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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.

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Exercise for Cancer Survivors

by Ting-Ting Kuo, PT, DPT, MS, CLT

Exercise has been shown to reduce, and in some instances eliminate, commonly experienced treatment side effects while also increasing strength, coordination, posture, and immune function and building and maintaining bone, muscle, and joint health.

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What You Can Do to Care for Your Skin, Hair, and Nails

by Marieo E. Lacouture, MD

Knowing how to care for your skin, hair, and nails during treatment is important. Don't hesitate to verbalize concers to your doctor about your skin, hair and nails.

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A New Face for Cancer Survivors

by Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Of all challenges faced by cancer survivors, none are more apparent than those affecting the skin, hair, and nails. During and after therapy, people with cancer frequently develop hair loss, dry, irritated skin, and loose, tender nails.

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Body Image Issues? You're Not Alone

by Elizabeth Nikol, MSW, LCSW

Being diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 was extremely difficult. As I struggled with my own body image issues, I became passionate about trying to help others through the same issues after a cancer diagnosis. As a cognitive therapist, I believe that we can evaluate our thinking (including our thoughts about ourselves) and then choose a different response than we have previously.

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Reduce Your Risk of Infection

by Jeremy Young, MD, MPH

Many people with cancer have an increased risk of infection. The good news is that, due to education, infection control efforts, and advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic options, the risk of infection has decreased significantly over the past few decades.

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Rx for a Better Night’s Rest

by Edward Stepanski, PhD

Difficulty sleeping, or insomnia, is a frequent problem for people being treated for cancer. People experience insomnia in many different ways: trouble falling asleep at the beginning of the night, waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to return to sleep, or having many brief awakenings throughout the night, leading to unrefreshing sleep.

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In Your Skin

by Sherri Magee, PhD, and Kathy Scalzo, MSOD

Many of us talk about our bodies as if we don?t fully inhabit them. Because of our busy lives, we often live a short distance from our bodies, not always acknowledging the sensations and changes we experience day to day. Many survivors experience a definite dissociation from their physical bodies after cancer. Your task now is to rediscover your body and to learn to live with it and care for it again. Reclaiming your body and adapting to your new physical self are essential to the recovery process.

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