On the run with cancer
What happens when cancer strikes a young, active marathon runner? Follow Scott Capozza along his inspirational journey from a testicular cancer diagnosis to trying out for the Boston Marathon.
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If you have a My Day account, you can use personalised tools to help you take charge of your treatment and your life:
Reminders about appointments and when to take your medications
Set some personal goals and improve your well-being today
Keep track of when you need to have your injections
Hair loss during cancer treatment may be a source of stress.1 There are many alternative head-covering options available, including wigs and scarves.2,3 This video gives tips on choosing, wearing, and styling a wig, and shows how an elegantly tied scarf can become a chic fashion accessory.
Cancer treatments may cause your skin to become dry, itchy and sensitive, and you may develop blemishes on your skin.1 This video takes you step-by-step through a moisturising routine, and shows you how to use concealer to even out skin tone, giving a smooth finish as a basis for make-up.2–4
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy may cause thinning or loss of eyebrows and eyelashes.1,2 This video provides a step-by-step tutorial, showing you how to redraw natural looking eyebrows and to apply eye make-up to redefine your features and put the sparkle back into your eyes.3–5
This video provides skincare tips for men. It includes advice on moisturising and shaving.1 If your skin has become dry or extra sensitive as a result of chemotherapy or radiotherapy,2 simple adjustments such as using an electric razor may help you to look healthier during cancer treatment.3–5
Sabine’s work as a publisher was central to her life, but she lost her job as a result of her cancer: a second blow on top of her diagnosis. Her advice is to communicate continually and effectively with your employer and ensure that you direct the choices that are made.
Breast cancer survivor Marjolijn van Bruggen describes her passion for her dogs and for dog-training. Gradual resumption of active participation in this hobby played an important role in her recovery process after treatment, helping her to build up her physical strength and her self-confidence.
Breast cancer survivor Marjolijn van Bruggen and her partner Jeannette Burger describe the impact of the diagnosis and how their lives and relationship have changed, even after completing treatment. Although the fear of recurrence is always there in the background there are also positive effects: they now value every moment together.
Cancer patient Silvana van den Noord describes how she wrote her own life script to give her power and focus. She wanted something positive to come out of her experience, so built a food-truck, which gave her energy. She has an arrow tattoo on her arm, to represent looking towards the future.
When you share news of your cancer diagnosis with friends, family and colleagues, reactions will vary from person to person. Prepare yourself for the most common questions somebody might have about your cancer. Let them know if their reactions upset you, and welcome their offers of help.
Both how and when you want to talk to others about living with and beyond cancer is a personal choice. This article discusses when, why, and how to talk to family and friends, gives tips on preparing for these conversations, and talks about sharing difficult news with your children.
Cancer patient Silvana van den Noord describes connecting with people through her postings on Facebook; her light yet informative posts attracted positive reactions, which gave her energy. She reconnected with old friends, and made new ones, When one of these, Odette, was also treated for cancer they could co-support each other.
Male breast cancer survivor Alan Herbert and his adult daughter Lisa talk about their reactions to his diagnosis, and the impact it had on their relationship. Alan describes the diagnosis as “a world-changer”; Lisa’s fear of losing her father and soulmate evolved into a resolve to be there for him.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be wondering whether that puts your family members more at risk. Breast cancer is usually not hereditary, but sometimes it is. Read on to discover the risk factors for inheriting a gene that causes breast cancer and a discussion of the possibilities of genetic testing to predict whether a family member will develop the disease.
What are the specific considerations that should be taken into account if you develop adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer? Could it impact your career? Does it impact your lifestyle? Lorraine and Gene Sacco discuss how your primary care physician and your oncologist can work together on the basis of your AYA care plan.
Your doctor may suggest different treatment options for your cancer; decisions about cancer treatment can be difficult, complex, and personal. It is important to understand how each treatment works, and which side-effects may occur, so that you can make an informed decision and have an idea how the treatment may affect your daily life.
Scott Capozza was treated for testicular cancer when he was 22 years old, active, and in graduate school. Having a family was the last thing on his mind. Thankfully, his doctors gave him options to preserve his fertility. Should you think about your fertility? Join Scott as he recounts his experiences.
Cancer can sometimes cause tiredness, or extreme fatigue. This may be due to the cancer itself or the treatments you are receiving. Although many cancer patients experience tiredness, you do not just have to put up with it: there are things that can be done to relieve its effects.
You may be interested in supportive care such as meditation, acupuncture, or psychological therapy, but how can you discover which therapies are right for you? Join Sangeetha Agarawal as she explains how you and your doctor can look for the best therapies together.
Part 3 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
Support groups can be a great outlet for your feelings and to discuss your experiences. But the idea of joining one can be intimidating at first. The most important step, according to Cynthia Chauhan, is simply getting through the door.
Part 2 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
Are you feeling isolated or alone? Are you having trouble relating to others or processing emotions at this challenging time? Join Cynthia Chauhan as she talks about people who are going through similar emotions to those you are experiencing.
Part 11 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
End-of-life issues are difficult to think about. “But everybody has their own ideal death. The important thing is thinking about it and owning it for yourself and making sure other people who are going to be part of the decision making know what your wishes are.”
Part 10 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
“One of the things that cancer does dramatically is makes us face our own mortality. It tells us that we are not invincible and it tells us that in a very shocking, painful way.” Join Cynthia Chauhan as she talks about coming to terms with her mortality.
Part 9 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
Our families can provide tremendous support, but not every family member will understand what you are experiencing and others might themselves be scared. There will always be someone there to help; you just need to discover who that is.
Based on her experience during many years as a clinical nurse specialist and expert in survivorship, Karen Kinahan recommends that people with cancer focus on three things beginning with the letter ‘E’. She recommends you to Educate yourself about treatment, Empower yourself about your disease, and Embrace your survivorship.
It is common to experience numbness or a tingling sensation, usually in your hands or feet, as you go through your cancer treatment. This is called “peripheral neuropathy”. These effects are often temporary, and there are several ways to help manage any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Here is Nisha’s very personal story of how she felt when her mum was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She describes being stunned on hearing the news, then feeling helpless and frightened during her mum’s treatment, and talks about how the experience has brought them closer together.
Before making a cancer diagnosis, your doctor will arrange for you to have some tests. These tests may include blood tests, a scan, or a biopsy. The results will provide important information about the nature of your cancer, to help your doctor decide on the best course of treatment for you.
Paul, a bowel cancer survivor, talks frankly about life after treatment. He describes the tremendous feeling of relief on being given the all-clear, alongside a mixture of guilt, anxiety, and fear. He talks about side effects and returning to work, and how friendship and his passion for rugby gave him a focus in surviving the cancer journey.
Meditation is a process that can calm your mind, make you feel more alert, help you concentrate, and improve your mood. It can be used to relieve some of the symptoms of the cancer itself or of the side effects of cancer treatment. A qualified instructor can help you learn the required techniques.
Physiotherapy can help relieve physical problems due to cancer or cancer treatment. It can even help improve problems caused many years ago. In this video, physiotherapist Elizabeth Frierson explains how physiotherapy can help to restore independence and improve your quality of life after cancer.
With so many healthcare professionals around you and while undergoing rigorous therapy, you may feel helpless to have any impact on your cancer treatment. However, according to Helayne Waldman, you have much more power than you think; you can have an impact on your own health simply by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Preparing for the end of your life can be confronting and scary. However, most people take comfort in knowing that things such as estate planning or funeral arrangements are taken care of. Jean Carroll Criner talks about how her end-of-life plan has added security to her vibrant life.
Survivorship does not start once active cancer treatment has finished: it should begin the day you are diagnosed with cancer. Lorraine and Gene Sacco talk about important considerations to bring to your oncologist in order to ensure that your survivorship plan is sufficient in the long-run.
If you are suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy, including lymphoedema, you might find that regular exercise helps you to feel better. This infographic shows you types of exercise that might help, and gives some practical tips. It also includes a link to your personal activity logbook.
You may find that regular exercise helps you to cope with some of the side effects of chemotherapy. Use this downloadable logbook to note your personal goals, and write down how much exercise you take each day. It is a good idea to bring this along to your doctor’s appointment.
Part 4 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series. Support groups are not all the same. It is important to research a potential support group so you know that it is reputable and can help you. Cynthia Chauhan outlines relevant points to consider when choosing a support group.
Part 8 of 11 from the “Sitting down with Cynthia” series.
One of the first challenges you will face during your cancer journey is telling your loved ones you have cancer. Cynthia Chauhan, a patient advocate and cancer survivor, gives practical tips to help you tell your family and friends.
Being treated for cancer does not automatically mean you must stop working. Even if you take sick leave during your cancer treatment, you may want to return to your job once treatment is completed. Here are some suggestions for questions you may like to ask your employer about returning to work.
Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are at increased risk of infection. This infographic shows how you can avoid getting an infection and tells you how to recognise signs and symptoms. It shows the exact temperature that indicates you must contact your doctor immediately.
Are you considering taking part in a clinical trial? In this video, a number of patients talk about their experiences: their reservations, how they made the decision to take part, the support they received, the importance of honest communication, and their feelings after they had completed the trial.
If you are being treated with chemotherapy you will be extra prone to infections, which can make you very ill indeed. It is extremely important that you try to avoid infections. This article provides some useful practical tips and describes the warning signs that mean you MUST contact your doctor.
Prostate cancer and treatment can lead to a number of unwelcome effects; you may suffer from fatigue, weight gain, incontinence, and bowel problems and might not be able to have an erection or may become infertile. These problems are discussed in this video, alongside suggestions of where to go for help.