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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.

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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.

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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.

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Occupational Therapy Helps Cancer Survivors Live Life to Its Fullest

by Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors living in the United States will grow to more than 18 million by 2022. While the good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, many of these survivors will face ongoing challenges due to the harsh toll these life-saving treatments can take on the body.

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What Can Cancer Rehabilitation Do for Me?

by Leslie J. Waltke, PT, DPT

As if hearing the words “you have cancer” isn’t difficult enough, it can be even more distressing to discover that the very treatments used to save your life may cause you pain, fatigue and weak­ness, sapping you of the energy needed to enjoy the very life you are fighting to save. But there is promising news – cancer rehabilitation can help.

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HELP! My Skin’s Not the Same after Treatment

by Carol R. Drucker, MD

“My skin just hasn’t been the same since chemo­therapy.” I hear this comment frequently from cancer survi­vors, who often follow the statement with a list of the changes they’ve ob­served: drier, more sensitive skin; brittle nails; hair alterations; skin discoloration; and more. Survivor skin can be different from pretreatment skin in many ways. Some skin changes will resolve with time; others may not.

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RX for a Good Night’s Sleep

by Jeanne Erickson, PhD

Imagine waking from a restful night of sleep feeling refreshed, reju- venated, and ready to start the day. If you’ve spent countless restless nights tossing and turning, this may seem like an unattainable luxury. But it doesn’t have to be.

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Fight Fatigue. Feel Better.

by Arash Asher, MD

Fatigue is the most common and often the most distressing side effect of cancer treatment. For some survivors, the issue can persist for months after treatment ends. With cancer-related fatigue the exhaustion you feel seems to be out of proportion to your level of activity. Washing a couple loads of laundry or running a few errands could be all it takes to trigger cancer-related fatigue.

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