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Postcards From Lebanon: Part 16 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Post-Chemo)

James Stack | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Drivin down the wrong side of the road..." Ricky Riddle Going through chemotherapy isn't easy -- at least it hasn't been for me. I began this journe...

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.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 15 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 6)

James Stack | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"The trip begins with a kiss..." (Roam, lyrics by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland) Taking a ride down a split tar, potholed, soft-to-n...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 14 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Christmas With Cancer)

James Stack | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Over the river, and through the woods..." (Lydia Maria Child) You'd think I'd be depressed going through chemotherapy in December. Odd though it may...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 13 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 5)

James Stack | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Road to nowhere..." (David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison) Every month I've worried about potential potholes, the most critical...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 12 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (The Infusion Room)

James Stack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"I ... find my strength in the beat of your heart." (Haley Westenra) I like to think of myself as someone whose heart goes out to those less fortunat...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 11 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 4)

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Long may you run." (Neil Young) The weather had turned bitter on the first day of cycle 4. With a low in the teens, and it only being early November...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 10 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Fly me to the moon..." (Bart Howard) Previously I had reported that I had tried to get a prescription -- approval -- for medical marijuana. My oncol...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 8 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like responses to chemo, everyone's experiences are different. Of course, these are my experiences; but I believe they contain universal truths.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 7 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.14.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When on cycle two, day two, I told my nurse she was joining my angels here on earth, she told me that one of her previous patients had claimed coming into the infusion room was like going to hell -- now I have a Hell's Angel by my side.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 6 in a Series of Cancer Related-Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Rock me like a wagon wheel... Like tumble weeds, rolling along through the dust and drought. During my Aug. 26 visit to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical C...

At the Top of My Lungs: Food for Thought

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

In the first weeks of treatment, I had few side effects apart from fatigue. I thought perhaps I had dodged a bullet and would skate through without much discomfort. It would be clear in the coming weeks just what a tough battle this would be, and the best weight for me was my fighting weight.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 5 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Looking for adventure... Well, I found it, in a manner of speaking. I felt like a piece of lead on day three after chemo -- sleeping fitfully throug...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 4 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Head on down the highway... The first day of chemo arrived, and I approached it with anxiety, which I suppressed through humor at every opportunity. ...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 3 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Get your motor running... Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a little more than an hour's drive from my home in Vermont. During that hour a lot ca...

Study Reveals Troubling News About Cancer Treatments In California

The Contra Costa Times | Sandy Kleffman | Posted 07.21.2013 | San Francisco

Tracy has agricultural roots and affordable homes, but a new study reveals a less obvious distinction for this Central Valley city: Doctors use intern...

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's Journey: Then and Now

Deanna Minich, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

I realized that my seed of a wish to witness change in people's experience with cancer was blossoming before my eyes. Just within my relatively short lifetime, we have evolved in opportunities and options, enabling people with cancer to have a better quality of life.

Playing Doctor: Women, Cancer, Marketing and the Internet

Claudia Pitts, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Claudia Pitts, Ph.D.

Cancer treatment for women has become another example of a "product" that can be "marketed" to women based not on a presentation of scientific data, but on "softer" points such as "concierge service" and even hospital landscaping.

Celebrating a Decade Thriving With Cancer

Kris Carr | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Kris Carr

As I meditate on the impact that illness has had on my life, I realize I'm a better, more grateful woman today because of cancer. I was asleep at the wheel before cancer shook me awake. And though there's still no cure, I continue to live harmoniously with cancer.

Role Reversal During Cancer Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

A cancer diagnosis doesn't just happen to you. It also happens to your family, friends and community. People who were directly or indirectly impacted by my illness sought to identify their roles in my treatment, to figure out what they could contribute to the experience.

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.