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Ken Griffey Sr. Talks
Prostate Cancer

A prostate cancer survivor himself, the two-time World Series champion is speaking up about the disease and encouraging others to do the same.

For Major League Baseball fans, “Ken Griffey” is a household name. In the early 90s, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. made history when they became the first father and son pair to play on the same MLB team at the same time. However, baseball talent isn’t the only thing that runs in the family for the Griffeys. They also share a family history of prostate cancer.

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Ken Griffey Sr.

“For a lot of men, it’s embarrassing to talk about.”

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Hope for the Future
Fertility-Preservation Options for
Cancer Survivors

Once you are cleared to attempt conception after cancer treatment, there is no additional risk of birth defects or miscarriages. Equally important, pregnancy does not adversely affect overall survival.

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Exercise and Cancer
What have we learned the past 20 years?

Since the first studies examining the effects of exercise in cancer survivors began to be published in the mid-80s, the interest in this in­triguing area of research has grown exponentially. Because exercise is non-invasive, effective, and can be done by cancer survivors in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, the medical community has started to give more attention to the use of exercise as a complementary intervention in cancer rehabilitation.

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Chemo Brain
What You Need to Know Right Now

Sound familiar?
I’m just not myself since I started treatment. I’m fuzzy, not as sharp, and everything seems to take me longer. I forget where I put things, and can’t remember peo­ple’s names or conversations I just had with them. I try to hide it, but family and friends are starting to notice – even my coworkers. Am I losing my mind?

No, but you may be experiencing chemo brain.

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For Women with Gynecologic Cancer
5 Tips for Taking Charge of Your Healthcare

A cancer diagnosis is naturally unsettling, evoking a wide range of emotions. Because talking about gynecologic organs is still practically taboo for so many women, a below-the-belt cancer diag­nosis can be even more distressing. Studies consistently demonstrate that many women are reluctant to even ask their doctor questions about gyneco­logic cancer testing, risk factors, and genetic predisposition, much less dis­cuss potential symptoms.

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Coping with Cancer:
Survivors Speak Out
On Coping’s 30th Anniversary, Survivors Share Knowledge, Hope, and Inspiration

With this anniversary issue, Coping with Cancer showcases some of the memorable quotes by cancer survivors who have been featured in our pages.

So whether you’re a Coping reader, writer, or advertiser, take a moment to congratulate yourself. You’ve helped make 30 years of service a reality for Coping with Cancer magazine.

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Life Is about Choices
I Chose … Live
How I Learned to Cope When Faced with the Stress of Cancer

by Mike Coy, RFC, CPBA

I’ve been asked many times by friends and family if I ever wanted to just give up when I was battling cancer. The answer is no. I had a six-month-old grandson, and I wanted to be able to take him to the park. I wanted to be able to play catch with him and watch him grow up. No, giving up wasn’t an option for me. However, I do understand why someone would quit.

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