A free martial arts class for families affected by cancer helps kids and parents build confidence and coping skills.
CancerCare social worker Maria Chi discusses how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques can help people cope with cancer.
Children, parents and caregivers came together to meet other families coping with cancer and engage in relaxing, therapeutic and fun activities.
CancerCare recently hosted a yoga and wellness event for young adults who have used our services, and who are either in active treatment for a cancer diagnosis or are currently post-treatment. The group had the opportunity to engage in low-impact poses in a calming and restorative atmosphere.
Anxiety is very common among people with cancer. For some it occurs when they wake up, and for others, as they try to go to sleep.
CancerCare’s Men’s Cancers Program Director, Richard Dickens, MS, LCSW-R, addresses three common concerns that can interfere with sleep, and offers tips to reduce anxiety and help you get a good night’s rest.
Coping can be challenging when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. If you are in distress, it may be difficult to perform everyday tasks, keep up with treatments or care for yourself. Throughout the treatment process, some people may decide to incorporate integrative techniques into their lives to cope. Integrative medicine helps manage symptoms and side effects using different therapies along with standard cancer treatment. Common side effects of cancer treatment include fatigue, psychological distress, nausea, and pain. An integrative approach may help you.
A dynamic team of CancerCare’s oncology social workers presented at this year’s Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW is an expanding force of psychosocial oncology professionals. The annual meeting serves as a wonderful opportunity to advance the field of oncology social work, as well as to highlight the important work conducted by CancerCare’s social workers.
For some, cancer and its treatment can cause significant physical changes to the body. These changes can affect a person’s body image and reduce their sense of self-esteem and wellbeing. To help people cope with these changes, CancerCare is partnering with Me-therapy, a free online resource for improving body image and managing physical changes associated with cancer.
After Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009, she turned to her reiki practice, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing, to help make sense of it all. “When I was initially told I that have cancer, of course, I was shocked. I turned white in the doctor’s office,” remembers Lisa, a certified reiki master and holistic practitioner. “I immediately went into survivor mode. It was surreal, bizarre.”