Monthly Archives: April 2011

Various Ways to Help A Friend With Cancer

There are many ways you can help a friend with cancer. I found this great piece on the Fresh Brewed Life, “ 15 Ways to Really Help a Friend with Cancer”. It mentions practical things you can do for a friend with cancer, like laundry or suggesting a “date” for your spouses because the spouse of a person with cancer is often neglected. Don’t forget about their children or spouse, offer to do fun and supportive things for them as well. Think outside of the box when trying to find ways to help your friend with cancer. Instead of baking them another lasagna, ask them what their favorite restaurant is and deliver their favorite meal with a DVD for a nice, relaxing  night in.

 In this article from Women’s Health Magazine a survivor speaks candidly about what not to do or say for a friend with cancer.

 If you know of other great tips, please comment below!

Chemotherapy and Natural Forms of Treatment

This post is from Guest Blogger Taylor Dardan, you can reach him at dailydardan at


In recent years, there has been an increasing swing in the use of alternate and natural forms of cancer treatments, as opposed to the use of chemotherapy. This brings up a rather time old comparison of the traditional vs. alternative formats, in regards to treatment.  While chemotherapy has a proven track record in being successful, some holistic treatment has recently been proven successful, specifically with a few notable mesothelioma patients. 

Although chemo is often sometimes viewed in a negative light from outsiders, survivors of the treatment are often steadfast in their support of it. For the most part, it has a proven track record of helping many people survive cancer. Chemotherapy also provides some options wherein patients’ dosage can be altered for the desired effect, as well as usually being an outpatient procedure. It can also be applied in a number of different fashions, including creams, pills, and infusion.  Chemo is also flexible in the way that it can be used as a complimentary type of treatment.

As mentioned earlier, there have been some recent examples of the use of natural treatment in a rather positive light, specifically as complementary treatment through the use of supplements, herbs, rest, and a nutritious diet. This includes the consumption of organic fruits, vegetables, and natural juices.  The necessity and importance of a positive mental state within the approach is also important.  There are some excellent stories of survival with this type of treatment.

One great example of the natural treatment path working well is with mesothelioma survivor Paul Kraus. Kraus was diagnosed with this disease in 1997 and is still surviving today. This is a type of cancer in the lungs that has extremely severe life expectancy of a year and it’s also known for being a major litigation topic, as mesothelioma lawsuits have given a number of patient’s resources to pay their hospital bills. Paul Kraus used an alternative and complementary treatment strategy such as mediation, a daily vitamin regimen, nutrition, and spirituality as his driving forces to survive.

Chemo has a good track record of destroying harmful cells and diminishing tumors, while a holistic approach has been adopted by many as a complementary form of treatment. While these are usually two separate schools of opinion, there are certainly doctors and patients that are fusing traditional chemotherapy with some parts of the holistic approach, especially in the use of supplements in helping combat the side effects of chemo.

Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week: Break Cancer Records

Here’s some of our favorite records set to Break Cancer!

Standing Up Against Cancer in the most languages

A group of 42 people composed of social workers, interpreters, and nurses, stand up against cancer in the most languages.

Lit Up “Robots” Break Cancer

52 cyclists danced the robot while wrapped in Christmas lights. The participants were a group of cyclists on a long distance bike ride to raise money for cancer research.

Most Cancer Notes Thrown in the Trash

Mason Kinard, from the Nurse Oncology Education Program,  trashed “Cancer” 28 times in 30 seconds.

Most Comments on a Cancer Related Blog Post in 24 Hours

Joni Watson posted a WordPress blog post about cancer and received 13 comments. 

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Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week: April 3rd-9th

Check out these organizations that provide resources and assistance to young adults with cancer.

First Descents

First Descents is committed to curing young adults of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing outdoor adventure therapy through kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventure sports.

Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. If you have fertility-related questions or would like more information related to the Sharing Hope financial assistance program, call toll-free 866.965.7205 or complete an online intake form for the LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare program.

Hope For Two

The Pregnant with Cancer Network offers free support for women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. We connect women who are currently pregnant with cancer with other women who have experienced a similar cancer diagnosis.

ReproTech, Ltd. Fertility Preservation Network

ReproTech, Ltd. is dedicated to offering safe and effective shipment and long term storage of reproductive tissue that has been originally cryopreserved at another laboratory or cryobank.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, we are working at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors.

Young Survival Coalition – Breast cancer

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

Here’s a long list of organizations that are part of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance. Check back later this week for a post on our favorite Break Cancer Videos…..