Quitting Smoking after Cancer
by Suhana de Leon-Sanchez, RN, NP-BC, CTTS, and Jamie Ostroff, PhD
Although most people know that smoking is the most preventable cause of illness in the United States, there is considerably less awareness about the risks of continued smoking and the benefits of quitting for those diagnosed with cancer. Many smokers assume that quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis won’t really make a difference. “Why bother? I already have cancer,” they say. “After all, the damage is done, right?” Wrong.
Occupational Therapy Helps Cancer Survivors Live Life to Its Fullest
by Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors living in the United States will grow to more than 18 million by 2022. While the good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, many of these survivors will face ongoing challenges due to the harsh toll these life-saving treatments can take on the body.
What Can Cancer Rehabilitation Do for Me?
by Leslie J. Waltke, PT, DPT
As if hearing the words “you have cancer” isn’t difficult enough, it can be even more distressing to discover that the very treatments used to save your life may cause you pain, fatigue and weakness, sapping you of the energy needed to enjoy the very life you are fighting to save. But there is promising news – cancer rehabilitation can help.
HELP! My Skin’s Not the Same after Treatment
by Carol R. Drucker, MD
“My skin just hasn’t been the same since chemotherapy.” I hear this comment frequently from cancer survivors, who often follow the statement with a list of the changes they’ve observed: drier, more sensitive skin; brittle nails; hair alterations; skin discoloration; and more. Survivor skin can be different from pretreatment skin in many ways. Some skin changes will resolve with time; others may not.
RX for a Good Night’s Sleep
by Jeanne Erickson, PhD
Imagine waking from a restful night of sleep feeling refreshed, reju- venated, and ready to start the day. If you’ve spent countless restless nights tossing and turning, this may seem like an unattainable luxury. But it doesn’t have to be.
Fight Fatigue. Feel Better.
by Arash Asher, MD
Fatigue is the most common and often the most distressing side effect of cancer treatment. For some survivors, the issue can persist for months after treatment ends. With cancer-related fatigue the exhaustion you feel seems to be out of proportion to your level of activity. Washing a couple loads of laundry or running a few errands could be all it takes to trigger cancer-related fatigue.
Coping with Cancer and the Holidays
by Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
For many, the holiday season is a joyous time of reconnecting with family and friends, overindulging in seasonal treats, and observing long-standing traditions (or creating new ones). However, along with good tidings and cheer, the holidays also bring steep expectations, obligations, and stress. When cancer is thrown into the mix, the season becomes all the more difficult.
One Foot in Front of the Other
by Linda T. Gottlieb, MA, CPT, CET
You probably already know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy and can even help prevent disease. But what if you have cancer? What can exercise do for you?