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How to Prepare for Your Treatment Appointment

How to Prepare for Your Treatment Appointment

Now that you have a cancer treatment or infusion appointment scheduled, preparing for the visit and how you might feel in the days following your treatment is an important next step. Whether this is your first treatment, or last, getting support, knowing what to...

Tips for Side Effects

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Cancer-Related Fatigue: Tips for Keeping Up Your Energy

Cancer-Related Fatigue: Tips for Keeping Up Your Energy

Many people with cancer experience decreased energy, also known as fatigue. The wide range of emotional and physical effects of cancer often means your energy “tank” can be low. Information about cancer-related fatigue and practical tips for improving your energy...

Difficulty Sleeping and What You Can Do About It

Difficulty Sleeping and What You Can Do About It

It can be hard to get enough restful sleep when you’re living with cancer. From the emotional toll, cancer can take to sleep-interfering side effects of treatment, many people with cancer find that getting much-needed rest isn’t always easy. The tips below will help...

Nutrition

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Impactful Snacks and Mini Meals to Meet Nutritional Needs

Impactful Snacks and Mini Meals to Meet Nutritional Needs

Side effects of cancer treatment can include loss of appetite, food aversions, early fullness, and a general lack of interest in eating. You may find it easier to eat smaller meals or snacks more frequently throughout the day rather than three sizable meals. Think of...

Staying Hydrated During Cancer Care

Staying Hydrated During Cancer Care

Staying well hydrated during cancer treatment is extremely important, for both your ability to tolerate treatment and quality of life. About 60% of the body is water, which plays a critical role in many vital functions, including regulating heart rate, blood pressure,...

Diarrhea and Cancer: How and What to Eat

Diarrhea and Cancer: How and What to Eat

Many people living with cancer experience diarrhea — either as a side effect of treatment or a symptom of their cancer. Diarrhea can cause daily disruptions and lifestyle changes, but with preventative and nutrition-based management strategies, it can often be...

Eating Well During Treatment

Eating Well During Treatment

Eating well during cancer treatment is an important part of your overall treatment plan. Keeping up with your nutrition can have many benefits, as maintaining healthy body weight and keeping strength up can even help mitigate the side effects of treatment. In a...

Navigating Emotions

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10 Tips for Coping with Cancer

10 Tips for Coping with Cancer

Going through cancer is a tough experience for most people, and no two experiences of cancer are identical. The same is true of how people cope with cancer. Many people with cancer find the need to fine-tune their coping skills to help with cancer-related emotions,...

Dealing with Anxiety When Coping with Cancer

Dealing with Anxiety When Coping with Cancer

Teresa, a 24-year-old who was just diagnosed with breast cancer, was stunned. She immediately began to worry, felt uneasy, became nervous, and was overwhelmed with a sense of dread – all normal feelings of anxiety. Teresa’s reaction to her cancer diagnosis is not...

Quieting Cancer-Related Stress: The Art of Relaxation

Quieting Cancer-Related Stress: The Art of Relaxation

Some people coping with cancer may find themselves in a state of chronic stress. The relaxation response is a powerful tool to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. You can reach this state of calm through focused mental attention and a passive attitude toward...

Everyday Support

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3 Different Ways to Rekindle the Spark

3 Different Ways to Rekindle the Spark

Sex isn’t exactly a topic we’re used to openly discussing with others — even with those closest to us. Neither is the embarrassment, shame, or even guilt that sex after cancer may bring up. Thoughts like, “I know I should just be grateful I’m alive” and “What If I...

How to Share Your Cancer Diagnosis at Work

How to Share Your Cancer Diagnosis at Work

Sharing your cancer diagnosis with others is an incredibly personal decision. Without a roadmap to follow, you might be wondering: Will I lose my job or my health insurance benefits? Will my boss or coworkers be supportive? Will taking time off impact my work...

What to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone with Cancer

What to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone with Cancer

Iris peer mentor Bethany was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer at 30 years old. When she started losing her hair, she recalls one friend nervously saying, “At least now you don’t have to fix it before you go out!” At the time, Bethany was able to...

Family & Community

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Sharing Information About Your Cancer with Other People

Sharing Information About Your Cancer with Other People

Cancer brings many changes and with it the need to share information with others. Deciding if and how to share cancer-related information can be challenging. At times you may feel motivated to share details of your cancer with others, but at other times you may feel...

Caring for Yourself While Caregiving

Caring for Yourself While Caregiving

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer it can have a significant impact on the entire family, especially the primary caregiver. A primary caregiver is an individual who holds responsibility for the mental and physical well-being of a person in need. Many family...

5 Ways to Support Your Loved Ones Through Your Cancer Treatment

5 Ways to Support Your Loved Ones Through Your Cancer Treatment

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening for you, but the reverberation of the news extends to your loved ones as well. While they may all be concerned about you as you cope with cancer, they also need support from you. People living with cancer often have concerns about...

Adapting to Cancer as a Family

Adapting to Cancer as a Family

Families come in various shapes and sizes. For some, intimate partners and children may serve as a family, while for others, extended family and close friends may be considered primary sources of support. Regardless of whom you consider to be your family, it’s...