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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Feeling Fatigued?

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.

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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.

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Physical Activity and Cancer

by Reid Hayward, PhD

When exercise was first sug­gested as an intervention for cancer survivors, many people, including some in the medical community, thought it wasn’t a viable option. “How can you ask someone with debilitating fatigue and severe treatment-related toxicities to exercise?” they would say.

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