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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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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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