February 5, 2015

Tips for Sharing the News with Kids

Breaking the news about a cancer diagnosis is difficult no matter the circumstances. Parents with children still at home may find it difficult to explain what their diagnosis means to their children. Lindsay Rehm, RN, BSN, OCN, Education Specialist at CTCA in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shares some helpful tips for speaking with kids about cancer: Make […]

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February 5, 2015

Goal Setting 101

According to Steve White, mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Goodyear, Arizona, to be the most effective and to give cancer patients a feeling of success, goals should be reasonable and attainable. Set your sights on a goal that you are confident you will be able to reach. These types of goals […]

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January 12, 2015

6 Tips for Men Taking on a New Role of Caregiver

News of a cancer diagnosis is never easy to process. For many men, hearing that a spouse or a partner has been diagnosed can result in emotions ranging from anger and sadness to fear and guilt. Throughout the treatment and recovery process that follows, the emotional roller coaster will likely continue. It’s a completely natural […]

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January 9, 2015

What to Say and Do When a Friend has Cancer

When a friend is facing cancer, it can be difficult to know what to say. As a result, we often choose to say  nothing—or, worse, the wrong thing. If a friend is battling cancer, take a deep breath and think before you speak. Here are some general guidelines: Don’t: Don’t use well-meaning but trite phrases […]

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December 26, 2014

Coping Strategies for Couples

A cancer diagnosis can be a staggering blow to even the strongest couples. If you are coping with cancer, either as a patient or a caregiver, here are seven tips for navigating the journey together: Seek support. Find someone to talk to individually and together. This could be a friend, family member, spiritual adviser, or […]

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December 11, 2014

Weathering a Winter Storm of Holiday Stress

It is no secret that the holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone.  On one hand it is about celebrations, spirituality and enjoying time with friends, family and loved ones. On the other hand, it is the time of year that tends to create the most demands around special events, gift-giving, travel and […]

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November 3, 2014

Creative Play: Helping Children Cope with Cancer

When Jenni Rogers walks into a room of children and teenagers whose family members are managing cancer, the certified child life specialist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Goodyear, Arizona, knows she has to break the ice quickly and efficiently. “Kids can be fearful in any new environment,” Rogers says. “It can be […]

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October 29, 2014

Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers

Facing a cancer diagnosis is stressful. But it’s not just the patients that face stress. Caregivers also need help managing stress. Often feeling helpless and frightened because they don’t know what’s going to happen to their loved one, many feel guilty if they focus on themselves, observes Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW, National Director […]

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October 20, 2014

Is Stress Stressing You Out?

Career, family, finances, pets, housework, cooking, community involvement— it’s no wonder the modern woman is stressed out! Stress can be caused by physical, mental and emotional triggers and is a normal process essential to life. But chronic stress can weaken the immune system, and when the body’s defense system against diseases becomes compromised, the body […]

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October 6, 2014

Is Junk Food Causing You to be in a Funk?

On the heels of research showing junk food really is addictive comes increasing suggestion that such foods may also lead to a cascade of reactions in your brain that trigger depression. The link is not yet proven, and there are certainly many underlying causes of depression, however what you eat has been clearly shown to […]

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