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  • If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it may seem futile to consider quitting smoking. You may think it’s pointless to quit now, or that quitting smoking during chemotherapy will be too stressful. Maybe you feel that enjoying a cigarette is one of the only joys in your life right now.  But even though things are rough...
  • WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have surgery for bladder cancer fare worse if they smoke, new research shows. "This study is important because while it is known that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of bladder cancer, this is the first study to suggest that smoking puts bladder cancer...
  • MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common among lung cancer patients and can damage their quality of life and treatment outcomes, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that doctors should screen lung cancer patients for depression and refer them for mental health care if necessary, said lead...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 1-minute meditations for living with cancer Practicing mindfulness boosts your body's ability to heal and calms your mind. Try mini-meditations that fit into even the most stressful day. Start your day with gratitude. Picture the faces of 5 people you're grateful for and...
  • Some of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients are memory problems, difficulties with multitasking, and reduced attention and concentration. Historically, cancer patients with these symptoms were often diagnosed with depression. Research over the past decade has revealed that many cancer patients...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 9 ways to clear the fog of cancer treatment Cancer treatment and stress can affect your thinking. Try these tips for refocusing when you're foggy or forgetful. Make lists. Movies to see, to-do lists, people's names: Details can stump you during treatment. Get enough sleep....
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Tips for taming cancer stress Make a list of stressors. Let go of some, find support for others. Put your hand over your heart. Researchers say this simple, soothing action has a calming effect. Listen to music. Your favorite tunes can lower pain levels, especially...
  • In November 2019, the first case of novel coronavirus infection was detected in a country 7000 miles away from the United States. Over the following months, the number of cases and deaths rose dramatically, peaking at ~81,000. Today, four months after the world’s first known COVID-19 infection, the U.S. has surpassed...
  • This article was originally published on March 17, 2020. It was updated on April 4, 2020, to reflect new information about this rapidly evolving situation. As events get rescheduled for the fall, schools remain closed and communities are urged to practice social distancing and abide by stay-at-home orders in light of...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients undergoing major cancer surgery might reduce their risk of postoperative pneumonia by seeing a dentist beforehand, a study from Japan suggests. "Oral care is one option for preventing postoperative pneumonia as postoperative pneumonia can be precipitated by aspiration of oral and pharyngeal...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients with breast cancer who use supplements during chemotherapy may be at an increased risk of recurrence and death, a new study suggests. Use of dietary supplements that boost levels of antioxidants, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower the effectiveness of chemotherapy,...
  • By Diane Galvin, PT “I know I’m supposed to exercise, but I’m just too tired.” This is the comment I hear from so many of my breast cancer patients. I am a physical therapist who sees women after they have had a mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation — or any combination of those treatments. What is the...
  • NEW GUIDELINES SAY EXERCISE MAY HELP CANCER PATIENTS LIVE LONGER, OR HELP YOU AVOID GETTING CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE. Even a little exercise may help people avoid and survive many types of cancer, according to new exercise guidelines released today that focus on how exercise affects cancer outcomes. The guidelines,...
  • (Reuters Health) - Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research. The low-impact exercise improved swelling, physical fitness, disability and quality of life, the study authors conclude in the...
  • MUSIC THERAPISTS CAN MEET THE SPIRITUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND AESTHETIC NEEDS OF THE AFFLICTED BY PRODUCING SOUNDS TESTIFYING TO THE FACT THAT BEAUTY CONTINUES TO EXIST IN THE WORLD. When Emily Caudill learned she had an ovarian germ cell tumor at the age of 25, she did not want to undergo chemotherapy. An accomplished...
  • WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Waging a successful battle against advanced colon cancer should include regular doses of exercise, a new study suggests. It found that physical activity was associated with slower cancer progression and reductions in severe treatment side effects in more than 1,200 patients...
  • Meditation has been shown to have numerous benefits to our mind and body such as stress and anxiety management, emotional wellbeing, improved focus and better sleep. Many successful people cite meditation as a valuable tool. For years I’ve recommended it to my clients, and yet, I struggled to make it part of my own...
  • (Reuters Health) - People with chronic health problems like cancer and heart disease who suffer from depression may find their mood improve when they do aerobic exercise, a research review suggests. Patients with long-term medical issues like diabetes, asthma, cancer and heart disease are two to three times more...
  • A new type of e-cigarette caused just as much harm to lung cells as traditional cigarettes, according to a study. A new e-cig uses solid tobacco.  “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are already incredibly popular in some overseas markets, but they haven’t made inroads into the United States yet. Promoted in a similar...
  • One year ago, I stepped onto a scale only to discover that my weight had creeped up to an all-time high. It was clear that 2018 would have to be my year to get with the program -- a fitness program -- that I could stick with for the rest of my life. It was time to take some serious steps toward wellness. Not only was...