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How to Help Patients During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but the season can bring challenges for cancer patients and those who have recently completed treatment. The stresses of cancer may leave them feeling out of touch or overburdened with traditional holiday responsibilities. If someone you know is in, or has recently completed, treatment for cancer, consider these tips for helping during the holidays.

Let the patient take the lead. Some people will want to celebrate the holiday season as they always have, but others may want to step back and be less festive. Even if treatment is over, your …

 

Managing the Holidays When You Have Cancer

By Julie Salinger, LICSW
The holiday season is full of cheer, but it can also be stressful, especially for cancer patients and their family caregivers. In addition to the extra time spent on shopping, cooking, and socializing, family interactions may bring complex dynamics, old grievances, and varying expectations to the forefront. The pressure to be “festive” can make even the healthiest person weary.
Here are some tips for patients and their families for an enjoyable holiday season.
Reinvent your rituals.
Rituals are a central part of the holiday season for many families. But, while they can be comforting, they can also create an unrealistic …

 

Exercise During Cancer: Getting Started

By Nancy Campbell, MS
“How soon can I start exercising after I start cancer treatment?” It’s a question I hear often from patients who visit me for a fitness consult or class at Dana-Farber.
My answer? “As soon as possible.”
While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise offers key benefits for cancer patients – even those undergoing difficult treatments. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to give yourself an extra boost during and after cancer treatment.
Physical activity helps lower your stress, improve your sleep patterns, and elevate your mood. Something as simple as walking briskly around the block a few times can …

 

Eating Well During Treatment is a Challenge!

The side effects of chemo and radiation leave many of us with little appetite. If  it isn’t nausea or mouth sores that keep us from eating well,  it is often that we lose interest in food because we are unable to smell or taste what we are trying to eat. If we have to cook for ourselves, being exhausted from treatment leads to grabbing anything easy and handy rather than preparing something nutritious. The fortified drinks we get in the chemo room or radiation area just don’t count as eating. They may give us the nutrients we need, but they …

 

Bringing a Bit of Holiday Cheer to Cancer Treatment Units

The Loving Hands Loom Knitters, a charitable knitting group, is keeping  the spirit of giving alive for cancer patients at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
For the fifth year in a row, a group of Bronx ladies  gave out their hand-made hats and gloves to men and women in cancer treatment at Jacobi Hospital.
It was my pleasure to once again be a part of that special day. Loving Hands members include breast cancer survivors as well as ladies who want to show their support for men and women touched by cancer.
On November 15th we met at Jacobi and brought …

 

Bringing a Bit of Holiday Cheer to Cancer Treatment Units

The Loving Hands Loom Knitters, a charitable knitting group, is keeping  the spirit of giving alive for cancer patients at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
For the fifth year in a row, a group of Bronx ladies  gave out their hand-made hats and gloves to men and women in cancer treatment at Jacobi Hospital.
It was my pleasure to once again be a part of that special day. Loving Hands members include breast cancer survivors as well as ladies who want to show their support for men and women touched by cancer.
On November 15th we met at Jacobi and brought …