Cancer Support: Make Help Last Beyond Diagnosis

September 2, 2015
Cancersupport

It isn’t unusual for people with cancer to find that the intense care and show of concern from friends and family begins to gradually dwindle away after their initial diagnosis. They may begin to feel their support systems slowly fading away as treatment progresses. It’s vitally important to remember that cancer treatment and recovery is often long and arduous, which is why it’s so important to provide cancer support throughout the entire duration of your loved one’s treatment.



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Talking About Body Image with Teens

August 27, 2015
Sarahpaul

Conversations about body image and self-esteem can be difficult to have with teenagers, even more so if their bodies have undergone a significant change as the result of a cancer diagnosis. CancerCare oncology social worker Sarah Paul, MSW, LMSW, discusses the importance of talking about body image with teens who have cancer, and offers tips on starting the conversation for parents and/or guardians.



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Guest Blog Post: Understanding Clinical Trials

August 25, 2015
Clinicaltrial

Clinical trials are a vital part of advancing cancer research and discovering new treatments. However, many people with cancer are uncertain if clinical trials are right for them. Read on to learn about how clinical trials work, what the risks and benefits are, and the rights that all people participating in clinical trials hold.



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Stress Management for Caregivers

August 20, 2015
Caregivers

Some people become caregivers gradually – their loved ones develop symptoms slowly, or may need several tests before the cancer is diagnosed. Others become a caregiver more suddenly. Either way, a cancer diagnosis often brings an unexpected change in one’s life. As a result, caregivers seldom have the chance to get their own lives in order prior to becoming a caregiver.



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Guest Blog Post: Who’s on Your Team?

August 17, 2015
Oncology-social-worker

A person with cancer will usually consult with many health care professionals throughout his or her treatment and follow up care. Cancer is generally treated using a multidisciplinary approach, which means the members of your health care team with different areas of expertise will work together to discuss treatment options and make decisions.



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CancerCare Weighs In: What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Cancer

August 6, 2015
Clairenathan

“It’s frightening to hear someone talk about cancer, and we automatically think about ourselves. But try to keep your own feelings in check and focus on the person who has been diagnosed. You don’t have to fix this situation or say something profound, just being there is huge.”

CancerCare oncology social worker Sarah Kelly, LCSW, comments on the frequently asked question of what to say to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and what kind of comments to avoid.



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You and Your Health Care Team: Tips to Improve Communication

August 4, 2015
Doctor

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
Fancysalad

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
Sleep

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
Bowl

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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