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Easing the Pain of Cancer
How Mindfulness Can Help You Manage Cancer-Related Pain

by Emily Cox-Martin, PhD, and Diane Novy, PhD

Pain is a multidimensional experience. It can affect you both physically and emotionally. By the same token, pain can also be treated using more than one method. One strat­egy often used by clinical psychologists and other mental health providers to help cancer survivors manage pain is called mindfulness.

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Stop Keeping Up (and Down) with the Joneses

by Andrew J. Roth, MD

It’s easy to compare yourself to men who look healthier than you and wonder if you will have their good luck. You may make negative self-comparisons with others who look stronger and healthier and wonder, How come my luck was not as good? It is even more unsettling to see someone who looks more ill than you and wonder if that is the road you will be heading down, and when.

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When Words Heal

by Sharon A. Bray, EdD

Fifteen years ago, numb from treat­ment for early-stage breast cancer, I signed up for a weeklong writing workshop at the urging of a friend. While I looked forward to it, I had mixed emo­tions, and on the first day, I entered the classroom full of doubt and anxiety.

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