Live Better With teams up with innovative cancer planning journal

The CanPlan planner is a fantastic tool to help people living with cancer to take control of their disease and find ways to self-heal

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CanPlan is an all-in-one tool for patients and caregivers

Here at Live Better With, we’re constantly updating our product range as we’re always on the lookout for new things that have made a difference to the day-to-day life of someone living with cancer.

Today, we are so pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the new, innovative cancer planning brand, CanPlan, and will be their exclusive UK stockist.

US-based CanPlan is a one-of-a-kind planner designed to assist cancer patients and caregivers with the daily battles of cancer, by providing words of encouragement, reminders for positive living, and a tracking method to monitor the illness day to day. It is an all-in-one tool for patients and caregivers to take control of their cancer.

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Best scar creams to help you heal after cancer surgery

Whether you’ve had a mastectomy, prostatectomy or biopsy, we look at the best-reviewed scar cream treatments for after surgery

best scar gels for cancer surgery

If you’ve had surgery as part of your cancer treatment, you’ll also have to deal with an unfortunate consequence – scars.

Scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process, but they can cause irritation and some find them unsightly. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to help improve the texture and appearance of your scars over time.

In this post we discuss why we get scars, the different types of cancer surgery scars and the best scar treatment after surgery: Continue reading “Best scar creams to help you heal after cancer surgery”

Travelling With Cancer: 5 Inspiring People Who Did It

Organising a holiday can be challenging at the best of times, but how on earth do you tackle travelling with cancer? 

We’ve put together our top 5 favourite stories from across the internet about people who didn’t let their cancer stop them going on holiday, and we think they’re pretty inspiring.

1. Laura from FindingCyril.com

travel with cancer Laura pizza

One of our favourite bloggers, Laura, is a 27 year old teacher living in London, In 2016 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To help her talk about her illness, she and her dad decided to refer to her cancer as “Cyril”, making it seem just a little bit less scary. Laura’s imaginary conversations with Cyril often show how doubts and worries can creep into your daily life with cancer, but the FindingCyril blog is bursting with heartfelt humour, joyous photos and Laura’s upbeat personality.

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Appreciating life during cancer

How Amanda Luke has remained positive after losing her job and getting diagnosed with breast cancer within two months

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Amanda Luke was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2017

When Amanda Luke was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, she says it couldn’t have come at a worse time for her. The 42-year-old had just lost her job the month before and had started a new temporary role which she hoped would become permanent. 

Despite the life changing events, Amanda has remained positive and learning to appreciate life while living with cancer.

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Roehampton University offers free therapy for cancer patients

The London-based learning institute aims to help individuals to live a more meaningful and satisfying life with new psychology trial

Cancer patients in the UK are being encouraged to join a new type of group therapy which aims to help those affected by the disease to live a more fulfilling life.

The Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST) at Roehampton University is recruiting participants for a new trial psychological therapy tailored for those living with cancer.

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5 Inspirational Men Who’ve Lived With Cancer

Father's Day Post Cancer

To Celebrate Father’s Day, we’ve put together a list of inspirational men who’ve lived with cancer. All of these men have handled their cancer diagnoses in different ways. But in each case, we’ve been blown away by the courage, humour, and strength that they’ve shown.

From journalists to athletes and actors, read on to discover our picks for the most inspirational men living with cancer. 

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The most common cancer myths and misconceptions

In the first of our myth series, we look at myths and misconceptions associated with cancer itself

cancer myths

Cancer isn’t contagious but bad information can be. We look at some of the most common myths about cancer:

Is cancer is contagious?

No, it is not. You cannot catch cancer by touching or being in a room with someone who has cancer. There are some viruses, however, that can lead to specific cancers (the Human Papillomavirus can lead to cervical and rectal cancer), and these viruses can be spread. Vaccines are available to help prevent you getting these viruses, but it is best to speak to your doctor first about vaccinations.

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‘Take whatever you need to take, just leave my brain and my soul and I will be happy’

Mastectomy: What To Expect, with author Jackie Buxton

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Jackie Buxton is the author of Tea & Chemo

When Jackie Buxton, author of Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer Living Life, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was told she would need surgery as soon as possible.

“When I was told I was going to have a mastectomy, it just went over my head,” she says. “My brain wasn’t working properly. I was in a sludge of cancer thought.” Continue reading “‘Take whatever you need to take, just leave my brain and my soul and I will be happy’”