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Prepare, Prevent & Protect

People with cancer who are treated with chemo­therapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities or from healthcare settings. One out of every ten people with cancer who re­ceives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.

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Reiki for Cancer Survivors

by Sharon Edelman, RMT

The practice of Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is fundamentally simple in its application. Whether in self-practice or an offering to another, the receiver is fully clothed and made as comfortable as possible in a chair or on a massage table, bed, or sofa – practically anywhere. Lights may be lowered, music may be playing, and the session proceeds with the practitioner placing his or her hands lightly on or slightly above appropriate areas of the receiver’s body for various lengths of time.

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Keep Your Body Moving through Cancer

by Tara A. Albrecht, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN

Regular physical activity is routinely recommended – if not prescribed – as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as to prevent and manage such chronic diseases as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and cancer. Not only has regular physical activity been found to help prevent and manage disease, it is also known to improve mood, increase energy, and promote more restful sleep. Thus, incorporating regular physical activity into daily life provides many potential benefits.

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Steps to Help You Stop Smoking for Good

by Thomas H. Brandon, PhD, and Vani Nath Simmons, PhD

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, some people feel that there is no longer any point to quitting smoking, that it is now too late. However, it is never too late to quit smoking. Indeed, quitting smoking can be especially important for cancer survivors.

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Caring for Your Mind and Body through Cancer

by Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, and Diana Sadtler, BS, CPT-NASM, CES

People making the journey through cancer treatment find that life changes in many ways. The road to recovery is different for everyone, but taking care of your mind and body is critical.

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Neutropenia and Risk for Infection

Neutropenia, pronounced nootroh-PEE-nee-uh, is a decrease in the number of white blood cells. These cells are the body’s main defense against infection. Neutropenia is common after receiving chemotherapy and increases your risk for infections.

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Healthy for the Holidays

by Karen Syrjala, PhD

Surviving the holidays with one’s waistline, bank account, and sanity intact can be challenging for everyone, but the season affords specific issues for cancer survivors who are mindful of staying healthy throughout the season and beyond. Here are some tips to help survivors have a healthier holiday season and less stressful new year.

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Exercise Can Help Cancer Survivors, Though Many Are Reluctant to Do It

Numerous studies have shown the powerful effect that exercise can have on cancer care and recovery. For people who have gone through breast or colon cancer treatment, regular exercise has been found to reduce recurrence of the disease by up to 50 percent. But many cancer survivors are reluctant to exercise, and few discuss it with their oncologists.

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