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Living Well with a Diagnosis of MPN

The journey through a diagnosis of a myeloproliferative neoplasm is different for each person, and there is no road map that will work for everyone. Different people need different things. Whether you are the person diagnosed with an MPN or a caregiver, we hope these ten tips that have been shared by others living with MPN will help you along the way.

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Hope for the Future

by Leslie Ayensu Appiah, MD

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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Your Guide to Bladder Cancer Treatment

Different types of treatment are available for people with blad­der cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. There are four types of standard treatment for bladder cancer.

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Inspiration and Progress:
Our National Commitment to Defeat Cancer

by Douglas R. Lowy, MD, acting director of the National Cancer Institute

Every year, for the past two decades, the National Cancer Institute has had the honor of writing an article for Coping’s July/August issue. While searching for a fitting theme for this year’s contribution, I was struck by the challenge we sometimes face – both as individuals touched by cancer and as a nation – in articulating the inspiration needed to confront cancer.

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What to Do If You’ve Been Diagnosed
with an MPN

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a closely related group of progressive blood cancers in which the bone marrow typi­cally overproduces one of the mature blood elements. Other shared features include tendencies toward blood clot­ting or bleeding, organ enlargement, bone marrow scarring (fibrosis), and a possibility of transformation. Although MPNs can strike anyone at any age, most people are affected in the sixth decade of life or later.

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Breathing Easier When You Have Lung Cancer

Having the best quality of life possible – both during and after treatment – is a goal for most people living with lung cancer. An im­portant component of that is being able to breathe well.

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Answers to Your Questions about Lung Cancer

What are my treatment choices? How long will my treatment last? What is immunotherapy? Get answers to these questions and more.

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Infections Are Serious Threats for People with Cancer

by Linda Graviss, MT, CIC, and Roy Chemaly, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP

Did you know that your body’s number-one defense against infections is often compromised when you have cancer? Both chemo­therapy and radiation therapy can weaken your immune system, lessening its abil­ity to put up a good fight against the germs that cause infections. Moreover, surgery and other medical procedures break or damage the skin – your body’s primary infection defense – increasing your risk for developing infection.

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