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Be Your Own Advocate

Kayla Redig | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Cancer was the first time in my life where I had to be an advocate for myself. Maybe it's pathetic that it took a threat to my life to learn to speak up, but regardless it's a lesson I will never forget.

5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Traveling for Cancer Treatments

Robyn Stoller | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Robyn Stoller

To get the best care possible, many cancer patients need to travel out-of-state for treatments, surgeries and even second opinions. Being away from...

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

Overcoming Cancer Consent

Christopher Gazarian | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gazarian

When day zero comes around, I take one last moment to think about my fear. The fears of what I will definitely experience, the fears of what I might experience and the fears of what I might not experience. And then, finally I do have a choice to make.

How Cancer Survivors Are Giving Back

Julie Barnes | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I recently read about an amazing program that recruits and trains cancer survivors to act as peer navigators, or "cancer coaches," to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Warrior Status

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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.

Sharing Cancer Stories on Facebook

Roger Wright | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Roger Wright

"So the odds of recovery are 94-99%. Pretty good, huh?" We were two middle-aged guys whose morning routine included a walk to the corner to buy a newspaper from a blue, metal stand.

Sasha Bronner

Hospital Cancer Program Confronts The Existential

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living

People who battle stage 4 cancer are familiar with words like chemotherapy, radiation and metastasize. But words they may not hear at a hospital as of...

The Routines of Bravery

Lea Grover | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Lea Grover

It should never be routine to sit biting your nails for hours in the early morning while someone you love is getting sophisticated images taken of tumors that you can't help but worry are growing.

How Not to Talk to Someone Dying of Cancer

Allen Frances | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

We overtrain our doctors on the overvalued technical aspects of medicine and under-train them in the undervalued relational skills that have always been at the heart of healing.

Why Is Our Health Care System Disconnected from What Matters to Patients?

Kim Thiboldeaux | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Kim Thiboldeaux

There remains a systemic disconnect between patients and the community involved in treating them. For decades, the patient experience has been marred by disconnected, uncoordinated care and a focus largely on biomedical needs.

'Truly Brave' Kids With Cancer Are All Smiles In Music Video From Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News

One look at the amazing kids in this video, and you'll notice the smiles on their faces long before the fact that they are battling pediatric cancer. ...

Can the War on Cancer Be Won? A Surprising Answer

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I like to talk to patients and ask them how best to explain complicated medical information, so that every individual can have the information he or she needs to make the best decisions for him -- or herself.

Tired? Check Your Neck for Thyroid Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

One of the major symptoms of thyroid cancer is being exhausted and depressed and if you are experiencing a tightness in your throat, a change in your voice or swallowing/breathing ability, you need to see your doctor.

Treatment Together

Alex Niles | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

Life is complicated. Life after a cancer diagnosis is even more complicated. It can hit you hard, so hard that you find yourself gasping for air. It is never something you can be prepared for, and it leaves you confused, puzzled, and disoriented.

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block?

Let's Stamp Out the Phrase 'There's Nothing More We Can Do'

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Because we have handed over to the medical profession responsibility not just for our bodies but also, somehow, for our hearts and minds and spirit, we believe that those words mean the end of hope and peace and life -- the end of everything.

Can We Change the Course of Cancer By Treating Our Patients With Love?

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Kumar, M.D.

Medicine is at a crossroads, a gateway, where it needs to transform into a system that offers more love, and hope, and where exploration and education are honored as core values.

Individualized Cancer Treatment Coming -- But Only If Underdogs Prevail

Techonomy | Posted 09.14.2014 | Science
Techonomy

By Meredith Salisbury [CAPTION: Image via Shutterstock] Decades ago, "personalized medicine" meant "don't give penicillin to the person who is fat...

Just What Do You Owe Your Doctor?

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

Positively Radiant: Naturopathic Medicine Approaches to Complement Radiation Therapy

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

It is my hope that this overall integrated approach to cancer care will not only be successful in terms of my own long term survival and quality of life, but that it also models for patients and doctors alike that complementary care has an essential role to play alongside conventional care.

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

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

Denise DeSimone | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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.

Weed the People Movie Looks at Children, Cancer and Cannabis Medicine

Mary Hall | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Mary Hall

What would you do if your child had a disease or condition that mainstream medicine couldn't cure? What if you found a medicine that could help your child, but it wasn't legal or commonly accepted as mainstream medicine? Would you break the law to save your child? These are some of the questions the unfinished documentary film, Weed The People addresses.