What Can I Do to Feel Better?
by Julie Silver, MD
When I was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, I remember my initial shock. I also recall that I had to wait to start treatment. I had medical appointments during that period, but I also had plenty of time to worry. As a rehabilitation physician, I know there is a better way to use this critical window of time between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment – and it’s called cancer prehabilitation.
Unlock the Healing Power of Movement
by Julie Dial, MA, CES
After a cancer diagnosis, it’s normal to feel as if you’ve been released into a “black hole” of fear and confusion. You may have questions about your well-being and your future, as well as how you can regain control of your life. One place to start is with physical activity. Maintaining an active lifestyle, in combination with getting proper nutrition and addressing your psychosocial needs, is important for easing the transition into your “new normal” way of life.
Body Image and Cancer
by Carrie Panzer, LCSW
The way you view your body plays an important role in your overall sense of self. A cancer diagnosis can instantly change your relationship with your body. Many survivors feel disappointed or embarrassed by their bodies following diagnosis. These feelings are normal. And support is available to address your body image concerns both during and after treatment.
Is Cancer Keeping You Awake?
by Kim Day, LISW-S, OWS-C, ACHP-SW
Sleep disturbances can occur during all phases of cancer, with both physical and psychological factors contributing to the problem. But before you despair and feel doomed to nights of tossing and turning, know that once the triggers for wakefulness are addressed, a host of strategies can help you get a good night’s sleep again.
Set the Stage for a Smoke-Free Life
by Amanda Palmer, BA, and Benjamin Toll, PhD
Many people with cancer who smoke feel it is too late to quit smoking. The truth is it’s never too late to quit. And quitting smoking may actually improve the effectiveness of your treatments while helping you live a healthier life.
3 Steps toward Survivorship
Incorporating just three easy steps into a daily routine can increase a person with cancer’s chance at survival, according to a physician who specializes in cancer survivorship.
by Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN
The new paradigm for cancer survivors highlights the importance of staying active to help reduce cancer-related fatigue, pain, and other side effects of cancer treatments. This new model also promotes healthy survivorship and improved quality of life. While, historically, people with cancer were told to rest and avoid exercise, mounting research now demonstrates the benefits of maintaining or adopting a physically active lifestyle during treatment.
Yoga Therapy for Cancer Survivors
by Michelle Stortz
Yoga has been a rich healing art in India for centuries. More recently, yoga has become the subject of increasing attention from the American medical community, as clinical research studies evaluate and confirm its many benefits. For cancer survivors, yoga can be especially helpful in managing the side effects of treatment, as well as some of the more difficult emotional aspects of cancer.