by Ann M. Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN
Does cancer or cancer treatment leave you feeling exhausted? Do you feel physically, emotionally, or mentally tired? Do those feelings reduce your ability to participate in your usual activities? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be experiencing what your healthcare team refers to as cancer-related fatigue.
Easing the Pain of Cancer
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.
RX for a Good Night’s Sleep
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.
Breathing Easier When You Have Lung Cancer
Having the best quality of life possible – both during and after treatment – is a goal for most people living with lung cancer. An important component of that is being able to breathe well.
Tips for Preventing Infection during Chemotherapy
If you are receiving chemotherapy, you may be at risk for getting an infection. This risk is highest when your white blood cell count is at its lowest. Getting an infection can be a life-threatening complication of chemotherapy.
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.
Men & Cancer
How Cancer Treatment Affects Your Fertility
by Mary K. Samplaski, MD, and Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH
When you first hear the words, “You have cancer,” family planning and your future fertility are probably not top of mind. Naturally, you’re likely more focused on things like treatment, survival, and prognosis. However, you may be glad to know that with modern treatment protocols, many cancers have excellent prognoses.
Quitting Smoking after Cancer
by Suhana de Leon-Sanchez, RN, NP-BC, CTTS, and Jamie Ostroff, PhD
Although most people know that smoking is the most preventable cause of illness in the United States, there is considerably less awareness about the risks of continued smoking and the benefits of quitting for those diagnosed with cancer. Many smokers assume that quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis won’t really make a difference. “Why bother? I already have cancer,” they say. “After all, the damage is done, right?” Wrong.