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  1. Cancer and Sun Safety: What You Need to Know

    Summer is in full swing, and many of us are enjoying outdoor activities and lots of time in the sun. For cancer patients, being mindful of sun exposure before, during and after cancer treatment is extremely important. According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Information Specialists, a team of master’s level oncology social workers, nurses and health educators, sunlight has benefits, but it is important to protect yourself from too much sun exposure. Here is what ...

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  1. Lodging & Transportation Resources for Cancer Survivors

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support As part of cancer treatment, you may make frequent trips to your cancer treatment center for appointments and treatment. If your treatment center isn’t close to home, this may mean extra transportation and lodging expenses. Many resources are available to cancer patients to help cover the costs of travel for treatment. The first step is to talk to your healt...

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  2. What is Medicare?

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support Medicare is an insurance program run by the United States government. Medicare is for people who 65 years or older Under 65 but have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 24 months Have end-stage renal disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Medicare has 4 types of possible coverage. Part A (Hospital Insurance): Part A covers inpatient care such as hospital care, nursin...

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  1. Is Your Food Safe?

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support Food safety is a valuable goal year-round but especially in the warmer months. Why? More people travel and transport food during the vacation months. The outside temperatures in summer and early autumn often leave outdoor food in the danger zone, between 40 degrees and 140 degrees. Food eaten at outdoor events like picnics, tailgates, and cookouts are at a higher...

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  2. Am I Depressed?

    Do you ever feel sad, withdrawn, or blue? Did these feelings appear or become more pronounced after your or your loved one’s diagnosis? If so, you are not alone. Many patients and caregivers report feeling down during the course of a cancer journey. These feelings can arise when adjusting to a new diagnosis or changes in relationships. They can also arise while adjusting to life after treatment or living as a “survivor”, even many years later. Identity challenges or emotions such as gui...

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  3. Caregiver Spotlight: Using Writing to Heal and Cope

    Caregiving can cause a roller coaster of emotions that change over time. Finding time and outlets to cope is not always easy. Dr. Robert Winn, medical director of Deer Valley and The Canyons in Park City, knows this struggle all too well. Life was near perfect for Dr. Winn and his beloved wife Nancy. When Nancy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), their world went tumbling out of control. Dr. Winn could not speak of Nancy's illness without getting choked up or crying, so to commun...

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  4. Light the Night – A Chance to Celebrate, Honor, and Connect

    Hi LLS Community! We would like to call your attention to our Light the Night walks, currently taking place all across the country. This is a great opportunity to get to know other patients and caregivers and to celebrate survivorship. These events are open to the public. Upcoming this weekend: 10/20/2016 Boston, MA – The Boston Commons Omaha, NE – Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Greer, SC – BMW Performance Center 10/21/2016 Athens, GA – The Classic Cent...

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  5. To Be Or Not To Be A Vegetarian

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support Many times when I speak with people who are just diagnosed with cancer, they want to change their diet immediately. I get it. They want control over something in their life when suddenly everything seems out of control. Everyone else is asking for their time, setting doctors’ appointments, and scheduling imaging and laboratory tests. Cancer survivors may tu...

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  6. Stop The Problem Before It Starts: Lymphedema Prevention

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support ​Lymphedema is a common side effect among cancer survivors, but it can affect any patient whose treatment plan included lymph nodes being removed by surgery or lymph nodes being damaged by radiation treatment. Lymphedema is a swelling in the arms, legs, or other parts of the body caused by a build-up of extra lymphatic fluid. Lymphatic fluid cannot flow through the body normally if lymph nodes are removed or damage...

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