A New Approach to Managing
by Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD
Pain medications have gotten a lot of press over the past couple of years. It seems a new story about the dangers of pain medications is reported almost daily – from concerns about misuse, to overdose, to drug-drug interactions and overall safety. In light of recent news coverage, let’s review the basic principles of managing cancer-related pain as we sort through some of the new information that is out there.
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.
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.
Cheers to the Holidays…
by Kaylene Chadwell
For most, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with cherished traditions and time spent with loved ones. However, when you’re dealing with cancer, the holiday hubbub of decorating, shopping, cooking, planning, and cleaning can become exhausting and stressful. While there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate, here are some tips to help you have a cheerful, stress-free holiday season.
How to Make Exercise a Part of Your Post-Cancer Life
by Nancy Campbell, MS
It has been six years since the American College of Sports Medicine published their recommendations that all cancer survivors should strive to avoid inactivity. Since then, research has continued to show that rates of cancer recurrence are lower in survivors who are physically active on a regular basis. Not only that, but regular exercise has been shown to help ease many of the side effects of cancer treatment.
You Can Quit Smoking … for Good
by Vance Rabius, PhD, Diane Beneventi, PhD, and Paul Cinciripini, PhD
“I know I need to quit smoking, but …”
For many smokers, a cancer diagnosis becomes a catalyst for giving up tobacco. For some, it’s because of pressure from family, friends, or their doctors. However, most people underestimate how difficult it is to quit and falsely attribute their failure to do so to a personal weakness. Hence the “but” in the statement above.
Exercise and Cancer
by Claudio Battaglini, PhD, FACSM, and Erik Hanson, PhD, CSCS
Since the first studies examining the effects of exercise in cancer survivors began to be published in the mid-80s, the interest in this intriguing area of research has grown exponentially. Because exercise is non-invasive, effective, and can be done by cancer survivors in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, the medical community has started to give more attention to the use of exercise as a complementary intervention in cancer rehabilitation.
For Women with Gynecologic Cancer
by Stephanie V. Blank, MD, FACOG
A cancer diagnosis is naturally unsettling, evoking a wide range of emotions. Because talking about gynecologic organs is still practically taboo for so many women, a below-the-belt cancer diagnosis can be even more distressing. Studies consistently demonstrate that many women are reluctant to even ask their doctor questions about gynecologic cancer testing, risk factors, and genetic predisposition, much less discuss potential symptoms.