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Are You at Risk for Falls?
For most cancer survivors, the answer is yes.

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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Occupational Therapy Helps Cancer Survivors Live Life to Its Fullest

by Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors living in the United States will grow to more than 18 million by 2022. While the good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, many of these survivors will face ongoing challenges due to the harsh toll these life-saving treatments can take on the body.

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Quitting Smoking after Cancer

by Suhana de Leon-Sanchez, RN, NP-BC, CTTS, and Jamie Ostroff, PhD

Although most people know that smoking is the most preventable cause of illness in the United States, there is considerably less aware­ness about the risks of continued smoking and the benefits of quitting for those diagnosed with cancer. Many smokers assume that quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis won’t really make a difference. “Why bother? I already have cancer,” they say. “After all, the damage is done, right?” Wrong.

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