You and Your Health Care Team: Tips to Improve Communication

August 4, 2015

When coping with a cancer diagnosis, good communication with your health care team may make a big difference in your care. Communication may build trust between you and your health care team, and improve the level of care you receive. CancerCare intern Alessandra Newton offers some tips and suggestions to help build a better relationship between you and your health care team.

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5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet While Managing the Side Effects of Chemo

July 30, 2015

A wholesome and nourishing diet plays an essential part in your overall health. This is especially true when coping with cancer. However, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet while managing the side effects of chemo. Luckily, there are steps you can take which will help you remain strong and healthy throughout your chemotherapy treatment.

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Tips for Getting to Sleep When Cancer is Keeping You Awake

July 28, 2015

Anxiety is very common among people with cancer. For some it occurs when they wake up, and for others, as they try to go to sleep.

CancerCare’s Men’s Cancers Program Director, Richard Dickens, MS, LCSW-R, addresses three common concerns that can interfere with sleep, and offers tips to reduce anxiety and help you get a good night’s rest.

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Integrative Medicine: Caring for Mind and Body

July 23, 2015

Coping can be challenging when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. If you are in distress, it may be difficult to perform everyday tasks, keep up with treatments or care for yourself. Throughout the treatment process, some people may decide to incorporate integrative techniques into their lives to cope. Integrative medicine helps manage symptoms and side effects using different therapies along with standard cancer treatment. Common side effects of cancer treatment include fatigue, psychological distress, nausea, and pain. An integrative approach may help you.

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Introducing CancerCare Canines

July 20, 2015

CancerCare is thrilled to announce the start of a new program, CancerCare Canines, in collaboration with New York Therapy Animals, an affiliate group of Intermountain Therapy Animals. Our first workshop on July 21 will provide an opportunity for patients, caregivers, survivors, people who have experienced the loss of a loved one and healthcare professionals to interact with an animal assisted therapy team.

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CancerCare at BlogHer 2015: Join Our Twitterstorm and Learn About the Pillow Talk Program

July 16, 2015

From July 16-18, CancerCare will be at BlogHer 2015, the world’s largest conference for women content creators, doing what we do best: encouraging others to talk about cancer. To learn more, visit us at Booth 2004, or join us tomorrow at 1:30 pm for a Twitterstorm, where CancerCare and our partners will be tweeting information about Pillow Talk and the importance of starting conversations about cancer: follow #CancerTalk.

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Guest Blog Post: When Running to the Store Feels Like Running a Marathon

July 14, 2015

As many patients and families know all too well, a cancer diagnosis can make the daily challenges that once seemed relatively simple suddenly become overwhelming. At CancerCare, we strive to provide assistance to people with cancer that can help cover costs related to treatment, to ease some of that extra burden and provide peace of mind.

That is why we are extremely pleased to share that CancerCare has received $1.5 million from Susan G. Komen to assist people diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Guest Blog Post: How to Make Informed Decisions

July 7, 2015

A cancer diagnosis is often challenging and may trigger a world of unexpected emotions. During this time, it may be hard to make informed decisions. The myths (and even some of the realities) surrounding the word “cancer” can cause patients and families to act out of fear, and prevent them from researching their options or engaging with their health care team. CancerCare intern Breana McDonald provides some easy, practical tips for informed decision-making: a practice that can make all the difference when coping with cancer.

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Top News and Trends in Cancer Research from ASCO 2015

July 2, 2015

With over 30,000 members of the cancer community in attendance, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is one of the biggest events of the year for breakthroughs in cancer research. Our recap aims to give a quick glance at the meeting’s highlights.

If you’d like to take a deeper dive into ASCO, you can listen to our Connect Education Workshop series, “Your Guide to the Latest Cancer Research and Treatments,” which features updates from ASCO 2015.

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Families Heal Together at the Seventh Annual Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp [Part 2]

June 25, 2015

On the first weekend of June, CancerCare hosted the seventh annual Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp, a free retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer. In the second part of our blog post about the camp, the families take advantage of the many activities offered by the Malibu Dude Ranch, including horseback riding, fishing, archery and paddleboating.

The families also participated in a memorial candle lighting service, saw a rodeo show and attended a resilience panel, featuring talks by CancerCare clients who experienced the loss of a parent, a spouse or a child, and found ways to cope over time.

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