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Understanding metastasis

When cancer spreads: metastasis Cancer usually starts as a tumor in an organ or tissue of the body — except for leukemia or lymphoma, where it affects the blood cells instead. When cancer spreads to other parts of the body beyond the area where it began, it is called metastasis (pronounced meh-TAS-tuh-sis). When cancer is found in… Read more »

Understanding cancer stages

What is staging? No two cases of cancer are exactly alike. Some cancers are found early, and others aren’t noticed until the cancer has metastasized (spread past the place in the body where it first started). Staging is the system doctors use to learn how much a cancer has spread. Once doctors know the cancer’s stage, they can come… Read more »

Things to be aware of around children

As a parent, you want to protect your children from being hurt or upset. If you have cancer, though, it could be hard to keep your children from learning about your illness. There will be many facts about your diagnosis and treatment that you’ll need to share with your family. Talking to everyone openly and… Read more »

Pain treatment options for cancer

Cancer isn’t always painful, but then again, everyone handles pain differently. You are the only one who truly knows when you’re in pain; it’s important to tell your doctor or nurse when it happens, so that you can manage it together. Keep in mind, though: Treatments that work well for one person might not work… Read more »

Facing the different cancer stages with your family

Cancer is an illness that no one should have to handle alone. Trying to manage on your own can add to the stress of being sick. If it’s hard to ask for help, keep in mind that some people want to lend a hand, but that they may not know what’s needed. Try making a… Read more »

Caring for children when you have cancer

As a parent, you’re used to caring for your children and putting their needs first. As a parent with cancer, though, you may wonder how you’ll go through treatment and still be able to look after your children. It won’t be easy, and there will be times when you’ll feel guilty by making your treatment… Read more »

Explaining cancer to teenagers

It can be hard to explain cancer to your teenager — not just because it’s a complicated disease and you may still have questions, but because of your own strong feelings about the diagnosis. Some people ask if a member of their health care team can meet with their teenager to explain it. Most teenagers… Read more »

Explaining cancer to school-age children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Explaining cancer to young children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Do I tell my young children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. But grown-ups’ thoughts about dying might not be the same as children’s thoughts – especially if those children are still small. For example, your very young children might get upset if they’re away from you for a while, but they won’t understand what a lasting… Read more »