1. Creating Your Budget After Cancer

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support Even with health insurance, cancer costs can be expensive. One of the best ways to prepare for these expenses is to plan ahead by creating a budget. To create your budget, you can use PearlPoint’s Budgeting Worksheets, create your own spreadsheet, or download a budgeting app on your smart phone. When creating your budget, you will need to include all sources of income such as: salary, Social Security, short-term disabi...

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  2. Myth vs. Truth: Sugar and Cancer

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support You shouldn’t eat sugar at all if you have cancer. False! You CAN have small amounts of sugar, even after a cancer diagnosis. Sugar does NOT cause cancer. The myth that sugar causes cancer gives sugar a bad name. There are many flavors and foods a person with cancer may not be able to swallow or digest. Weight loss and malnutrition is a concern for many c...

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  3. Myth vs. Truth: Juicing

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support Juicing is a MUST for cancer survivors. False! Juicing is a way to make beverages by turning fruits and vegetables into their liquid form. The pulp and fiber are removed so just the juice remains. Juicing is a great way to get concentrated nutrients, fluids, and mega-calories in one glass. Juicing produces a refreshing beverage with no preservatives, artifici...

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  4. Through the Fog: Managing Chemo Brain

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support As a cancer survivor myself, I’ve frequently heard my fellow cancer survivor friends dismiss bouts of forgetfulness or simple mistakes as “chemo brain.” We always chuckle at this joke. Humor can be a powerful healing tool, but cognitive issues are a real side effect of cancer treatment that can be frustrating and scary for the cancer survivors who experience them. As many as 75% of cancer survivors experience cogn...

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  5. Creating Safe and Effective Cancer Treatments: FDA Approval Process for Cancer Drugs

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support If you are a cancer survivor who received chemotherapy or immunotherapy at a hospital or treatment center accredited by the Commission on Cancer, the drugs you received were either FDA approved or part of an FDA monitored clinical trial. (If you were part of a clinical trial, you would know it! You have to agree to participate before receiving the drug.) If you’ve ever watched an add on TV for a medication that requir...

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  6. Speaking with Cancer Survivors: Comfort, Courage, and Control

    By Jeff Hutchins, PearlPoint Cancer Support I LOVE my "work." I get the opportunity to cross paths with anywhere from five to fifteen cancer patients a day. Speaking with them is one of my favorite things. Why? Because they teach me so much. Allow me to share… When I tell people about what my job entails, I often receive a number of questions—how do you do it? Don’t you get tired of it? Does it make you depressed? What do you say? (The last one is my favorite question.) Som...

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  7. Returning to Work: Explaining the Resume Cancer Gap

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support If you had to stop working because of cancer treatment, you may want or need to return to work once treatment ends. Your doctor has cleared you to work, you are ready to being the job search, but what about the gap in your resume? Wouldn’t it be great if cancer survivors could list “cancer patient” on their resumes? Just imagine… Midtown General Hospital (2015-2016) Cancer Patient: Managed side ...

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