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Making babies

I spent last week on the Cape with some great friends from Italy, their three sons, and Netsai, whom some of you know about from earlier posts one and two on dating post-cancer. While the kids—aged 3, 5, and 7—drove me crazy on more than one occasion, I did think about how much I’d like to have children of my own. The question for me, after more than a year-and-a-half of chemo, is whether it’s even possible.


How to beat cancer: prevention and early detection

One of the first things people want to know when they learn I had cancer is how it was discovered. There’s an element of personal concern in this question that’s perfectly natural—if I get cancer, will I know right away?—and I think what folks are hoping to hear is that all cancers in their earliest stages present clear, distinguishable symptoms that will prompt them to follow up with a medical professional. Unfortunately, this is not the case with many cancers, and all people, especially those at higher risk due to things like long-term exposure to carcinogens (tobacco, for example), a family history of cancer, or age (cancer risk naturally increases as we get older), should take a proactive approach to cancer detection and prevention.


Key resources for cancer patients and caregivers: the National Cancer Institute

Image on Ciao, Cancer! of the National Cancer Institute Most of the folks who visit Ciao, Cancer! have either had cancer, are currently in treatment, or have friends or loved ones battling the disease. Given the number of people newly diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States, this is probably true of most Americans–and most likely applies globally as well. When we’re confronted with the disease, we need one thing more than any other, and that’s quality information. The website of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is one place you’ll find it.