Exercise Improves Quality of Life in African American Cancer Survivors

Research has shown exercise is crucial to improve cancer outcomes in survivors. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that cancer survivors should exercise for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. Unfortunately, many cancer survivors do not meet these recommendations. In particular, preliminary research suggests African American cancer survivors engage in lower levels of physical activity, and they have a higher likelihood of dying from their disease th...

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Has Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Improved?

Scientists recently discovered that improved cancer treatment approaches over time correlate with higher life expectancy in adult survivors of childhood cancer. As cancer treatment evolves to be more effective, more patients are surviving, with some even living long lives disease free. In order to determine if life expectancy also rises with evolving treatment, the investigators examined data derived from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, which included data on 5-year survivors of childhood c...

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Biobehavioral Intervention Improves Mental Health in Cancer Survivors

According to a new study, cancer patients who undergo a psychosocial intervention at the time of diagnosis report more positive than negative thoughts and more long-term positive changes overall compared with cancer patients who do not undergo psychosocial interventions. In this study, published in Health Psychology, 160 women with stage II/III breast cancer were asked to measure their levels of cancer stress using the Impact of Events Scale (IES) and depressive symptoms using the Center for Epi...

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Acupressure Relieves Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

Acupressure has been practiced as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Different pressure points along the body are activated by touch, promoting blood flow and releasing tension. According to a new study, self-acupressure also alleviates the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain that can plague breast cancer survivors. In this study, published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, 288 women were randomly separated into three groups of treatments: relaxing acupressure, stimulating...

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