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You Can Move Past Mood and Anxiety Disorders

by Isabel Schuermeyer, MD

The first step to overcoming mood and anxiety disorders after a cancer diagnosis is to recognize them. Mood and anxiety disorders are very common among people with cancer, even for those who never experienced these types of issues prior to their cancer diagnosis. Many factors can play into the devel­opment of these disorders, including the stress of the illness, the cancer it­self, and its treatment. Those without strong social support systems are at higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders.

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A Special Message of Encouragement for Men

by Chris Frey, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

As I move through the world of aftercare, cancer prevention, and cancer research, I am amazed and impressed by the organized presence of breast cancer survivors. I have asked myself how this particular group of fellow travelers has created such a powerful voice amongst the multitude of survivors.

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Hitting a New Note in Cancer Care Support

by Leanne Flask

Well before Larry Carter received his lung cancer diagnosis, he had already witnessed the role therapeutic music can play in healing the body, mind, and spirit. Larry, activ­ity director for the Victoria Nursing & Rehab Center in Victoria, TX, with 86 people in his care, was an early adopter of therapeutic music delivered through web-enabled devices. He’s seen people connect and light up with old memories, relax and be comforted by the music, and even be inspired to get up and start dancing around the room.

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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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How to Find Joy in Your Life

by Patrick R. Harrison, MA, Jennifer L. Smith, MA, and Fred B. Bryant, PhD

From making sense of com­plex medical information and navigating the dizzying array of treatment options to managing stress and strug­gling with worry, the host of challenges brought on by cancer is enough to tax even the most resilient person. Clearly, there’s much to be gained from finding useful ways to handle the adver­sity that a cancer diagnosis often brings.

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Art Therapy

by Caroline Peterson, ATR-BC, LPC

For those who have lived it, no words can fully convey what it feels like to receive the diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness. That is why many people diagnosed with cancer have turned to art therapy to explore their experience beyond the realm of words. This process often leads to a greater clarity about their own feel­ings. And understanding your emotions is essential for living well.

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Don’t Dismiss Your Distress

by Michelle Riba, MD, MS

For all the physical side effects that cancer can impose on the body, its psychological toll is often just as distressing. Though it’s not as frequently and openly discussed. Potential triggers for depression and anxiety lurk through­out the cancer journey, from the stress surrounding diagnosis to the physical and mental demands of treatment to the persistent uncertainties that accompany the possibility of recurrence.

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Money for the Toll Road

by Karen Mechanic, MD

No one wants to be afraid. But fear is a natural response to an unexpected situation. Fear prepares you to face what’s in front of you. It’s normal to be afraid when you’re told you have cancer, while you’re going through treatment, or even after some time has passed and you’re in remission.

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