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Mind, Body and Side Effects

Easing Stress Using Guided Imagery

We’re offering 5 different strategies you can use to reclaim a sense of control when you feel overwhelmed with emotions or anxiety. These strategies are shown by research to be effective and, just as importantly, the patients we serve in the Cancer Center tell us these tips help.

Men and Lymphedema

There’s a stereotype that only women with breast cancer develop lymphedema, but that’s not true. The lymphatic system is not significantly different between men and women. There’s no difference between men with lymphedema and women with lymphedema. So, any cancer-related treatment that removes of blocks lymph nodes can cause lymphedema. The only cancer treatment that only men need to be concerned about is for prostate cancer.

Gaining Weight During Cancer Treatment

It’s important to include enough carbohydrates, protein and fat in your meals to maintain weight during treatments because too much weight loss can actually slow down/delay treatment. But, side effects of treatment, including loss of appetite, can make it challenging to eat enough food to get the calories your body needs.

Beautiful Music

Immunotherapy is a newer form of treatment that attacks cancer by boosting the body’s own immune system and ability to fight it. Clint Lavens comes to the Cancer Center every three weeks for infusion treatments at a special clinical area devoted to evaluating new cancer therapies, the Ravitz Foundation Center for Translational Research.

Joint Pain: Is it Just the Weather?

Too often people blame the winter weather and extreme temperatures for their new or increased joint pain and inflammation, also called arthralgia. If these same people are patients being treated with chemotherapy, the pain could be related to treatment. Joint pain can be debilitating, and can cause a decrease in daily functioning and quality of life.

Physical Rehabilitation and Cancer Symptom Management

For all our patients, we look at nutrition, pain management and range of motion, and may order tests or treatments to optimize patients’ ability to move and reduce pain or fatigue. Our goal is to improve and maintain function by diagnosing and treating side effects of these various medical conditions.

Creativity is Calling

For 66-year-old Christian Rasmussen, a series of stomach issues led to a diagnosis of a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. While trying to adjust and maintain a positive attitude, he heard about an art therapy workshop at the Cancer Center. His creative calling beckoned. He signed up to attend.

Support Services in All Shapes and Sizes

Every patient copes with cancer diagnosis and treatment differently. The Cancer Center's Patient and Family Support Services Program meets all types of challenges. Patients can use our services and complementary therapies to take an active role in their treatment.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Cancer and its treatment comes with symptoms and side effects. Most patients experience them at one point, some minor and others intolerable. Every caregiver at the Cancer Center -- from front-line staff at check in to nurses taking your vital signs to the technician giving your chemotherapy -- is concerned about how you’re feeling and can get you to the right person for help.

Integrative Oncology and Alternative Medicine

Integrative oncology is the combination of both conventional and complementary treatments that are evidence-based to bring about the best outcome for each patient. That can be for the prevention or treatment of cancer, the treatment of symptoms, and improvement in quality of life during survivorship.