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Cancer recovery: Survivors' tips on navigating the cancer journey

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Going through cancer treatment is an individual experience. It varies based on a person’s needs, cancer type and other factors. But similarities do exist—such as the type of side effects that come with certain treatments or how cancer can affect a relationship. With that in mind, we asked patients who have taken the journey to recovery to tell us about some insights they found and the strategies they used. Here are four lessons they shared.

Getting back to work after cancer treatment

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If you are thinking about returning to work after cancer treatment, you aren’t alone. Over 70 percent of Americans go back to their job after they’ve completed treatment. Sometimes, cancer patients make the decision because of income or health insurance needs. Others are looking for a sense of normalcy and routine. With the proper planning, returning to work doesn’t have to be a difficult transition.

Cancer: When good cells go bad

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We have cells from the hair on our heads to the nails on our toes: skin cells, blood cells, nerve cells—about 200 types in all. Cells form our muscles and bones. They help us turn food and oxygen into energy. They heal our wounds and keep us well. Like good soldiers, cells perform their vitals duties with strict protocols and in amazing order.

Fighting cancer when you're under 40

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A cancer diagnosis can be difficult for anyone, but it may be particularly devastating for adults under the age of 40. “Typically, adults in their 20s and 30s are shocked to learn they have cancer—they’re young and healthy and assume cancer is something that happens to someone much older,” says Katherine Puckett, Ph.D., Chief of the Division of Mind-Body Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).

Legislation aims to help firefighters in the face of higher cancer risk

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Running into a burning building isn’t the only major threat firefighters face. Men and women on the frontlines of America’s fire-protection forces are diagnosed with cancer at a much higher rate than the general population because of the toxins they're exposed to on the job, according to a major study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).