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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    Writing in a journal is a very private way of becoming more aware of how you feel about your cancer experience. When using journaling to help you cope, find a blank book, and choose a focus for your writing. This will depend upon where you are in the process of accepting the changes in your life....Read More
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    For help dealing with sadness or depression after cancer, ask for a referral to a licensed counselor or therapist. Ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to a therapist who works with other cancer survivors. Most cancer centers employ oncology social workers who are specially trained to work with...Read More
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    Find out if the therapist or counselor has experience working with people who have cancer. Interview the therapist to find out if he or she is the right professional for you. Speak honestly with the therapist and let him or her know your reasons for wanting to work with a therapist.

    Examples of...Read More
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    A complete list of instructions about your health, home, family, legal and financial matters can be a very important guide to help others if you travel or if there an emergency. The information contained in this list can assist a trusted loved one or friend through the process of tasks such as paying...Read More
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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