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Category Archives: Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with cancer can feel like entering the Twilight Zone. Doctors appointments, tests, and a whole new vocabulary are just the beginning of life in this new place. These articles will empower and encourage cancer patients. They will help you learn to live with your illness and even thrive.


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…


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…


Fatigue

Most people experience fatigue at some point in their lives, and we all know what it’s like to feel tired, but it usually doesn’t last long. Once you sleep or even just quietly rest for a while, the fatigue goes away Read more…


Drug Resistant

One of the things we learned early on in Dan’s cancer journey was that even if a treatment worked, eventually, it wouldn’t. Cancer cells become drug resistant.Our StoryWhen doctors first diagnosed Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, they Read more…


Cancer Cells

Cancer is a complex disease. In fact, it is really many diseases with one thing in common— cancer cells have a communication problem.To understand cancer cells, you need to first understand healthy cells and how they function. A cell is Read more…


Biopsy

I recently went to the dermatologist for a full exam. As a bonus, she removed a small lump that I’ve had for years. She numbed the area and in 2 seconds (maybe even less) removed the pea-sized lump, putting in Read more…


Asymptomatic

The earlier cancer is detected, the more easily and effectively it can be treated. Asymptomatic, or “quiet” cancer often spreads, unchecked to other locations (i.e. metastatic). This is why some forms of cancer have a reputation for being especially deadly.Some Read more…


Breathing exercise

This is part 4 of our Breathless Series. In Part 1, we looked at some of the reasons for breathlessness in cancer patients. I also shared my husband’s experience with shortness of breath to the point he nearly died. In Part 2, Read more…


Breathing Technique

This is part 3 of our Breathless Series. In Part 1, we looked at some of the reasons for breathlessness in cancer patients. I also shared my husband’s experience with shortness of breath to the point he nearly died. In Part Read more…

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