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Here's our collection of cancer-related stories. We sift through a variety of stories and share the issues that we think matter to cancer patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and survivors. Learn about current events in the cancer community, human interest stories, and promising technology and treatment advances. Tell us what you think in the Comments section at the bottom of each post.

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Jan

26

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When Sympathy Isn't Enough

by Dana Demas

Are you looking for some advice about a thorny personal issue related to cancer? A great website called The Checkout Line provides advice to the terminally ill, their friends and relatives. It’s a sort of “Dear Abby” run by the journalist Judy Bachrach, who fields some uncomfortable questions and gives straight answers.

Given all of the demands placed upon people affected by cancer, we’re still human with frustrations that can seem petty in the face of life-or-death. We can all use outlets – even if it’s just to read about the quandaries of others.

Just like our message boards here at CancerCompass, the advice site is totally anonymous. So, you can ask any question you have (yes…even that one). Check it out.

Sep

16

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CancerCompass Community Shares Experiences, Hope on Message Board

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Caregiver laylajay is asking for input from the CancerCompass community about breast cancer that has metastasized to the liver. She has conducted some research about her sister-in-law's condition, but would like to learn more about liver cancer from other patients, survivors or caregivers. Share your experiences.

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18-year-old Patient Icsjoshj has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and is looking to establish a support system. He's curious what experiences others have had in fighting Hodgkin's and whether they can help him know what to expect. Share your thoughts.

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Caregiver Mel20 is looking for suggestions about pain medications that may provide a better quality of life for her 80-year-old mother, who has been diagnosed with Stage 1 Adencarcinoma. Share your experiences.

 

Sep

03

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New Message Board Discussions: Share Your Cancer Experience

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Caregiver Loving Granddaughter is looking for advice or any personal experiences other caregivers can share regarding the final stages of pancreatic cancer. Share your experiences.

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Caregiver DavidA has read about the use of the cancer drug Avastin as a front-line treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation. He would like to know what experiences GBM patients have had with this type of treatment. Join the conversation.

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Caregiver jcw48 is curious whether her husband's pain and pressure after a tonsil removal is normal. His cancer was diagnosed in the right tonsil and lymph node. Share your thoughts.

 

Aug

31

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CancerCompass Members Share Experiences

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Maintaining quality of life is an important factor for patients and family members when considering cancer treatment options. Caregiver tisha55 discusses how her husband's GBM has spread despite consistent treatment, and wonders whether a more aggressive treatment option is the right decision. Share your experiences.

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CancerCompass member hapsood wonders if a PET scan can effectively detect oral cancers. Join the conversation.

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Caregiver Shashikanth shares how her brother's thyroid cancer was detected without showing any signs or symptoms. Doctors are suggesting Lu-177-Dotatate therapy and she wonders whether anyone has experience with this treatment option. Share your thoughts.

 

Jul

17

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Cancer Compass Community Shares Hope

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Supplements can often help cancer patients in their fight. Patient LoisA wonders which supplement will strengthen her intestinal tract following chemotherapy treatment. Share your experiences.

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Caregiver Debralynn shares her concerns regarding her husband's brain cancer diagnosis, including his treatment options. Share your thoughts.

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Caregivers and family often wonder where they can get accurate end-of-life information. Caregiver Justin's Mom wonders whether her source is truly accurate in reporting end-of-life signs for her son. Discuss your experiences.

 

Jun

26

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New Message Board Discussions: Share Your Cancer Experience

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The level of cancer treatment can vary from country to country depending on resources available to physicians. Caregiver friends4ever is asking for advice on whether her friend, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, should seek cancer treatment in her native country. Join the conversation.

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Knowing what's "normal" after specific cancer fighting procedures is difficult for patients who are undergoing treatment for the first time. Patient nvrimgnd discusses his excessive bleeding six weeks after a Low Anterior Resection (LAR surgery). Share your experience.

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Waiting for confirmation that radiation treatments are truly working is an anxious, hopeful time for many cancer patients. Caregiver Brete updates the CancerCompass community about the initial success of radiation treatments for GBM. Share your thoughts.

 

Jun

04

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Share Hope: Recent CancerCompass Message Board Posts

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Acupuncture is sometimes used in combination with traditional cancer treatments to relieve symptoms associated with cancer. Patient Jeffrey1 is asking if any CancerCompass community members have had experience with acupuncture being beneficial for BAC (bronchioloalveolar carcinoma). Share your experience.

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Living far away from a family member who is losing their fight with cancer can be difficult for both the long distance caregiver and the patient. Caregiver EduardoNJ talks about his father-in-law's fight with stomach cancer as he and his wife struggle with living so far from him. Share your thoughts.

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Trusting your instincts about your body can be difficult when your physician says otherwise. Member Babies discusses her emergency room visit after a LEEP procedure, in an effort to help others trust their instincts when something feels wrong. Share your experience.

 

May

29

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CancerCompass Message Board Updates: Join the Discussion

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Optimal nutrition allows the body to function at its best while fighting against cancer. Many people in the Cancer Compass community wonder how certain spices and foods contribute to overall nutrition. McTwirly, a caregiver, wonders what effects curcumin, a spice in the ginger family, has on a cancer patient's muscles.  Join the conversation.

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USA Today recently reported on a study linking formaldehyde with cancer. Now Johnson and Johnson is in the spotlight for personal care products that may contain preservatives that release formaldehyde. Cancer patient K.C. is wondering what others think about this new development. Join the discussion.

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During the cancer fighting process, therapies to combat the disease can become physically and emotionally draining. Esophageal cancer patient Dar O is looking for support in dealing with recent cancer treatments. Share your experiences.

 

May

26

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New Message Board Discussions: Share Your Cancer Experience

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Caregivers ride an emotional roller coaster when loved ones are diagnosed with cancer. Sometimes a little support, advice or a shared experience can help bring perspective to their difficult situation. Caregiver Denisee is worried about what effect the additional metastasis doctors found on her aunt's gum will have on her aunt's ability to fight Stage 4 colon cancer.  Share your thoughts.

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Having multiple cancer screenings over an extended period of time can be a challenging process. Britt3673 is a 22-year-old woman who has undergone cervical screenings over the last two years. Now she says her doctor is looking to perform a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).  Share your experiences.

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Each person can experience different side effects from prescribed medications used to combat cancer. But knowing another person's experience with a specific medication can help ease concerns. Patient Erinsmom is wondering what side effects people have experienced with the chemotherapy drug Etoposide (VP-16).  Join the discussion.

 

May

15

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Share Hope: Recent CancerCompass Message Board Posts

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New prostate cancer treatments are helping with some of the unpleasant side effects associated with traditional therapies. However, when one treatment is working it can be a difficult decision to switch treatments in an effort to lessen side effects. Survivor Bluefish1 is looking for opinions about whether switching from Elagard to Casadex is good idea. Share your thoughts.

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How a person's body responds to cancer treatment can vary from individual to individual. But hearing about someone else's experience with a similar cancer diagnosis can provide some insight. Caregiver Caro7lk, whose father was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma, is looking for advice on what she should expect next. Share your experience.

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New research from Spain suggests that THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, stimulates brain cancer cell death, reports Forbes. Caregiver TruthFreesYou is curious about how doctors could use THC to help his father, who is suffering late stage brain cancer. Join the discussion.

 

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