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June 21, 2018

Your voice matters when undergoing treatment

(The second in a two-post blog series)

You’ve begun cancer treatment and feel unusually worn-out. Is it a side effect of treatment? Does cancer make you tired? Could stress be causing your fatigue? Finding an answer begins with finding your voice and the courage to open your mouth. Some people are afraid to ask questions because they don't want to bother their hurried physicians. Your doctor and medical team are never too busy to answer questions about your treatment and health. In fact, by letting them know when you are experiencing problems, you’ll actually help them to provide better care.

Some people feel empowered by asking what to expect even...

June 7, 2018

When counting sheep just isn’t cutting it

Even though it tends to be under-reported, insomnia is common among people with breast cancer. Twenty to 40 percent of those with the disease and 23 to 44 percent of long-term survivors suffer bouts of sleep disturbance, while only 10 percent of age-matched controls experience insomnia. Left untreated, this condition is associated with increased anxiety, depression and pain. In addition, patients experience decreased quality of life, cancer-free survival and cancer-specific overall survival.

Researchers discussed results of multiple trials examining breast cancer patients, insomnia, and benefits and limitations of nonpharmacological treatment, and pu...

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