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Learn the Facts: What is Palliative Care?

Posted on January 6, 2014

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What do you think of when you hear the words “palliative care?” Do you associate it with giving up, quitting the fight, lying down to die? That’s a common misunderstanding of palliative care; it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

A better way to understand palliative care is that it’s an extra layer of support. It’s not an “either/or” choice where a patient has to decide between receiving disease-fighting treatment or palliative care, and it’s not a last resort. Palliative care treats the person in addition to the disease. Read more

Have a (Food) Safe Holiday

Posted on December 20, 2013

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If you’re hosting a family dinner, cookie exchange or cocktail party this holiday season, now is the perfect time to brush up on your food safety knowledge. This is especially pertinent if you or someone you love has colon cancer, as cancer and cancer treatment can weaken the immune system and increase risk of infection. So whether you’re hosting an intimate sit-down dinner or a party for 50 of your pals, follow these food safety practices to ensure a happy and safe holiday, brought to you by our friends at Meals to Heal.

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7 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Depression

Posted on December 17, 2013

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On the surface, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. Movies and advertisements tell us we should spend from Thanksgiving to New Year’s in a state of constant gratitude, warmth and happiness. They also tell us we have to buy all the right gifts, cook every meal to perfection, decorate our houses like Martha Stewart and, in the copious free time left after all this effort, make sure each of our friends and family knows just how important they are to us. Read more

Patient Tips: Eat, Drink & Be Merry This Holiday Season

Posted on December 12, 2013

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‘Tis the season for eating. From office parties to family dinners to get-togethers with friends, the holidays are a festive time of year celebrated with food and drink. But while everyone else is feeling merry and bright, you may be feeling both emotionally and physically drained from your cancer treatment, especially if you’re suffering from side effects interfering with your appetite and ability to eat.

Don’t be discouraged. Caryn Huneke from Meals to Heal has some great tips to help you cope with your side effects and manage all of the wining and dining you deserve this holiday season. Read more

Healthy Holiday Eating: Color Your Plate

Posted on December 6, 2013

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The holidays are bursting with color from ornaments to wrapped presents, but today we’re talking about the colors on your plate.

We hear a lot about how what we eat can influence our risk of developing certain cancers, but the foods we eat are also important post-diagnosis for improving patient outcomes. In fact, good nutrition should be a priority before, during  and after cancer treatment so the body has the energy and nutrients it needs to help repair, recover and heal from treatment. Caryn Huneke from Meals to Heal weighs in on what you should be putting on your plate this holiday season. Read more

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