Category: Recommended Reading

Cancer Pain Overview

Pain is the result of a physiological series of electrical and chemical events that occur in the body. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”  

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

Benefits of Good Nutrition During Cancer Treatment Cancer treatments, and sometimes the cancer itself, can make it challenging to maintain a nutritious diet. Side effects like nausea, fatigue, taste changes and dry mouth can impact what you can eat and have an effect on your overall nutritional status. Each cancer patient’s nutritional needs are unique. More Info »

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient

In the past, people being treated for a chronic illness (an illness a person may live with for a long time, like cancer or diabetes) were often told by their doctor to rest and reduce their physical activity. This is good advice if movement causes pain, rapid heart rate, or shortness of breath. But newer More Info »

American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

Early detection and improved treatments for cancer have resulted in roughly 12 million survivors alive in the United States today. This growing population faces unique challenges from their disease and treatments, including risk for recurrent cancer, other chronic diseases, and persistent adverse effects on physical functioning and quality of life. Historically, clinicians advised cancer patients to rest and to avoid More Info »

Cancer? More exercise, not less, may be best

For Marika Holmgren, fighting breast cancer was an uphill battle — literally. She got back on her mountain bike shortly after her diagnosis in February 2007, smack-dab in the middle of chemotherapy. “The treatment is so intense — it strips everything away. You’re physically and completely changed,” says Holmgren, 40. “I was trying to retain More Info »

About Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson was from Rothwell and was originally diagnosed, in 1990, with breast cancer when she was just 26 years old. A tumour in Jane’s lung grew so large that it made her breathless. Then in August 2000 a scan revealed multiple secondary cancers. Jane’s diagnosis was terminal. But despite the odds, Jane was determined More Info »

A Guide to Optimizing Treatment Through Integrative Health for People Living with Pain

When you break your leg, undergo surgery, or burn your hand, you experience pain – acute pain. With treatment and time, the pain usually disappears. But chronic pain is different. It hangs around even after the original illness or injury has improved, reminding you every day that it has no plans to vacate the premises. More Info »

Coping with Cancer Magazine

The Coping with Cancer website is a complete online experience that educates and inspires. It is presented in a warm and friendly, easy-to-use format, and provides knowledge about living with cancer, hope, and inspirational topics. The Coping team is constantly adding relevant articles and trustworthy resources. The website is provided as a public service by Coping with Cancer magazine and does More Info »

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Evidenced Based Safety Handbook for Nurses

Federal Educational Resource: Chapter 17: Improving the Quality of Care Through Pain Assessment and Management At some point in life, virtually everyone experiences some type of pain. Pain is often classified as acute or chronic. Acute pain, such as postoperative pain, subsides as healing takes place. Chronic pain is persistent and is subdivided into cancer-related More Info »

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of More Info »