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What not to say when a loved one says they have cancer
Sometimes the best meaning people say the worst things when faced with news of your cancer diagnosis. We've all done it; stuck our foot in our mouth without meaning to. 

Just a few of the things this author says to avoid include: 
  • Be mindful of not implying fault
  • Don't compare to someone else you know who has or had cancer
  • Avoid platitudes
That could leave you wondering what you should say, but the advice is straight forward. Be prepared to listen, and just keep showing up. 

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What to Say (And Not to Say) to Someone With Breast Cancer


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A tattoo to reconnect after a mastectomy
When Grace Lombardo received her diagnosis of breast cancer, she struggled with her new appearance and feelings of lack of control. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, she still didn't feel reconnected to her body. An article about a tattoo artist well-known for his beautiful mastectomy tattoos caught her attention and sent her on the road to her first tattoo. Receiving her tattoo on the first anniversary of her reconstructive surgery, she felt it brought her back to herself in many ways. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Cancer Took My Breasts. My Mastectomy Tattoo Helped Me Reclaim Them. 


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PSA and prostate cancer taking center stage
Patrick Boll was diagnosed with prostate cancer on his birthday in 2017 after a few tests showing a lower than worrisome, but ever increasing PSA. He urges men to get their PSA checked and understand what prostate cancer is, the risks and the symptoms. After a few months of "surveillance", Patrick underwent surgery. He shares the honest truth about sexual fears and realities in this blog and in his cabaret show. 

If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Patrick's P.S.A. to Men: Get Your PSA Checked
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Talking to your children about a cancer diagnosis
It's in our nature to want to protect our children from bad news. But research shows that anxiety levels in children are higher when a cancer diagnosis isn't shared with them openly. Use age appropriate language and information. Children understand differing amounts at different ages. You know your own kids and you know what they understand, so use that knowledge. Model healthy coping and be honest in the answers to their questions. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

How do you talk to your kids about cancer?


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Taking time off work for cancer treatment
Many undergoing treatments for cancer need to take time off work for a variety of emotional and physical reasons. Many of us spend our lives working without a thought to taking a leave of absence of any length. So how do you prepare for taking time off? 
  • Know your legal rights and the policies of the company you work for
  • Give plenty of notice when possible
  • Formulate a game plan with your employer 
Taking care of yourself during cancer treatments needs to come first. 

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How to Prepare for Taking Time Off Work


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Coping with personality changes during cancer treatment
There is a lot to cope with when you're the carer for a person with cancer; doctors appointments, tests, physical changes. But what happens when the changes are in their personality? 

There are numerous reasons for personality changes in a person going through cancer therapies from medication reactions to emotional stress. It's important to talk to your physician about changes in the person dealing with cancer. It's also key to take care of yourself, as the carer, in whichever ways possible whether it be time alone to relax with a book, or someone else to talk to about the stress you're dealing with. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Cancer carers: how to cope with personality changes in your partner

 
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Cancer rehabilitation services are available
Many who have gone through cancer treatment find themselves still in pain after all their treatment is finished. They may have impaired functioning or be living with chronic pain. What many don't know is that they can get a referral for rehabilitation therapies that can ease the pain and increase functioning. 

"The problem is a nearly universal disconnect between the cancer rehabilitation services that health insurance pays for and the number of people who are receiving those important services." Physicians aren't recommending and referring to cancer rehabilitation services that are available and covered through health insurance, and patients aren't aware of the services. 

If you, or a loved one, are dealing with residual problems after cancer treatment, it's not too late for a referral. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Is Cancer Rehabilitation a Good Option for You? It's Never Too Late to Ask for a Referral.



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A new definition of survivor
Anyone diagnosed and going through cancer treatment longs for the day they are called a "survivor". But what if we turn the tables upside down and realize that from the time you're told you have cancer, you're a survivor?

What if every minute of enduring therapies and treatments makes you a survivor? What if living with the disease gives you that label? Some find that the current survivor status almost dismisses everything they've gone through so it's an interesting idea to switch mindset to this new definition of survivor.

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Now and forever



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Get moving despite exhaustion
Between 70 and 80% of people going through cancer treatments experience extreme fatigue. When this is the case, kickstarting your day can seem overwhelming. 

Live Better With highlights some tips to help you get moving when exhaustion is a constant:
  • Use breakfast as an energy boost
  • Do some easy stretching to energize mind and body
  • Set a few small, achievable goals for the day
These ideas won't take away the exhaustion, but may help you move through it. 

If you or a loved one are dealing with cancer treatments, we may have programs to help you through this time. Learn more

How to kickstart your day when living with cancer


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Eating well for chemo brain
While there is still no definite guideline for minimizing or avoiding "chemo brain", there have been studies showing a link between what is being eaten and the fog that many experience during cancer treatments. 

Conquer Magazine highlights 5 nutrition tips to help you get started including some ideas for quick and easy recipes. Though not sure to eliminate chemo brain, the nutrient packed food will be good for overall health as well. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Nutrition Tips for "Chemo Brain"



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Art therapy has a positive impact on stressed caregivers
A new study by researchers from both Drexel University's Creative Art Therapies department in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed how coloring and open-studio therapy can help caregivers of cancer patients with stress.  

Before and After participating in coloring or other art therapies, participants were asked to rate their stress, positive and negative emotions. An increase in positive emotions and a decrease in stress were reported and many also expressed a desire to continue with art therapies.

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The art of cancer caregiving: How art therapies benefits those caring for cancer patients



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Interdisciplinary group looking into modifiable risk factors
In multiple studies over the past few decades, it's been shown that there is a dietary link between cancer and the food we eat. But beyond the causal link, there hadn't been much direction given as to how to move forward with this knowledge. 

Now, specialists from a multitude of disciplines are coming together to discuss modifiable risk factors, including dietary issues. They are calling for research to increase knowledge on how best to advise people on modifiable risk factors and asking governing bodies to improve the food environment. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Cancer and nutrition research: How to move it forward



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Using yoga to clear mind and body after cancer treatment
Yoga has long been touted as good for your mind and body. A new program has been introduced that targets those healing from cancer treatments. With the ability to increase blood flow, clear out toxins, and enhance lymphatic flow, yoga can help those recovering from cancer and the treatments that often take time to get over. Yoga can also help to lessen anxiety and tension which so many of us struggle with during diagnosis and treatment. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Why Mindful Yoga Should Be On Your Radar


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Know your priorities for quality of life
A 2012 study showed that patients lived 25% longer when end of life preferences were discussed at diagnosis. The researchers who ran the study asked questions relating to quality of life, and where they will draw the line between what they will accept and not accept in terms of care and quality of life. 

The doctor who commissioned the study suggests that even if your doctor isn't asking the questions, deciding your own terms with yourself and family will help you during treatment. It will allow you to set guidelines for your treatment that you can discuss with your doctor to ensure that what is being put into action falls into line with your goals and priorities. 

If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.  

Be Your Own Health Advocate! If Your Doctor Isn't Asking These Questions, Ask Them Yourself


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Avoiding uncomfortable topics is not going to help
Cancer can bring about all sorts of unwelcome topics. It might be the type of cancer a person has, or side effects from treatment, but there can be a lot of topics surrounding cancer that seem taboo in today's society. But in order to get the best possible medical treatment and support from family and friends, it's important to move past the uncomfortable topics and be open with those who need to know. You aren't alone. And your doctor has heard it all before. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Cancer Taboos - how to tackle things you might be too embarrassed to discuss


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Caregiving study shows spousal caregivers often going it alone
A recent study looked at the help received by primary caregivers of people with serious illnesses. The outcome of the study recommends that caregiving should "expand from the patient to the family unit." 

55% of spousal caregivers in the study are taking on all of the caregiving tasks without outside help. Only 36% received help from other family members or hired staff. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Spousal Caregivers Are a Lonely Bunch


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Student loan deferment during cancer treatments
The U.S Education Department is now accepting applications for loan deferrals from people who are undergoing cancer therapies. The news was announced a few weeks ago and the form for the application can be found here

Eligible people must submit a letter from their doctor outlining specifics of cancer and treatment. Deferral will be for one year unless a follow up is received from a physician. 

If you or a loved one are dealing with cancer treatments, we may have programs to help you through this time. Learn more

Cancer patients can now apply to have their student loan payments postponed

Cancer Treatment Deferment Form


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A list of cancer podcasts for the podcast lover
Rethink breast cancer compiled a list of their top 5 favourite podcasts on cancer. If you’re a podcast listener, you might want to add one or five of these to your playlist.
 
From all over the world, these podcasts feature a variety of topics including motherhood while living with cancer, grief support, humour, and more.
 
See the podcasts in this list.
 
The Top Five Cancer Podcasts on our Playlist 


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Memory troubles during cancer therapies are not unusual
For anyone dealing with cancer therapies, ‘chemo brain’ as it’s been coined, may impact your life. What is it and how does it affect people?
 
First of all, it’s not limited only to chemo treatments, regardless of the nickname the symptoms have been given. And it impacts everyone differently, but typically creates a fog-like feeling that people say gives them trouble thinking clearly.
 
Learn more in this article.

 
Does chemo brain really exist? (Plus tips for coping with it)


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Methods to help with relaxation
It can feel nearly impossible to relax sometimes. But it’s imperative for our minds and our bodies that we find ways to help us relax.
 
In this blog, the author suggests things like guided meditations, affirmations and even adjusting our mindset towards relaxing that can help us find a better way to wind down and give our minds and bodies the breather they need.
 
Five Ways to Help You Relax



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A journey through cancer to adoption
Beth Gainer was a young woman with hopes of a family when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her treatment regime gave her a 1% chance of infertility post treatment. She was one of the 1%.
 
She didn’t let that stop her. In this blog, she talks about her journey to adoption and how it relates to her cancer journey.

 
Becoming a mom: a story of adoption after cancer


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Online results versus an appointment with your doctor
A recent study, published in Radiology asked patients about their willingness to go to a doctor’s appointment, and the wait time to get an appointment versus the ability to access test results online much quicker. Some were surprised at the results – many would prefer to meet with a medical professional, if the wait wasn’t extreme.
 
Those surveyed seemed to understand that attempting to read the results, which aren’t created with patients in mind, but instead, are written for medical personnel, could be confusing and cause more stress than waiting a few days.
 
 
Do Patients Want Online Access to Test Results?


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Advances in medicine from understanding the genetics of cancer
Precision medicine, or personalized medicine exploit the unique genetic makeup of each cancer to create a more specific, targeted treatment.
 
From the past where all cancers of a certain area were treated similarly to the advances we have today, this article in Next Avenue discusses how this type of medicine is helping people today.
 

How Precision Medicine is Changing Cancer Treatment



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Honesty about living with bone mets
This honest post from a mom with bone mets is heart wrenching, but also uplifting and inspiring. From first understanding that the new diagnosis has no cure, to learning to live with the changes that it brings about in medications, symptoms, emotional health and relationships, the author gets real with the reader about it all.
 
Read more in this blog post.

 
Just Breathe: Learning to Live with Bone Mets


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Breakthrough in new cancer therapy
In the first small group study of 15 men, 13 show no signs of cancer one year after treatment. Through a new procedure involving gold nanoparticles and focal therapy, patients were able to avoid chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments with difficult side effects.
 
Read more about the procedure and the outcome of the first human trial in this article.
 
Quest for new cancer treatment crosses milestone



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Three words with different but yet related meanings
If you would be stuck to differentiate between sympathy, empathy, and compassion, this article is for you. Giving examples of how each could be shown, the author refers to the work of Brene Brown to explain the differences. She then delves into how to have, and show compassion for others, something that many of us miss with our busy lives and the technology that keeps us constantly distracted.
 
Here’s the difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion



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When roles are reversed
a prism of sunlight falls on an outstretched handIt should have been enough to help her daughter through a cancer diagnosis, but a few years after her daughter finished treatments, Dr. Diane Kashin was diagnosed with breast cancer.
 
In this blog, she writes about her experience with breast cancer, and how it feels to be the one receiving the assistance she once gave her daughter who is now six months pregnant.
 
When I look in the mirror, I see my daughter


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Barely a teen and dealing with untreatable cancer
Grace Wethor was only 13 when she was diagnosed with an untreatable form of brain cancer. At that age, she was already involved in art, figure skating and circus performing, and she certainly hasn’t let her diagnosis, and 8% chance of survival keep her from experiencing life.
 
In this Forbes article, Grace shares her passion for everything she does, her outlook on life, and her current cancer status.
 
Grace Wethor: How to Make a Difference With Brain Cancer


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Your diet may impact your cancer risk
Cancer is caused by numerous risk factors, many of which we can’t control. But approximately 20% of cancer in the United States may be linked to diet, inactivity, carrying excess weight, or excessive alcohol consumption.
 
Though it’s been hard for researchers to pinpoint specific foods to eat or avoid due to the variety in our diets, this list does give some guidelines to consider.
 
What to know about the link between diet and cancer


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What to say to someone in the midst of a cancer diagnosis
In support of World Cancer Support Month, we’d like to share this quick article on what to say to someone who is hurting, whether they are dealing with a new cancer diagnosis, difficult treatments, or caregiving responsibilities.

Though you may choose a slightly different version of the line suggested, “how can I love you best right now” shows compassion, understanding, and focuses on the person in the midst of a difficult situation (instead of on ourselves).
 
The only thing you need to say to someone who is hurting


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Yoga for those with cancer
Yoga is good for mind, body and spirit, and it can be tailored to help those dealing with cancer treatments or recovery from treatments.
 
Through movements and breathing, pain can be lessened, toxins can be released more effectively, and help to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the entire body.
 
Read more about the practice of yoga during or after cancer treatments in this article.

Why Mindful Yoga Should Be on your Radar


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A change to suggested activities for breast cancer survivors
For many years, after treatments for breast cancer, survivors were told not to do a large variety of tasks including lifting more than 5lbs, gardening, and getting a manicure because it was thought that these activities could lead to lymphoedema, a painful swelling of the arm and sometimes a thickening of the skin. But new research is showing that with some care, all previously restricted activities can be undertaken. Learn more in this article.


Breast Cancer Survivors Can Lift Weights, Get Manicures, and Garden Say Doctors



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Exercise is good for more than just the body
Michelle Stravitz, co-founder of an organization helping women with cancer incorporate exercise into their lives, gives some helpful advice on achieving mindfulness through movement in this article. Whether it be practicing yoga, walking around the block, taking a dance class or any other form of movement that you enjoy, there are so many benefits in using any form of exercise to help concentrate on the moment. 

"On My Mat"


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Music lovers unite
Music lovers unite. A music therapist and registered psychotherapist discusses the many positive benefits on people undergoing cancer treatments in this article.

For most people, music is a part of daily life in one way or another, by purposefully putting music in the forefront, it can be a strong method for coping with everything going on.

"The 411: How Music Therapy Can Be Part of Your Cancer Care"


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Advice for caregivers on self care
There is no easy way to say it – being a caregiver for someone with cancer is difficult. The American Cancer Society has some good advice for anyone in the position of caregiver covering everything from the feelings you might experience, ways to take care of yourself while still taking on the caregiving, how to get help from both family and professionals and caring for children at the same time.

"If you’re about to become a cancer caregiver"


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