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Physical Well-being


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Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep for Cancer Survivors

by Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS

Sleep is a basic physiologic need, as important as food and air to our health and wellbeing. However, when you have been diagnosed with cancer, sleeping well can become more difficult. According to the National Cancer Institute, over half of all people diagnosed with cancer complain of difficulty sleeping at some point during or after treatment.

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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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When Sleep Eludes You

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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