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Physical Well-being

 

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When Sleep Eludes You
Getting a Good Night’s Rest While Coping with Cancer

by Carol A. Enderlin, PhD, RN, FNGNA, Martha Kuhlmann, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNP, APRN, and Ellyn Matthews, PhD, RN, CBSM, FAAN

Sleep is essential for our bodies to restore our energy and re­charge to keep us going. Seldom is sleep more important than when coping with cancer, its treatment, and survivorship. Yet sleep is so connected to how we feel physically and mentally that cancer-related stress can often disturb our sleep quality and patterns. Getting a good night’s sleep may be most elusive when we need it the most.

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Cancer Fatigue:

by Ellen Manzullo, MD, FACP

Fatigue is one of the most com­mon and distressing symptoms experienced by cancer patients and survivors. For some people, fatigue persists even years after completing treat­ment. Cancer-related fatigue is different from the fatigue we all experience in daily living. It is usually more severe, lasts longer, and can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.

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Cheers to the Holidays…

by Kaylene Chadwell

For most, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with cherished traditions and time spent with loved ones. However, when you’re dealing with cancer, the holiday hub­bub of decorating, shopping, cooking, planning, and cleaning can become exhausting and stressful. While there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate, here are some tips to help you have a cheerful, stress-free holiday season.

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