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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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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.

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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.

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