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Diet, Exercise, & Weight Control Improve Odds after Cancer Diagnosis

New guidelines from the American Cancer Society say for many cancers, maintaining a healthy weight, getting adequate physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the chance of recurrence and increase the likelihood of disease-free survival after a diagnosis.

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Exercise – Getting Started is Easier Than You Think!

by Nancy Campbell, MS

When the American College of Sports Medicine published exercise guidelines for can­cer survivors in 2010, the take-home message was clear: exercise offers ben­efits for those with cancer – even those undergoing difficult treatments. In fact, exercise is one of the most important activities you can pursue to give your­self an extra boost during and after cancer treatment.

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Break Free from Tobacco Use

by Maher Karam-Hage, MD, and Paul Cinciripini, PhD

People recently diagnosed with cancer are trying to adjust to their new reality. They are either working to understand their illness or coping with their treatment and the unwanted side effects of surgery, chemo­therapy, or radiation. Moreover, the daily stressors of life are magnified by loss of income due to inability to work, disruption of family relationships, changes in daily routines, and added strain to ex­isting interpersonal conflicts.

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Women, Cancer, & Sexuality

by Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz

After cancer, women often feel they have lost a significant part of themselves and their sexuality. Mourning is natural. Women need to learn ways to cope with this loss. But when mourning locks you in, when you let it act as a kind of emotional quicksand, it compounds the tragedy of loss. Many women feel that their cancer has not just changed their sense of self, but has damaged it.

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Yoga May Help with Fatigue-related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors

A common side effect of cancer treatment is fatigue: approximately one-third of cancer patients experience persistent fatigue. According to a new research study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, yoga may help breast cancer survivors deal with fatigue.

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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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