Monday, July 30, 2007

Cancer Patients, Lost in a Maze of Uneven Care

As if cancer itself isn't an awful reality, this article exposes the heartbreaking truths about the health-care system that patients must navigate.

"...only about half of those who should be tested (for colon cancer) actually are. Deaths could be cut in half, experts say — meaning 26,000 lives a year could be saved — if all those who need screening were to receive it."

"A study published last year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Dr. Bickell and other researchers assessed how likely a woman who had surgery for breast cancer was to miss out on other needed treatments — drugs or radiation — at several high-quality teaching hospitals. If she was white, she had a 1 in 6 chance of failing to receive the treatment; black, 1 in 3; and Hispanic, 1 in 4."

New York Times

Monday, July 9, 2007

"Cancer and its treatment are associated with considerable distress, impaired quality of life, poor mental health and reduced physical function. This is particularly true for women with breast cancer who receive multi-modality treatment over an extended period of time. For thousands of years, Tibetans have been employing a form of yoga that we think could help ameliorate the treatment-related morbidity that accumulates over time in cancer patients."
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Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., Researcher at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Cancer News
MSNBC.com

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga enhances physical and emotional wellness—and brings a peace many cancer patients had thought they'd lost forever.
  • Yoga gives cancer patients the opportunity to connect more strongly to their body instead of running away from their condition
  • Patients begin to experience self-empowerment and well-being
  • Health benefits include better sleep patterns, range of motion, flexibility, strength, relaxation, and an internal sense of bodily well-being