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Mind, Body and Side Effects

Help In Healing

Wounds are a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatments. Chemotherapy or oral drugs can cause skin toxicities like rashes and dry skin that can be uncomfortable and bothersome to patients. Certain cancers develop tumors underneath the skin that can break down, leak and cause unpleasant odor and infection.

Take Heart

Keep your heart healthy during and after cancer

Sharing Your Story

Creative ways to document your personal experiences

Nature's Medicine

Spending time in nature may improve memory and concentration among cancer patients

Better Days

PsychOncology Clinic offers patients tools for coping

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.

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.