February 2016 Vol 2 No 1

The Healing Power of Optimism
Issue Introductions
Hello everyone and welcome to our February 2016 issue! It has a lot of information that will aid you in preparing for life as a cancer survivor. Here are some of the highlights.
Strategies for Managing the Financial Burden: Linked to a Cancer Diagnosis
Financial Support
The cost of cancer care continues to climb. With the cost of newer cancer therapies reaching $10,000 to $60,000 or more a month, many patients are facing serious financial difficulties.
Taking Steps Toward Cancer Prevention
ExercisePreventionWellness Corner
Evidence shows that regular exercise is associated with a reduced risk for cancer.
When Cancer Runs in Your Family
Gynecologic CancersOvarian CancerPatient Stories
A look at how Roberta Aberle deals with the fact that cancer runs in her family.
Top 4 Stress Management Techniques
Stress ManagementSurvivorship
A diagnosis of cancer is a significant source of chronic stress for patients and their families, but it doesn’t have to be, according to Nancy W. Fawzy, PhD, RN, Board President of Triage Cancer, Culver City, CA.
My Wife Has Cancer...What Happens Now?
Family MembersPatient Stories
Jack felt obsessive about his role—the need to be by his wife's side around the clock, taking her to every appointment, and refusing the help that their friends and family members offered.
Maintaining Healthy Weight Linked to Cancer Risk Reduction
From Your Navigator
Being underweight or undernourished can be detrimental to our health by negatively affecting our balance, memory, and immunity.
Small Changes May Make You Happier & Healthier
Infusion of Hope
Most survivors have asked themselves the question, “Could I have prevented this cancer?” Some may mull this question over and over in their minds. But how much should you dwell on the past, and is it worth your time and energy now to have regrets?
A Revolutionary Time in Multiple Myeloma Therapy
Multiple Myeloma
The year 2015 will go down in medical history as an exceptional moment in the progress made in multiple myeloma, with 4 new drugs having been approved by the FDA and 1 drug already in use for patients with advanced disease being approved for use in all patients, including those who were just diagnosed with the disease. Although no cure is available yet, these new drugs bring significant progress to the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
Bottoms Up
Patient StoriesColorectal Cancer
"When an associate says something I don’t especially like, I turn the other cheek. When I’m out walking with my grandchildren, I always bring up the rear," says Corinne Tucker in her playful, pun-filled take on rectal cancer.
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