Ovarian Cancer – Two (Amazing!) Women Tell Their Stories

Around 1 in 52 women in the UK will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. But would you recognise the most common symptoms? And what is it like to go through ovarian cancer?

Debbie and Paula both had two very different experiences of ovarian cancer, from symptoms all the way to treatment and recovery. Read their stories below, shared by our friends at Ovarian Cancer Action – a charity fighting to improve research, funding and support for women with ovarian cancer.

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How to Find Help When You’re Living With Cancer

Finding help for cancer patients, their families, and their carers can be tricky. Luckily, there are lots available to assist you – all you have to do is start looking! 

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Finding Help When You Have Cancer

There are hundreds of organisations, groups, charities and businesses out there that can help you to live better with cancer!

But what if you’re not sure what’s out there? Or if you’re not sure where to even start?

We know that it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for at the best of times, especially if you’re feeling sick.

That’s why we created the Cancer Support Map. It’s the only platform of its kind, and it will help you and your loved ones find local, relevant cancer services at the touch of a button!

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Mesothelioma – Cancer that’s 99% preventable

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Mesothelioma, a type of cancer often found in the lungs, is almost always caused by asbestos exposure, and is 99% preventable. But every year, approximately 3,000 people in the United States, and 2,700 in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma – and those numbers are increasing.

For Mesothelioma Awareness Day (Tuesday September 26th), we spoke to the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center in the USA, to learn more about the four types of mesothelioma affecting the lives of thousands each year.

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20 beautiful mastectomy tattoos that will take your breath away

Women are turning their breast surgery scars into stunning works of art with mastectomy tattoos

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Mastectomies save lives but they also leave physical – and psychological – scars. Survivors traditionally have to choose between living with those scars, or having a breast reconstruction.

But some breast cancer survivors are choosing a third option – adorning their scarred chests with elaborate and colourful tattoos to transform what can often be a landscape of pain into something beautiful and unique.

Also known as a ‘tittoo’, this popular trend is helping women to emotionally heal and feel confident with their new bodies.

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‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help’ – Learnings from skin cancer patient Chris Harvey

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Chris Harvey is a very independent man – he knows what he wants and is more than happy to achieve it by himself.

But when he was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago, Chris quickly realised that he would need to become depended on others – a scary thought but something he has learned to accept.

Below, Chris explains what he has learned since his diagnosis and how his life has changed.

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Telling a cancer patient ‘to stay positive’ – inspiring or infuriating?

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The topic of maintaining a positive attitude during cancer treatment is brought up time and time again. You can find endless words of encouragement online and there was even a study which looked into whether positive thinking could help fight the disease.

But what does “staying positive” actually mean and more importantly, how do people living with cancer feel about being told to think positively?

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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.

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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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