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Mind, Body and Side Effects

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.

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.

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.

Healing Strokes

Group art therapy classes offer inspiration, tranquility

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.

Bald and Beautiful

Our experts offer tips for feeling good about your appearance during treatment.

Means to a Better End

Research shows supportive care may extend and improve life for people with advanced cancer

To Catch a Thief

Why you should address pain -- before it robs you blind

Making the Most of It

New symptom management program helps patients get back to their lives

Preserving the Future

Sperm banking offers fertility protection for men facing cancer treatment

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