Mat-Su Valley News

Do you know about the cancer resources in Alaska?

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If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on all of the cancer-related news and events across Alaska we’ve got good news. Sign up for the Alaska Cancer Resource newsletter for a weekly email featuring all the new and recurring support groups, educational events and more.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the events that are regularly featured in the newsletter:

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Glossary of radiation therapy terms

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At the beginning of any cancer journey, you’ll hear doctors, nurses and even your peers using terms you may have never heard of before and it’s overwhelming. It’s always good to ask your oncology team to explain if they are using terms that you do not understand. We’ve put together this list of common radiation oncology terms as a resource to help you understand the language of radiation therapy.

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Social life during cancer treatment

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During treatment it can be hard to do all the things that you used to enjoy. Undergoing treatment and working to heal your body can take a lot out of you and some days it takes up all the energy you have. It’s important to remember that getting out and doing the things you love can be good for both your mental wellbeing and your physical health. You don’t have to give up your social life!

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Life after treatment: Returning to 'normalcy'

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By: Becky Libal, ANP-C Survivorship Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Manager

Thoughts, feelings, and emotions can vary in quality and intensity during cancer treatment and the tasks of managing side effects and many appointments can be an all-consuming job. Patients often have an entire support team made of caregivers, medical providers, and peers focused on getting them through the daily demands of treatment, and the thoughts of of life after cancer receive little attention until the day of discharge has arrived.

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