Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Navigating Cancer, what's that?



Mumford & Sons, Awake My Soul
Sigh No More 2010
Lend me your hand and we'll conquer them all
But lend me your heart and I'll just let you fall
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free


Navigating Cancer is a community of cancer survivors, caregivers, professionals, friends, and family who support one another, share their experiences, discuss relevant topics, and contribute helpful resources. The MKF Group Blog received the Inspirational Cancer Blog award recently, and is now listed as a blog reference source for: brain cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, and lymphoma information and support. From what I have gathered, like many other tumor/cancer resources, Navigating Cancer’s main function is to develop support systems and provide situation specific information.


From a community standpoint, Navigating Cancer is home to over 740 users with 35 diagnosis specific groups, not including subgroups. Users can join groups that are specific to their needs and interests where they have the option of participating in discussions with other patients, survivors, and supporters. These groups beyond diagnosis specifics range from patient empowerment to support for the supporter, nutrition during treatment, and more.


Most of the resources available through Navigating Cancer can be found in the Navigating Cancer Library, which focuses on three stages of information: understanding, treating, and monitoring. These resources are organized by diagnosis and include articles as well as links to other websites and blogs which are added by users, groups, and clinics. Users can also keep track of their symptoms, side effects to treatment, and progress in an organized fashion. There is even a handy calendar option where users can keep track of their appointments. Navigating Cancer is pretty cool!

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