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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Yesne Alici, MD

Cancer-related fatigue is a distress­ing, persistent, and subjective sense of physical or emotional tiredness that is caused by cancer or its treatment and that interferes with day-to-day functioning. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent and troubling side effects cancer survivors experience both during treatment and after treatment ends. It can significantly diminish a survivor’s quality of life.

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