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Cancer

Support for Mind and Body

Anxiety: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery

These skills take practice, and the more you practice them, the more helpful they are. Some people find it useful to make a tape to listen to as they practice. A soothing tape of music may help.

Art Therapy, Dance Therapy, Music Therapy, and Imagery

Art, dance, music—all are examples of mind-body therapy. Although these therapies do not cure cancer, they provide an outlet for emotions and can improve mental and physical well-being.

Distraction as Alternative Therapy for Cancer

Distraction does not cure cancer, but it helps push patients’ minds away from unpleasant thoughts, procedures, and pain.

Yoga as Alternative Therapy for Cancer

Yoga means "union"—a union of the mind, body, and spirit—and uses slow movement, precise posture, meditation, and breathing exercises to reach a state of relaxation.

Physical Exercise for Cancer

Exercise is an effective activity for many people with cancer. Scientists are still learning about how physical activity helps cancer patients and what impact it has on the immune system.

Maintaining Quality of Life When You Have Cancer

To help you make the transition back to your pre-cancer lifestyle, ask your doctor and other specialists to design a rehabilitation program for you. Its goal should be to strengthen you both physically and mentally.

Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.

Medications

Taking Antidepressant Medications

If you have been asked to take drugs for your feelings of depression. To take antidepressant drugs safely, you will need this safety information.

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