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The Benefits of Other Mind-Body Therapies in Cancer Care

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The MATCH Study: Mindfulness And Tai chi for Cancer Health. This innovative clinical trial conducted by the University of Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is now recruiting cancer survivors! As a participant you get to choose which treatment approach you want, or let us assign you to a group if you are equally interested in both. We will measure program effects on psychological, physical and biological outcomes including quality of life, mood, stress, balance, blood pressure, heart rate, immune function and more! Visit www.thematchstudy.ca for more details.

 

 

by Dr. Erin Zelinski

 

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Candace Henley and The Blue Hat Foundation

RobinMcGeeby Dr. Robin McGee, CKN Editor, Survivor, Advocate

 

Cancer Advocacy for Minorities and the Medically Under-Served

 

When Candace Henley was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 36, her journey to survival took her to brutal places.   She fought crushing financial and psychological pressures to make it through, a story she shares openly.  She faced bankruptcy, homelessness, and psychological collapse.  “I made a promise to God,” she remembers, “that if I survived I would reach back and help others, and He would let me see my youngest (then only 4) reach the age of 18.”  Her mission was to spare others the grueling hardships she endured.   “I got my fight back,” she recounts, “and I was motivated by pure anger.”

 

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Restored Breast Sensation: Breast Reconstruction

TerriCouteeby Terri Coutee, Breast Cancer Advocate

 

I am a patient who has restored breast sensation after breast reconstruction.  As a patient advocate who educates and speaks to hundreds of women and men about all options for breast reconstruction I am aware that many who choose breast reconstruction experience numbness and a variety of new sensations in their reconstructed breasts.

 

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Small Steps, Shattered Hearts and Mountaintops

pattaylorrecentby Pat Taylor, CKN Editor

 

“Small, slow steps. Don’t stride. Don’t rush. If you rush, you’ll fall, or burn out. Either one could kill you. Take small, slow steps. Small, slow steps and you will get there.” It’s Valentine’s Day, and my brother’s words repeat over and over in my mind like a record skipping, as I climb the snowy hillside above our ranch with freezing feet and shattered heart.

 

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World Cancer Day 2017: A few words from Deborah Cornwall, Part 4

by Deborah Cornwall, Cancer Advocate

Part 4:  Cancer’s Global Reach and Efforts to Fight Back

Cancer isn’t just a North American problem, but a global one. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), worldwide cancer incidence is rising from 14.1 million new diagnoses in 2012 to a projected 21.7 million in 2030 as a result of population aging. In addition, incidence and death rates could rise even faster in low- and middle-income countries that are adopting Western lifestyle habits (with their associated smoking, high-fat diets, reduced exercise, and infection problems); impacts are severe since many of those countries lack the medical resources and healthcare infrastructure to properly diagnose and treat the flood of diagnosed patients.  The complexities of addressing such a cancer epidemic require multiple strategies, and many of them require research, collaboration, and information. They’re interconnected.

 

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World Cancer Day 2017: A few words from Deborah Cornwall, Part 3

by Deborah Cornwall, Cancer Advocate

Part 3:  Cancer’s Global Reach and Efforts to Fight Back

Cancer isn’t just a North American problem, but a global one. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), worldwide cancer incidence is rising from 14.1 million new diagnoses in 2012 to a projected 21.7 million in 2030 as a result of population aging. In addition, incidence and death rates could rise even faster in low- and middle-income countries that are adopting Western lifestyle habits (with their associated smoking, high-fat diets, reduced exercise, and infection problems); impacts are severe since many of those countries lack the medical resources and healthcare infrastructure to properly diagnose and treat the flood of diagnosed patients.  The complexities of addressing such a cancer epidemic require multiple strategies, and many of them require research, collaboration, and information. They’re interconnected.

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