Knowledge Counts: Why You Should Keep Abreast of Any Symposium Updates

Knowledge Counts: Why You Should Keep Abreast of Any Symposium Updates

One of the best things to do when you’re trying to find out more information about caner or an illness is to attend symposiums that heavily feature it. Today, we look at why you should keep abreast of any symposium updates.

What is a Symposium?

A symposium is another way to refer to a conference or a massive meeting which is gathered specifically to discuss a certain topic. One topic that regularly has symposiums and forums would be health. This is because the medical field is constantly changing. What was once found to be the only and absolute best way to treat an illness may not necessarily be true a year later.

Why is being updated important?

If you’ve been thinking of attending a symposium, chances are the announcement for it was made a year previously. Here are a few good reasons why you should stay abreast of any updates to your chosen symposium:

Saves you money

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Larger symposiums are often held in places that are able to hold a large quantity of people. So they will normally be held in large cities. If there are any changes that arise, it would save you a lot of money to be informed about it. If the symposium moves its dates, you can be prepared and move any travel dates or add any further plans.

Helps prioritize events

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Symposiums often go for several days at a time. If you’re not planning on visiting each day of it given that they discuss several medical fields on different days, it would really help you plan your trip better if you are updated. You can simply choose to go on the date that will be about the medical discussion that you deem is relevant to you.

Disburse information better

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If you happen to be the person assigned to keep abreast of information, it would truly help those you are designated to inform if you have the right data to give them. If you stay abreast of any updates, you limit the chances of any misinformation or misunderstandings getting out.

Before You Go

We’re proud of the fact that you are looking into attending symposiums that discuss health. Empowering yourself with updated and critical knowledge can mean the difference between the feeling of helplessness and a carefully crafted attack against what’s ailing you. When it comes to illnesses like cancer, time and information are critical.

So in your own thoughts, why do you think you should keep abreast of any symposium updates?

You Are Not Alone: Three Reasons Why You Should Reach Out After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

You Are Not Alone: Three Reasons Why You Should Reach Out After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

When it comes to dealing with the harsh reality of metastatic breast cancer, it is important to realize that you are not alone and that this is not the end of the line. If you do receive such a diagnosis, we want to emphasize the importance of reaching out.

Why Reach Out?

When it comes to breast cancer, it is quite critical that you do not keep this to yourself. Here are a few good reasons why you should reach out:

You Need a Stabilizer

Getting a dreadful diagnosis will undoubtedly knock the wind out of your sails. No one has been immune to this. Yes, even some of the members of our writing team have personally experienced this and do know what they are talking about. Reaching out to someone—preferably someone you trust—will help you stabilize your thoughts and your feelings. This stabilizer could also work as a sounding board for all your thoughts, fears, and concerns. Think Carrie Bradshaw for Samantha Jones during her breast cancer scare.

You Need Information

This understandably a rather difficult moment in your life and it is important that you realize that the decisions that you make after you get your diagnosis will determine your overall health. In order to secure the best sort of choices for yourself, you need information. Support groups and organizations collect as much information as they possibly can in order to give people data to help shape their choices.

You Need to Meet Other People like You

They say that misery loves company but when it comes to breast cancer, misery is just a part of a beautiful package. People in general take their strength from the people that surround them. So in this precarious time in your life, it would be important to surround yourself with people that have already been where you presently are. Allow their knowledge and experience set a path for you to follow.

Before You Go

You are stronger than your diagnosis. More and more women are now living and thriving with MBC. Just because you’ve received some difficult news does not mean that there is nothing else that you can do with your life. Yes, there is going to be a lot of difficulty but you are never alone in this fight. There are several organization and even women who all band together to provide care and support for those diagnosed with MBC.

Why do you think it is important to reach out after a breast cancer diagnosis?

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The “C” Word: Why Taking Control Over the Meaning of a Word Counts

The “C” Word: Why Taking Control Over the Meaning of a Word Counts

What’s in a word or a meaning? What is it about certain words that can vastly affect the state of thinking, feelings, and in this case—even healing? Today, we explore the power of words especially when “the big C” is in focus.

What’s In a Word?

Words can be pretty powerful things. They can lift you up or break you down. A wrongly said word at a critical time can cause irreparable damage. At the reverse side of the coin, the right word at the right time can bring a family closer together than ever before. When it comes to the concept of cancer, the words associated with it count for a lot.

The word cancer often connotes a rather grim outlook. When you tell someone that you have cancer, the way that they look at you changes. The way they look at themselves changes as well. This is because everyone probably knows someone that has been afflicted with cancer—we just think it won’t happen to us. In fact, most of us hope and pray that it will never happen to us.

The word cancer is actually a broad word that has been given the task to encompass all the different sorts of afflictions that have affected mankind through the different decades. There are so many people out there that just hear the word ‘cancer’ and immediately change their outlook in life. This opens them up to the risk of over diagnosis and overtreatment.

For example, should you come across the word IDLE or indolent lesions of epithelial origin, you should pay close attention. This means that the disease is present but has a very, very low risk for a metastatic spread.

Before You Go

You are more than your diagnosis. Your attitude will vastly determine how well you will be able to handle the incoming treatments, medicine, and even therapy (if you choose to undergo any). If you’ve ever heard the saying “your body reflects what you hold in your heart” then you will know what we are talking about. Just because you are either diagnosed with cancer or suspect you have cancer does not mean that you should give in to despair.

There are so many people out there that are living proof that taking control over the meaning of a word gives you more than a fighting chance. It gives you a weapon of your own that you can wield to win your struggle.

Why do you think taking control over the meaning of a word counts?

Test Result Talk: What Different Ways Can a Patient Receive a Result?

Test Result Talk: What Different Ways Can a Patient Receive a Result?

One’s health can be a pretty precarious thing to address. Usually, when someone feels that something is wrong, we go to a doctor, undergo some tests, and wait for the result. When it comes to dealing with something incredibly challenging like waiting to get a result of a doctor’s appointment that may possibly carry bad news, are there other ways to receive it?

Actually, there are

When it comes to getting the results of an examination, our choices are no longer as linear as they used to be. We would like to emphasize that while you are able to receive your results in a variety of ways, you will still need to return to your physician. It is always best to get a follow-up to see if there is anything else that needs to be done.

Nowadays, your chosen healthcare professional can get results to you in several ways. Here are some of them:

Email

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Results can now be received through your computer or phone. Your physician can send you your test results along with any instruction to return for additional testing, necessary treatments, or a comprehensive explanation of your results. A lot of the time, however, patients tend to not check their mail effectively. There are certain times when critical emails are sent to the spam folder.

While email is an swift method, it may not entirely be effective.

Phone Call

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If you’re the type of person that would rather be told things rather than be asked to read something, you can hand over your phone number to your physician. From there, they will be able to give you the result of your testing. They can also give you better tips on what comes next. This is one of the biggest reasons why getting a result via phone call is one of the preferred methods.

Via a Family Member

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If you would prefer to have the news broken to you by a trusted family member (or a friend) you can have them speak to your physician. That way, your healthcare specialist will know and can sufficiently guide the messenger how to best break the news.

Before You Go

You do have a choice when it comes to how you choose to receive your news. There are a lot of options waiting for you—all you have to do is choose. The method you choose should be something you are wholly comfortable with. What is more important is not how you receive the message; it is what you choose to do with the message once you have received it.

How would you choose to receive a patient result?

Before You Leap: Things to Consider Before Getting That Mastectomy

Before You Leap: Things to Consider Before Getting That Mastectomy

When the concept of breast cancer creeps up on you, it isn’t a big leap of logic to consider what you can do to save yourself from it. One of these things would be a mastectomy.

What is a Mastectomy?

This is a surgery that involves the removal of the breast tissue. While there are several degrees in which the breast tissue is removed from partial or total, this is one surgery that can be completely elective. Mastectomy is something that a lot of women have been choosing to undergo in order to preempt breast cancer.

Here are a few things you need to consider before getting that mastectomy:

Going Under the Knife More than Once

A mastectomy may take several surgeries to get all the breast tissue out completely (if you choose to get a total mastectomy). As the tissue is too close to the lungs and even the heart, doctors cannot linger long. Not a lot of people realize that mastectomies may require several procedures in order to get the desired result.

Do You Have a Support System?

We’re not referring to your healthcare provider or even your insurance. A Mastectomy will not just be a drastic physical change. There will be massive psychological changes as well. Most doctors will tell you that you will need to have someone with you through the whole process.

Before You Go

A Mastectomy is a procedure that you should think about thoroughly before you consider going through it. You must include someone you trust implicitly in your journey. You do not have to face this alone in the least. There are a lot of online communities like us that are ready to lend a hand when it is needed and wanted.

Do you think you would consider undergoing a mastectomy when it came to it?

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All in This Together: Benefits of Joining Communities Interested in Health Talks

All in This Together: Benefits of Joining Communities Interested in Health Talks

When it comes to the topic of health, it is important to know that you are not alone in this. Everyone is interested and invested in better health—especially when there is illness present. Today, we wanted to discuss some of the very real benefits of joining communities that are interested in health talks.

If you join a community that’s focused on the topic of health (like BCSM Community) you benefit from:

Supportive People

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There is nothing quite like the support of people who are going through the same thing. When dealing with a serious illness, the support of people who truly understand can help A LOT. Organic sympathy counts more than any well-made wish by someone who has never been ill.

Tested Knowledge Pool

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Communities (whether organization online or offline) spend a lot of their time trying to gather as much as useful information as they can. The ones that are usually part of such communities are those who personally are ill or presently have someone in their life that is. As such, the advice that they can dispense is more reliable.

Discounts and Treats

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Communities whether offline or online regularly have events. These events can involve healthcare professionals which often offer their expertise at a bigger discount that usual. There will also be a great opportunity to help support the ventures that are made to help fund a treatment. A lot of families and friends of people who are ill pull together and sell wares that are building toward a fund.

Before You Go

With each and every year that passes, there are better discoveries being made in the world of medicine. Being part of communities will help improve your chances of hearing about it and your interactions with other people in the community may even spark these discoveries. No matter where you are, you affect a change simply by being there.

What benefits did you reap when you joined a community focused on discussing health and wellness?