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Cancer-Related Distress and Unmet Needs Among Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Survivors

Monday, December 16, 2019

The Cancer Support Community shares important information about the relationship between psychosocial distress and unmet needs, as well as some suggestions about how best to provide AML patients and survivors with supportive care.

Being Your Own Best Advocate: Advice from Olympic gymnast and cancer survivor, Shannon Miller

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Shannon Miller is a 7-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics. She’s also a mother, an author, a dedicated health and wellness advocate - and an ovarian cancer survivor. An unexpected cancer diagnosis, and the treatment journey that followed, forced her to discover a new normal and has further fueled her passion of empowering and educating women around health and wellness. She’s partnered with TESARO and Our Way Forward to encourage patients, their loved ones and healthcare providers talk about ovarian cancer. Learn more, and read other blog perspectives at https://www.ourwayforward.com/.

Seven Tips to Manage Scanxiety

Thursday, January 11, 2018

There’s no getting around it: cancer is a waiting game. Whether it’s for test results, a loved one’s upcoming scan, or your five-year checkup after treatment is complete, waiting can be one of the most stressful aspects of living with cancer.

If you find yourself feeling anxious as the next scan approaches, you’re not alone. In fact, this normal worry is so common that the cancer community gave it a nickname: “scanxiety.” There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but trying even one or two of these self-care tips can make scanxiety easier to live with.

No One Goes It Alone

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cancer patients can feel helpless and lost in the fight against an overwhelming foe. Kim Thiboldeaux and the Cancer Support Community ensure they and their families have somebody to lean on.

For All The Caregivers

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In 2015, President Barack Obama proclaimed November National Family Caregivers Month to recognize the hard work and dedication of all the selfless caregivers around the country. At the Cancer Support Community, we understand that caregivers are an essential part of the cancer care team from the start. Caregivers can be spouses, partners, children, relatives or friends who help, care and support those living with cancer.

Breast Reconstruction: Many considerations play into the decisions that women make

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month also includes raising awareness of some of the challenges those with breast cancer routinely face. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is a lot for anyone to process, emotionally and medically. On top of this, many women undergoing a mastectomy must make decisions about breast reconstruction. For women and their loved ones facing these decisions, obtaining information about reconstruction procedures and outcomes and knowing what the best choices are for themselves is not easy. Many considerations may influence the decisions women ultimately make.

Understanding the Prostate Cancer Experience

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It seems to be accepted as “fact” that men with prostate cancer don’t want to talk about their condition. Everyone knows that guys don’t want or need emotional support—that they usually choose to go it alone. But…is that really true?

Do Awareness Months Work?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recently, a friend confessed to experiencing cancer awareness month fatigue. For weeks now, her Facebook news feed and Twitter updates were filled with one cancer reminder after the other. She felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of cancers and bombarded by the amount of related information. Given my field of work, she felt guilty about even raising the issue, but she felt compelled to ask me: “Tell me the truth, Kim. Does it make a difference? Does it actually help?”

Every Day is a Gift: The Importance of Living in the Present

Thursday, October 22, 2015

After a diagnosis there can be many changes in patterns of thinking, planning and your overall life plan. To quote Regina Brett, a New York Times bestselling author and breast cancer survivor, “When you hear the word cancer, it’s as if someone took the game of Life and tossed it in the air. All the pieces go flying. The pieces land on a new board. Everything has shifted. You don’t know where to start.” It can be easy to slip into a pattern of worry—worrying about family, worrying about friends and worrying about the future. It is also completely normal to begin to question your existence and your life path.

The Benefits of Exercise During Treatment

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Even though exercising may feel impossible during treatment, it is extremely important and may help with long term recovery. When you are newly diagnosed, so many other things related to health tend to take priority. But, over the years a growing number of studies show that exercising is greatly beneficial to your treatment and long term care.

One of the best reasons to work out during treatment is that it has been proven to reduce fatigue. Patients that exercise during treatment actually experience 40-50% less fatigue according to this study from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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