In the days, weeks, and months following a cancer diagnosis, it’s difficult to know what to do next and it becomes easy to give up control over your own health. You may fall into a “passive patient” mode, ultimately putting your life into the hands of others — doctors, oncologists, and other experts who tell you what’s best for you and your circumstances, what you can and cannot do, what your options are, etc. It can be both intimidating and unnerving to question a proposed treatment plan or seek other routes that you feel may suit you better.
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Late last week, the Senate passed Resolution 125 to designate the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-MT, the resolution asks that people take time to learn about the dangers of asbestos and even calls on the Surgeon General to “warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.”
For most patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, hair loss, nausea, and exhaustion are common and expected side effects. However, both of these treatments can cause serious and uncomfortable skin conditions. Radiation can cause an irritation that looks and feels like a sunburn on any area of the skin the beam passes through to get to cancerous cells. Chemotherapy can cause extreme dry skin and lips as it indiscriminately damages all fast-growing cells, including healthy skin cells. For women, especially, dealing with the physical reactions of cancer treatment is an uphill battle to find inner confidence as well as strength to fight their disease.
A cancer diagnosis is shocking news to recieve. No matter what disease you're facing, fighting with confidence is important. The process of undergoing cancer treatment can be draining and leave patients feeling unwell, exhausted, and less confident about themselves than ever before. However, it is possible and very beneficial to battle cancer with your head held high, shoulders upright, and to feel strong and beautiful while doing so.
We may be cruising toward the middle of January, but it’s not too late to create some healthy goals for 2013 to help better you. Embracing change and going through this year with a positive attitude can make 2013 one of your biggest years yet! Here are 6 ways to help you flourish and grow over the next 12 months.
It is essential for cancer patients to maintain a strong immune system. Cancer treatments can be destructive to the body and can leave the body even more susceptible to diseases, infections, and germs. One of the best ways to supplement your immune system during cancer treatment is to eat a well-balanced diet rich in immune-boosting superfoods.
Stress plays a significant role in today’s society. People are stressed about everything from work to their personal to-do lists, and stress does not discriminate. Those afflicted by cancer are part of the stressed population, and need to find ways to reduce their stress as much as possible.
Sadly, cancer touches so many lives and women are a large percentage of those affected by cancer. We interviewed several women who have overcome their cancer diagnosis and asked them 'What makes you feel beautiful?'