Coping with Cancer , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Cancer Crusaders Support Group Feels Like Family

  At first glance, it looks like a typical holiday get-together – an annual gathering of friends admiring the decorations on one of their homes. What makes the situation unusual is not what the group is doing, but where they were a few hours earlier: the Weymouth, Massachusetts, physician practice […]

December 8, 2016
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Caregiving , General interest , Health Topics
Self-Care Tips for Cancer Caregivers

If you are taking care of a loved one with cancer, you are considered a “caregiver.” You may be responsible for navigating your loved one’s medical appointments, taking on increased responsibilities at home, and providing emotional support, all while maintaining your previous responsibilities. This can be a lot to manage, […]

December 5, 2016
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Care for adults , Lung cancers , Patient Stories, Adult
Finding Happiness Despite Stage IV Lung Cancer

By Joann Totten As a non-smoker, I never imagined I would be diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, let alone at age 50. But that’s what happened on Aug. 5, 2015, just six weeks after I started experiencing a non-productive cough. The doctors felt certain it was bronchitis, but as […]

November 14, 2016
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General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Psychosocial Oncology
Tips for Coping with Grief After a Cancer-Related Death

By Rosemary Maconchie When my husband Jim died from stage IV pancreatic cancer in April 2015, I was suddenly without my lifelong partner. We were together since high school; and when he died at age 69 I was suddenly alone for the first time in my life. The experience of […]

November 2, 2016
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General interest , Palliative Care, childhood , Treatments and Procedures
Pain Medication and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Cancer and its treatment cause pain for many patients, whether from the location of a tumor, the tumor spreading to another area such as the bones, or from side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. “Each person is unique in their pain experiences, as well as how they respond to […]

October 11, 2016
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General interest , Health and Wellness
What’s the Connection Between Night Sweats and Cancer?

Night sweats are episodes of perspiration that occur at night while you are sleeping. People who experience this condition typically report waking with wet bedclothes or sheets, having an increased heart rate, and chills for 1-4 minutes. Menopause or a fever are leading causes of night sweats, but they can […]

September 28, 2016
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Care for adults , Leukemias , Patient Stories, Adult
Leukemia Survivor Embraces Change

For Anna Heard, the fall of 2002 was a season of change. Set to move to Boston in September to begin a master’s program at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Heard, then 29, had a routine physical in Washington, D.C., before starting the academic year. Although her […]

August 23, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Adult Finds Ways to Discuss Death

By Tara Baysol I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 27. Just prior to my diagnosis, I had started a new, exciting chapter as a Yale graduate student. My self-confidence was at an all-time high as I had survived my chaotic early 20s and was […]

August 8, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics , Leukemias , Patient Stories, Adult
Connecting with Nature and Other Patients after Leukemia

By Kathleen Barton When you get diagnosed with cancer, it kicks your butt – both the physical aspects of chemo and the general inertia that comes with this new thing you’re living with. Before my diagnosis, I was active – working, volunteering, exercising, and spending time with friends. Then some […]

July 27, 2016
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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
‘Chemobuddies’ Help Breast Cancer Patient Heal

This post was originally published in July 2016. “What should I bring with me to chemo?” It’s a common question. For many cancer patients, the answer is books, puzzles, or a good movie. For Monica Wright, it was her “chemobuddies.” Wright, 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, […]

July 20, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #3: Coping Through Creativity

Tara Shuman didn’t necessarily set out to be a blogger, let alone a book author. Yet in the throes of a cancer diagnosis she turned to writing as an outlet. Abby Morgan also turned to blogging. A painter since an early age, and an art teacher, writing carried less pressure […]

July 12, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Cancer Patients Find Community Online

Five hundred miles from her hometown in northern Virginia, newlywed Jeannie Choi, 30, and her husband were settling into to Massachusetts and their new careers in July 2015. Just three months later, their wedding vows – to support each other in sickness and in health – would be put to […]

July 11, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics
Managing Oral Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Oral problems such as mouth sores, dry mouth, jaw pain, and sensitive gums are a common complaint for cancer patients, because the very treatments that target fast-growing cancer cells can also affect healthy cells in the mouth. Treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy may cause mouth sores and dry mouth, […]

July 8, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #12: Advice for Parenting During Cancer Treatment

  Parents face many unique challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles is learning how to communicate with children about this difficult and emotional subject. “It’s important children can feel there’s open communication and they can ask questions,” says Kelly (Drummond) Giles, LICSW, a Dana-Farber social […]

June 24, 2016
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Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Treatments and Procedures
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #2: Fear and ‘Scanxiety’

For otherwise healthy individuals, a CT scan or an MRI is an uncommon event. But for cancer survivors like Jeremy Pivor, it’s a routine part of life. So too is the anxiety that often accompanies each test – often referred to as “scanxiety.” Diagnosed with a brain tumor at age […]

June 7, 2016
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Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #1: Family Dynamics

No one wants to give their kids bad news, and it’s hard to imagine worse than telling your kids you have cancer. For lymphoma survivors Gina Johnson and Connie Grayson, the challenge was greater, because they not only had their own kids to tell, but as teachers, they also had […]

May 3, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Advice for Parenting During Cancer Treatment

From telling children about a diagnosis to juggling school and sports schedules with treatment, parents face many unique emotional and logistical challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Sarah Silvia, a single mom treated at Dana-Farber for lymphoma, recently shared her experience during a live Dana-Farber webchat with Dana-Farber social workers Allison […]

September 17, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
A Special Curriculum: Teachers Tell Their Students About Cancer

Gina Johnson and Connie Grayson have a combined 53 years teaching in the public school system. Last year, however, their cancer diagnoses prompted them to incorporate a new element into their lesson plans. “When I was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2014, one of my student’s moms had just passed […]

August 28, 2015
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Care for adults , Chemotherapy , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
How to Care for Your Skin After Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes to your skin during and after cancer treatment. Follow these tips and check in with your doctor regularly to ensure your skin is in the healthiest condition possible throughout your cancer experience. Chemotherapy Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If […]

August 14, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest
Survivor, Hero, Battle: The Complicated Language of Cancer

The language used to talk about cancer often focuses on battle words – those who are cured “won” or “survived,” while those who die from cancer “lost” their “fight.” But is cancer really something to be won or lost? Young adults with cancer discussed these phrases and others during the […]

April 22, 2015
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