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.
Get Active after Cancer
by Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH
Now that you’ve completed your cancer treatment, you may be wondering what you can do to stay healthy. For most cancer survivors, one answer to that question is exercise. Exercise can provide significant benefits to cancer survivors, including increased energy levels and improved quality of life. Additionally, studies have shown that breast and colon cancer survivors who are more active have a lower risk of cancer recurrence.
Tired of Feeling Tired?
by Marie-Hélène Savard, PhD, and Josée Savard, PhD
Sleep disturbances are among the most common side effects reported by cancer survivors, affecting between 30 and 60 percent of survivors at some point during or after treatment. Insomnia is characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night or complaints of a light and nonrestorative sleep. In its more severe forms, insomnia occurs several nights a week, causing significant impairment in daily functioning and marked distress.
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.
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.
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.