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Cancer and Your Career

Whether or not you’ve taken time off from work, you’ll want things to quickly return to normal once your treatments are finished. Your bosses and coworkers will expect the same from you, as well. But cancer has a profound, life-altering effect on many people, which can create a “new normal.” As you get acquainted with your “new normal” on the job, consider the following suggestions.

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Walking the Fine Line Between Staying Informed and Becoming Obsessed

by Alesia Shute

Despite the bad news we hear and see everyday, we continue to stay glued to FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN, listening to the same reports delivered differently – over and over again. With state-of-the-art technology bombarding us every minute, it’s easy to become obsessed with the news – whether it’s good for you or not.

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Few Women Seek Help for Sexual Issues After Cancer Treatment

Many women who survive breast and gynecologic cancers want medical help for their sexual issues, but most do not get it. A survey of hundreds of cancer survivors confirms that more than forty percent want medical attention for their sexual health needs.

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Returning to Work After Cancer

by Carolyn Messner, DSW, MSW, BCD, LCSW-R, and Jessica Puma

This past decade has witnessed dramatic breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of cancer. Innovative methods of managing side effects of cancer treatments have made it possible for more individuals with cancer to work while receiving cancer treatment.

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Making the Most of the Holiday Season

by Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW

It’s the holidays – “the most wonderful time of the year!” While this season is a time for us to celebrate life and our many blessings, stress can exist. I am a firm believer in living each day to the fullest and making each moment count, but how can we make the most of each day, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Here are some tips that have worked for me.

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Clearing Way for a Better Life

by Marguerite Barone

It seems like wherever we turn, someone is trying to get us organized. Almost every magazine we see in the supermarket line features an article on getting organized. Some teach us how to make the most of the space in our closets or kitchen cabinets while others reveal the secrets of making better use of our time. Then there are the television programs that actually show us how to organize a den, a child’s bedroom, or a garage. While you probably shouldn’t take on a big organizing project during cancer treatment and recovery, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the clutter in your life.

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Information Overload

by Abigail Jones, MLIS, MA

The flood of information that comes with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Let’s look at some ways to sort through that information without letting it become an all-consuming task.

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Recognizing and Celebrating Milestones

Many people mark milestones in their cancer treatment plan and survivorship in a variety of ways. For many people, the one-year and five-year cancer-free milestones are very meaningful. Other milestones and anniversary dates can be marked as well, such as the end of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the date of your cancer diagnosis, the anniversary of surgery to treat your cancer, or after each follow-up visit.

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