Laughter therapy may improve quality of life in patients with cancer

(Photo credit: Aaron Shumaker) Laughter therapy may improve specific domains of quality of life in cancer patients, according to preliminary research published in PLOS One . “People in the city of Osaka, Japan like to laugh and make someone laugh. We wanted to prove the relationship between laughter and [...] Click here to view [...]

Yoga to help cancer patients, survivors at Cancer Support House

The Yoga for Cancer Patient and Survivor program is being offered at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St. Yoga can help manage the side effects of cancer treatment and result in pain relief, improved sleep, improved flexibility and more, according [...] Click here to view [...]

Your Cancer Answers: Safer exercise options exist for patients

Everyone needs to exercise, but when you have been diagnosed with cancer the safe options for exercise can be limited. Some safer options for most cancer patients are yoga and tai chi. According to Dr. Kathrin Milbury from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, “It is never [...] Click here to view [...]

Treating Multiple Myeloma: Common Side Effects to Watch Out For

HealthiNation Before starting treatment for multiple myeloma—a cancer of the plasma cell, which is a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow—it’s important to be aware of the side effects you may experience. Knowing how certain... Before starting treatment for multiple myeloma—a cancer of the plasma [...] Click here to view [...]

How Yoga Is Helping Kids with Cancer

The cornflower-blue sleeper sofa. The formica closet. The tea cart clanking by. Jaymee Jiao will never forget the eight months she spent living in this hospital room with her son Savior-Makani Jiao as he underwent around-the-clock treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. But today, the rambunctious two-and-a-half-year-old is in remission, [...] Click here to view [...]

Listening to Music May Ease Cancer Patients’ Pain

Listening to music improved patients physical and psychological well-being because it distanced them from negative thoughts about cancer. (Berna Namoglu/Shutterstock) Listening to music at home may reduce cancer patients’ pain and fatigue and ease symptoms like loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating, according to research in Taiwan. In the [...] Click here to view [...]

Telerehabilitation program improves function, reduces pain among patients with late-stage cancer

A telerehabilitation program improved physical function, pain and quality of life among patients with advanced-stage cancer, according to study results. “Patients with late-stage cancers often lose their functional abilities and, with this loss, have a poorer quality of life and lowered ability to tolerate their cancer treatments,” Andrea L. [...] Click here to view [...]

Using Telerehabilitation to Improve Function and Pain in Advanced Cancer Patients

Prostate Cancer , Genitourinary Cancers , News A collaborative telerehabilitation approach offered modest improvements to pain and function in patients with advanced cancers, including prostate, breast, and other malignancies. The addition of pharmacological pain management generally did not improve these outcomes further. Approaches such as the Collaborative Care Model [...] Click here to view [...]

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that’s starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead [...] Click here to view [...]

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