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Tips for Preventing Infections during Chemotherapy

People with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities with their family and friends or from healthcare settings. One out of every 10 people with cancer who receives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

by Carol A. Enderlin, PhD, RN, and Martha Kuhlmann, MSN, FNP, PMHCNS

Sleep is an important way that our bodies restore our energy “charge” to keep us going. Seldom is sleep more important than when facing cancer. But sleep is so finely tuned to how we feel physically and mentally that it may be challenging when we need it the most. Understanding how sleep works can give insight into ways to improve sleep while coping with cancer.

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Tips to Better Cope with Cancer Treatment

by Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN

You may wonder why you would want to be more aware of your body at a time when you’re not feeling well. But tuning in is an entry into accepting your body as it is right now. By tuning in, you may recognize that what you’re feeling may not be significantly different from how you felt hours, days, or even weeks before, so you may be less likely to panic when you feel discomfort.

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Seven Tips to Successfully Quit Smoking in the New Year

This holiday season, countless Americans will make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking in 2012. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person's chance for success. The following are proven tips and resources from the American Lung Association that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good.

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Getting Up From Your Desk Can Put the “Breaks” on Cancer

As many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference. The estimate underscores the critical role that both activity and inactivity play in the development of specific cancers.

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AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer™

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has launched a new web-based tool that details the current state of the research on the food-cancer link, and offers practical strategies for adding cancer-protective foods to the day.

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Don’t Let Fatigue Get You Down

Fatigue is the most common and distressing symptom experienced by people with cancer. It can be part of the disease process or its treatments, and it can persist after treatments are completed. Cancer invades every part of your life. Similarly, fatigue can cast a shadow over everything you do, feel, and even how you think about yourself. Learning about fatigue, its causes, and ways to potentially lessen its effects can improve your overall quality of life.

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Easing the Pain of Cancer

by Carrie Aigner, PhD, and Diane Novy, PhD

Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling sad or anxious you attend more to aches and pains in your body? When pain flares, you are more prone to experience negative emotions, such as fear, frustration, anger, and anxiety. Furthermore, when you are in pain, you may feel less like being active and socializing, making you even more susceptible to negative emotions.

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