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  • Waiting for Test Results

    Posted 11/25/2015 by hhill

      This is one of those things that does not get easier with practice. Awaiting results from your 7th CT Scan is no easier than it was the first time. Anxiety is high; superstition often plays a part--"I have had several good scans, so I am due for a bad one." or "I have jinxed myself by not worrying enough".

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  • Job Seeking after Cancer Again

    Posted 11/24/2015 by hhill

      Yesterday I wrote about the difficulties of looking for a new job after cancer. This article from just crossed my desk, and it is clearly a companion piece.

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  • Job Hunting after Cancer

    Posted 11/23/2015 by hhill

      It is often difficult to return to work after a hiatus for cancer treatment. It is much harder to look for a new job. I surely have known a number of people who, for a range of reasons, needed to seek employment after cancer, and most of them were eventually successful. For those who weren't, it is impossible to know whether cancer/cancer treatment/discrimination was the issue or whether it was other things. For sure, though, needing to look for work after cancer requires courage, determination, and persistence--and luck.

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  • Coping with Nausea and Worse from Chemotherapy

    Posted 11/20/2015 by hhill

      It is probably a toss up whether people are more worried about hair loss or about nausea/vomiting when they are told they need chemotherapy. Many of us feel that nausea/vomiting are among the very worst ways to feel physically, and we all know that there is a psychological or cognitive component. Yes indeed , the drugs do stimulate the part of the brain that causes these vile symptoms, but just thinking about it makes it worse.

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  • Beware of Miracle Drugs

    Posted 11/19/2015 by hhill

      Sometimes I think that media reports about cancer miracle drugs are almost criminal. Hopes and expectations are raised so high by these stories--and, inevitably, they are very overblown and maybe even inaccurate. Yes, of course, progress is being made, but it is measured in moments and inches and not in giant leaps forward. Are they exceptions? Of course. Drugs like Gleevac and Herceptin have transformed treatment of certain cancers, but nothing is a miracle cure. Nothing.

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