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Physical Well-being

 

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Feeling Fatigued?
Here are some strategies to help you cope.

by Ann M. Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN

Does cancer or cancer treatment leave you feeling exhausted? Do you feel physically, emotionally, or mentally tired? Do those feelings reduce your ability to participate in your usual activities? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be experi­encing what your healthcare team refers to as cancer-related fatigue.

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RX for a Good Night’s Sleep

by Clare M. Sullivan BSN, MPH, OCN

Having trouble sleeping can be frustrating and isolating. It is also a common problem experi­enced by cancer survivors. If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep more than three times a week, for a month or longer, you may have insomnia. People with cancer are more likely to experience insomnia.

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Are You at Risk for Falls?

by Cassandra Vonnes, MS, ARNP, GNP-BC

It can happen in a blink of an eye – an accident, a misstep, light-­headedness when standing too quickly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury and death in Americans over the age of 65. Typically, fall risks are highest for the elderly. However, peo­ple with cancer, regardless of age, are also at high risk for falls because of the disease and its complicated treatments.

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