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Physical Well-being

 

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RX for a Good Night’s Sleep
Don’t sweep insomnia under the bed.
Effective treatments are available.

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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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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