1. Talking to Your Children about Cancer

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | July 2016 As a parent receiving a cancer diagnosis, one of your first thoughts may be about how to tell your children. Children are very perceptive, no matter their age. While you may wish to protect your children by not telling them about your diagnosis, even young children may be able to tell that something is wrong. Not knowing what is wrong may cause them more stress and anxiety or lead them to believe that they hav...

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  2. Go Outside: Nature for the Soul

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | June 2016 Spending time in the great outdoors can improve your outlook and provide a welcome change from the monotony of indoor scenery many cancer survivors experience. Nature can provide tranquility and peace to help balance a busy schedule or ease a stressed mind. The wonder and simplicity that outdoor life exhibits can refresh your perspective and energy as well—even just a simple walk in the park is a great way t...

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  3. Dating and Cancer: When Do You Talk About Cancer?

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | August 2016 No matter your situation, dating can be hard. Throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix, and it can be even more intimidating. If you want to date, do not let a cancer diagnosis stop you! (If you want to take a break from dating, that is okay, too. You have to do what is best for you!) When thinking about dating, your first question may be when should you tell a potential partner about your diagnosis? There is n...

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  4. When Sleep Is Elusive

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | June 2016 A lot of cancer patients and people in general have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. However, sleep is very important, especially during cancer treatment to promote healing. If you are having trouble sleeping, the first thing to do is figure out what is at the root of your difficulty sleeping—stress and anxiety, side effects, lack of peaceful sleeping environment? Once you know what is making sleep e...

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  5. Advice for Preserving Fertility Before Cancer Treatment Begins

    Kristin Smith, Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, joined Patient Power to discuss fertility when facing cancer treatment. She shares advice about how to talk to your doctor, strategies for preserving fertility and additional resources for your journey.

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  6. Another Option: Clinical Trials

    A blood cancer diagnosis typically leads one to an oncologist or hematologist, a cancer center and a conversation about available treatment options. One option that is not always presented is that of being part of a research study. Clinical trials are carefully controlled studies of new or existing drugs, conducted by doctors. Researchers are trying to find ways to increase the effectiveness or decrease the side effects of treatment. A treatment that is proven safe and effective in a clini...

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  7. Amusement Park Safety for Cancer Survivors

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | July 2016 Amusement parks are a fantastic source of family fun during the summer. Maybe you are planning a special trip to Disney World? Maybe you have season passes to Six Flags? Whatever your amusement park dreams, if you are a cancer survivor, you may need to take extra caution before embarking on your adventure. First and foremost, clear any travel and activities with your healthcare team. Be detailed. If you plan ...

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  8. Zebrafish: A New Way to Study Leukemia

    David Traver, Ph.D., a professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of an LLS Career Development Program (CDP) grant. Traver’s research laboratory is using the zebrafish as a model to study the biology of cancer. Most of his team’s studies are aimed at understanding how the hematolymphoid system arises in the zebrafish embryo from the first hematopoietic stem cells. The zebrafish system offers easy visualization of blood cel...

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  9. It’s All About You! Your Profile on LLS Community

    Your Profile provides important information that allows us to send you disease-specific updates, treatment information, and information about how to access financial assistance programs specific to your diagnosis of interest. Complete or update your profile by clicking Finish it Now:

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