitely Is Not A Good Thing

Stan Collender | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Unfortunately, my experience successfully losing weight to deal with diabetes is making not losing it now to deal with cancer much more difficult.

The Process, Part 9: Eating Just Isn't Any Fun

Stan Collender | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Christmas Eve and it's very difficult for me to eat. I don't mean that it's hard to ingest food. Thankfully, I'm still having no problem swallow...

Got Cancer: Now What?

Paige Davis | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Paige Davis

There is really nothing that can prepare you for a cancer diagnosis. It is a shocking and momentary devastation that is overwhelming on so many different levels -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. But perhaps the greatest challenge is identifying the immediate logistical next steps of what a diagnosis means while you are trying to process these levels.

I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

The Process, Part 8: I Get a License to Nosh

Stan Collender | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

My desire to eat has been so strongly tempered by losing my sense of taste that I have no desire to use the license I've just been granted. The food I otherwise would have looked at longingly as a guilty pleasure is simply no longer appetizing or appealing in any way.

The Process, Part 7

Stan Collender | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 13, and week three is now over: I'm 38 percent (37.8 percent if you want to be precise) through The Process. At this point I'm still feeli...

The Process, Part 6

Stan Collender | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 3, 2013, the Tuesday of my second week of treatments, and I'm having a hard time not thinking that every hangnail isn't the result of my now...

When Seeking a Diagnosis, 'Zebra Roulette' Is No Game

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Today's media messages about diagnosing cancer pose a dilemma: Get tested to detect cancer early, but beware of false positives and make sure you're n...

The Process, Part 5

Stan Collender | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I vowed to The Beautiful and Talented Wife when we were married that I would be there for her through sickness and health, and after seven very healthy years the sickness part was now presenting itself.

The Process, Part 4

Stan Collender | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I have doctors. Lots of them. I should really say "health care professionals," because not everyone whose is helping me deal with this is an M.D. All of them, however, are what I've decided to call "Team Stan."

The Process, Part 3

Stan Collender | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Nov. 18, 2013 This all started in August 2012, when I wanted my dermatologist to remove a red spot on my face I thought was marring my appearance. T...

The Process, Part 2

Stan Collender | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

One of my most basic philosophies is that my health is my doctor's concern but my responsibility. I want all the expert advice I can get, but what I ultimately decide to do is my call.