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The Benefits of Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors

by Jacqui Errico and Debbie Hughes

In June 2010, the American College of Sports Medicine changed its guidelines for people with cancer from recommending that bed rest is best to encouraging survivors to “avoid inactivity.” ACSM’s updated recommendation on exercise and physical activity for cancer survivors advise 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and at least two days per week of moderate-intensity muscle strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups.

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Fighting Fatigue

by Ellen Manzullo, MD, FACP

Fatigue is the most common and often most distressing symptom cancer survivors face. Cancerrelated fatigue is different from the fatigue we all experience in daily living. Cancer-related fatigue is usually more severe, lasts longer, and can have a significant impact on your daily living. Even simple activities, such as eating, bathing, and grocery shopping, may be hard to do when you are fatigued. In addition, normal rest might not help you feel more energetic. Some people may experience cancer-related fatigue even years after completing cancer treatment.

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Reduce Your Risk of Infection

by Jeremy Young, MD, MPH

Having cancer can increase your risk of some infections. The good news is, due to education, more aggressive infection control efforts, vaccination, advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic measures, medications to help re-establish the immune system, and the prudent use of preventive antibiotics, the risk of infection in people with cancer has decreased significantly over the past few decades. In fact, by following a few simple rules, you have the power to greatly reduce your risk.

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Exercise for Cancer Survivors

by Claudio Battaglini, PhD, and Denise Spector, PhD, RN

It has been estimated that the number of cancer survivors in the United States exceeds 13 million and is continually growing thanks to improvements in both early detection and cancer treatments. This is great news! However, cancer survivors often have unique healthcare needs that can significantly affect their quality of life, both physically and emotionally.

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Five Reiki Ideals for Cancer Survivors

by Marsha R. Drozdoff, ACSW, LCSW, CRMT

From the time of diagnosis, you may wonder if life will ever be the same. Stress and worrisome thoughts can feel like an uninvited stranger who demands your attention and respects no boundary when you want to focus on anything but cancer. Reiki can become an invited guest into your life and can help you better manage all stages of treatment, as well as your survivorship transformation.

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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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