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.
Put Your Best Face Forward
by Hans Kalset
As a cosmetologist and hair stylist, I work with wonderful clients every day. While I love the relationships I’ve built with my clients in my job “behind the chair,” my most fulfilling work is as a volunteer with Look Good…Feel Better. This organization provides women with free sessions to teach them hair and makeup techniques to cope with the changes they experience to their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment.
Look Good...Feel Better
For Nancy Lumb, one of the hardest parts of having cancer was dealing with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. For help, Nancy turned to Look Good…Feel Better, an organization founded in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that helps women, men, and teens manage appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Coping with Fatigue
by Lillian Nail, PhD, RN
Fatigue is now recognized as one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. Prior to the 1990s, fatigue was not viewed as a side effect of treatment. But the results of studies on the experience of receiving cancer treatment, characterized the pattern of fatigue during and following treatment, and indicated that some people had fatigue that persisted months to years beyond the end of treatment.