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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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    How will an ostomy affect my sex life?

    There may be feelings of embarrassment because of an ostomy. Some survivors fear rejection from a partner. In most cases, the partner is likely to feel relieved to have you home and not be concerned about these types of changes. Try to have an open discussion about your concerns with your partner....Read More
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    What types of home healthcare services are available?

    Home health care falls into two broad categories based on length of care:
    • Short-term (or acute) care: This type of care provides assistance following an illness or injury. The goal of short-term care is to provide the necessary healthcare services to help you get better, regain your ability to
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    How can cancer surgery affect a man's fertility?

    Several types of cancer surgery can affect male fertility. These include:
    • Radical surgery to treat prostate or bladder cancer removes the prostate and seminal vesicles. These glands make the liquid part of a man's semen. They also cut the pathway for sperm cells to be included in the semen.
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    How does drinking alcohol affect my risk of developing breast cancer?

    Women need to be especially aware that multiple clinical research studies have shown a significant link between regular alcohol intake and risk of breast cancer. A recent analysis of data collected and combined from 53 different clinical research studies also concluded that alcohol significantly...Read More
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    Why are advance directives important for hospice patients?

    Advance directives can be provided to family and physicians to advise them of a patient’s care preferences. They include a living will, a medical power of attorney, and a do not resuscitate (DNR) order. Ask the healthcare team or hospice staff to talk with you about the benefits and risks of each...Read More
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    How can cancer affect my fertility?

    There may a risk of infertility in female cancer survivors who have:
    • Treatment that directly affects the reproductive organs
    • Surgery that removes the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries
    • Radiation treatment directed to cancer in the abdomen
    Some chemotherapy medicines can also cause infertility....Read More
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    When should I talk to my cancer doctors about fertility concerns?

    If you have not yet started treatment for cancer, discuss fertility risks with a fertility specialist before you begin treatment. Ask your doctor to refer you as soon as possible.

    If you have already finished treatment, discuss your concerns about fertility with your healthcare team as soon as you...Read More
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    What are symptoms of infertility after cancer treatments?

    Some cancer survivors do not realize that fertility has been affected until they try to have children and are not able to get pregnant. The following are some symptoms of infertility. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, it does not always mean you are infertile. They might be symptoms...Read More
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    What do I do if I lose my health insurance and I am a cancer survivor?

    If you are in danger of losing your individual or group health insurance and cannot afford to purchase another policy, check into other options. For example, if you are covered under Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), you may be eligible to convert your group coverage to an ind...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of cancer fatigue?

    Many cancer survivors experience chronic fatigue after their active treatment has ended. Symptoms of fatigue that cancer survivors might experience may include:
    • Feeling tired even after a good night's sleep
    • Feeling sleepy throughout the day
    • Feeling sudden, extreme tiredness
    • Feeling too weak
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    What medications may help my cancer pain?

    Cancer pain is often treated with one or more medications. There are many medications to treat pain. Work with your doctor to find the best treatment for your situation. Ask about long-term usage and side effects such as an allergy or other reaction. The following list provides examples of how varying...Read More
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    As a cancer survivor, how can I deal with my sadness?

    If you have survived cancer but still feel sad or even mildly depressed, talking with another person about your feelings and what is causing them can help you understand more clearly what you are feeling and help you find ways to manage your feelings. There are also ways to express yourself through...Read More
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    What kinds of palliative care are provided by hospice services?

    End-of-life palliative care provided by hospice may include:
    • Care to enhance quality of life as much as possible including physical, emotional and spiritual comfort
    • Pain relief and management of other symptoms
    • Support through hospice services for survivors who have six months or less to live
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    When should I tell a person I'm dating I had cancer?

    Many survivors find that one of the most challenging issues is deciding when and how to tell a person they are dating about being a cancer survivor. If you were dating the same person at the time of the cancer diagnosis, you will not have to explain much if he or she went through that experience...Read More
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    How may palliative care be helpful after cancer treatments?

    After cancer treatment, palliative care can provide:
    • Ongoing support for survivors and their families to enhance quality of life after cancer treatment
    • A range of services that addresses the survivor’s individual physical, emotional and practical needs
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