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Cancer Survival

U.S. Cancer Survival Rates Are Improving

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The proportion of people surviving years after a cancer diagnosis is improving, according to a...

I Do Not Subscribe to Survivor Guilt

Dan Duffy | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

"Why did I survive? What's so special about me? I had much worse cancer than my uncle, or niece, or sister, or friend, or mom. Why am I still here?"

When Christmas Is Far from Perfect

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Edwin Leap, MD

It was December 4, 2010, that our dreams of a relaxed, joyous, picture-perfect Christmas seemed to shatter; a glass bulb dropped on a hard floor. My wife Jan, mother of our four children, was diagnosed with a stage 4 squamous cell cancer in her throat.

Warrior Status

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Nina Polvanich Louie

"Nothing compares to what you've been through"is the favorite line. These days, my friends rarely share their physical pain with me. And when they do, it is always downplayed as if their pain is not real.. Every time this happens, it reminds me of my new identity: Patient. Cancer survivor.

Why Cancer Divorce Is Necessary for Survival

Kelsey Flanigan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Flanigan

Cancer thinks I am just a number, but I'm not. And if you're going through treatment, neither are you. One of the most important facts to remember is that we are not cancer, but that it is just one small piece of who we are and will be.

This Woman Survived Cancer And Her Husband Walking Out, All At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce

It's an unimaginable situation to consider, let alone experience: You're diagnosed with cancer and shortly thereafter, your spouse asks for a divorce....

She Got Devastating News Weeks Before Her Wedding

OWN | Posted 04.18.2014 | OWN

In the mid-2000s, Bershan Shaw was a thriving young woman living in New York City, pursuing her dream of being an actress. In between her acting gigs ...

Tell Your Cancer Story. It's Important.

Dan Duffy | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Cancer is that odd fraternity that binds people with unmistakable strength into a community that no one ever wants to join. Yet once we're here, we now have the opportunity to share with others what we know.

Common Drugs That Can Change Cancer Survival NOW

Barry Boyd, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barry Boyd, M.D.

While there may be benefit in promoting more standardized cancer treatments, it adds to the already prohibitive cost of health care and often leads to the loss of the personal care provided by a private oncologist.

SUBMIT YOUR OWN: Incredible Stories Of Life After Cancer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

Hearing the words “you have cancer,” or “your child has cancer,” can change your life forever. Since a diagnosis used to be a death sentence, ...

How a Car Accident and Cancer Taught Me Different Things About Mortality

Dan Duffy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

On October 21, 1996, I came literally two inches from dying. I was a 24-year-old male who had just lived through something that should have killed me ten different ways. I knew my reason for being there: I was invincible. I was brash, arrogant, and selfish.

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

If you've ever said, "I'm completely addicted to sugar," you may actually be correct. A recent study showed that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol) than those that had no gene variation.

Letting Caregivers Actually Care

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

It is not a strength to be self-sufficient at all times in all circumstances. The people you love are dying to be there for you, and we in turn need to reciprocate that. It's a gift that we can give, and that we owe, to the people who put everything aside just so our lives can be a little more tolerable.

The Happy Indignity of Cancer Survival

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

It happens every year, like clockwork. I get the call, I mope about it, I go in, I put on the gown, I lay on the table. Every year, for the rest of my life, I have to subject myself to one of the most humbling experiences you can possibly imagine: the balltrasound.

The Cancer Survivors

Dan Duffy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Zach Sobiech was someone many of you never heard of a few months ago.. At the tender age of 14, Zach was stricken with an absolutely vicious cancer called osteosarcoma. After his last round, he went in for his check-up... expecting to hear good news. What he got was something out of a nightmare.

7 Key Healthy Strategies From a 15-Year Cancer Survivor

Jeannine Walston | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeannine Walston

Integrative cancer care does not only include medical visits and treatments. In combination with necessary conventional cancer treatments and other integrative therapies addressing the entire body, cancer patients need to use self-care daily.

Cancer and the Dalai Lama...

Dan Duffy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Many of us cherish our lives.But the one time that I actually subconsciously cherished myself was when I had cancer.I say this because when I heard those three words that everyone dreads, I resolved in my heart to fight for me... to fight to live.

Losing Your Parts to Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

It's always a horrendous experience when you are told you are going to lose a body part. I unfortunately know way too many people who have had this happen during cancer treatment. But there's a little extra slap in the face when reproductive parts are in the equation.

Oh the Cancer You'll Beat...

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

So Dr. Seuss' birthday was last week. Many don't know this, but Theodore Geisel died of throat cancer. Cancer has taken a lot of amazing people, but taking Dr. Seuss was beyond the pale to me. So in honor of his birthday, and with great affection, I present to you...

When Cancer Takes Your Hair

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

I still remember it vividly. It was the morning of the day where I had my hair shaved off for the first time, after which I told myself, "Never again." And yet here I am... again... doing this by choice.

Cancer, Redefined: 'Survivor'

Rick Boulay, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Boulay, M.D.

Of tantamount importance in the cancer lexicon is some acceptable name of a group of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. Far too frequently this nomenclature has been applied to, rather than derived of, this amazing group of folks.

Top 10 Cancer-Surviving Tips to Avoid

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Don't use the cancer card to have your school workload reduced, to cheat on tests, or get paid to do nothing. Use it instead to get the big piece of chicken at dinner.

Coming Clean About Cancer

Linsey Maughan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

I am writing from the final throes of age 29, a narrowing corridor of weeks until I embark upon my 30s. But for some of us, 'survival' of this particular decade is jarringly literal. I am a cancer survivor.

'What's It Like to Lose a Testicle?'

Jim Higley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Higley

Jonny Imerman has heard just about every imaginable question since his testicular cancer journey began in 2001.

Is Your Life Worth Saving?

Joan Peckolick | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Joan Peckolick

We need to stop the fear, denial and excuses that hold us back from doing our simple, timely self-checks and from practicing the prevention steps that will help save our lives and the lives of those we care about.