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What Can I Do to Feel Better?

by Julie Silver, MD

When I was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, I re­member my initial shock. I also recall that I had to wait to start treatment. I had medical appointments during that period, but I also had plenty of time to worry. As a rehabilitation physician, I know there is a better way to use this critical window of time between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment – and it’s called cancer prehabilitation.

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Whatever Moves You

by Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Cancer and its treatment can feel like a physical battle wreaking havoc on your body. Fortunately, regular exercise can help to prevent or reverse some of the negative side effects you may be experiencing. While the benefits of exercise may vary depending on each person’s cancer type and treatment regimen, there are some general guidelines most all cancer survivors can follow to start seeing ben­efits.

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Unlock the Healing Power of Movement

by Julie Dial, MA, CES

After a cancer diagnosis, it’s normal to feel as if you’ve been released into a “black hole” of fear and confusion. You may have questions about your well-being and your future, as well as how you can regain control of your life. One place to start is with physical activity. Maintaining an active lifestyle, in combination with getting proper nutri­tion and addressing your psychosocial needs, is important for easing the transition into your “new normal” way of life.

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Body Image and Cancer

by Carrie Panzer, LCSW

The way you view your body plays an important role in your overall sense of self. A cancer diagnosis can in­stantly change your relationship with your body. Many survivors feel disap­pointed or embarrassed by their bodies following diagnosis. These feelings are normal. And support is available to ad­dress your body image concerns both during and after treatment.

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Is Cancer Keeping You Awake?

by Kim Day, LISW-S, OWS-C, ACHP-SW

Sleep disturbances can occur dur­ing all phases of cancer, with both physical and psychological fac­tors contributing to the problem. But before you despair and feel doomed to nights of tossing and turning, know that once the triggers for wakefulness are addressed, a host of strategies can help you get a good night’s sleep again.

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Set the Stage for a Smoke-Free Life

by Amanda Palmer, BA, and Benjamin Toll, PhD

Many people with cancer who smoke feel it is too late to quit smoking. The truth is it’s never too late to quit. And quitting smoking may actually improve the effectiveness of your treatments while helping you live a healthier life.

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3 Steps toward Survivorship

Incorporating just three easy steps into a daily routine can increase a person with cancer’s chance at sur­vival, according to a physician who specializes in cancer survivorship.

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Get Moving!

by Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN

The new paradigm for cancer survi­vors highlights the importance of staying active to help reduce cancer-related fatigue, pain, and other side effects of cancer treatments. This new model also promotes healthy survivorship and improved quality of life. While, histori­cally, people with cancer were told to rest and avoid exercise, mounting re­search now demonstrates the benefits of maintaining or adopting a physically active lifestyle during treatment.

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