LIVESTRONG

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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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    When should cancer survivors consider getting life insurance?

    Not everyone needs life insurance or can afford to purchase a policy -- especially if the cost is higher because of a cancer diagnosis. However, survivors may be willing to pay higher costs if they:
    • Have young children that will need to be provided for
    • Are married and the spouse will need help
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    How can I best communicate with my healthcare team if I have cancer?

    Communicating with your health care team means having the ability to:
    • Ask them any questions
    • Talk about how you feel
    • Tell them about changes in your body
    • Discuss your worries and concerns
    Members of your health care team may be very busy. It might seem that they do not have time to talk,...Read More
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    How should I tell my employer that I have cancer?

    If you decide to disclose your cancer diagnosis to your employer, write down what you want to say and go over it with family and friends to get their feedback before meeting with your employer.
    • Practice what you want to say until you are comfortable, and try to avoid sharing too much detail or
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    How do managed care health plans work?

    Managed care plans have arrangements with certain physicians, hospitals and health care providers to serve patients who are plan members at a contracted reduced rate. Managed care plans usually offer a lower premium and require less paperwork. However, the choice of physicians, drugs and treatment...Read More
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    How can the Internet help me to learn about and manage my cancer?

    You can find all sorts of information on the Internet including articles from medical journals, chat rooms for cancer survivors, websites about cancer and much more. Some of the information can help educate you about cancer and treatments. It may also provide suggestions and support to address some...Read More
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    As a cancer survivor, why do I feel sad or depressed?

    Cancer survivors are often surprised to find feelings of sadness or depression after treatment ends. There may be a feeling of let down instead of the joy that is expected.

    The focus on fighting cancer may have lasted so long that there is sometimes a sense of emptiness when treatment is over....Read More
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    What causes infertility in men?

    Infertility in men can be caused by a number of factors including:
    • Genetic: Male infertility can be inherited, especially when
             Y-chromosomes are missing a tiny piece of genetic code. Men
             who have genetic causes of infertility may pass the problem
             to their sons if they
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    How can cancer treatment sometimes cause second cancers?

    No one knows exactly why survivors who have been treated for cancer develop a second cancer. Yet, there are some theories about why cancer and its treatment sometimes cause second cancers including:
    • Some research suggests that chemotherapy and radiation may weaken the immune system making it
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    What benefits are available through Social Security Disability Income?

    Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) pays wage replacement benefits for eligible people who have a disability, as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines, if they have paid Social Security (FICA) taxes for specified lengths of time (called work credits). There are two different earnings tests:...Read More
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    What is Medicare?

    Medicare is the federal health insurance program that includes coverage options for prescription medication, doctor services, and hospital visits. Medicare services are for people with certain disabilities and for citizens or lawful residents of the United States who are 65 years of age or older....Read More
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    What is the difference between counseling and therapy?

    The terms "counseling" and "therapy" have different meanings, but are often used to describe the same activity. Both counseling and therapy involve talking with a trained professional -- many are also licensed by the state in which they work.

    Counseling is the process by which a counselor helps...Read More
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    What should I know about radiation therapy and its possible after effects?

    Radiation therapy involves the use of a special type of x-rays in a series of planned treatments. During treatment, x-rays are directed at a tumor located in a specific area of the body. Aftereffects may occur because of permanent damage to normal cells or to structures of the body that are either...Read More
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    How does diabetes affect my risk of developing cancer?

    Diabetic patients who maintain excellent control of their diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing cancer. However, diabetes that is not well controlled has been found to be a risk factor for cancer. Uncontrolled diabetes is known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by as...Read More
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    What are the different types of life insurance?

    The different types of life insurance are:
    • Term Life. Term life is a contract to insure your life for only a specified period of time--usually 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years. It is the most affordable form of life insurance. The shorter the term of policy coverage, the lower the cost. Premiums are
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    Who provides rehabilitation services for cancer survivors?

    Rehabilitation services may be prescribed by any medical or osteopathic doctor including an oncologist, primary care physician, or physiatrist. The medical specialty of rehabilitation medicine is led by physiatrists who are medical doctors who have specialized in rehabilitation. Physiatrists go through...Read More