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.
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.
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.
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.
Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle after Cancer
by Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
I have been an oncology nurse for over 30 years but only joined the “club no one wants to be a member of” in 2007. So I have a view from both sides of being care provider and recipient. Much of my career has focused on people newly diagnosed with cancer who are facing treatment. I soon began to realize that was just the beginning of life as a cancer survivor.
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?
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.
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.