Personal Wellbeing

Facing Cancer with Your Significant Other

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be very stressful for you and your partner or spouse. Both the patient and the partner or spouse receives the diagnosis and it can impact all parts of the relationship. Understanding the impact on each of you is the beginning of figuring out how you will work together and support 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 »

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 »

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

When going through chemotherapy, patients may experience hair loss from drugs damaging hair follicles and preventing cells in the roots to help hair grow. It is a side effect that is feared by both men and women. Depending on the type and dose of medication you receive, patients will either lose little, none, or a Learn more »

Sleep Problems for Cancer Patients

Insomnia and abnormal sleep-wake cycles are a common complaint in patients with cancer and cancer survivors. Studies show that 15% of the general population is faced with insomnia, where as 30% to 50% of those with cancer report having trouble sleeping. Despite its frequency, another study has found that only 16% of patients with insomnia Learn more »

Life After Cancer

After cancer treatment has ended, it is hard to not worry about cancer coming back. There’ll be reminders of your cancer experience when you have to see your doctor for follow ups. You may also have side effects from the treatments that bring back memories of what you went through. Some may find that it Learn more »

Telling Your Family and Friends

When a cancer diagnosis is received, the question arises about who to tell and when to tell. There is no absolute rule; instead it is a personal decision that involves many factors. We do know that people who share the news tend to get support from those with whom they share the information, and these Learn more »

Breast Cancer and Body Image

Breast cancer and its treatments can affect your body image. Surgery that removes part or all of your breast can impact how you feel about your body while many treatments cause complete or partial hair loss. This is often a very difficult time emotionally, and many patients are not prepared for the impact of these Learn more »

Stress and Cancer

Cancer can cause psychological stress which may impact a person’s overall wellbeing and potentially their ability to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. Coping strategies help to reduce stress and help patients and families to feel less overwhelmed and cancer patients have a better quality of life while they are being treated when they use Learn more »