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Understanding Cancer Myths and Misconceptions

Certain cancer myths have a way of spreading even though they are scientifically incorrect. The problem with this arises when people avoid good prevention and valuable treatment options based off of these myths and misconceptions. Below are some commonly shared false beliefs to be aware of: Cancer is a death sentence – Passing away from Learn more »

Companioning the Bereaved

To be a companion to the bereaved means being totally present to the mourner by offering a safe place for them to embrace their feelings. This safe place also allows the companion to be truly present to another person’s intimate pain. Tears and sorrow, with the listening and sharing of experiences, can bring about very Learn more »

Exercise and Meditation: Powerful Mood Regulators

There is a growing body of literature that discusses the benefits of exercise and meditation. There are physical and psychological benefits of each of the techniques. In a recent study published in Translational Psychiatry, these two interventions were combined into a structured intervention for individuals with major depressive disorder.   After only 8 weeks, people with Learn more »

Muscle Mass and Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Oncology nutrition is important during one’s cancer treatment.  Sarcopenia is the medical term for loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass can be lost in patients of all weights whether you are thin, average or even in patients who are very overweight. Why is muscle mass so important? A recent study published in the Proceedings of Learn more »

Eating Well during Cancer Treatment

By Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS “What should I eat now?” After a cancer diagnosis, most people want to know what changes they should make in their diet. After all, eating is one of the few areas that cancer survivors can exercise control over once a diagnosis has been made and treatment begins. The 80/20 Rule Learn more »

Savoring the Good Things in Life

Research shows that it is not always true that when people have good experiences, they naturally feel joy for it. By focusing on becoming mindfully engaged and aware of feelings in the moment, the results can help in increasing happiness in one’s life. Some benefits can include stronger relationships, improved health mentally and physically, and Learn more »

Holiday Recipes (Side Dishes and Minestrone Soup)

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic (serves 4) This makes a wonderful side dish and features two valuable vegetables in health promotion (Brussels sprouts as part of the Cruciferous family and Garlic as part of the Allium family). Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts (if you can find some still on the stem they taste best) Learn more »

Holiday Travel for Cancer Patients

Holidays are great for spending time with loved ones, especially when you have been living with a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. Loving support from family and friends can be another kind of medicine for your psyche and soul. Building memories through travel and shared times is important for most people, but especially when living with Learn more »

Cancer Risk from Processed Meats and Red Meats

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently released a report declaring red meat and processed meats to be carcinogenic to humans. The review does not ask people to stop eating these meats but indicates that by reducing consumption of these products, they can Learn more »