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Mind, Body and Side Effects

How to create a sense of purpose in difficult times

When U-M public health professor Victor Strecher’s daughter passed away at the age of 19, he navigated his immense grief by committing to teach his students as if they were his own children. He developed new habits and behaviors that helped him show up for his students in the way he wanted, like walking to work, eating healthfully, meditating, getting more sleep and taking better care of himself.

7 Things to Know About Chemo Brain

Forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, difficulty multitasking — about 1 in 3 patients experience mental changes following cancer treatment. Researchers have been giving the topic serious study since the mid-1990s.

Overcoming sexual challenges after cancer

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other cancer treatments can impair sexual function, as well as create issues with sexual desire and arousal. Some patients may question whether sexual pleasure is still possible. And there are often emotional challenges as well as physical ones.

How to cope with sleep issues during cancer treatment

Between one-third and one-half of patients seen in the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic are dealing with a sleep-related problem. Psychological distress and fatigue often lead to poor sleep habits and keep those with a history of cancer from snoozing soundly, while others wake up regularly because of pain or develop sleep apnea.

When Art Therapy Goes Virtual

One patient transcends her ‘moat’ against COVID-19 while her art therapist finds unexpected benefits to teaching online.

Managing the Side Effects of Gynecologic Cancer Treatment

Estrogen-lowering aromatase inhibitors are frequently prescribed to women with ovarian and uterine cancers. Research shows joint and muscle pain are a common and often life-limiting side effect of letrozole and other medications in the same class, known as aromatase inhibitors. They can also cause hot flashes and fatigue.

Aromatase Inhibitors, Treatment-related Pain and What Patients Can Do

Aromatase inhibitors are a game-changer for the treatment of some breast cancers, but many patients experience muscle and joint pain. A Rogel Cancer Center specialist discusses what’s behind treatment-related pain and what patients can do about it.

Rehabilitation Care After Breast Cancer is Important

Rehabilitation care can repair and restore the body after many cancer treatments -- including breast and prostate cancer -- leave patients weak, fatigued and in pain.

Finding relief from the five categories of cancer-related distress

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is stressful. No matter if your illness was caught early or is advanced, whether you live close to the hospital or hours away, or whether your treatment plan requires surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or all of the above, hearing the word cancer can change your life in profound ways.

What to Do About Cancer-Related Distress

Feeling anxious, sad or helpless? Having trouble concentrating, sleeping or completing everyday tasks? Worrying about family members, work or finances? Mental health professionals sum up troubles like these with one word: distress. Everyone with cancer feels some distress, and about half of patients with cancer will experience a significant level of distress at some point. Yet too often, cancer-related distress goes undiscussed and unaddressed.

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