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How Practicing Yoga Helped Me
Recover from Cancer

by Claire Petretti Marti

When I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on January 12, 2010, my life changed forever. At the time, I’d been practicing yoga for fifteen years and teaching for four. As a yoga instructor, I already understood the incredible ben­efits of yoga for the body, mind, and spirit. But navigating through cancer treatment showed me just how much yoga could help me stay resilient.

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Just Move

by Samman Shahpar, MD

As a medical doctor specializ­ing in cancer rehabilitation, I often find myself echoing a common refrain to those around me: just move. Inactivity has both a direct and an indirect effect on our health and func­tion. Historically, we, as a society and as medical professionals, have often underestimated the effects of inactivity. Over the past several years, a shift in thinking has begun.

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Keeping Up Appearances

by Terri Tate, RN, MS

Where I come from, looking good was all that mattered. In Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in the 1950s, what you wore to church on Sunday was more important than how you behaved during the week. My mother never tired of telling me that girls like me needed to “do the most with what they had.” Looking back, I can see that I was a pretty child, but at the time I couldn’t see beyond my freckles and slight chubbiness.

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Tackling Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Yesne Alici, MD

Fatigue is one of the most prevalent and troubling side effects cancer survivors face, both during treatment and after treatment ends. Cancer-related fatigue is a dis­tressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, or cognitive tiredness that is caused by cancer or its treatment. This type of fatigue can significantly diminish a cancer survivor’s quality of life.

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4 Things Every Survivor Should Know about Cancer Rehabilitation

by Julie Silver, MD

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, there’s a good chance – scien­tifically speaking – that rehabilitation can help improve your daily function and reduce treatment-related side effects. There’s also a good chance that no one has fully explained these benefits to you.

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Collateral Damage

Dry, itchy skin. Yellow, cracked nails. Cancer treatment can do a number on your skin and nails. Take these steps to minimize the damage.

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Sexuality and the Woman with Cancer

by Lisania Milli, WHNP-BC, and Jeanne Carter, PhD

Female sexuality is complex and multifaceted. In the past, re­searchers have described the sexual response cycle using a linear model consisting of five phases, each one leading into the next. We now realize that for many people, especially women, sexual response is not linear, but is instead circuitous, with three interactive phases.

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Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep
for Cancer Survivors

by Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS

Sleep is a basic physiologic need, as important as food and air to our health and wellbeing. However, when you have been diagnosed with cancer, sleeping well can become more difficult. According to the National Cancer Institute, over half of all people diagnosed with cancer complain of difficulty sleeping at some point during or after treatment.

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