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December 2016 Vol 2 No 6

Wishing You Good Health in 2017
Issue Introductions
Hello everyone! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 begins, so do deductibles and larger copayments for the coming year. Ugh! Connecting with a financial navigator who can help you find resources to offset these expenses should happen as soon as you are diagnosed.
Preparing for Your First Appointment: 5 Tips to Make the Most of It
Survivorship
Before sitting down with your oncologist for the first time, there are a few things you can do to prepare physically and mentally.
Understanding Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Uncommon but Debilitating Blood Cancers
Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Myeloproliferative neoplasms, better known as MPNs, are rare and chronic type of blood cancers that develop when the body makes too many red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. MPNs are a type of blood cancer that gets worse with time, and because they are chronic, they can last for many years.
The Oncology Emergency Department: What You Need to Know
Emergency Care
At the James Comprehensive Cancer Center, we’ve developed an oncology-specific emergency department for our patients with cancer. Since opening the department in 2015, we have discovered the many ways that our patients benefit from this cancer-focused care. 
Holiday Cooking for Patients with Cancer
Nutrition & CancerWellness Corner
Chef Ryan Callahan shares tips and techniques to make your holiday season flavorful for everyone.
Chemo Side-Effects Relief with Acupuncture, a Centuries-Old Treatment
ChemotherapySide-Effects Management
After being poked and prodded for cancer treatment, testing, and surgery, it seems crazy that patients with cancer would ask for more needles, but that is exactly what’s happening when it comes to acupuncture.
Helping Hands
Art Therapy
This piece by Kathryn Scholefield depicts two hands reaching out for each other, and was made with charcoal and colored pastel.
Making Goals You Can Keep
Survivorship
Here comes the New Year and excitement about fresh starts, new goals, and a healthier lifestyle. So often, by mid-February those healthy goals have been derailed by day-to-day demands. With a bit of planning, however, you can set goals that will stick and bring you the rewards of a healthier lifestyle.
Body Image: A Battle with Ourselves
From Your Navigator
Do you ever look at yourself and think you would be happier if a certain body part or parts looked different or “better”? Ever feel that your self-worth is contingent on how you believe others perceive you, such as how physically attractive you are?
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