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Acupuncture, Massage and Other Touch Therapies for Cancer Patients

May 15, 2021

Acupuncture, Massage and Other Touch Therapies for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients can greatly benefit from integrative (sometimes called “alternative”) therapies along with their medical treatments. Touch therapies like acupuncture, massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and reflexology can help with side effects of cancer treatment and also reduce pain and stress.

It is always important to talk to your doctor about any alternative therapy before starting it, as not all alternative therapies are recommended for all patients. Here is a list of Arizona Oncology Foundation’s approved touch therapies you can discuss with your doctor.

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How to Tell Your Family and Friends You Have Cancer

March 30, 2021

How to Tell Your Family and Friends You Have Cancer

When your oncologist gives you a diagnosis of cancer, there are many things that begin to happen. You may need to arrange further doctor’s appointments and tests before your treatment plan begins. You’ll be feeling a lot of emotions and your mind may bounce in different directions.

One thing you may wonder is how to tell your family and friends that you have cancer. This is a personal experience for you, and you must do what feels most comfortable to you. Here are some things to consider before talking to friends and family.

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The Importance of Preventive Cancer Screening

February 23, 2021

The Importance of Preventive Cancer Screening

Taking control of your health starts with being proactive. Screenings are a vital component of comprehensive healthcare and they’re the best way to identify cancer in its earliest stages, often before it causes any symptoms.

The physicians at Arizona Oncology want to encourage everyone to continue getting their regular screenings during these unprecedented times. Delaying important routine exams, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and lung screenings, can increase the chance of the cancer spreading to other organs. The fact remains, most cancer is treatable if detected early.

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How to Celebrate the Holidays with Cancer During COVID-19

December 14, 2020

 How to Celebrate the Holidays with Cancer During COVID-19

This year, things are likely going to be a bit different when it comes to celebrating the holidays. We all need to do our part to help keep one another safe and healthy while there is a COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure to consult the Arizona Department of Health for the latest guidelines about wearing masks and social distancing. For individuals with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones, it’s a good idea to make a plan now for how to celebrate safely. With that in mind, here are some tips for having a joyful season.

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Summer Travel with Cancer

August 7, 2018

summer travel with cancer

Many patients worry about cancer getting in the way of daily life, which may include their summer vacation or travel plans. Initially, yes, a cancer diagnosis can put certain things on hold – but in most cases, it’s only temporary. Once your cancer treatment plan is in place, resuming everyday activities often becomes more manageable – even when it involves going on a trip. Traveling with cancer may involve some extra planning, but there are ways to help it be less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some tips to get you started so you can enjoy the travel season.  

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