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Meditation Can Help Alleviate Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Meditation (N):  A mind-body process that uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and calm the mind. Meditation has many benefits for general health and well-being.  The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, substance...


FREE Wigs for Cancer Patients Living in Des Moines, Iowa

  If you live in Des Moines, Iowa and have lost your hair as a result of cancer treatments, check out Strands of Strength. Strands of Strength provides FREE quality wigs to cancer patients- men, women or children- regardless of age or type of cancer – who live in Des...


FREE Running Program for Cancer Survivors in MD, DC, VA

  Pictured above is Alan (on the right) with his childhood friend Andy.  Since this picture was taken, Andy has run 27 marathons, completed 5 triathlons and has become a certified running coach.  Despite all these accomplishments, Andy always made time to go for a run or walk with Alan,...


4 Tips to Find a Qualified Oncology Massage Therapist from MD Anderson

This post comes from MD Anderson’s Blog Cancerwise and was written by Siri Sumler, massage therapist at MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Center.  It’s a great article on finding a qualified massage therapist.   “It has been known for thousands of years that massage feels good, helps relieve pain, stress and...


Don’t Mix Grapefruit With Some Medications

  Alan LOVED to eat fruit, any kind of fruit… but his favorites were strawberries, blueberries and grapefruit.  However, I remember when he was taking sutent (typically used to treat kidney cancer), “chemo-in-a-pill” as we called it, he was not allowed to eat grapefruit… or drink his favorite soda Fresca...


FREE High Quality Wigs for Female Cancer Patients

Cancer patients say that hair loss is one of the most emotionally devastating side effects of chemotherapy.  To help maintain a positive body image & sense of normalcy, many cancer patients opt to wear a wig.  However, some insurance companies won’t cover the cost of a wig, and the ones...


FREE Fitness Programs for Cancer Survivors

    Everyone knows that exercise is good for you.  Generally speaking, people with stronger, leaner bodies have more energy, are healthier and basically feel better.  Research has now shown that exercise is especially important for cancer survivors.  Regular exercise does all of the following: improves mood boosts self-confidence and...




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