Get Ready To Give It Your All!
I wrote this guide to help cancer patients, their family, friends and caregivers, through their very difficult time after diagnosis. This information will help whether you just got hit with the devastating news or you are an already diagnosed patient who wants to learn more about what you can do to help yourself.
Special Note for navigating this site: all Bold and Blue texts are hyperlinks for more detail on that particular topic. After you finish reading that site’s information, you can close that site’s window. You should then be back on this site where you left off. If you were to click on one of the pictures on the site to expand it, you can hit the back arrow ⇐ on your browser to get back to the site where you left off.
My primary goal is to help you to get the best outcome possible for your situation. I want to provide you with insights into what I have learned in the last 16+ years as a person with stage 4 lung cancer. Please pass it on to help others who could potentially benefit from this information.
I am confident the information in this Give It Your All site can increase the probability of getting more years with a better quality of life. The more time you can have with your family, friends, and even strangers, the more you will appreciate every day of your life!
One thing I have learned is that there is no one magic bullet that can solve everything. There are however, many things you can do to help beat or contain this disease for many years.
(Updated 8-13-2021) Cancer is a very complicated disease. There are over 100 different types of cancer. Generally speaking, cancer falls into 2 major categories:
- Hematologic (blood) cancers are cancers of the blood cells, including leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma (approx. 10%)
- Solid tumor cancers are cancers of any of the other body organs or tissues. The most common solid tumors are breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. (approx. 90%)
This site is geared toward the 90% of Solid tumor cancers. This is where my experience and knowledge is highest. I honestly do not know enough to cover the 10% of blood cancers in detail. However, there are major points in this site that even people with blood cancers can benefit from.
At times, some doctors either are not aware of all the options, or only give you the options available at their institution. The advancements in cancer are extremely difficult for any one doctor to be 100% up to date and knowledgeable about. My task here is to look beyond one doctor and one institution and try to help patients do what is right for their unique/personal situation and what would help them the most. I want to share things I have learned (and continue to learn) to help others.
Special note for Caregivers: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your role in helping your loved one is so critically important. Most patients when diagnosed are struggling with the shock, physical and mental issues, as well as what to do next. The burden is too much for anyone to go it alone. Although sometimes it may not be said out loud, but you are helping tremendously in the care for your loved one. Keep up the great work!
Do your best not to get overwhelmed by what you read. Just take it piece by piece for your own areas of questions and/or concerns. I believe this information will help guide you to the Give it Your All approach I speak about and using education to help you do everything you can for a better outcome.
Information specific to your cancer: These sites can give you much more detail on your specific cancer and also stage and treatment options available, etc. Here are some legitimate cancer sites i.e.; National Institute of Health, American Cancer Society, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana-Farber, to name a few.
What are some of the causes of Cancer? 9 Risk factors to know about: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2019 Article
As you read through the following pages, I may have been somewhat harsh on doctors not keeping up with new data, methods and technologies. However, in their defense the insurance industry has made it extremely difficult to spend as much time with their patients as they would like, as well as keeping up with the scientific discoveries and new technologies happening now. There are some great doctors doing the best they can in this environment. Be aware there are also average doctors and weak doctors. Make sure you search for the great doctors.
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Joseph (Joe) Liguori
Dedication: I would like to dedicate this site to my dearest cousin and best friend Don Guerra. Don passed on 13 Dec 2018. He, and my other dearest cousin Maryann Guerra were both instrumental in helping me during my darkest hours in 2005. I can never thank them enough.
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