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How Should I Care for Myself During Radiation Therapy?

Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy during their illness. How should you care for yourself during treatment?

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Getting the Sleep You Need When Cancer Keeps You Awake

by Philip Gehrman, PhD, and Holly Barilla

Many people with cancer have trouble sleeping. Pain, illness, medication, cancer treatments, side effects, and the psychological distress of diagnosis can disrupt sleep in people with cancer. And for many cancer survivors, insomnia continues to be a problem even after active treatment is finished.

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Face the World with Confidence

by Ramy Gafni

Maintaining a positive attitude during cancer treatment is imperative in order to get through treatment as smoothly as possible. Simply taking the action of seeking out a wig (or shaving your head and embracing it!), going for a makeup lesson, or even reading this article is a positive and empowering step. By taking steps to address the physical side effects of treatment, you are taking control in a situation where so much is beyond your control.

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Making the Most of Your Cancer Care

by Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Richard Lee, MD

While going through treatment, people with cancer often ask, “What can I do to help?” The answer is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. We encourage all people with cancer to do all they can to strengthen their body’s natural defenses to improve health, well-being, and clinical outcomes.

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Air Travel During Cancer Treatment

by Donald J. Melancon

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, traveling probably presents a special challenge because your energy levels and immune system are likely diminished by chemotherapy or radiation. The follow­ing ideas may help you limit exposure to infections and save your limited strength during times of travel.

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Does Exercise Really Help?

by Lora Packel, MS, PT, CCS

Coping with the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment is a full-time job. Unfortunately for most people, this new full-time job is layered upon other re­sponsibilities that continue despite cancer treatments. Competing tasks, such as childcare, employment, and attending to one’s marriage, leave little time to take care of your own needs.

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Feeling Fatigued?

Fatigue is a common symptom in people with cancer that causes a lack of energy for many usual activities. Most people receiving cancer treatment experience fatigue, and some cancer survivors have fatigue for months and even years after treatment. Cancer-related fatigue differs from other types of fatigue, such as when not getting enough sleep, in that the feeling of exhaustion does not improve with rest.

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April is National Cancer Control Month

Over the past several decades, our Nation has made significant advances in the fight against cancer. Improvements in early detection and treatment of this disease have led to decreases in the rates of new cases and deaths, and many people who are diagnosed with cancer are living longer, with better quality of life. During National Cancer Control Month, we renew our commitment to increasing awareness about cancer and reducing the burden of this devastating illness.

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