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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Get Moving!

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.

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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.

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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.

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