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On Battling Cancer and a Belief System

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Jasmine Jaksic

One day as I sat there holding my mother's hand, I asked her if there was anything that could be done to make her feel better. She said, "I want god to take away this cancer and instead give me something that would let me die with dignity." I tried but didn't really know how to comfort her.

The Ethical Dilemma of Forced Chemotherapy on a Teen

Ruth Macklin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that "whoever wills the end, wills the means." However, even those who initially support a plan to force treatment on a young patient are morally bound to question the means required to do so.

January Cervical Cancer Month: Progress Is Promising

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Since vaccination with FDA-approved HPV vaccines can reduce HPV infections and reduce the likelihood of ever getting cervical cancer, it is important to know if people and their physicians are using the vaccines.

Court: Forced Chemo Can Continue For Teen Who Refuses Treatment

AP | Pat Eaton-Robb | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state officials aren't violating the rights of a 17-year-old girl by forcin...

The Comments A Cancer Survivor Doesn't Want To Hear

Rachael Yahne | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Unfortunately, when the time comes to begin the intimate and sometimes awkward conversation of "I have/had cancer," it will produce mixed reviews. While the majority of feedback will be positive and supportive, the brash among us will offer slightly hurtful responses instead.

Connecticut Top Court to Rule on Teen's Right to Refuse Chemotherapy

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Mirah Riben

Cassandra C., 17, and her mother are battling the state of Connecticut over the teen's right to refuse chemotherapy. Cassandra was diagnosed in Sept...

The True Meaning of a Superhero; Avenging Childhood Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

It is no secret that among my heroes, I count all children who have battled cancer; they face adversity throughout their journey and yet display a courage unlike any other I have ever seen.

4 Rays of Hope for 'Precision' Cancer Therapies

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

When they arrive, precision therapies may guide each individual's cancer treatments for improved survival and quality of life. Yet today we can generate more information than can be integrated and analyzed.

10 Tips From a 26-Year Breast Cancer Survivor

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

Her cancer was infiltrating duct cell carcinoma, and she had a radical breast resection including lymph nodes, chemotherapy and radiation. She did everything she could to beat cancer and now, at 80 years old, is sharing her tips.

'Bald' Cinderella Shows Girl With Leukemia You Can Be 'Perfect' With Or Without Hair

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.11.2014 | Good News

This little girl received a boost of confidence from a Disney princess that made her feel like she was in a fairy tale. Isabella Harvey, 5, of Sta...

'Your Hair Looks Great!'

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Beth J. Caldwell

Why do we tell the cancer patient "you look great"? Why do we celebrate when a cancer patient doesn't look like Skellator?

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

Personal Reflections on Thanksgiving and Cancer

Ann Fry | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Ann Fry

As Thursday winds down and people leave, and the dishes are washing in the dishwasher, I'll take a private moment to be grateful for my being cancer-free now for five years, for my son being cancer-free for over a year and for all the opportunities I am blessed with.

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

7 Tips to Nourish Your Body During Chemo

Robyn Stoller | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Robyn Stoller

Good nutrition is important, especially if you have cancer. The challenge for many is that chemotherapy can wreak havoc on your ability to eat.

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Once I finished chemo, I shared my experience with every patient I met and urged them to do the same. After talking to other patients I know that not everyone wants a party. I know that not every patient needs 500 people standing by their side to get them through. Not every patient is Kayla.

No Shave November Niles

Alex Niles | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

Just last week, I completed my 21st cycle of chemotherapy, my sixth since starting back up in the fall. So, this November, alongside my male friends, I'll be doing my best to grow back my 5 o'clock shadow, and of course some hair on my head!

Movember Mustache Diary: Man's Best Friend Hates Cancer Too [VIDEO]

H. Alan Scott | Posted 01.03.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

In moments when there are no words to describe your pain or sadness, a pet looks you in the eye and somehow miraculously gives you the comfort you needed. That's why this Movembermy dog Virgil and I are bro'ing out and getting our shave on.

Staying True to Yourself During Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy

Debra Jane Campbell | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Debra Jane Campbell

It's tricky being a woman and appearing bald in public. How do I cope with the sad-faced sympathizers who can't help but tell me their cancer stories and imagine sharing my suffering?

I Do Not Want to Die From Breast Cancer

Sarah Amento | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Sarah Amento

I have to live, my babies need me, my husband needs me. I am fighting this disease with everything I can.

Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons

Lisa Schirch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The metaphors of cancer and terrorism are easily interchangeable. Breast cancer is a terrorist organization of cells, threatening mass casualties in the rest of my body. ISIS is a cancerous growth, metastasizing at an alarming rate. But waging war on cancer and ISIS do little to address root causes or prevent the conditions that cause these terrors in the first place.

Yagana Shah

Grandma Going Through Chemo Knits Herself A Head Of Hair

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty

It's one of the toughest parts of chemo, losing your hair as the treatment attacks cancer cells in your body, also attacking other cells. It's never e...

5 Frightening, Lifesaving Things to Know About CT Scans, Side Effects, Blood and Cancer

Paul Sanderson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Sanderson

My wife Briggs was driven so far down by chemotherapy for her advanced rectal cancer. Yet in the book I wrote in her memory, Briggs: Love, Cancer...

This Cancer Patient's Invention Will Warm Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2014 | Good News

When he was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer a year ago, 30-year-old New Yorker Alex Niles was shocked. He had always been healthy and active, an...

Make No Small Plans

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

The day I received the results of my first PET scan still haunts me. I've felt so foolish for feeling so confident.