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How Practicing Yoga Helped Me
Recover from Cancer

by Claire Petretti Marti

When I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on January 12, 2010, my life changed forever. At the time, I’d been practicing yoga for fifteen years and teaching for four. As a yoga instructor, I already understood the incredible ben­efits of yoga for the body, mind, and spirit. But navigating through cancer treatment showed me just how much yoga could help me stay resilient.

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Just Move

by Samman Shahpar, MD

As a medical doctor specializ­ing in cancer rehabilitation, I often find myself echoing a common refrain to those around me: just move. Inactivity has both a direct and an indirect effect on our health and func­tion. Historically, we, as a society and as medical professionals, have often underestimated the effects of inactivity. Over the past several years, a shift in thinking has begun.

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Cancer and Fertility in Men

by Amanda B. Reed-Maldonado, MD, and James F. Smith, MD, MS

The American Cancer Society estimates that by January 2024 there will be more than 9.3 mil­lion men living with cancer in the United States. One of the most significant side effects fac­ing male cancer survivors is damage to the reproductive system, which may lead to a reduced ability or inability to have children.

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Your Guide to Understanding
Metastatic Breast Cancer

If this is your first cancer diagnosis, understanding the disease will help you talk with your health­care providers. Here, we’ll discuss the basics of breast cancer, how it metasta­sizes, and how metastatic breast cancer is different from early-stage disease. This information may be useful to you whether the cancer has returned or metastatic breast cancer is your pri­mary diagnosis – your first diagnosis of breast cancer.

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Cancer is Only the Beginning

by Andrew Bundy

I guess you could say I was lucky – leukemia wasn’t too bad for me. I mean, sure, at the time, it was horrible, the worst thing I thought any­one could go through. But four rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow trans­plant, and six months later, I was in remission and already thinking about joining my high school friends in col­lege, although I’d be a freshman, and they’d be sophomores.

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For Lung Cancer Survivors

When you are diagnosed with lung cancer and start receiv­ing treatments, you begin to realize the many changes that are hap­pening in your life. As your health status and treatment plans change, the care you receive will also change. Your healthcare team should help you move between phases by working with you to create a transitional care plan.

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The Dish on Good Nutrition

by Cara Anselmo, MS, RDN, CDN

Maintaining good nutrition during and after cancer treatment is essential for recovery. A healthy diet can help boost energy, manage body weight, reduce infection risk, and decrease treatment side effects. It also can (and should!) be a delicious part of your daily life.

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Keeping Up Appearances

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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