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Coping with Cancer

When the cancer diagnosis has been given, a person is forced to face their own mortality. Knowledge is power, and learning about how to deal with your diagnosis or what to expect with treatments can help you cope with it easier. Ask your doctor questions.

Write down questions as you think of them since they often escape us later. Ask your doctor to explain things you do not understand and write down information.

Welcome support from family, friends, and loved ones. They are in your life because they care about you so let them know when you need an ear to vent, someone to help, or a word of encouragement.
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Cancer Knowledge

Cancer. It has touched our lives in some form. It is not a pleasant subject, but knowledge is power, and cancer is often preventable. Nearly one half of the male population in our nation will develop cancer.

Over 75% of cancers in males develop after the age of 55; however it can strike at any given time. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1/3 of all cancer related deaths in our nation can be prevented with healthier diets, cardio activity at least three times per week, regular check ups with a physician, and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking and poor diet.
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Dealing with Cancer Pain

Did you know that as many as 30 to 50% of cancer patients undergoing treatment experience pain? Plus, for the patients in advanced stages of cancer, 70 to 90% experience pain as result of the cancer. Why should patients put up with this pain when treatments and other solutions exist? An exploration of the cancer patient’s options may bring surprisingly wonderful relief.

What is pain and how does pain surface in cancer? When the brain receives a message from the nerves about a problem, the body wants to react to whatever is causing the damage. Different treatments bring about different pain signals. For instance, in chemotherapy, the cancerous cells are being killed and this action may signal pain. The damaging force of pain may trigger chronic pain, which is a major stressor attacking the entire person’s well-being from the body to the mind. Another version of pain is breakthrough pain. This style of pain spikes and temporarily increases the dose of pain. Pain does not have to exist and 95% of cancer patients find relief from prescription drugs and other methods.
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Research By The Various National Institutes Of Health

Part of your federal tax dollars go to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a vast variety of research studies among a group of federal research agencies as well as NIH grants to medical centers and universities. NIH is a branch of the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services and NIH alone has some 18,000 employees. NIH coordinates research into health issues affecting the American public through 27 institutes, each devoted to research in a particular health area, plus other offices and centers.

The most familiar institute is the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which has the goals to develop techniques for curing cancers with valid treatments, was developed in 1937. NCI also seeks out solutions for managing those cancers that currently can’t be cured and researches the prevention of cancer. Another prominent research branch of NIH, called the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses the study of mental illnesses and basic research about the brain and human behavior.
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