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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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    In order to start hospice services, a physician must sign a "referring order" that certifies that the patient's life expectancy is six months or less if the advanced cancer runs its expected course. If a person in hospice care lives longer than six months, hospice benefits can be continued if a physician...Read More
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    Counseling is a service in which you receive guidance with emotional and practical concerns from a knowledgeable and trained person, usually a trained professional. The goal of counseling is to learn how to relieve and manage distress about any concern.

    Counseling may be provided in a variety...Read More
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    If you are applying for an individual health insurance plan, an independent insurance broker who works with multiple insurance companies will be able to provide information and recommendations based on their previous experiences with customer claims. Also, read the reports of independent insurance rating companies that...Read More
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    Indemnity plans (fee-for-service plans) require a deductible, which is an amount of money (specified by your plan) that you have to pay each year before costs of medical services are paid by the plan. Indemnity plans may also require you to pay a co-payment. That is a fixed fee specified by the plan,...Read More
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    Recent and large public health studies confirm that there are lifestyle and dietary habits that are linked with a decreased risk of developing cancer. Many of these same healthy lifestyle habits also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    For example, the results of a very large study, involving...Read More
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    There are many known health benefits related to physical activity. Exercise can reduce stress, increase energy and help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers are also learning that physical activity appears to contribute to reduced risk of cancers of the colon and breast. A number of studies have...Read More
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    Specific support service programs in your area can generally be found in a number of ways including:
     
    • Contacting your area cancer organization or hospital and speaking with a patient services representative.
    • Doing a search on the Internet using key words and the name of your community. For example,
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    During chemotherapy treatments for cancer, acute onset cognitive changes may occur suddenly and come and go with no real pattern. Delirium is the term used to describe these cognitive changes. Certain medications and chemotherapy treatments can cause delirium.

    Symptoms of delirium may include: Dif...Read More
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    Although your loved ones may know you well, it could be impossible for them to predict what type of funeral or memorial service you would like to have. Sharing your thoughts with them also gives you an opportunity to find out how they feel about your ideas.

    Discussing your preplanning wishes with...Read More
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    The following is an overview of some of the risk factors for developing second cancers:
     
    • Type of cancer: The type of original cancer you had may affect your risk for a second cancer because some cancers require treatment with radiation or high doses of certain types of chemotherapy. It is not
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    Radon can enter homes through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, and collect indoors. Radon gas can also be released from building materials or from water obtained from wells that contain radon. Radon levels may be higher in homes that are well insulated, tightly sealed or built on uranium-rich...Read More
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    Caregivers of cancer patients may need breaks (respite) to avoid physical and emotional exhaustion. Respite care services can provide this type of relief for caregivers for up to five days. Hospice benefits pay for the patient to be cared for outside the home during respite care for the main caregiver,...Read More
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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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    Palliative care generally involves a team approach that can include the services of a variety of healthcare and other professionals for physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical concerns. These services may be delivered in and continued across various settings at different times. This is known...Read More
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    Here are some examples of things you can do to provide support to a friend or loved one who has cancer:
     
    • Go to the home for a visit
    • Shop for groceries or other items
    • Clean the house
    • Prepare meals
    • Send inspirational stories or messages
    • Accompany the person to healthcare appointments
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