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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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Is Yoga for You?

by Susan A DiStasio, MS, ANP, APRN, RYT

Research shows that yoga provides benefits in managing symptoms including depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and fatigue related to cancer. In order to experience these benefits, it's important to understand the different types and levels, teacher training, and safety concerns involved before you attend your first class. You should also talk with your healthcare practitioner before participating in a yoga class.

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Cancer Fatigue and the Exercise Connection

by Antoinette P. Sander, DPT, MS, CLT-LANA

There is strong evidence that physical exercise can break the deconditioning cycle and reduce the symptoms of cancer-related fatigue. Physical exercise has been recommended during and following cancer treatment to decrease the loss in physical performance and increase functional capacity. In fact, when basic activities of daily living are difficult to perform, simply doing them can be exercise.

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