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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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Yoga Therapy for Cancer Survivors

by Michelle Stortz

Yoga has been a rich healing art in India for centuries. More recently, yoga has become the subject of increasing attention from the American medical community, as clinical research studies evaluate and confirm its many benefits. For cancer survivors, yoga can be especially help­ful in managing the side effects of treatment, as well as some of the more difficult emotional aspects of cancer.

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Get Active after Cancer

by Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH

Now that you’ve completed your cancer treatment, you may be wondering what you can do to stay healthy. For most cancer survivors, one answer to that question is exercise. Exercise can provide sig­nificant benefits to cancer survivors, including increased energy levels and improved quality of life. Additionally, studies have shown that breast and colon cancer survivors who are more active have a lower risk of cancer re­currence.

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Tired of Feeling Tired?

by Marie-Hélène Savard, PhD, and Josée Savard, PhD

Sleep disturbances are among the most common side effects reported by cancer survivors, affect­ing between 30 and 60 percent of survivors at some point during or after treatment. Insomnia is characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night or complaints of a light and nonrestorative sleep. In its more severe forms, insomnia occurs several nights a week, causing significant impairment in daily functioning and marked distress.

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Prepare, Prevent & Protect

People with cancer who are treated with chemo­therapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities or from healthcare settings. One out of every ten people with cancer who re­ceives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.

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