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CureLauncher – Personalized Clinical Trial Matching

 

CureLauncher gives you the power and the support to make a life changing decision.  Warm, compassionate, and experienced relationship managers will guide you through the process of finding a new treatment.  Taking control and knowing your options opens up a whole new world of hope.  Visit CureLauncher to get started on a life changing quest! CureLauncher can help connect you with clinical trials in your area.

 

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CureLauncher – Information is Empowerment! – Testimonial 

By Barb  Hollingsworth, guest blogger

Over the holidays of 2012, I knew I wasn’t feeling myself but it wasn’t until I had jaundiced two days after Christmas that I knew it was time to do something about it.  Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, I was quickly rushed through to be seen by a Doctor who immediately ordered a CT scan of my abdomen.  Several hours later I heard the words that would instill fear in the toughest of men – that there was a “mass” in my Pancreas.  The next morning I was sent to surgery to have a stent placed in my bile duct and a biopsy of the mass was taken. Two days later it was confirmed that I have Pancreatic Cancer.  The tumor was nearly 5cm in size in the head of my Pancreas and was quite aggressive.  I met with the Oncologist prior to being discharged from the hospital where I was left feeling there was absolutely no hope for a better tomorrow for me. 

 

I have always been a strong woman and after the initial shock and disbelief that I was likely facing the end of my days, that fight in me started to return. I was not convinced that this was the end and I just knew that dying was not an option for me! So I started researching every possible avenue of information about Pancreatic Cancer and Cancer in General.  I reached out to my family and friends on social media where the compassion, love and support I receive is astounding! Through them and the Cancer Center where I started chemotherapy treatments, I kept hearing about Clinical Trials. I had a basic knowledge of clinical trials only and was afraid to deter from a “proven” method of treatment.

 

I soon realized that information is empowerment and that most “proven” treatment methods used today were developed and recognized because of Clinical Trials. The very chemotherapy regiment I am on was founded just a few short years ago in Clinical Trials. That’s when I knew I had to change my thinking and participate – if not to cure myself, but to help find a cure for future generations.

 

One day, a very dear friend recommended I contact CureLauncher since my Oncologist had not found any Clinical Trials that I would qualify for. Amy contacted me the very same day I requested information from them and went to work right away to search for a match to a Clinical Trial for me. Within days she had located several options for me. I found out in the mean time that my treatments were working so well that my tumor had gone from “unresectable” to virtually “undetectable” on the CT scans! This meant I no longer qualified for the Clinical Trials and was unable to participate.  I am in remission and looking forward to a long healthy future – and I know that somewhere, some people faced with the same “death sentence” that I was – took part in the Clinical Trials that ultimately led to my own cure! I can’t say enough about CureLauncher.

 

 If you have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, take charge of your future and remember – information is EMPOWERMENT!


 

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Tips to Improve Comfort During Cancer Treatment / How To Combat Cancer Side Effects

By Margot Malin, CEO and Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

Starting either chemotherapy or radiation oncology treatment can feel overwhelming. There are logistics and arrangements to consider, medical research and treatment options to review, as well as getting through daily tasks.  Patients often forget to explore how they can reduce cancer treatment side effects.  Reducing unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects is important because the more comfortable you feel during treatment, the more likely you will be to continue through treatments uninterrupted, and the better your overall frame of mind will be.  We will give you an overview of some simple ways you can combat the side effects of cancer treatment.

 

Lots to Live For, Inc.  offers a variety of products to help you reduce and relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  Many of the products have been developed by cancer survivors and thrivers who saw an unmet need when they went through treatment and decided to “pay it forward” by developing a solution. Many of these products are manufactured by small, innovative and entrepreneurial companies without a “national marketing machine” so they may not have recognizable brand names.

 

Radiation Skin Care

Radiation can cause many different skin reactions – including but not limited to dryness, redness, tenderness, burns, radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis. Some lotions and creams can be very effective at reducing these side effects. Highly effective brands include RADX radiation therapy, My Girls Skin Care (all natural) and 7 Cream (homeopathic). Gel sheets and pads such as CoolMagic hydro gel sheets or the Lind Skin Cooler Roll can be cooling and soothing, and can be applied directly, or over a radiation cream, providing intense relief. Explore products to help heal and soothe radiation burns at Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

Oral Care

It is a good idea to have your teeth cleaned, or other dental work performed before starting chemotherapy or radiation to your chest and neck area. Many medications will affect your mouth.  Use a gentle toothpaste, such as Biotene, and keep your mouth fresh and lubricated with gentle products such as Biotene or MouthKote Oral Balance can help to soothe mouth sores and enhance hydration.

 

Hair Care

Many chemotherapy medications can cause hair to fall out, and they can also make the scalp feel itchy and tingly. Explore the newly introduced Penguin Cold Cap to help hair retention during chemotherapy treatment. Thymuskin hair care topical products can help reduce hair loss and accelerate hair regrowth.  Alra shampoo and DermaQOL hair products can help ease an itchy scalp.

 

Nausea

Ginger is a natural product that can help nausea.  Biobands are acupressure wristbands that can also help.  Try Queasy Pops and Queasy Drops for added comfort.

 

Cancer Gifts

All of the products mentioned also make excellent gifts for cancer patients. If you are a friend, relative, caregiver, or co-worker consider a “gift of comfort” as an expression of your concern and support. Click here to find a collection of cancer gifts.

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Beyond personal care products that can help maintain comfort during cancer treatment we also share additional lifestyle suggestions.

 

Nutrition

There is a wealth of information dedicated to healthy eating during cancer treatment. One suggestion is: The American Cancer Society Complete Guide To Nutrition for Cancer Survivors.   There are many articles about superfoods, and the importance of reducing sugar in the diet. Remember to stay well hydrated! We suggest searching the internet for additional information.   The Anti-Cancer Club provides additional suggestions about nutrition.

 

Exercise

Research is increasingly proving that gentle exercise has many benefits. Physical activity can decrease depression and anxiety. Additional benefits from exercise may include the reduction of stress, increased confidence and reinforcement of other positive health habits. Exercise can also help the patient gain endurance, increase energy level and decrease fatigue, which may be caused by treatments. Studies have recently shown that exercise may in fact help prevent reoccurrence.

 

Items to Take to Treatment

Taking these items to treatment with you can help pass the time and keep you warm and comfortable.  Find a cheery and colorful bag to carry: a pen and pad so you can jot down medical questions, a journal if you like to write, an ipod or tablet computer, warm booties, a blanket, a meditation or breathing CD or phone app, a book, warm booties, Queasy Drops to keep your mouth hydrated and water or green tea for additional hydration. Remember to ask your oncology nurse whether these items can be used during your specific therapy.  Remember to dress comfortably too!

 

This article has offered tips to enhance your comfort during cancer treatment. If you find it helpful, please share it with others traveling a parallel journey.

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