Boosting Patients' Well-Being During Cancer Treatment

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Combination of exercises, discussions and deep breathing improve quality of life, specialists say



Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:33 PM

I wonder what kind of cancer these folks had.  I can't imagine anybody's quality of life improving as throat cancer treatment (radiation, sometimes surgery and/or chemo) progresses, or even in the weeks afterward.  I have never heard of it.

Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:50 PM

My father had throat cancer after a lifetime of heavy smoking.   It helps to have support of family and friends.  Just try to get through each day as best you can.  If possible, get some fresh air, watch funny tv programs and movies, when weather permits, grow some veggies, buy a bird feeder.  All of those things helped Dad cope.  He had to have his voice box removed so he talked like Daffy Duck, and the support group he belonged to had a sense of humor and were very kind to him.  Best wishes to you.

Thu Mar 07, 2013 02:37 AM

This is my second time dealing with cancet.  2005, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and in 2012 I was again diagnosed with cancer, oesophageal cancer.  In both cases, I had surgery,chemo and radiation.  I was eager to do whatever I could after my first bout with cancer; support group, friends and family support, stress management, Reiki, meditation, exercise, nutrition, visualization, counselling, literature, pastoral care.  I was living alone at that time so I relied alot on friends.  When I was diagnosed with cancer again in 2012, I was much more prepared and comfortable with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and now live with family.  I attribute my positive attitude to the wide variety of resources I have collected and primary to the people who are there for me. I now am stage 4 and starting chemotherapy for the third time.  I still have faith because I am doing all that I possibly can to work at my life and how I deal with my condition.

Thu Mar 07, 2013 09:03 AM

Wow Milliep. You are a true source of inspiration. May you continue to be showered with blessings.

Sun Mar 10, 2013 06:43 PM

I've had breast cancer several times and I do believe a support group, exercise, and a low carbohydrate diet have helped me recover , be healthy, and happy! It has been a year since my axillary dissection and radiation treatment and so far I haven't had a another reoccurrence. I do have an exercise buddy and several close friends who are a great support group for me!

Fri Mar 22, 2013 02:01 AM

I am starting a 3 month chemotherapy treatment for aggressive lymph nodes in the left neck and underarm related to my Feb 2012 oesophageal surgery.  I had a lymph node (malignant)removed in June followed by 25 radiation treatments and they returned in October.  I have had a painful shoulder and arm due to the lymph nodes so I am hoping that my treatment will shrink them and reduce the arm pain.  I am considered a stage 4 so I am hoping that this will help to keep me comfortable. 


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