Friday, January 24, 2014

6 Tips to Help Cancer Patients Become More Organized and Comfortable During Treatment

by Margot Malin

This is a condensed version of a longer post that was published on the Breast Cancer Yoga Blog entitled:

Cancer Pre-Treatment Check List – 6 Tips To Make Your Life Easier Once You Begin Treatments

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. There are so many questions swirling through your mind and so many things to put in order. Here is a short list of 6 tips suggested by other patients to help make your treatment both more comfortable and better organized.

  1. Familiarize Yourself with Your Medications and their Side Effects
  2. Schedule a Dental Appointment
  3. Order some new products in advance to test them to see if you have any reactions to them, and to see if you like their feel and other characteristics.
  4. Make a list of things that need to be done and circulate it to friends and family so that they can sign up to help you.
  5. Create a treatment goody bag for yourself
  6. Meet with a Naturopathic doctor
Each of these 6 tips should help to reduce the uncertainty and confusion that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. Try to organize and simplify your daily schedule whenever possible. Don’t forget to ask for help!

You can find products to add to your "Treatment Goody Bag" at
Lots To Live For, Inc. sells products to reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Donate Your Data from Cancer Commons - Share Your Medical Data Anonymously

By Guest Blogger Sarah Stanley

This is a condensed version of a blog post entitled "Donate Your Data– Share your Cancer Story to Help Yourself While Helping Others"

A decade ago, Internet entrepreneur Marty Tenenbaum was diagnosed with melanoma. He visited several local oncologists, but each doctor recommended a different treatment strategy. With no clear solution, he decided to enroll in a clinical trial that was testing a melanoma vaccine.     
Donate Your Data Dashboard

The vaccine failed the trial. But, for reasons unknown, it saved Tenenbaum’s life.

Inspired by the difficulty of navigating his options, and the need for better ways to figure out which treatments will work for which patients, Tenenbaum founded Cancer Commons—the first & only open access nonprofit collecting and learning from real patient experiences to give patients the information they need.

To support this mission, Cancer Commons has now launched its new Donate Your Data (DYD) Program, an online registry that empowers people with cancer to anonymously share their cancer experiences to advance research and, in return, inform their own clinical care.

To learn more about Donate Your Data please watch this video:

For now, DYD is available only to lung cancer and melanoma patients, but Cancer Commons will soon be expanding to cover most cancers. If you have or have had melanoma or lung cancer, please consider joining Cancer Commons in making the dream of personalized cancer treatment a reality for everyone. DonateYour Data now.

For more information, visit Follow Cancer Commons on Facebook and Twitter.