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Does Exercise Really Help?

by Lora Packel, MS, PT, CCS

Coping with the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment is a full-time job. Unfortunately for most people, this new full-time job is layered upon other re­sponsibilities that continue despite cancer treatments. Competing tasks, such as childcare, employment, and attending to one’s marriage, leave little time to take care of your own needs.

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Feeling Fatigued?

Fatigue is a common symptom in people with cancer that causes a lack of energy for many usual activities. Most people receiving cancer treatment experience fatigue, and some cancer survivors have fatigue for months and even years after treatment. Cancer-related fatigue differs from other types of fatigue, such as when not getting enough sleep, in that the feeling of exhaustion does not improve with rest.

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April is National Cancer Control Month

Over the past several decades, our Nation has made significant advances in the fight against cancer. Improvements in early detection and treatment of this disease have led to decreases in the rates of new cases and deaths, and many people who are diagnosed with cancer are living longer, with better quality of life. During National Cancer Control Month, we renew our commitment to increasing awareness about cancer and reducing the burden of this devastating illness.

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Dance Your Way to Cancer Prevention

When Karen Franklin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, it was her passion for Zumba® that helped her beat the disease. Franklin’s story reminds us about exercise’s cancer-fighting benefits.

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Patients Receiving Cancer Treatment May Require Additional Treatment by a Dermatologist

A cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, which commonly includes chemotherapy or radiation, can be taxing physically and emotionally on any patient. If that is not enough, dermatologists are cautioning patients receiving cancer treatment and cancer survivors that they may experience a host of skin, hair or nail problems as a direct result of their therapy that may require additional treatment by a dermatologist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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