Cancer Care Resources And Yoga

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Cancer Care Resources: How To Find The Right Information

If you are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer- whether it be a new diagnosis or something you have been dealing with for a while- I know that you have a lot on your plate. Maybe it isn’t you that is directly affected- maybe it is a friend or family member. Maybe you are a caregiver. Whatever the case may be, there is support out there. It may take some time and effort to find it – but it does exist.

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Today, I wanted to talk specifically about cancer resources, as well as some resources for cancer and yoga. I know that searching for information can be daunting and time consuming so I have found a few resources that may be of interest to you or someone you care for. In addition to information on research and treatment, they collectively offer information on support in various ways.

Before we get to that, there are most definitely some things to think about when searching for credible health information and resources online. The first being- where is this information coming from? Generally websites that end in .gov or .edu will be reliable.

A website ending in .org is generally a non profit, so be sure to take note of the purpose of the website to discern any possible bias in the information or offerings. You may also want to consider the date of the material and if it was reviewed by a healthcare professional or peer reviewed. You may be interested in these two articles for more information on finding trusted information online for this particular topic- or really anything you are searching for:

Finding and Evaluating Cancer Information | Livestrong

How to Find Cancer Resources You Can Trust – NCI

I have discussed the stress of caregiving previously- you can take a look at it here. There are some resources in that post that you may be interested in. If you are interested in journaling for healing purposes, I like these journals for self love or self care from Promptly Journals:

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Keep reading for some yoga and cancer care resources that are readily available that may be helpful to you. A gentle reminder that information you find online should not be used as a substitute for medical care from your healthcare provider. 

5  Cancer Care Resources 

1. National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is the federal government’s primary agency for cancer research. Here you will find evidenced based information on various types of cancer including treatment, statistics, causes, and prevention. They also have helpful links to information for caregivers and how to deal with a cancer diagnosis- as well as information on finding sources you can trust. It is worth starting here to get researched backed information and take a look through the site for anything that may appeal to you.

2. American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has many patient programs and services such as assistance with lodging during treatment, rides and transportation to treatment, and breast cancer support. They also have information on finding care, support (including survivor support), and caregiver information.

3. Cancer Care

Cancer Care

This organization offers many services that may be of interest to you or someone you care for. They offer counseling, education, support groups, information on financial assistance, and resource navigation. They offer free support groups by phone, online, or in person, as well as education workshops. This site may be worth a look for you if you are looking for some accessible support groups to help you get started.

4. Caring Bridge

Caring Bridge

While this is not cancer specific, this is an online tool that helps you set up a site to help keep family and friends updated all in one place. You can set the privacy settings that you want. It can act as a scheduling tool for assistance with various tasks. You can also use it to help you set up a GoFund me or meal train.

5. Lotsa Helping Hands

Lotsa Helping Hands

Lotsa Helping Hands is another tool to help with coordination of care and volunteers in one central location. Take a look at this resource if this is of interest to you. I think it is worth taking a look through the above resources as you never know what information may resonate with you.

Yoga And Cancer Care Resources

A cropped image of three people in a yoga class with their hands together at their heart for meditation.

Take a look at these resources if you are interested in learning more about yoga and cancer. Research is ongoing in the area of cancer and yoga. If you are interested you may want to check out these research articles:

Yoga Into Cancer Care: A Review Of The Evidenced Based Research

Role of Yoga in Cancer Patients: Expectations, Benefits, and Risks: A Review

More and more cancer treatment centers are offering yoga programs. Keep in mind that yoga involves much more than the poses. Practices such as guided imagery, meditation, stress reduction activities, breathing exercises, or mindfulness practices do not include rigorous movement. These may be beneficial for a variety of stressors for both the person with the cancer diagnosis as well as family members, friends, and caregivers. 

More medical centers are adding complementary care programs. Some are online- but be sure to check with the ones in your area to see what they have to offer. Here is some information if you are interested:

Cancer and Yoga | Relaxation and Meditation

Cancer Care Support-Monthly Calendar

Yoga Essentials: Focus on Balance & Breath | Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Additionally, yoga can be a wonderful addition to a caregivers day. Take a look here for classes specifically for caregivers:

Yoga and Wellness for Caregivers – Schedule

Be sure to check in with your doctor for any local resources in your area and to be sure that any program is right for you. The wonderful thing about yoga is that there are so many tools we can use- from meditation, to visualization, to breathing- it is always accessible if we think of it as more than just the physical movements. 

If you are a yoga teacher there are many training options. I would suggest a research based program such as these two:

Yoga for the Cancer Patient

Mindful Yoga for Cancer – DHW Programs

Here are some additional cancer resources:

125+ Resources For Cancer Survivors: Clinics, Charities, And More

National Breast Cancer Foundation

American Lung Association

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Seniors Guide To Cancer

Epithelioid Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma

Veterans And Asbestos

Global Breast Cancer Resources

I hope that you found something that may benefit you or someone you care for, or at least gave you some ideas and resources to use in the future.

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