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Here's our collection of cancer-related stories. We sift through a variety of stories and share the issues that we think matter to cancer patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and survivors. Learn about current events in the cancer community, human interest stories, and promising technology and treatment advances. Tell us what you think in the Comments section at the bottom of each post.

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May

08

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CancerCompass Message Board Updates: Join the Discussion

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Knowing the differences between specific cancer tests can be helpful to anyone looking for insight on test results. Myeloma patient Poppy/Cath would like to know how a blood test and bone marrow biopsy BMB differ and how both count paraprotein levels.  Share your experiences with these tests.

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Caregivers whose spouses are undergoing chemotherapy may wonder how treatment drugs affect intimacy. This question can be difficult to ask one's doctor. Kim340, whose husband is taking Avastin, wonders if other caregivers or patients have advice.  Join the discussion.

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The side effects of chemotherapy drugs can affect patients differently and knowing what to expect can be difficult.  Cancer Compass Members recommend reading Mark D's message about his struggle with mouth sores and neuropathy since taking Velcade.  Many community members have shared similar experiences and given him advice on how to cope. Join the conversation.

 

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30

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New Message Board Discussions: Share Your Cancer Experience

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Caregivers often look for ways to ease treatment burdens for family members fighting cancer.  Learning from the experiences of cancer patients undergoing similar treatments can help.  Caregiver Smith7007 is looking to hear from rectal cancer patients who have experienced problems similar to her father's issues since undergoing surgery more than a year ago. Share your thoughts.

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Problems sleeping may prevent both cancer patients and their caregivers from a restful night's sleep.  James2334 is asking for advice about how to help his father, who is fighting Glioblastoma, get the rest his needs. Join the discussion.

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Maintaining quality of life while fighting cancer is an important part of a patient's overall treatment.  Cancer patients who are frequent travelers, or who just love to travel, may feel that it's important to continue to travel in order to maintain quality of life.  Melissa W, a 31-year-old lung cancer patient, has set a goal for herself to travel to New Zealand.  She's interested in thoughts or feedback about her plans. Share your thoughts.

 

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