Survivorship

March 13, 2017

Finding Relief from Chemotherapy-Related Nerve Damage

Chemotherapy is known for causing a number of side effects that may affect patients’ quality of life. Many of them, like fatigue, nausea and hair loss, are often temporary. Peripheral neuropathy is different. Characterized by nerve damage that may impair patients’ ability to walk, maintain balance, hold objects and perform other key functions, it has […]

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February 13, 2017

Overcoming Survivor Guilt

It isn’t widely associated with cancer and yet it affects many: survivor guilt, that sense of self-blame, responsibility and sadness that often affects those who survived a trauma when others did not. Common to those who lived through accidents, natural disasters and wars, survivor guilt typically involves conflicting feelings—happiness to be alive, and grief and […]

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February 13, 2017

8 Healthy Habits for Better Sleep

In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This was defined as sleeping less than seven hours per night, which is associated with numerous health risks. Enough Sleep is Essential When you don’t get enough sleep, Abdul Hamid Alraiyes, MD, […]

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October 7, 2016

YOGA for Warriors

As Ingrid Yang was beginning a new type of yoga teacher training in 2005, her aunt was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Dr. Yang offered to stay with her and forgo the training, but her aunt insisted she continue. “She said, ‘Please go, you need to teach me how to breathe. It’s so hard for me […]

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August 4, 2016

Fighting Fluid

Lymphedema is a disorder marked by swelling when fluid accumulates underneath the skin. This condition occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or experience trauma, which prevents the lymphatic system from functioning properly. The result is blockages that impair fluid circulation and drainage.1 Predicting who will and won’t develop the disorder can be tricky. Cancer that […]

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July 13, 2016

Cancer Survivors: 4 Lifestyle Factors to Improve Your Health

There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, and the number is estimated to reach more than 20 million in the next decade. Many are long-term survivors who were initially diagnosed more than five years ago. These statistics show an encouraging trend, but with increased survival comes a new set of […]

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May 23, 2016

Tools for Transformation

Coming to terms with the physical changes cancer can bring might be a challenge, but for many patients, the experience presents an opportunity for personal growth and positive transformation. According to Rachana Vettickal, MS, LSW, mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois, the following tips can help patients navigate this process: […]

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May 23, 2016

Thirst for Energy

You’re exhausted but the day’s just begun. What’s your first impulse? Time out. Before you reach for that cup of coffee or an energy drink, consider your options. For refreshing caffeine-free beverage recipes approved by CTCA dietitians, click here. Fatigue can be a common side effect of cancer treatment and, depending on the individual patient, […]

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May 3, 2016

Bone Complications and Cancer: What You Should Know

Cancer is typically named for the primary site where it started in your body, such as breast or prostate cancer. It’s possible for cancer cells to break away from the primary tumor and travel to other areas of your body via your bloodstream or lymph vessels in a process known as metastasis. While it’s possible […]

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February 11, 2016

Why Writing is Good for Your Health (15 Minutes a Month Makes a Difference!)

Have you ever found that ‘pouring your heart out’ on paper leaves you feeling somehow refreshed? Or do you like to jot down your daily thoughts in a journal, scribble down a poem now and then, or write about your past experiences in memoir form? No matter what form … and whether it’s “good” or […]

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