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There are so many questions for both patients and caregivers outside of cancer medical treatment. From how to deal with hair loss to how to get pregnant after chemotherapy, here are some of the most pressing topics and the most popular advice shared by our The Patient Story community.


Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis

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Support During Cancer

What to Write to Someone With Cancer

What to Write to Someone With Cancer

There’s no clear way to know what is best to say to someone with cancer, but there are some basic guidelines to help make your words and actions matter. Hear what helped and what didn’t from the patients themselves. ...
How To Tell Your Family and Friends You Have Cancer

How To Tell Your Family and Friends You Have Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and are unsure how to go about telling your friends and family, read stories from real cancer survivors who share their experiences on how they broke the news. ...
Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients in Your Life

Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients in Your Life

Gifts can be a great way to show your support for a loved one with cancer, but it can be tough to know what to give. Here are gift ideas from real-life cancer survivors - from physical gifts to volunteering your time. ...

For Caregivers

My Spouse Was Diagnosed With Cancer

My Spouse Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Marriage is wonderful, but a cancer diagnosis can create a disconnect for some couples. Here are three things to keep in mind in order to keep your relationship healthy after a diagnosis.

General Info by Cancer

What is Leukemia? What is Lymphoma?

What is Leukemia? What is Lymphoma?

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. Lymphoma affects lymphocytes–a type of white blood cell. What are the similarities and differences of leukemia and lymphoma? How are they diagnosed? How are they treated? ...
What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia affects 15,000 new patients in the US alone each year. Hear from a leukemia expert about what CLL is, how its diagnosed, and the most important thing you can do during your treatment. ...
Multiple Myeloma & Treatment Options

Multiple Myeloma & Treatment Options

Multiple myeloma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the plasma cells. Read real experts talk about what myeloma is, its diagnosis and treatment options including new CAR-T cell therapy, proteasome inhibitors and more. ...

Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment Side Effects: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Surgery

Cancer Treatment Side Effects: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Surgery

Cancer treatments save lives, but they also come with side effects. Hear straight from patients who’ve been treated for cancer - what they experienced and what helped them get through it. ...
Hair Loss and Regrowth After Chemotherapy

Hair Loss and Regrowth After Chemotherapy

Hear how cancer patients dealt with hair loss after chemotherapy and what some of them used to help growth after that loss. ...

Newer Cancer Treatments

Newest CLL Treatments: Targeted Therapy Drugs

Newest CLL Treatments: Targeted Therapy Drugs

Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia is moving towards targeted agents. Chemo and transplants are becoming less common. Hear about the newest treatments from real experts. ...
Clinical Trials in Cancer: A Guide to the FDA Approval Process

Clinical Trials in Cancer: A Guide to the FDA Approval Process

If you want to look into newer treatment options, it can be hard to know where to start. The FDA has several different approval processes. Here’s a guide for you to help you know what questions you can ask your doctor. ...

Family and Parenting

How to Tell Kids About Cancer | Parenting with Cancer

How to Tell Kids About Cancer | Parenting with Cancer

Hear how patients facing cancer navigated diagnosis and treatment while balancing their role as a parent. Hear their advice from how to talk to your kids about cancer to when to ask for help with childcare. ...
Fertility and Pregnancy After Cancer Treatment

Fertility and Pregnancy After Cancer Treatment

Hear how cancer patients took steps to increase their chances of fertility and pregnancy after undergoing chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. ...

Finances and Work

How Does Medicare Cover Cancer?

How Does Medicare Cover Cancer?

Cancer affects people of all ages. What can Medicare do for older cancer patients? How is Medicare changing in 2020? Guest writer Danielle K Roberts shares her expertise. ...
Working During Cancer Treatment

Working During Cancer Treatment

Whether you continue working or take time off during treatment, there are many questions new cancer patients face when it comes to their job. Here's what survivors had to say about dealing with work during chemo, radiation, and more. ...
Medicaid Updates and Cancer

Medicaid Updates and Cancer

Medicaid is a federal and state-run program that assists its patients with healthcare costs. Read how updates to the program in many states might make it easier to receive Medicaid coverage for your cancer. ...

Mental Health and Support

Leaving the Hospital: Emotions and Support

Leaving the Hospital: Emotions and Support

Leaving the hospital after a surgery or course of treatment can evoke a variety of emotions. Hear from real cancer patients about how they were feeling when they went home and the support that’s available when you leave the hospital. ...
Coping With Scanxiety: Advice From Cancer Patients

Coping With Scanxiety: Advice From Cancer Patients

Scanxiety is the you have about any scans that will update you on your current status as a cancer patient or survivor. Most patients report feeling this particular kind of anxiety at least once. Find out how real cancer patients and survivors cope with scanxiety. ...

Health and Wellness

Chemo Diet: How to Stay Healthy During Treatment

Chemo Diet: How to Stay Healthy During Treatment

It can be hard to stay healthy and in balance when you're going through chemotherapy. Here are some ways you can optimize your eating habits to alleviate some common chemotherapy side effects. ...
CBD Oil for Cancer & Treatment Side Effects

CBD Oil for Cancer & Treatment Side Effects

Unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “high.” Read on to learn more about CBD, its potential uses for cancer patients, and tips on finding the right product. ...
Yoga and Cancer, Meditation for Cancer

Yoga and Cancer, Meditation for Cancer

Wondering how a yoga or meditation practice can help in cancer treatment? Read the benefits of starting a practice, both for your mental and physical health, and get tips on how to start. ...

Other Resources

Top Cancer Blogs

Top Cancer Blogs

Sometimes the content we need is to read journals from patients and caregivers, themselves. Here’s a list of wonderful blogs by cancer type curated by The Patient Story. ...
Cancer Organizations and Nonprofit Services

Cancer Organizations and Nonprofit Services

Choose from over 40 cancer organizations and nonprofits for any cancer type and location Find where to get help for financial, housing, transportation and more. ...
Health Literacy Definition and Assessment

Health Literacy Definition and Assessment

October is Health Literacy Awareness. Health literacy is when the information and health services you need align with your ability to process, understand, and use that information and those services. Why does it matter? ...