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.
Healing Through Yoga
by Yoga Bear staff
Yoga Bear believes cancer survivors can benefit from yoga as a complementary aid in recovery from the harsh effects of cancer treatment. Studies have shown the positive physical and emotional effects yoga can bring to cancer survivors, including managing symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and fatigue. Yoga can help people with cancer as they transition from cancer patient to survivor and beyond.
When Cancer Won’t Let You Sleep
by Lianqi Liu, MD, and Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
Are you having trouble sleeping after being diagnosed with cancer? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Studies show that up to 75 percent of people with cancer experience sleep disturbances – twice as many as in the general population. But the good news is that treatments are available for your sleep problems.
Loving Our Bald Selves
by Susan Beausang
If we can face life’s challenges feeling good about ourselves, we can often meet those challenges with more clarity, more determination, and more understanding. At no time is such love of self more important than when fighting cancer. Yet many women find their love of self becomes compromised by the emotions stirred when they find a bald, “sick-looking” person staring back at them in the mirror.