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How to speak to someone with cancer

At first, this article was going to say one sentence, “Speak to them like you did before they had cancer.” But after some thought and research, we found that people with cancer should be spoken to differently. They are often going through one of the most difficult periods of their life. Although, a degree of normality should be expected, people undergoing a cancer diagnosis or cancer treatment do deserve a greater degree of empathy and more patience. People living with a cancer diagnosis, also have a legitimate excuse for not wanting to do things.

The Ins and Outs of Discussing Your Cancer - A Summary of 500 Real and Raw Survey Responses

Being diagnosed with cancer is confronting. It can change the way you react to the world, and how the world reacts to you. There is no right way to discuss cancer with friends or family, but there are usually a few themes or trends that develop when people are diagnosed. We wanted to gain insight into how you found discussing your cancer diagnosis with your loved ones, and to see whether we could provide useful tips or advice.

Thoughtful Gifts for Cancer Patients

A gift can serve many purposes. It can brighten someone’s day and let you know you’re thinking about them. A gift can also be practical and help with day-to-day tasks such as cooking, entertaining or driving. Buying a gift usually isn’t a difficult process, so why then is it deemed difficult when buying a gift for someone with a cancer diagnosis?

Do I need a double mastectomy?

In 2013 Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Her choice for having the surgery was due to her having inherited the BRCA gene. Since then, studies have found that the “Jolie effect” has caused a significant rise in genetic tests and preventative double mastectomy surgeries.

5 Tips to get the most out of your doctors visit

An upcoming appointment to the doctor can put dread and fear in even the bravest of people. Doctors hold information that you need, and not knowing can build anxiety and stress. Visiting the doctor is also quite different to other appointments, there are usually long waits and your visit may vary in length.

We want to equip you with tips to make the most of your doctors visit.

Steroids and cancer treatment: Why am I on them?

Steroids are substances that you make naturally in your body. They can be replicated and made in the lab to help treat certain side effects or symptoms, as well as increase the efficacy of some chemotherapies. Steroids play important roles in several different mechanisms throughout the body, including fight and flight (stress) and immune responses.

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