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Financial Toxicity: cancer’s “bonus” side effect

Finding ways to ease the financial (and accompanying emotional) burdens on cancer patients and their families benefit cancer care for patients at every stage. Imagine if patients could worry less about affording their medications, and more about remembering to take them.

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Gabe Aldama

How to support children of cancer patients

You know your child better than anyone, and it’s up to you to decide when, how, and what to tell your child based on their developmental level. Just keep lines of communication open and listen to your child’s concerns. Let them know it’s okay to talk and ask questions even if they feel sad or upset.

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How to get (the rest of) your life together

One of the greatest challenges in facing cancer is the fact that you suddenly have a million medical details to manage (appointments, records, bills, medications) and they’re on top of all the regular-life stuff you’re already juggling. Here are some online tools to help you keep the non-cancer parts of your life functioning

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Skin care during radiation treatment

When it comes to undergoing radiation for breast cancer the trick is to minimizing skin irritation to the areas of the chest that receive radiation. Too much skin desquamation (peeling) can interrupt or shorten treatment, so it’s important to stay ahead of the game to preserve and protect the skin.

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The angel on the telephone

I don’t believe in the God presented by organized religions, but I am certain the universe contains divine elements. And that the divine works in mysterious and surprising ways. Sometimes it even uses the telephone.

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10 great podcasts for cancer patients

Podcasts are a great tool for cancer patients; I learned this firsthand. Just hearing how people found ways to cope always made me feel better. Listening to new episodes gave me something to look forward to each week and hearing others share similar experiences reminded me that I was not alone.

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How to suffer like a Buddhist

Yeah, yeah, life is suffering.  You don’t need to remind a cancer patient; they’re pretty clear on that. Nobody wants any more of it. But what happens when we embrace and befriend our suffering? When we get curious about it, and accept that, as the Buddhists say, “life is suffering.”

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Get the help you need

Fighting cancer is tough.  Fighting it alone is even tougher.  Asking for help is critical to getting through the journey.

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How stress feeds cancer

Countless studies looking into the connection between stress and cancer will tell you that under chronic stress, your body never gets the clear signal to return to normal, which lets the floodgates open for illness. 

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Citrus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Citrus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Ditch the bottled grocery-store dressings and make your own salad dressing. This has six ingredients and you will love it! No preservatives, nothing artificial — just pure goodness.

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Fig Dressing

Fig Dressing

The combination of figs and balsamic vinegar make this dressing the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

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Chickpea Burgers

Chickpea Burgers

These tasty patties are so loaded with flavor and protein you won’t even miss the meat. Add healthy toppings of your choosing to complete.

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Kale Salad with citrus dressing

Kale Salad

Massage the kale leaves to soften them. Add cranberries and slivered almonds, and then top it all with my citrus vinaigrette.

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How to be intentionally present

Happiness is found by living in the moment — not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In a world where we are constantly doing something (and often doing three things at once), it is easy to allow the present to blow past, overlooked and unseized. There is

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