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Category Archives: A to Z Challenge 2017

For the A to Z Challenge 2017, I wrote about cancer-related topics. This was a blogging challenge that really stretched me.


quality of life

People often talk about quality of life when it comes to health concerns. Decisions about treatment must take quality of life into account. Patients often decide to discontinue cancer treatment based on concerns about quality of life. What is quality Read more…


Oncology

When someone is being treated for cancer, they will work with a team of medical professionals in the oncology department. This team approach ensures you get the best medical care possible. Who are some of the people on a care Read more…


Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a set of symptoms affecting the nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy affects your nerves, or those on the periphery of your body: Skin, fingers, toes, etc. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is when these symptoms are the result of chemotherapy.Symptoms of Read more…


metastasis

Today’s blog is about metastasis in cancer.We learned in C is for Cancer Cells that one of the reasons that cancer is such a deadly disease is its ability to metastasize, or spread from one part of the body to Read more…


Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic SystemYour lymphatic system is part of your circulatory system AND your immune system. It’s a network of vessels and lymph nodes that make up your body’s drainage system.These vessels move excess fluid that’s been collected from all over Read more…


talk to kids about cancer

How do you talk to kids about cancer?It’s not always easy to talk to kids about cancer, especially when their mom or dad is fighting it, but it is important. Some of the reasons they keep their thoughts to themselves Read more…


joy

How can you feel joy with a cancer diagnosis?I can only speak from our family’s experience. I’ll be even more specific and speak from my personal experience as a caregiver, the wife of a cancer patient. In the beginning, I Read more…


Immune System

What is your immune system?The immune system is your first line of defense against infections, both viral and bacterial, as well as other diseases. The immune system, which is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs.How does it Read more…


Hospice and Palliative Care

Curing vs. HealingThere comes a time when we need to switch from curative treatment to healing efforts. We can heal, even as we die. There can be healing of relationships, spiritual healing, letting go of the things that never should Read more…


gift

Confession: I’m a Terrible Gift Giver. I don’t know why. I just am. Each Christmas my sisters-in-law and I all exchange gifts. They are little gift bags of things that make life fun: notebooks, lotions, great pens, etc. I am always Read more…

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