Did you ever stop to think…

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Did you ever stop to think…. How much work goes in to fighting cancer every single day?  I mean think of the cancer work force in just this country alone?  Patients, Doctors, Researchers, Scientists, Nurses, Social Workers, Caregivers, to name just a few groups and they’re on the front lines.  There are so many others who(…)

A leap of faith…

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Who are the real hero’s in the discoveries of cancer treatment?  The brave patients who decide they want to be part of the clinical trials world; that’s who. It’s hard enough being a part of cancer world, but to add the layer of clinical trials to that existence means earning a real medal of bravery.  Some patients(…)

“What else have you got?”

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Cancer is such a hot topic these days.  More than ever, we hear stories on the news about new treatments.  Medical writers are following every little tidbit on how Immunotherapy is the game changer researchers have been waiting for all these years.  And it’s true, technology has advanced so fast, it’s allowed old ideas, like(…)

The waiting room of memories..

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So, a young friend is scheduled for surgery at the cancer center next week .  He doesn’t have cancer, but the surgeon who is doing the procedure works all ends of the hospital and it appears this is where a surgical suite was available, so that adds a little more impact to the day. It’s back to(…)

Image saver….

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What do you look like when you have cancer? Do your looks change?  How long does it take to get back to the “old” you? Many times before a patient hears “You have cancer,” family or friends see a change in their loved one.  A sudden change in weight can occur.  Sometimes skin tone becomes(…)

Ringing the Bell….

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It means everything…. It’s a morale lift to be sure.  It’s like breaking the tape at the end of the race.  It’s the exhale that you’re finished with radiation.  And hopefully it’s the big wave “good-bye” to your cancer. It’s ringing the bell at radiation oncology in the cancer center.  The doctors gather around and(…)

After all this time…

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How long does it take to “get over it?” The short answer is “never.” But there’s a better, longer answer too.  You never get over the death of a loved one who worked so hard to live and wouldn’t give in to cancer.  So many of us remember those days following our loss, how experts,(…)

Tough choice…

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He’s in the midst of deciding on a life course. He knows he wants to be a nurse and not just any nurse, but the best nurse ever.  Good choice. But here comes the hard part.  He really wants to be a pediatric oncology nurse, but he’s not sure he can handle the job.  “Can(…)

“The Specials”

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I call them the” Specials.” Who are they? When a new patient walks into the lobby at the cancer center, they carry all the signs that say, “I really don’t want to be here and I have no idea what to do next.”  I think there’s a little fear mixed in with the anxiety of(…)