Im­prov­ing qual­ity of life dur­ing can­cer treat­ment

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Fight­ing can­cer is the big­gest pri­or­ity for peo­ple when they have been di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease. Af­ter the ini­tial shock of di­ag­no­sis has worn off, pa­tients can then take their first steps to­wards re­cover y.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mayo Clinic, stress, pain and fa­tigue can se­verely

ter can­cer treat­ment. What’s more, family mem­bers car­ing for pa­tients also may ex­pe­ri­ence di­min­ished

strate­gies dur­ing and af­ter treat­ment can help both can­cer pa­tients and their care­givers. Can­cer So­ci­ety says phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity has been linked to a 24 per­cent de­crease in breast can­cer com­ing back, and a 34 per­cent de­crease in breast can­cer deaths.

Ex­er­cise also can af­fect bal­ance, con­trol weight, im­prove self-es­teem, strengthen bones, lessen the risk of blood clots and re­duce nau­sea and fa­tigue.

Can­cer pa­tients also can ben­e­fit from ther­a­pies that pro­mote the re­duc­tion of stress and anx­i­ety. The Mayo Clinic stud­ied for­mal ses­sions that pro­moted phys­i­cal ther­apy, cop­ing strate­gies or ad­dress­ing spir­i­tual con­cerns, and deep breath­ing or guided im­agery to re­duce stress. Those who en­gaged in th­ese ther­a­pies showed marked im­prove­ment at a crit­i­cal time in care.

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