Our Mission

The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG–and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million to support cancer survivors and served 2.5 million people affected by the disease. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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    Research has clearly shown that tobacco products increase the risk of cancer and contribute to the development of many types of cancer. These include cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, esophagus and kidneys. Tobacco use also contributes to other serious health problems such as heart disease and...Read More
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    There are many things you can do to reduce stress levels if constant worry or tension begin to make it hard to live from day to day. Learning how to manage stress will not eliminate stress from your life, but it can improve how you feel during stressful times.

    Do activities that help you to relax...Read More
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    To reduce your risk of developing cancer, take these steps to try to find balance and live a healthy lifestyle:
    • Know your medical history. This includes an understanding about your family history, including any diseases found in family members.
    • Work with your doctor to develop a health care
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    When cancer treatment ends, you might feel excited about your future. You are likely to feel relieved that treatment is over and ready to move on with your life. On the other hand, you could feel worried about the future, angry that you had cancer, or embarrassed that you had to rely on others for...Read More
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    Many survivors expect to be thrilled and feel relieved after cancer treatment ends -- and some do feel this way. However, you may be surprised to find that there can be uncomfortable feelings and unanswered questions such as:
    • Is the cancer gone for good?
    • Will I face late effects from the cancer
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    Even if you are no longer seeing your cancer healthcare team, there are things you can do to monitor your health, such as:
    • Keeping a record of your symptoms and discussing them with your
             health care team
    • Asking questions and doing research when you do not understand
             something
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    Following cancer and treatment, there may be problems with practical day-to-day life activities, in addition to the physical and emotional after effects you may experience.

    Some challenges start during treatment and continue after treatment is finished. Others can surface months after treatment...Read More
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    Some survivors continue to have strong emotions about the cancer experience long after treatment is done. Others may experience new emotions. Some feelings about the cancer experience can even surface months or years later.

    Common emotions and concerns following cancer treatment may include: ...Read More
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    After effects from radiation therapy may occur because of permanent damage to normal cells or to structures of the body that are either right in or close to the area exposed to radiation (the field or radiation port).

    Radiation treatment is administered to a specific place in the body. after effects...Read More
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    Chemotherapy medicines can damage healthy cells that normally divide quickly. They do not distinguish between cancerous cells and non-cancerous cells. This can cause effects throughout the body (systemic effects). The damage to healthy cells is the reason for the side effects.

    Chemotherapy often...Read More
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    Surgical cancer treatment means removing cancerous tissue from the body. Surgery may be used to confirm the presence of cancer cells by taking a sample of tissue (biopsy). It is also used to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Sometimes surgery is used to reduce the size of a tumor (debulk the...Read More
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    Cancer surgery can affect muscles, bones, nerves and organ systems, depending on what part of the body is operated on.

    The risks of after effects of surgery have been reduced over the years. Less invasive surgery is now used for many types of cancer. This generally results in less scarring than...Read More
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    After effects of cancer treatment can be described as long-term or late effects of cancer and treatment. After effects can range from very mild to serious. They may vary from one survivor to the next. Doctors cannot always predict if any will occur or how long-lasting they will be. Treatment can...Read More
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    Here are some stress reduction activities that may help you if you've been diagnosed with cancer:
    • Doing things that make you laugh and that you find fun
    • Doing things that make you feel relaxed
    • Taking classes or involvement in hobbies like music or painting
    • Writing in a journal
    • Praying
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    Eating right for your health needs may improve how you feel. Discuss any changes in your diet with a member of your healthcare team before you start. Here are some nutritional recommendations you may want to discuss:
    • Eating 5-7 servings daily of fruits and vegetables
    • Eating plenty of fiber
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