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The caregiver has a need for care

Article on how to support the caregiverIdeas On How To Support The Caregiver

It's easy to pour all your support into the person who is sick and overlook the care that the caregiver needs too. After all, only one person is undergoing treatment and side effects. But the caregiver's journey is exhausting, and they can use some care and support too. Whether the person who is ill is in the hospital or at home, these are a few ideas to offer your support:
  • Give the gift of food or gift cards for ready-made meals or delivery options
  • Offer time to sit with the patient so the caregiver can go and get some uninterrupted rest
  • Send a message or call to offer emotional support
It doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming to show your support. Sometimes, just knowing you care is enough. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

The Caregiver Needs Care Too



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Symptoms of throat cancer
Knowing the signs and symptoms of throat cancer may help with early diagnosis. Many of us know the common signs of largely talked about types of cancer, but we may not know the same for a cancer such as throat cancer which accounts for such a low percentage of cancer cases. Throat and oral cancer account for only 3% of cancers in the United States.

Symptoms to know:
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vocal changes
  • A lump in the neck
  • Weight loss
See your physician if you have concerns. 

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What are the symptoms of throat cancer?


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Advice from women who have gone through breast cancer
hands hold a coffee cup. another hand supports the hands on the cupA cancer journey is a very personal thing, different for everyone. But there are some similarities and some information that it helps to know. In many cases, only someone who has been there can share this kind of information. 

In a recent SELF article, women who have gone through breast cancer share their thoughts on what they wished they had known at the beginning. They include topics such as always bringing a trusted person with you to medical appointments to absorb the information you are unable to, and knowing that sometimes loved ones will disappoint you in their inability to support you in the way you need. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

9 Things No One Tells You About Having Breast Cancer


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A new cancer detecting device joins a US accelerator program
An Australian company has created a hand-held imaging probe and console to help surgeons detect small remnants of cancer tumors during surgery for breast cancer. The aim is to assist surgeons and avoid repeat surgeries due to missed cancerous areas which currently occur in about one-quarter of women who undergo a lumpectomy. 

The company has been chosen from more than 800 applicants to join a US medtech accelerator program. The program gives companies the opportunity to bring their work to the next level. They hope to expand the types of cancer the device will be able to assist with and bring the device to market soon. 

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A medical device startup helping breast cancer patients is off to a prestigious US medtech accelerator 



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Antioxidants and free radicals play important roles
In the 1990s, early research showed that people who had few antioxidants were at risk of cancer. Without further investigation, it was assumed by many that the more, the better. But with further study, it seems antioxidants are much more complex than initially realized and an over abundance of certain types of antioxidants can increase cancer risk in some people. The human body is complex, but it does appear that a healthy, balanced, and varied diet is still the recommendation. 

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Too many antioxidants can give you cancer, and other facts about the misunderstood molecule



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Advice for caregivers to avoid burnout
Burnout can happen to any caregiver. The responsibilities of the patient's finances, physical and mental health, and the day to day needs can wear on anyone in the caregiving role. 

A few quick tips may help lighten the load a small amount:
  • Get proper legal advice to ensure all necessary documentation is in order in case of medical emergency.
  • Find professional support when needed including having a professional help at home in any way necessary.
  • Ask for support from friends and family when you need it. 
Taking care of yourself is part of your role.

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Avoiding Burnout When Caring for an Aging Loved One


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Talk to your physician about financial worries associated with cancer treatment
When diagnosed with cancer, the fear of the financial burden can be overwhelming. We don't know where to turn, what the options are, or who to ask for help. 

One of the first ports of call should be your team of doctors. A recent study showed that of cancer patients who are struggling financially, only 50% have discussed the financial burden with their physician. Your doctor will have information and suggestions on companies and organizations that will be able to provide financial support for the cost of medications and more.

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Addressing the Cost of Cancer Care with Your Doctor


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Living with stage 4 breast cancer
Olivia Newton-John has long been open about her cancer. She began her breast cancer journey in 1992. She now has stage 4 cancer, and discusses her attitude, some of her treatments and her life with Survivornet in a recent interview. She encourages women to follow their instincts about their own bodies regardless of first comments or initial test results. She also says to stay positive, to train yourself to be positive if necessary. 

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Olivia Newton-John's Astonishing Year - From her Cancer Journey to How She's Helped Others


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Anal Cancer stigma a hot topic for Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross, well known for her role in Desperate Housewives, was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2017 and completed successful treatment nearly a year later. In an interview last summer, she said, "I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus?"

She is helping to break through the stigma with her public discussions of anal cancer both in interviews and on her social media channels. 

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Marcia Cross Doesn't Want to be "Ashamed" of Anal Cancer



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Breast cancer symptoms everyone should know
When we think of changes in our breasts that might mean breast cancer, we inevitably think of a lump. But other signs that something is amiss should be known by everyone. They include: 
  • skin dimpling
  • nipple retraction
  • nipple discharge
  • breast asymmetry
  • redness or rash
  • breast or nipple pain
If you have any of these symptoms, or any other change you have noticed in your breast tissue, seek medical advice. Knowing the signs and symptoms can aid in early detection and increased treatment success. 

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6 Symptoms of Breast Cancer That Aren't a Lump


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Support a caregiver in your life through meaningful text messages
Being a caregiver can be lonely, tiring and overwhelming. One caregiver shares some of the most helpful and thoughtful texts she received. If you don't know how to support a person in a caregiving role, one of these messages might give you some inspiration. From an offer of a specific errand, to a "just thinking of you" message, each one was special to the caregiver in its own way. 

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The Best Texts I Got as a Caregiver for my 43-Year-Old Husband



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Video series for caregivers
The physical side of caring for a person with cancer can be overwhelming. With limited support once you're home from the hospital, it can be hard to remember all the instructions when faced with the actual tasks needed. From signs of infection, to lifting, to managing pain, a new video series from The American Cancer Society helps caregivers with some common topics. 
 
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Caregiver Support Video Series



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The emotional side of cancer
Often, the emotional side of cancer for both patients and caregivers is overlooked in the hustle of doctors appointments, treatment appointments, the needs of daily living and the side effects treatments can bring. But it's key to acknowledge and treat the emotional side as well. Advice ranges from talking to someone who is not a family member and not directly impacted by the cancer, to modifying daily activities as needed to stay mentally healthy. 

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The emotional side of cancer: tips for patients, caregivers



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Kindness brightens the journey
Random acts of kindness can brighten a day, or a month, or a year as these cancer survivors share! Rethink Breast Cancer recently asked members for the most memorable acts of kindness bestowed on them during their treatments. Some of the answers are tear jerkers. 

From a neighborhood pulling together to provide nine months of meals, to an anonymous donor paying for a wig, to a gift from an online friend left at the front desk of the cancer center, these memorable acts were appreciated by the recipients. 

If you're struggling with how to show someone who is dealing with cancer that you care, one of these ideas might speak to you! 

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My Most Memorable Random Acts of Kindness



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Small changes for large gains
It's not uncommon for a person who has cancer to ask themselves if they could have prevented the cancer in the first place. With all the news of methods to reduce your risk, many are left feeling as though they are to blame. 

In a recent article, a medical doctor discusses the reasons we should look at our state of health leading up to a cancer diagnosis and attempt to make small changes moving forward. It's not blame, but there's no harm in analyzing what could be made better. She talks about "the sum of small gains" as being our ability to make small changes that add up to much greater gains when put together. From eating your veggies first, to including vegetable soup or juice as part of your daily diet, to increasing your physical activity, every small change will help your overall health including the way you feel day to day. 

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Small Changes May Make You Healthier and Happier


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A runner commits to running post treatment
Running was a passion before Jackie Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, she quickly got back to running, even running to appointments she was worried about. It became a stress-reliever and helped her manage the process and the anxiety surrounding her diagnosis and treatment. 

She also found support in the running community, a place some wouldn't have expected to find it. 

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How Running Became My Therapy Post Breast-Cancer Therapy



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How to adapt to unexpected retirement
Lillian Dooies was forced to take an early retirement from teaching when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She shares five things that helped her regain her balance after a sudden, unexpected retirement including positive thinking, getting involved in a hobby or cause you're passionate about, and spend time with family and loved ones that you wouldn't have been able to spend had you still been working full time. 

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5 tips for thriving after an unexpected medical retirement



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How to support a caregiver
Caregivers share eight ways that you can reach out to someone in your life right now who is providing care for a relative or spouse. It can be hard to know what to say and how to help. Everyone feels unsure of how best to support those in a caregiving role. 

These ideas range from offering to pick up groceries while you're doing your own errands to sending a text to let them know you're thinking of them. The important thing is to offer specific ways in which you can help instead of always asking an open ended question which requires the caregiver to come up with something you can help with. 

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How to Show Up for a Friend Who is a Caregiver


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What not to say when a friend says they have cancer
It's the same for most everyone. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say, especially when faced with unexpected health news. Although it can be hard, this list of what not to say may help you. 
  1. Don't comment on how they look or seem to you
  2. Don't comment on changes to their appearance
  3. Don't make 'knowledgeable' comments about treatment
  4. Don't make comparisons to someone else with cancer
  5. Don't claim to understand their feelings
  6. Don't say it's "only" a kind of cancer that may be considered "better" by some
  7. Don't ever say "don't worry"
Instead, be there to support and listen to their feelings. Offer assistance, and mean it. Just continue to be a friend. 

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Seven things NOT to say to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer



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Christmas lights raising awareness of testicular cancer
Christian Roach spent last Christmas knowing that something wasn't right before being diagnosed with testicular cancer in January. This year, he's raising awareness of the disease and trying to break through the stigma attached to testicular cancer with a display of 750 lights on his rooftop spelling out 'check yr nuts'. 

He is celebrating successful treatment with his Christmas display to encourage early diagnosis and education around the symptoms of testicular cancer. 

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Man decorates house with 'check yr nuts' Christmas lights after surviving testicular cancer



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Taking care of yourself during the holidays
With Thanksgiving just finished and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to look at how you're doing with the holidays, traditions, food, and people and make a plan for the coming month. 

In a recent article, Conquer Magazine gives five tips to help you through the holiday season. 
  1. Stay connected in whichever way you're most comfortable and able at this point in time.
  2. Ask for what you need whether it be for people to come to you to visit, or to pick you up, or run errands so you will have energy for a gather later in the day. 
  3. Reduce stress and rest when you need to.
  4. Look out for older friends or relatives with a simple gesture.
  5. Step into the New Year with realistic goals. 
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Cancer Survivorship and the Holidays


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Advice from Sheryl Crow
An in-depth interview between Katie Couric and Sheryl Crow dives into Sheryl's experience of breast cancer. 

She encourages anyone dealing with cancer treatments to remember that you can't make people comfortable with your diagnosis and it's not your responsibility to take care of their emotions. Sheryl also recommends taking the space you need, away from the emotions and needs of others, but also, ask for help with the mundane tasks of life that can be too tiring and overwhelming when you're going through treatment.  

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How Sheryl Crow Coped With Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis


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A new video series explains common cancer terminology
It's hard to keep track of some of the terms doctors use to describe cancer and treatment options. They aren't words we use regularly and it can lead to confusion and misunderstandings. Now, a new video series addresses many of the common words and phrases used, explaining what they mean in a way we can all understand. The videos address topics such as 'what is cancer', 'what is chemotherapy', 'what is chemotherapy maintenance' and many more. The link to the videos is below. 

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Learning the Language of Chemotherapy
Cancer Treatment Terms



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Relationships and the toll of cancer
Cancer changes the person diagnosed and can have a huge impact on the people around them. Sometimes those relationships strengthen, sometimes they falter. Often new relationships are formed that might not otherwise have done so through support groups and hospital visits. 

A cancer survivor shares her story and encourages anyone going through cancer to "spring clean the relationship department" if necessary, and take care of yourself. 

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Cancer: The Relationship Game Changer


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The evolution of large mammals may hold keys to cancer
A humpback whale jumps from the waterIn theory, large animals with long life spans such as whales and elephants, should have high rates of cancer. But in fact, what we expect to see isn't what happens. Cancer occurs less frequently in these mammals than we would expect it to.

Scientists in a range of studies are comparing the genetic information of these creatures to see what it is that keeps cancer at bay. Joshua Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist at the University of Utah, says "People are smart, but nature is much smarter. Nature has figured out the solutions to some of our health problems over hundreds of millions of years of evolution." 

It's important to place the conservation of animals as a high priority given not only their beauty, but also the knowledge their DNA holds. 

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As Elephants and Whales Disappear, They Take Valuable Cancer Clues With Them


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What not to say when a loved one says they have cancer
Sometimes the best meaning people say the worst things when faced with news of your cancer diagnosis. We've all done it; stuck our foot in our mouth without meaning to. 

Just a few of the things this author says to avoid include: 
  • Be mindful of not implying fault
  • Don't compare to someone else you know who has or had cancer
  • Avoid platitudes
That could leave you wondering what you should say, but the advice is straight forward. Be prepared to listen, and just keep showing up. 

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What to Say (And Not to Say) to Someone With Breast Cancer


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A tattoo to reconnect after a mastectomy
When Grace Lombardo received her diagnosis of breast cancer, she struggled with her new appearance and feelings of lack of control. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, she still didn't feel reconnected to her body. An article about a tattoo artist well-known for his beautiful mastectomy tattoos caught her attention and sent her on the road to her first tattoo. Receiving her tattoo on the first anniversary of her reconstructive surgery, she felt it brought her back to herself in many ways. 

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Cancer Took My Breasts. My Mastectomy Tattoo Helped Me Reclaim Them. 


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PSA and prostate cancer taking center stage
Patrick Boll was diagnosed with prostate cancer on his birthday in 2017 after a few tests showing a lower than worrisome, but ever increasing PSA. He urges men to get their PSA checked and understand what prostate cancer is, the risks and the symptoms. After a few months of "surveillance", Patrick underwent surgery. He shares the honest truth about sexual fears and realities in this blog and in his cabaret show. 

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Patrick's P.S.A. to Men: Get Your PSA Checked
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Talking to your children about a cancer diagnosis
It's in our nature to want to protect our children from bad news. But research shows that anxiety levels in children are higher when a cancer diagnosis isn't shared with them openly. Use age appropriate language and information. Children understand differing amounts at different ages. You know your own kids and you know what they understand, so use that knowledge. Model healthy coping and be honest in the answers to their questions. 

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How do you talk to your kids about cancer?


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Taking time off work for cancer treatment
Many undergoing treatments for cancer need to take time off work for a variety of emotional and physical reasons. Many of us spend our lives working without a thought to taking a leave of absence of any length. So how do you prepare for taking time off? 
  • Know your legal rights and the policies of the company you work for
  • Give plenty of notice when possible
  • Formulate a game plan with your employer 
Taking care of yourself during cancer treatments needs to come first. 

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How to Prepare for Taking Time Off Work


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Coping with personality changes during cancer treatment
There is a lot to cope with when you're the carer for a person with cancer; doctors appointments, tests, physical changes. But what happens when the changes are in their personality? 

There are numerous reasons for personality changes in a person going through cancer therapies from medication reactions to emotional stress. It's important to talk to your physician about changes in the person dealing with cancer. It's also key to take care of yourself, as the carer, in whichever ways possible whether it be time alone to relax with a book, or someone else to talk to about the stress you're dealing with. 

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Cancer carers: how to cope with personality changes in your partner

 
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Cancer rehabilitation services are available
Many who have gone through cancer treatment find themselves still in pain after all their treatment is finished. They may have impaired functioning or be living with chronic pain. What many don't know is that they can get a referral for rehabilitation therapies that can ease the pain and increase functioning. 

"The problem is a nearly universal disconnect between the cancer rehabilitation services that health insurance pays for and the number of people who are receiving those important services." Physicians aren't recommending and referring to cancer rehabilitation services that are available and covered through health insurance, and patients aren't aware of the services. 

If you, or a loved one, are dealing with residual problems after cancer treatment, it's not too late for a referral. 

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Is Cancer Rehabilitation a Good Option for You? It's Never Too Late to Ask for a Referral.



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A new definition of survivor
Anyone diagnosed and going through cancer treatment longs for the day they are called a "survivor". But what if we turn the tables upside down and realize that from the time you're told you have cancer, you're a survivor?

What if every minute of enduring therapies and treatments makes you a survivor? What if living with the disease gives you that label? Some find that the current survivor status almost dismisses everything they've gone through so it's an interesting idea to switch mindset to this new definition of survivor.

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Now and forever



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Get moving despite exhaustion
Between 70 and 80% of people going through cancer treatments experience extreme fatigue. When this is the case, kickstarting your day can seem overwhelming. 

Live Better With highlights some tips to help you get moving when exhaustion is a constant:
  • Use breakfast as an energy boost
  • Do some easy stretching to energize mind and body
  • Set a few small, achievable goals for the day
These ideas won't take away the exhaustion, but may help you move through it. 

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How to kickstart your day when living with cancer


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Eating well for chemo brain
While there is still no definite guideline for minimizing or avoiding "chemo brain", there have been studies showing a link between what is being eaten and the fog that many experience during cancer treatments. 

Conquer Magazine highlights 5 nutrition tips to help you get started including some ideas for quick and easy recipes. Though not sure to eliminate chemo brain, the nutrient packed food will be good for overall health as well. 

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Nutrition Tips for "Chemo Brain"



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Art therapy has a positive impact on stressed caregivers
A new study by researchers from both Drexel University's Creative Art Therapies department in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed how coloring and open-studio therapy can help caregivers of cancer patients with stress.  

Before and After participating in coloring or other art therapies, participants were asked to rate their stress, positive and negative emotions. An increase in positive emotions and a decrease in stress were reported and many also expressed a desire to continue with art therapies.

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The art of cancer caregiving: How art therapies benefits those caring for cancer patients



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Interdisciplinary group looking into modifiable risk factors
In multiple studies over the past few decades, it's been shown that there is a dietary link between cancer and the food we eat. But beyond the causal link, there hadn't been much direction given as to how to move forward with this knowledge. 

Now, specialists from a multitude of disciplines are coming together to discuss modifiable risk factors, including dietary issues. They are calling for research to increase knowledge on how best to advise people on modifiable risk factors and asking governing bodies to improve the food environment. 

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Cancer and nutrition research: How to move it forward



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Using yoga to clear mind and body after cancer treatment
Yoga has long been touted as good for your mind and body. A new program has been introduced that targets those healing from cancer treatments. With the ability to increase blood flow, clear out toxins, and enhance lymphatic flow, yoga can help those recovering from cancer and the treatments that often take time to get over. Yoga can also help to lessen anxiety and tension which so many of us struggle with during diagnosis and treatment. 

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Why Mindful Yoga Should Be On Your Radar


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Know your priorities for quality of life
A 2012 study showed that patients lived 25% longer when end of life preferences were discussed at diagnosis. The researchers who ran the study asked questions relating to quality of life, and where they will draw the line between what they will accept and not accept in terms of care and quality of life. 

The doctor who commissioned the study suggests that even if your doctor isn't asking the questions, deciding your own terms with yourself and family will help you during treatment. It will allow you to set guidelines for your treatment that you can discuss with your doctor to ensure that what is being put into action falls into line with your goals and priorities. 

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Be Your Own Health Advocate! If Your Doctor Isn't Asking These Questions, Ask Them Yourself


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Avoiding uncomfortable topics is not going to help
Cancer can bring about all sorts of unwelcome topics. It might be the type of cancer a person has, or side effects from treatment, but there can be a lot of topics surrounding cancer that seem taboo in today's society. But in order to get the best possible medical treatment and support from family and friends, it's important to move past the uncomfortable topics and be open with those who need to know. You aren't alone. And your doctor has heard it all before. 

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Cancer Taboos - how to tackle things you might be too embarrassed to discuss


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Caregiving study shows spousal caregivers often going it alone
A recent study looked at the help received by primary caregivers of people with serious illnesses. The outcome of the study recommends that caregiving should "expand from the patient to the family unit." 

55% of spousal caregivers in the study are taking on all of the caregiving tasks without outside help. Only 36% received help from other family members or hired staff. 

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Spousal Caregivers Are a Lonely Bunch


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Student loan deferment during cancer treatments
The U.S Education Department is now accepting applications for loan deferrals from people who are undergoing cancer therapies. The news was announced a few weeks ago and the form for the application can be found here

Eligible people must submit a letter from their doctor outlining specifics of cancer and treatment. Deferral will be for one year unless a follow up is received from a physician. 

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Cancer patients can now apply to have their student loan payments postponed

Cancer Treatment Deferment Form


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A list of cancer podcasts for the podcast lover
Rethink breast cancer compiled a list of their top 5 favourite podcasts on cancer. If you’re a podcast listener, you might want to add one or five of these to your playlist.
 
From all over the world, these podcasts feature a variety of topics including motherhood while living with cancer, grief support, humour, and more.
 
See the podcasts in this list.
 
The Top Five Cancer Podcasts on our Playlist 


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Memory troubles during cancer therapies are not unusual
For anyone dealing with cancer therapies, ‘chemo brain’ as it’s been coined, may impact your life. What is it and how does it affect people?
 
First of all, it’s not limited only to chemo treatments, regardless of the nickname the symptoms have been given. And it impacts everyone differently, but typically creates a fog-like feeling that people say gives them trouble thinking clearly.
 
Learn more in this article.

 
Does chemo brain really exist? (Plus tips for coping with it)


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Methods to help with relaxation
It can feel nearly impossible to relax sometimes. But it’s imperative for our minds and our bodies that we find ways to help us relax.
 
In this blog, the author suggests things like guided meditations, affirmations and even adjusting our mindset towards relaxing that can help us find a better way to wind down and give our minds and bodies the breather they need.
 
Five Ways to Help You Relax



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A journey through cancer to adoption
Beth Gainer was a young woman with hopes of a family when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her treatment regime gave her a 1% chance of infertility post treatment. She was one of the 1%.
 
She didn’t let that stop her. In this blog, she talks about her journey to adoption and how it relates to her cancer journey.

 
Becoming a mom: a story of adoption after cancer


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Online results versus an appointment with your doctor
A recent study, published in Radiology asked patients about their willingness to go to a doctor’s appointment, and the wait time to get an appointment versus the ability to access test results online much quicker. Some were surprised at the results – many would prefer to meet with a medical professional, if the wait wasn’t extreme.
 
Those surveyed seemed to understand that attempting to read the results, which aren’t created with patients in mind, but instead, are written for medical personnel, could be confusing and cause more stress than waiting a few days.
 
 
Do Patients Want Online Access to Test Results?


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Advances in medicine from understanding the genetics of cancer
Precision medicine, or personalized medicine exploit the unique genetic makeup of each cancer to create a more specific, targeted treatment.
 
From the past where all cancers of a certain area were treated similarly to the advances we have today, this article in Next Avenue discusses how this type of medicine is helping people today.
 

How Precision Medicine is Changing Cancer Treatment



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Honesty about living with bone mets
This honest post from a mom with bone mets is heart wrenching, but also uplifting and inspiring. From first understanding that the new diagnosis has no cure, to learning to live with the changes that it brings about in medications, symptoms, emotional health and relationships, the author gets real with the reader about it all.
 
Read more in this blog post.

 
Just Breathe: Learning to Live with Bone Mets


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Breakthrough in new cancer therapy
In the first small group study of 15 men, 13 show no signs of cancer one year after treatment. Through a new procedure involving gold nanoparticles and focal therapy, patients were able to avoid chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments with difficult side effects.
 
Read more about the procedure and the outcome of the first human trial in this article.
 
Quest for new cancer treatment crosses milestone



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