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Coping with Emotions During Cancer Treatment

As you go through treatment, you may find yourself going through a range of feelings you’re not used to dealing with. Also, you may find that existing feelings seem more intense. These feelings will change daily, hourly, or even in a matter of minutes. Here are some of the common feelings that cancer patients may…

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7 Warning Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer also known as colon cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. There can be abnormal growths called polyps that can form in the colon or rectum. These polyps may turn into cancer over time. Therefore, it is important to get screened for colon cancer. Screening tests can detect precancerous polyps so that they…

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What is Tai Chi?

We understand that cancer can be overwhelming, so we offer free group classes such as yoga, meditation, qigong and tai chi to help through treatment. These types of therapies or exercises are known to help patients cope with cancer, side effects, pain, depression and anxiety. Eva Boatwright, a caregiver at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy…

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7 Ways to Stay Fit in 2019

Move more this new year According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than one in four Americans over 18 years old meet the recommendations for physical activity. On the other hand, you have those that do meet the recommended activity level, yet might be sitting too much. So this year, challenge…

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. The majority of lung cancer patients have a history of smoking which is more than likely the cause of cancer. However, as many as 20% of people of lung cancer patients have never smoked or used other…

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6 Tips for Cancer Caregivers

Caring for our loved ones during National Caregivers Month Cancer not only affects the patient, but also the entire family, especially caregivers.  So, if you are caring for someone, remember that it is ok to take care of yourself, too. However, when do you find time for yourself knowing you have caregiver duties such as…

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Six Tips on Talking to Children about a Parent’s Cancer

Talking about cancer can be difficult for both children and parents. Many children do not want to share their feelings or feel scared to ask questions about the diagnosis. Meanwhile, parents might not know how to talk to their children about their diagnosis, treatment or recurrence. Our social worker, Katie Anderson, has provided tips on…

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Did Cancer Treatment Affect Your Weight?

Due to treatment side effects, changes in diet and lack of activity, many patients gain or lose weight during treatment. At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, our clinical dietitian is available to discuss and create a personalized plan for you to ensure you are getting the food and nutrients you need. Below are general…

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How Do You Beat Stress?

We all experience stress in our daily lives whether it be at work or home. For those facing or being affected by cancer, stress, anxiety, fear or depression can become part of life. Even after completing treatment, many cancer survivors experience emotional distress due to fear of the cancer returning. Although we can’t always avoid…

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