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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.

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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.

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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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