October 30, 2019

Three Lessons on Fighting Cancer from United States Marine Corps Veterans

When entering any branch of the military, most service members are not especially thinking about what they will personally get out of their time in service. They go into the military to use their talent and strength to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Americans. What they don’t realize is that through their service, […]

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January 29, 2019

Dating After Cancer

Briana R. never expected to find herself back in the dating pool in her early thirties, let alone back in the dating pool after fighting breast cancer and going through an unexpected divorce. Yet that’s exactly where the 34-year-old Texas resident, nurse and single mom found herself in 2018. Facing the Unexpected Two years ago, […]

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January 28, 2019

See it, Believe it, Achieve it

Goal-setting has many benefits, providing focus and motivation for achieving success. Sometimes distractions can get in your way, making it hard to remember and stay focused on your goals. This is especially when life takes unexpected turns, like after receiving a cancer diagnosis. For Bridget J., surgery scheduling logistics coordinator at Cancer Treatment Centers of […]

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October 12, 2018

How to Stay Mentally and Emotionally Resilient

Mental health goes hand-in-hand with physical health, and maintaining optimism, hope and psychological resilience during cancer treatment and after can improve your quality of life and your physical health outcomes. Both cancer patients and their caregivers face considerable emotional stress and strain, which is why David Wakefield, PhD, a licensed psychologist and mind-body therapist at […]

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March 13, 2018

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority for Cancer Patients

Most people experience poor sleep from time to time. Maybe you went to bed too late, were too excited or stressed to fall asleep, took medication that kept you alert or had an alcoholic beverage before bed that interfered with your ability to fall asleep. There are many reasons that you might have a bad […]

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February 12, 2018

Banding Together through Cancer with Music Therapy

Patients don’t need to know how to play an instrument to participate in the Music Therapy program currently offered at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They don’t even need to be musically inclined, according to Dr. David Wakefield, PhD, mind-body therapist at Southwestern. “Some patients […]

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January 10, 2018

Why You Need to Be Kinder to Yourself and How to Do It

The party’s over, the guests have gone home, and the decorations are back in storage. The new year has arrived, and for many of us, 2018 offers a new chance to make good on that perennial list of resolutions that fell by the wayside last year. If you’re resolving to lose weight, exercise more, save […]

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January 10, 2018

What to Know Before Visiting the Salon

A visit to the salon can brighten anyone’s day, but for cancer patients, salon services can do far more. From boosting self-esteem to empowering patients with a more positive outlook, a trip to the salon offers benefits that are more than skin deep. In fact, in a survey of U.S. women, 97 percent of those […]

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December 10, 2017

3 Tips for Dealing with Information Overload

A cancer diagnosis often comes with an overwhelming amount of information for patients to sift through and remember. Between appointments, meeting with various doctors and clinicians, and digesting treatment and nutrition information, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. There’s so much to focus on at a time when you’re dealing with […]

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October 9, 2017

5 Tips to Improve Self-Image

Cancer treatments can do a number on more than the disease. Many times, they also take a toll on patients physically and emotionally, causing pain, hair loss, lethargy, anxiety and other side effects that impact patients’ quality of life. Chemotherapy, for example, targets cells that grow quickly, including healthy cells in the skin, hair and nails. […]

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