The continuing rise in cancer rates and longer survivorship underscores the need for effective symptom management. Based on current evidence, meditation is a promising modality for the relief of both psychological and physical symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments. Meditation can reduce stress, control anxiety, improve sleep, and improve emotional health and self-awareness. It has also been reported to lengthen attention span and reduce age-related memory loss.
CaSfA recently hosted a Meditation Workshop utilizing the free app,
End-of-life care is the term used to describe the
support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. This care
does not happen only in the moments before breathing stops and the heart stops
beating. People living with one or more
chronic illnesses may need a lot of care for days, weeks, and even months
before death. In addition, we don’t
always know when death is near, so it is important that we figure out a plan in
According to the National Cancer Institute, “End-of-life
care includes physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support for patients
and their families.
CaSfA had such
a wonderful evening of Yoga with Eileen Nikopoulos!
Gentle, simple poses and breath work started the class. We were then guided into a few restorative
poses and experienced a sample of Thai Yoga bodywork. We all left the evening feeling much more
relaxed and rejuvenated!!
Nikopoulos, RYT 500 is an experienced yoga teacher and Certified Thai Yoga
Bodywork Practitioner who practices at several studios in the Central Massachusetts area. Her private studio is at 14 South Street,
Westborough, but she will also travel to your home or office.
There is a
physical (and mental) decline in our bodies as we age—and studies have shown
that biologic aging begins in our 20’s!
Add cancer and the effects of its treatments to this decline and we can
end up with significant weaknesses.
It can be
extremely challenging to do any exercise or fitness program during treatment
and even after treatment is completed. I
remember some days, just getting out of bed was a major accomplishment. There is pain and limited abilities that may
be secondary to surgeries and radiation.
CaSfA members learned a lot of useful information at "Cancer Survivorship:
Sexual Health and the Pelvic Floor", a presentation by Stacey Berger, PT. Stacey specializes in
women’s health, men’s health, pelvic pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation,
continence control, and musculoskeletal conditions. She is STAR (Survivorship
Training and Rehabilitation) Certified
in Oncology Rehab.
Here are some take home pelvic health tips:
- Drink plenty of
water for healthy bladder and improved bowel function
US Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft statement with updated
advice for the use of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in screening for prostate
cancer. They will be accepting public
feedback regarding their recommendations until May 8, 2017, after which time a
final recommendation will be released.
in 2012, the USPSTF unequivocally told doctors to discourage patients from
getting PSA testing. They stated that
the risks of false positives and overtreatment outweighed the benefits.
CaSfA members were fortunate to have Holly Brown of Looking and
Feeling FAB, Inc.
) for a presentation, “Skin Care After the Diagnosis of Cancer”. This non-profit organization offers those
with cancer and other serious illnessesFREE
skin care products, treatments and education
at multiple locations in
Massachusetts (including Westborough!!). We learned how our skin changes with cancer
and what we can do to preserve and protect our skin. We even received gift bags with sample