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Physical Well-being

 

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Keeping Up Appearances
When Cancer Leaves Its Mark

by Terri Tate, RN, MS

Where I come from, looking good was all that mattered. In Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in the 1950s, what you wore to church on Sunday was more important than how you behaved during the week. My mother never tired of telling me that girls like me needed to “do the most with what they had.” Looking back, I can see that I was a pretty child, but at the time I couldn’t see beyond my freckles and slight chubbiness.

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Collateral Damage

Dry, itchy skin. Yellow, cracked nails. Cancer treatment can do a number on your skin and nails. Take these steps to minimize the damage.

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Tackling Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Yesne Alici, MD

Fatigue is one of the most prevalent and troubling side effects cancer survivors face, both during treatment and after treatment ends. Cancer-related fatigue is a dis­tressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, or cognitive tiredness that is caused by cancer or its treatment. This type of fatigue can significantly diminish a cancer survivor’s quality of life.

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