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Do you know about the cancer resources in Alaska?

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If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on all of the cancer-related news and events across Alaska we’ve got good news. Sign up for the Alaska Cancer Resource newsletter for a weekly email featuring all the new and recurring support groups, educational events and more.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the events that are regularly featured in the newsletter:

Let’s Talk Program through Cancer Connection

A program created to provide cancer patients with someone to talk to who has “been there and done that;” someone to talk to that really understands how you feel. Call 796-2273 for more information and to be matched with someone who has had a similar experience and can offer ongoing support.

Fridays: Women LISTEN

Any woman, newly diagnosed or a survivor, is welcome. Meet at Title Wave Books, Meeting Room in back of the store, 1360 W. Northern Lights, Anchorage from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Call 222-6285 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. www.womenlisten.org

Tuesdays: Qigong

Instructor Chris Remick leads a class that helps patients with breathing exercises to improve the immune system and posture. Classes are held every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. – noon at Valley Radiation Therapy Center. For more information call 232-9962. RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s Talk Program through Cancer Connection

A program created to provide cancer patients with someone to talk to who has “been there and done that;” someone to talk to that really understands how you feel. Call 796-2273 for more information and to be matched with someone who has had a similar experience and can offer ongoing support.

Saturdays: Hopeful Connections Cancer Support Group

Hopeful Connections is an Alaska Native cancer group that supports cancer survivors, their friends and family when dealing with cancer. Members of this program share their stories and knowledge through group sessions, projects and community engagement. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. – noon every Saturday at the Hannah Solomon building, 317 Wendell Street, Fairbanks. For more information, contact Karen Eddy at 452-5225

Take a look at the latest edition of the newsletter to see all of the featured events.

If you know of an event that isn’t in the newsletter yet, we want to hear about it! Please send us a short description of the event along with all the date and time details and we’ll be happy to include it. Email events to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Glossary of radiation therapy terms

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At the beginning of any cancer journey, you’ll hear doctors, nurses and even your peers using terms you may have never heard of before and it’s overwhelming. It’s always good to ask your oncology team to explain if they are using terms that you do not understand. We’ve put together this list of common radiation oncology terms as a resource to help you understand the language of radiation therapy.

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Celebrating National Doctors’ Day

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We don’t need any reminders that we work with some of the best doctors around, but we’ll take Doctors’ Day, a national holiday observed every year on March 30, as another reason to celebrate the contributions of neighboring physicians and their staff.

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Social life during cancer treatment

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During treatment it can be hard to do all the things that you used to enjoy. Undergoing treatment and working to heal your body can take a lot out of you and some days it takes up all the energy you have. It’s important to remember that getting out and doing the things you love can be good for both your mental wellbeing and your physical health. You don’t have to give up your social life!

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Life after treatment: Returning to 'normalcy'

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By: Becky Libal, ANP-C Survivorship Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Manager

Thoughts, feelings, and emotions can vary in quality and intensity during cancer treatment and the tasks of managing side effects and many appointments can be an all-consuming job. Patients often have an entire support team made of caregivers, medical providers, and peers focused on getting them through the daily demands of treatment, and the thoughts of of life after cancer receive little attention until the day of discharge has arrived.

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