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Act Now: Making a Difference in Cancer Policy

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This month, we’re continuing our Many Faces of Advocacy campaign by highlighting policy advocacy. Policy advocacy is probably what you first think of when you hear the word “advocacy.” A cancer policy advocate pushes for changes in government that will improve the lives of people affected by cancer. This can come in many forms, from writing a letter to your congressional representatives to spreading the word about important legislation using social media.

Where the Candidates Stand on Cancer

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

With Election Day coming in less than a week, we’re taking the opportunity here at the Cancer Support Community to highlight where the presidential candidates stand on the cancer and health issues that matter to us. This is not meant to imply an endorsement or preference for any candidate but instead is an inexhaustive compilation of the candidates’ own words and actions on a topic which affects all Americans. We hope this stimulates discussion about the nonpartisan goal of improving cancer and health care policies nationally as well as at the local level.

Community Advocacy for You

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Getting involved in your community is one of the most rewarding ways to help people impacted by cancer. That’s why this past month, we’ve been talking about the different possibilities for becoming a community advocate. Let’s recap what we’ve discussed and what we can all do going forward to make sure that no one in our communities faces cancer alone.

Meeting the Unique Needs of People with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to give particular awareness to the unique experiences and needs of people with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). These are individuals diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to more distant parts of their bodies. Metastatic breast cancer has become a disease that often can be managed for a longer period of time through various treatments.

Breast Reconstruction: Many considerations play into the decisions that women make

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month also includes raising awareness of some of the challenges those with breast cancer routinely face. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is a lot for anyone to process, emotionally and medically. On top of this, many women undergoing a mastectomy must make decisions about breast reconstruction. For women and their loved ones facing these decisions, obtaining information about reconstruction procedures and outcomes and knowing what the best choices are for themselves is not easy. Many considerations may influence the decisions women ultimately make.

Becoming a Community Advocate

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This month at the Cancer Support Community, we’re highlighting community advocacy as one of the best ways to build relationships, create dialogues and increase understanding for those affected by cancer. You can become a community advocate whether you have had cancer or have been a caregiver or loved one to someone living with cancer.

The Art of Decision-Making

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been using our blog to help explain how to gather information and communicate effectively as a self-advocate. The culmination of this journey comes today as we explore how a self-advocate makes decisions.

Communicating About Your Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last week we talked about how to seek information about your cancer in order to start your journey of self-advocacy. Once you have prepared yourself with as much information as possible, it is key to communicate your needs and feelings with your family, friends, health care providers and others who could make a difference in your cancer journey. Just having knowledge isn’t enough. It’s important to communicate what you now know to those who can help you.

The Power of Information: Self-Advocacy for Cancer Patients

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We’re continuing our month-long spotlight on self-advocacy this week with a look at the most potent tool at a cancer patient’s disposal: information. No matter where you are in your cancer journey, self-advocating begins with seeking information and harnessing as much knowledge as you can.

Defining Self-Advocacy

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What does it mean to be a self-advocate? When we think of an advocate, we generally think of someone who is publicly supporting some policy or cause. So, how can you be an advocate for yourself? This week’s blog post kicks off a series of posts about how to become a self-advocate. Learn more about what self-advocacy means and find out how you can begin to advocate for yourself.

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