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The 15 Best Cancer Blogs of 2016

The Best Cancer Blogs of the Year

We’ve carefully
selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and
empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information. If
you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at bestblogs@healthline.com!

According
to the American Cancer Society, there are about 14.5 million people living in
the United States
today who have had a history of some form of cancer. Thanks to advancements in
screenings, drugs, and treatments, people are living longer than ever after a
cancer diagnosis, and more people are surviving longer after treatments. By 2024,
cancer survivors are expected
to number 19 million people.

It’s an
ordeal shared by many, so if you or a loved one are currently going through
cancer treatments, here is our tally of the 15 best cancer blogs of 2016.

Blog for a Cure

Blog for a Cure

“Cancer sucks” isn’t just a factual statement.
It’s also the slogan of Blog for a Cure, a network of blogs written by cancer
patients and survivors.

And it’s
not just about blogging. They allow users to communicate with each other,
offering a vital line of support and understanding from people who are
undergoing the same trials and tribulations.

After
creating a free account, users can create their own blogs, post pictures, and
arrange events.

Visit the blogs.

Boyfriend with a Brain Tumor

Boyfriend with a Brain Tumor

Cancer
affects more than the person with the diagnosis. This blog is a “record of the
sometimes grim, sometimes surreal, sometimes wryly humorous situation” of,
well, having a boyfriend with a brain tumor.

Jill —
who married that boyfriend in 2012 — continues to write about the trials and
tribulations of being a caregiver of someone with cancer.

It’s a
must-read not just for caregivers but for anyone whose life has been affected
by cancer.

Visit the blog.

Cancer Policy Matters

Cancer Policy Matters

Treating
and finding a cure for cancer shouldn’t be a political issue, but in the United
States — which spends
more on healthcare than any other country in the world — it sadly is.

The
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) advocates for keeping tabs on
cancer policies in the United States, namely how tax dollars are spent on cancer research.
Their regular WCOE (“what caught our eye”) posts can help keep you in the know
with minimal effort.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @CancerAdvocacy

Cancerwise

Cancerwise

From the
MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, this blog is dedicated to
telling the stories of cancer survivors.

Read
stories like those of Erica Nowell, a former Ewing’s sarcoma patient
who later came back to MD Anderson to work as a nurse practitioner. Other posts
spotlight lymphoma and colorectal cancer survivors, a research nurse who went
through thyroid cancer, and people currently going through chemotherapy.

Along
with personal stories, the blog also provides the latest news on research and
clinical trials, advice on how to manage surgery and treatment, and much more.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @MDAndersonNews

Colorado Cancer Blogs

Colorado Cancer Blogs

Brought
to you by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, this blog is packed with
the latest on news and clinical research on the causes, treatments, and path to
a potential cure for cancer.

Get
constant updates as in-house oncology experts chime in with analysis and advice
on everything from the latest study on prostate cancer to their thoughts on
cannabis as a complementary therapy.

With an
easy-to-use tab sorting feature, you can find the content you’re looking for,
whether it’s patient care, the latest research, or ways to prevent cancer.

Visit the blog.

The CTCA Blog

The CTCA Blog

The
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) are synonymous with comprehensive
cancer treatment, but they also keep an informative blog for those seeking
expert answers to common questions.

From what
to do following a cancer diagnosis, to dealing with the pain associated with
it, the CTCA blog covers all the bases of what you may not immediately consider
when diagnosed with cancer.

Just as
their network of cancer treatment centers is staffed by qualified experts,
their nearly 400 blog posts are filled with useful, vetted information. It’s a
must-read for anyone whose life is impacted by cancer.

Visit the blog.

Cure Today

Cure Today

Not all
cancers are the same, which is why Cure Today’s content is so useful. Their
contributors cover a broad spectrum of the cancer field, from new patients to
seasoned experts.

Along
with regular updates, the website provides valuable insights and resources, from
how those with a family history of cancer can help prevent it to what to do
when you are newly diagnosed.

Site
visitors are welcome to share their story as well, offering a level of
connection and catharsis not found everywhere else.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @cure_magazine

The IHC Blog

The IHC Blog

 “I had cancer” is a phrase anyone going
through cancer treatments and its side effects hopes to be able to say one day.

IHadCancer
is a support community that’s all about facilitating person-to-person
communication for people who have or have had cancer in their lives. Their blog
covers various topics related to cancer from guest contributors, including
“chemo brain,” post-treatment depression, fertility issues, and more. If you’re
looking for first-person advice, this is the place to be.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @ihadcancer

The Liz Army

The Liz Army

In July
2008, 29-year-old Liz Salmi was diagnosed with a grade II gemistocytic
astrocytoma brain cancer. To put it bluntly: “It sucked,” she writes.

From
undergoing numerous surgeries, to watching other brain tumor friends go into
hospice care, Liz attacks the subject of cancer like cancer has attacked her
brain — unrelentingly.

Now that
her father has brain cancer as well, Liz shares the struggles that go with
having to digest and deal with that news as well with the refreshingly honest
tone she used at her TEDx talk in 2013.

Visit the blog.

Tweet her: @TheLizArmy 

OncoLink

OncoLink

A
publication of the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink always has something
new for returning visitors.

From
videos about skin care for people undergoing cancer therapies, to a discussion
on cancer research spending compared to military spending, to articles on the
healing effects that pets can have throughout the whole ideal, this is a
valuable resources for people who are seeking answers to an array of questions.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @OncoLinkTeam

Our Cancer

Our Cancer

While
being treated for colon cancer in 2005, veteran journalist Leroy Sievers documented his experience in podcasts and
blogs for NPR, called “My Cancer.” He passed away in 2008.

Now, his widow, Laurie Singer Sievers, writes the “Our Cancer” blog for Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine, a powerhouse of cancer research.

Laurie
Sievers doesn’t have cancer herself, but she chronicles memories of her husband
and friends going through the ordeal. Her warmth, heart, and bravery shines
through in her words.

Visit the blog.

SHARE’s Cancer Support Blog

SHARE’s Cancer Support Blog

Founded
by survivors of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, SHARE’s focus is to create a
network and community of women affected by either condition. They offer a
hotline for cancer patients to call, as well as support groups and educational
programs.

Their
blog tells the stories of their volunteers’ brushes with cancer, distills major
breakthroughs in research, and helps those undergoing cancer treatment get a
better understanding of what they can expect, even if it’s the unexpected.

Visit
the blog.

Tweet them: @SHAREing

SU2C Blog

SU2C Blog

Stand Up
to Cancer’s main goal is to help fund innovative ways of treating, beating, and
curing cancer.

Their
blog, meanwhile, is filled not just with updates, but survivor stories. Get
inspired with posts from Don Konantz, who beat cancer and then competed
in the 2015 Ironman Canada triathlon, or actress Lisa Kate David, who offers advice on dating
without nipples after surviving breast cancer.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @SU2C

Toom-ah? What Stinkin Toom-Ah!

Toom-ah? What Stinkin Toom-Ah!

In 2010,
Jessica Oldwyn was diagnosed with diffuse astrocytoma, a brain tumor that came
back aggressively and gave her an eventual death sentence. She’s traveled far
and wide for treatments, including some she’s had to snort.

“I want
to live. I want to live like most people want a new car, or a baby, or a
vacation, or a new house, or a boyfriend, or husband,” she wrote.

Her blog
follows not only her journey but offers resources for those who find solace in
her writing as she continues to fight for survival against the odds.

Visit the blog.

Well - The New York Times

Well – The New York Times

The New
York Times’ coverage of the news has set the standards for content since the
gray lady first began. So it should be no surprise that their coverage of
cancer isn’t any different.

In
typical Times fashion, their “Well” blog tackles tough and controversial
subjects, as well as thoroughly researched advice, like how to balance
traditional cancer therapies with the potential of help from alternative
medicine. They cover the latest research and prevention tips, as well as
showcase the stories of unique individuals who are battling cancer themselves.

Visit the blog.

Tweet them: @nytimeswell

Email us at bestblogs@healthline.com to nominate
a blog for next year’s list.

Posted by: Dr.Health

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