Travel insurance for cancer patients

Whether it’s rest and relaxation you need or a little bit of excitement and adventure, if you feel up to travelling then having cancer doesn’t need to stop you from exploring the rest of the world.

Travel insurance for cancer patients

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, a holiday can give you the time and space to come to terms with the illness. Or maybe you need a few days away to recuperate from cancer treatment. You might even want to go on holiday to celebrate the all-clear.

Unfortunately, many travel insurers are reluctant to cover cancer patients, or anyone with a pre-existing medical condition, because they are considered more likely to make a claim.

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“I was determined to fight cancer with every ounce of strength I possessed”

 Soap and glory for Irish  entrepreneur Deborah Neill

Deborah Neill

We’re always on the lookout for new, innovative, and most importantly helpful products to add to our growing catalogue. A new addition to our site is Deborah Neill Handmade Soap, beautiful handmade soap created by a cancer survivor to help soothe irritated skin that has been affected by cancer treatment.

Here, soapmaker Deborah recalls why launched her handmade soap brand and why she recommends her soaps to fellow cancer patients:

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How to help heal the mind and brain during and after cancer

Joint winners announced as the Best Mind & Brain Product at the inaugural Live Better With Spotlight Awards

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Photo by Jacob Townsend

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to think about the physical complications the disease brings – from nausea and hair loss to pain and fatigue. But what about the impact on your mental health?

Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear are very common and are normal responses to this life-changing experience. Many things can cause these feelings. Changes in body image can affect self-esteem and confidence. Family and work roles may be altered. You might also fear death, suffering, pain, or all the unknown things that lie ahead.

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Campaigners want coffee to come with cancer warning

A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip of your cup of joe

coffee cancer warning

A lawsuit is underway in the state of California that might force coffee retailers such as Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Dunkin’ Donuts to add a cancer warning label to their coffees.

The nonprofit organization Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) has brought this suit to court. It’s an effort they began back in 2010 against 90 different companies in California, claiming these companies failed to follow a state law ― Proposition 65 ― that requires a warning for the presence of hazardous chemicals to the residents of California. The hazardous chemical in question is acrylamide, a known carcinogen, which is produced in small amounts during the coffee-roasting process.

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Stage IV cancer patient prepares for Ironman

This October, 68 year-old Mike Levine will become the first Stave IV pancreatic cancer patient to complete an Ironman race. 

Ironman cancer

This October, over 2000 athletes will take part in the inaugural Ironman Championships. After a gruelling 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride, contestants will race a 26.2-mile marathon, looking to be the first to cross the finish line.

Among them will be 68 year-old Mike Levine; a retired salesman and Stage IV cancer patient.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, Mike is well aware that his cancer is serious. “I have less than a one percent chance of making it five years, and since the diagnosis, I’m already two and a half years into it,” he told the San Diego news.

Despite these challenges, Mike has found a renewed sense of purpose.

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Outpouring of love after LGBT activist Dean Eastmond passes away

Friends, family and fans all over the globe have paid tribute to the writer and LGBT activist Dean Eastmond, who passed away earlier this week. Dean was just 21 and was diagnosed with a rare bone and soft tissue cancer in 2016.

LGBT activist Dean Eastmond

Sharing his experiences of having cancer as a young man in the LGBT+ community earned Dean a huge online following, and the internet has been filled with messages of love and admiration following his passing, with his hashtag #DeanEastmondSLAYS trending on Twitter as fans reminisced about his impact.

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Preparing for a mastectomy: what to expect

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It’s difficult to condense the emotional and physical tolls that a mastectomy brings.

If you are having a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment or as a preventative measure, your doctors will give you lots of information on what the procedure involves and what to expect.

Here at Live Better With, we have put together a list of the most common problems that can arise after a mastectomy to help you be prepared should you experience any of these.

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