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Taboo of
The Black Eyed Peas
Speaks Out about His Fight with Testicular Cancer

Born Jimmy Luis Gomez, Taboo is best known as the longhaired rapper/dancer from the multi­platinum pop group The Black Eyed Peas. With more than 75 million records sold – not to mention six Grammy Awards – The Black Eyed Peas are one of the world’s best-selling pop groups. Taboo has contributed to pop hits like “Boom Boom Pow,” “Where Is the Love?” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

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Taboo
“I’m a warrior.
I’m a champion.
I’m a Fighter.
I’m not givin’ in.”
      – Taboo, “The Fight”

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Surviving Cancer With Music
by Your Side

Whether you have cancer, had cancer, or are caring for some­one with cancer, that word – cancer – likely enters your mind a lot. Once cancer becomes part of your vocabulary, it may be hard to think about anything else. Taking up so much space in your thoughts, it can all too quickly and easily start to take over your identity.

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A New Approach to Managing
Cancer-Related Pain

Pain medications have gotten a lot of press over the past couple of years. It seems a new story about the dangers of pain medications is re­ported almost daily – from concerns about misuse, to overdose, to drug-drug interactions and overall safety. In light of recent news coverage, let’s review the basic principles of managing cancer-related pain as we sort through some of the new information that is out there.

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Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
4 Keys to Managing the Disease and Maximizing Your Quality of Life

A diagnosis of lung cancer can leave you and your loved ones feeling uncertain, anxious, and overwhelmed. You have important treatment decisions to make, emotional concerns to manage, and insurance and financial paperwork to organize, among other practical concerns. Here are four keys to help you manage the disease and maximize your quality of life.

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When Sleep Eludes You
Getting a Good Night’s Rest While Coping with Cancer

Sleep is essential for our bodies to restore our energy and re­charge to keep us going. Seldom is sleep more important than when coping with cancer, its treatment, and survivorship. Yet sleep is so connected to how we feel physically and mentally that cancer-related stress can often disturb our sleep quality and patterns. Getting a good night’s sleep may be most elusive when we need it the most.

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Polycythemia Vera
Your Questions Answered

Polycythemia vera, or PV, is one of a group of progressive blood cancers called myelo­proliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. This group also includes essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis. MPNs can affect anyone at any time, and there is no known cure.

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Survivor of the Week

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Curly Hair

by Diane Tefft Young, MA, LICDC-CS

In late January 2015, I was di­agnosed with uterine cancer – stage IIIC. My oncologist recommended a “sandwich” treatment plan. I would receive three 6-hour chemo infusions three weeks apart, followed by 28 daily radiation sessions. Treatment would end with two addi­tional 6-hour chemo infusions four weeks apart. As I was trying to take this all in, I posed a question: when will I lose my hair? The response was that my chin-length, fine gray hair would be completely gone following the second chemo infusion.

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