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Mind, Body and Side Effects

When to Ask for Help

Larry Stone is back to playing the guitar after the U-M Symptom Management & Supportive Care Clinic helped him find relief from pain and numbness.

Health of the Whole

Many of the traditional symptoms of depression overlap with the symptoms of cancer, such as fatigue, weight changes, sleep problems, lack of concentration, lack of energy and guilt. Each patient must be evaluated properly, in the context of the cancer itself, as part of fully integrated care that links physical treatment and the psychological needs of the individual.

Relax and Distract

Apple iPads are the latest technology available to Cancer Center patients through the Sight and Sound Program, established in 2008 to provide relaxation and distraction to patients during treatments.

Detecting Distress

Screening patients for distress is as important as any other basic vital sign. It should be monitored at all points of care and should change according to what's happening in the lives of patients, their cancer and how they're responding to treatment. Distress screening is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons as well as the Institute of Medicine.

Bald and Beautiful

Shortly after learning she had lymphoma, Kelsey Hill shaved her head and had her hair made into a wig. And although she doesn't wear it too often -- opting instead for hats -- she has used it for special occasions. In fact, Hill and two of her friends from the Cancer Center, Sarah Cromer and Rachael Asher, agreed that although they all have wigs, they aren't as important to them as they thought they would be.

Cancer-Related Fatigue

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer-related fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer and cancer treatment. Fatigue is feeling tired - physically, mentally, and emotionally. It means having less energy to do the things you normally do or want to do. In people with cancer, it can be caused by the cancer itself, cancer treatment, and other factors.

Bone Deep

Bone health may be of particular concern for cancer survivors. People with breast or prostate cancer who undergo treatments that block specific hormones may be at higher risk of thinning bones. Also, certain chemotherapy drugs used to treat these or other cancers may induce ovarian failure in younger women, causing bones to thin as a result of early menopause and estrogen deprivation. In addition, steroids may also accelerate bone loss in both men and women.

One Stitch at a Time

Harriett DeRose is now cancer-free, although she participates in a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of continued chemotherapy to prevent recurrence. But while she was in active treatment, she turned to quilting to help her make sense of everything she was going through as a result of her diagnosis.

Healing Strokes

Group art therapy classes offer inspiration, tranquility