February is National Cancer Prevention Month
If your New Year’s fervor to get healthy is already losing steam, February – National Cancer Prevention Month – is a great time to give yourself a second chance. American Institute for Cancer Research's three Guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you focus on what’s most important.
Ten New Year's Resolutions for Cancer Survivors
by Karen Syrjala, PhD
There are 12 million survivors in the United States, and while it’s good news that their numbers are growing, not all are problem-free. Many have long-term health needs resulting from having cancer and being treated for it. Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for survivors who want to lead healthier lives.
The Benefits of Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment
by Lee W. Jones, PhD
The therapeutic properties of endurance and resistance exercise have been recognized since antiquity. Unfortunately, investigation of the role of exercise following a diagnosis of cancer has received comparably less attention.
Defending Against Infections
by Cheryl Perego, MPH, CIC, and Roy Chemaly, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP
Did you know that your immune system, the body’s number one defense against infections, is often affected when you have cancer? When you are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, your immune system may not be able to put up a good fight against the germs that cause infections.
Get Your Exercise Program on Track
by Howard Stidwill, PhD
Exercise has long been seen as instrumental in the recovery of cardiac patients, and it is increasingly playing an important role for people undergoing cancer treatment. But before we delve in, we should first look at what is meant by exercise and outline the various forms it can take.
Finding a Good Life After Cancer
by Roger Granet, MD
You are in remission, perhaps even cured – congratulations! Your cancer treatment has been a success. Yes, it was emotionally and physically depleting, but now it’s all over, and you can just go ahead and live your life and forget about the past. Wait a minute. It’s not quite that simple.
Protect Yourself From Infection
by Kimberly M. Hinckley, RN, BSN, CIC; Gale M. Liddell, BS, MT, CIC;
and Brahm H. Segal, MD
Infections are illnesses caused by microorganisms (germs) such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. People with cancer may be at increased risk for infections for a number of reasons. The cancer itself may compromise the immune system, which is what protects the body from infection.
by Julie Goodale
Lately, we hear more and more about how we should be active and keep moving throughout cancer treatments. Exercise may help us feel better and reduce fatigue, boost our immune system, and reduce our risk of recurrence for some cancers. Figuring out how to begin and what’s an appropriate level of exercise can be difficult.