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BY Ronda Wendler

Ever since Robin Birthisel was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of multiple myeloma 10 years ago, she’s experienced unpleasant side effects caused not only by the cancer itself, but also by the drugs used to treat it.

“I’ve had fatigue, nausea and vomiting, bone and joint pain, and numbness and pain in my hands and feet,” says Robin, 55.

Chemotherapy put the cancer into remission, but Robin’s symptoms persisted.

Photo of palliative care patient and multiple myeloma survivor Robin Birthisel

BY Angela Hernandez

One of the best pieces of advice I got before starting chemotherapy to treat stage III ovarian cancer was from my oncologist, Dr. Aaron Shafer...

BY Pamela J. Schlembach, M.D.

Many breast cancer patients undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment. While radiation therapy often comes with side effects, such...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

When someone you know receives a cancer diagnosis, you want to help. But how?

Instead of asking what you can do to help, it’s usually better to find a concrete way to support your friend or loved one, and do it. Some people may not feel comfortable asking for help, or the list of things they need help with may seem too long and overwhelming.

But what can you do that will actually be helpful? We asked our Facebook community...

Cancerwise blog post: close-up photo of holding hands

BY Cheryl Ratliff

When I received a phone call about an abnormality discovered during my mammogram in December 2016, I didn’t think much of it. I was prone...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Dana MacFarlane may have been the one who received a leukemia diagnosis, but she’s certain every one of her family members suffered just as...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer or have completed one treatment and are preparing yourself for the next, the thought of radiation...

BY Maria Newhouse

I recently finished my last chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. It was a milestone that, at one point, I honestly thought...

BY Misti DeMargel

Finding out that you need chemotherapy can be overwhelming. But as I’ve learned from working with cancer patients as a nurse over the past...