Patients with Cancer Share How They Celebrate Milestones
CURE® surveyed its audience to learn how they celebrate milestones in their experiences with cancer, if they do at all. Here’s what they have to say.
My Dog Helped Me Get My Act Together Before a Stressful Medical Appointment
As a cancer survivor, major medical appointments cause a great deal of stress. It took my dog throwing up to make me snap out of it.
Leaving Cancer Worry and Fear in the Rearview Mirror in 2023
In 2023, instead of looking over my shoulder to see how cancer has invaded every aspect of my life, I’m vowing to face forward. No fear. No uncertainty. No what-ifs.
Everyone Thought I’d Be ‘Better’ After Cancer Treatment, But I Still Struggle
Now that I’m six years out of my breast cancer treatment, people assume that I’m better and lack empathy. However, my anxiety is still high.
People With Cancer Explain Why They Call Themselves Thrivers and Warriors
Through a survey on social media, CURE® collected responses on what terms people prefer when describing their cancer experiences. Some people who have experienced cancer explain why they have embraced the terms "thriver" and "warrior."
Patient, Survivor or Neither: People With Cancer Explain Their Relationship With Certain Terms
CURE® surveyed its audience to see which terms they prefer to use when describing their cancer experiences. Some people who have experienced cancer explain their mixed feelings with the commonly used terms “patient” and “survivor.”
Be Better Than Cancer Shaming
I recently came across a Twitter thread where people were shaming a cancer survivor’s decisions, forcing me to step back before reacting.
People With Cancer Explain Why They Don’t Like Labels
CURE® surveyed its audience to see which terms they prefer using when describing their cancer experiences. Some people who have experienced cancer explained why they dislike certain labels.
Patients With Testicular Cancer ‘Should Not Shy Away’ from Seeking Mental Health Services
Study findings showed that anxiety and depression may not decrease over time in patients with testicular cancer, emphasizing the importance of discussing symptoms with cancer teams.
‘Any Exercise Is Better Than No Exercise’ to Potentially Improve Mental Health in Patients With Kidney Cancer
A kidney cancer diagnosis may negatively affect a patient’s mental health; however, exercise may help put them at ease.
It’s OK to Not Be OK With Cancer
Going through chemotherapy treatment was extremely difficult, and eventually I learned that sometimes, it’s OK to not be OK.
Tools Patients, Survivors and Cancer Caregivers Use to Deal With ‘Scanxiety’
CURE® surveyed its audience to see how they cope with “scanxiety,” the anxiety surrounding cancer scans. Here’s what they had to say.
How Cancer Survivors, Patients Can Better Optimize Sleep
An expert recommends that cancer survivors and patients take several actionable steps to improve their quality of sleep.
Adopting a Dog Helped Me Out of the Post-Cancer and COVID-19 Rut
When I found myself struggling with anxiety and depression after cancer and COVID-19, I decided a therapy dog might be a good idea, so I adopted one.
HIIT Workouts May Better Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Certain Patients With Prostate Cancer
A patient with prostate cancer under active surveillance may encounter the fear that their cancer might progress, causing stress and anxiety. However, HIIT workouts may help put them at ease.
The Fear of Cancer Recurrence is Real, Natural and Nearly Universal
There are ways to manage the fear of cancer recurrence, so it doesn’t become overwhelming or debilitating. Physicians like me and a network of resources are here to help.
Patients With Cancer, Caregivers Detail the Unexpected Lessons They Learned From Their Disease
CURE® surveyed its audience to gather insight into what unexpected lessons cancer has taught them. Here’s what they had to say.
Patients With Cancer Speak Up About the Types of Independence They Lost Because of Their Disease
CURE® surveyed its audience to see how cancer-related pain or treatment-related side effects interfered with their ability to be independent. Here’s what they had to say.
5 Things Cancer Taught Me About Mental Health
I grew up in a society where mental health was stigmatized, but cancer made me realize that it helps to speak up about these issues.
A String of Medical Appointments Made Me Realize My Fear of Cancer Recurrence
I never thought I’d admit experiencing fear of cancer recurrence, but at a recent medical appointment I realized that I struggle with this fear daily.
Patients With Cancer and Caregivers Share How Their Mental Health Has Changed Since Their Diagnosis
CURE® surveyed its audience to see how their cancer diagnosis affected their mental health. Here’s what they had to say.
Getting Out of the Woods: Strategies to Cope With Fear of Cancer Recurrence
Cognitive therapy, teletherapy, journaling and taking up other daily
activities may help cancer survivors overcome their fear of recurrence.
A Superhero Movie Triggered My Cancer-Related PTSD
Cancer is talked about more openly nowadays, and while watching a movie with my daughter, a scene portraying a character in hospice care gave me flashbacks to our cancer experience.
Here’s How Cancer Survivors Cope With Fear of Recurrence
CURE® surveyed its audience to see how they cope with fear of cancer recurrence. Here’s what they had to say.
Was My Cancer Diagnosis Really a Fluke Like My Oncologist Said?
Prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, my only goal in life was for my son to turn 16 so he could drive me to and from the local bars. Now I can’t help but think that my cancer was meant for me to change my life.
Patients With Cancer Should Speak Up About Mental Health Struggles if They Don’t Feel Heard, Expert Says
A psychiatrist advises patients with cancer to speak up about their mental health concerns during cancer treatment, as there are tools that can guide best next steps.
The Amount of Misinformation Online Can Lead to ‘Horribly Detrimental’ Results in Patients With Cancer, Says Expert
With society entrenched in an “infodemic,” it can be challenging for many patients with cancer to identify what information online is accurate. Recently, the development of a new tool may help patients decipher what news is misleading.
Emotions Are High After Receiving Good Cancer-Related News
My oncology team and I decided that it was OK to decrease the frequency of cancer-related scans, leaving me both relieved and nervous.
I Need to Get Out of the Cancer Wormhole
I frequently relive the day I was diagnosed with cancer and realized that I may need to limit my exposure to other people’s cancer battles.
I am Forever Grateful for All That Cancer Has Taught Me
Beyond its lessons, cancer has also brought, along with the fear and anxiety, a conviction to empower myself and to create a life that I deserve: One in which joy can triumph over that fear and that anxiety.
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