LIVESTRONG

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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    What is the survival rate for cancer?

    Based upon cancer survival statistics, about 65 percent of all patients newly diagnosed with cancer are likely to be alive and clinically cancer-free five years later and 40 percent for 10 years or more. Unfortunately, many cancer survivors are at increased risk of developing new or recurrent cancers....Read More
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    What is the Funeral Rule?

    In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put the "Funeral Rule" into effect to enable consumers to obtain information about funeral arrangements. This rule requires that, if you meet with them in person, the funeral home staff must provide you a written and itemized price list that shows the goods...Read More
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    How can I make plans for my funeral or memorial service?

    As you start the preplanning process, consider the options and write down what you would like in a funeral or memorial service. This is also the time to compare the prices of services and merchandise offered by various funeral providers.

    Keep in mind that you do not have to think about everything...Read More
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    What potential problems should I watch for with home healthcare?

    Watch for possible signs that something is wrong such as:
    • Home health visits that your doctor ordered, but you never received
    • Visits by home health staff that are not needed
    • Bills for services and equipment you never got
    • Forging of your signature or your doctor's signature
    • Pressure to
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    What are the symptoms of depression?

    The symptoms that come with clinical depression last longer and are usually much stronger and more overwhelming than those of sadness or mild depressed mood.

    The following are some of the symptoms that may be a part of clinical depression:
     
    • Feeling very sad for part or most of the day for
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    What should I consider before becoming a caregiver for a loved one?

    Caregiving can be extremely rewarding, but also very demanding. Take time to look within yourself and think about your personal strengths and limitations.

    Caregiving is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job. As a caregiver, asking for and accepting assistance from others may be hard to do -- but it...Read More
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    How can I find a therapist who deals with cancer survivors?

    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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    Why should I talk openly with my doctor if I have cancer?

    If you have cancer, you may not be familiar with certain medical terms or know anything about the types of medicines that your health care team prescribes. Asking questions may be one of the best ways to learn about taking care of your health during and after cancer. Open communication with your...Read More
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    What are ways to improve urinary incontinence?

    Here are some things you can do to improve urinary incontinence:
    • Diet: Sometimes the solution is as easy as changing your foods and drinks or learning to correctly exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Some foods and drinks irritate the bladder and cause urgency and frequency.
    The effect of...Read More
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    What are Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)?

    Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are located in rural, medically underserved communities. Coverage includes healthcare services provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, visiting nurses, clinical psychologists, and social workers. Go to the Bureau of Primary Health Care Web site for help finding free...Read More
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    How can I get medical treatment at the hospital if I don't have insurance?

    If you need hospital care and have little or no insurance, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance. Federal and state laws require certain hospitals to provide free medical care or reduced prices to people who are income eligible. In addition, some hospitals have their own programs to...Read More
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    Why is a colonoscopy so important?

    If you're at increased risk for cancer, learn why you should have a colonoscopy early--and what to expect from the procedure--in this video from cancer survivor Andy Miller of Livestrong.
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    What are techniques to help me relax?

    Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation. Training your body and mind to relax takes practice. But once you do it, you will be able to create the same relaxed state whenever and wherever you want. There are many ways to meditate,...Read More
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    What types of cancers and treatments can contribute to incontinence?

    Most of the studies on cancer survivors that include urinary incontinence have generally focused on those with prostate cancer. However, there are other cancers or treatments that can also affect urinary incontinence.

    The types of cancer that put a survivor at risk for urinary incontinence inc...Read More
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    How can I find hope as a cancer survivor?

    Deciding what role hope will play as you manage changes and uncertainties can help you find ongoing sources of strength and positive thinking.

    Some survivors find hope by talking with other people. Your healthcare team can help you understand and make treatment and follow-up choices that will...Read More