The holiday season is a time for friends and family to get together and catch up. Those with chronic disease, such as CLL, inevitably are asked about how we are feeling. When I am with family and friends, people seem surprised when I give a quick update and then really want to move onto other topics. On the one hand, I am thankful and fortunate to be surrounded by real friends and a loving family who care enough to ask. But by the same token, I suspect most people in similar shoes don’t want to be defined by their ailments,...

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Fatigue is the most frequently reported symptom of cancer. It transcends across all cancer types and greatly interferes with routine day-to-day activities. Fatigue is the second topic in my four-part series of topics addressing the challenges that cancer survivors face after treatment to find intimacy again. The first topic of the series covered communication. Today, we’ll discuss fatigue and loss of interest and how they affect cancer survivors' intimate relationships. Fatigue experienced by a cancer patient is extremely different from the fatigue a healthy person would describe. Their fatigue could often be resolved with a good night’s sleep or an...

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I was asked that question recently at a patient advocacy forum. My immediate, knee-jerk reaction was “No.” Upon reflection, however, the answer is more complex and nuanced. I had responded initially “no” because of the way I am able to live my life. I was diagnosed with CLL 9-½ years ago. I’ve been treated twice, once in 2006 with CVP + R (cyclophosphamide [Cytoxan], vincristine [Oncovin], prednisone [Deltasone] and rituxamab [Rituxan]), then again in 2010 with FCR (fludarabine [Fludara], cyclophosphamide and rituximab).   Since 2010, I haven’t needed treatment. The only pill I take is vitamin D3 when I remember. I...

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GEPAC (@GEPAC_), el Grupo Español de Pacientes con Cáncer, la principal organización de pacientes de cáncer en España, celebrará su congreso anual del 27 al 29 de noviembre en Madrid (hashtag #congresoGEPAC). Serán tres días de charlas (ver programa) para que los pacientes de todo tipo de cáncer tengan más información sobre su condición, tanto a nivel científico como a nivel más práctico, con talleres de actividades como relajación, maquillaje, inteligencia emocional y talleres para sus familiares. Una imagen de la web del congreso de GEPAC El congreso también incluirá una jornada enfocada a estudiantes de Medicina y Enfermería en la...

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Each year, more than 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 95 percent die within 12 months. Many victims have been celebrities such as Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, Jack Benny and Michael Landon. Because survival is limited, and treatment options are few and often ineffective, patients and their families often regard pancreatic cancer as a death sentence. Too often the disease also brings hopelessness and despair. I am a two-time survivor of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Surviving a second bout is rare, and no statistics are kept. I have ridden the emotional rollercoaster frequently encountered over the long course of treatments...

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[Editor’s note: In this blog, Denise Rodgers shares the lifestyle approaches that have helped her feel her best. Patient Power recommends that readers please consult first with their doctor before incorporating any lifestyle changes.] My name is Denise Rodgers, and I was diagnosed with CLL in July 2001. I had my personal disaster just a little more than two months prior to the infamous September 11. And for a while I took my personal news just as hard. I felt doomed, certain I was not to live a normal life span at best; worried that my end was near and...

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My name is Ruth Schorr, and my parents, Andrew and Esther Schorr, are the founders of Patient Power. I have grown up around Patient Power and its amazing team, and I have also grown up with cancer as a prevalent part of my life. Growing up with a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer isn’t easy. You are affected by the situation directly, although you are not always old enough or emotionally ready to process the situation at hand. In my case, my father was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) when I was only 4 years old. At that...

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¿Habéis probado alguna aplicación móbil de salud? Son apps destinadas a mejorar nuestra salud de varias formas: motivándonos a hacer ejercicio o a mejorar nuestra dieta o bien ayudándonos a controlar y hacer un seguiminento de multitud de enfermedades, como pueden ser la diabetes, la hipertensión arterial, la depresión... También existen apps enfocadas al diagnóstico, como las dermatológicas. Pues bien, existen miles de apps en el mercado, pero no todas son de fiar. Las hay que tienen intereses claramente comerciales y que no aportan beneficios al usuario, mientras que otras pueden incluso poner en riesgo la salud del usuario. Imaginaros...

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My adventure in the world of CLL started in February 2013, when during a routine physical, my physician noted that my white counts were “elevated.” Having a rather offbeat sense of humor, he was certain that his blood analyzer was faulty, and a second blood test would most definitely prove that. Well, the exact same numbers came up, and while he insisted that his machine was clearly broken, perhaps I should go see a hematologist. After a battery of unpleasant tests and trips to multiple hematologists, I was diagnosed with stage I CLL in June 2013 and clinically have been...

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Randall Goskowicz and Zoey I was reflecting on the heroic ways my fellow patients go about their day and struggle not to be defined or confined by their disease. We all have our secret methods of coping, which—in speaking to my fellow clinic patients—run from changing socks after a night sweat to the overall benefits of chocolate. I would be holding back if I didn’t reveal my personal therapist: my dog Zoey. I regret to expound in this manner and make extensive apologies to non-dog people who I don’t get the connection between Homo sapiens and Canus familiarus. Still, I...

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