Ptjen

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Article Talk: 10 Lessons for the Newly Diagnosed Patient With Cancer
April 09, 2017
Great article but I disagree with your suggestion regarding research. I'm an information junky and know how to research (paralegal and librarian). Research kept me sane in the middle of the night when some question or fear kept me awake. I found information that changed my treatment after discussion with my very wonderful and patient oncologist. I found suggestions from others who had already traveled this path ahead of me that eased chemo and radiation side effects that doctors barely mentioned. I know that not everyone wants or is able to do this. If not, that's their choice. But I would recommend that they find a friend or family member to do some on their behalf. I do recommend that when you research that you ...

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Article Talk: Are You in the Shallow or Deep End of the Cancer Pool?
February 26, 2017
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The most difficult time I have had since my 2008 diagnosis with breast cancer was actually before I received the diagnosis. It was the wait between finding a lump, having a mammogram, then biopsy, then learning the results. During that time, I was sure it was cancer but I kept trying to find an alternate reason for the lump other than cancer. I was floundering because I didn't know and couldn't stand the wait. I still remember the doctor saying after he gave me the results that he understood that I had just been hit by a truck and perhaps I wanted to absorb the information before we discussed options. I told him that the truck had hit me when ...

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Article Talk: That Tingling Feeling: New Therapies Are Evolving for Peripheral Neuropathy
October 23, 2016
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