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Nutrition A Vital Component to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

June 17, 2015
Most people know that a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal; but often it isn’t very easy to achieve. There are several components to a healthy lifestyle:
  • A well-balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • A good night’s sleep
  • A moderate approach to reducing stress

Chair Yoga for Your Mind Body and Spirit

June 17, 2015
For years, yoga advocates have eagerly shared their thoughts about the benefits of this type of exercise. However, you don’t have to just take your neighbor’s word for it. These first-person anecdotes are endorsed by several comprehensive research studies. This research shows that a regular yoga routine has a positive effect on a person’s mind, body and spirit. This is particularly encouraging for cancer patients who may have limited energy to dedicate to exercise.

Restoring Body Image and Sexuality after Cancer Treatment

June 17, 2015
Your journey to wellness begins as soon as your cancer treatment ends. One of the first challenges along that path can be getting used to a body that cancer has altered. How your body looks and functions may be different and unfamiliar. It is not unusual for body image to suffer during this time, which can create stress in relationships and diminish sexual enjoyment. Regardless of gender or type of cancer, you might want to try “returning to normal,” yet the lingering impacts of cancer treatment can make this an unlikely prospect.

Understanding the Difference Between IBD and IBS

June 17, 2015
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are two completely different conditions that share very similar acronyms.   Often I find people confused about them, even presuming they may have one, when in fact, they actually have the other.

Protect Against Melanoma in Kids

June 08, 2015

A study recently reported that melanoma rates have risen 250% in children and young adults since the 1970s.  Another study found that between 1973 and 2009, pediatric melanomas (age 19 or younger) increased by 2% per year.  As medical providers we are seeing an upward trend in skin cancers in all age groups – but predominantly among young women, which is thought to be due to tanning practices.  We also know that even rare sunburns early in childhood can dramatically increase risk for melanoma later in life.  There are lots of ways that parents can help protect children from sun exposure – here are some tips to help us do our best as summer approaches!

Neuroplasticity Model of Music Therapy

June 04, 2015
Listen to this podcast about how music therapy can help stimulate alternative pathways in the brain as well as help facilitate control of movement.  The MS Center at Swedish offers group Music Therapy sessions with a licensed musical therapist. 

Is my vaginal discharge normal

June 01, 2015
If you’re a woman who has wondered whether your vaginal discharge is normal, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the characteristics of normal discharge, understand why it may change and get tips for good hygiene.

Sharing Knowledge with Nursing Colleagues in China

May 18, 2015
As the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Director of Quality and Clinical Practice, I  recently went to China to advocate for the nurses role in cancer supportive care and patient education.  Sponsored by Merck Oncology, I spoke at the Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) Summit in Beijing to 200 providers from across China.

Dealing with Vaginal Prolapse

May 13, 2015
Women's bodies change with time, and as I advise my patients, it takes conscientious effort to counteract gravity, aging, and time's effects on our bodies. One of our most vulnerable places for feeling the pull of gravity over time, is our vaginal support. When the vaginal supports fail, this is called vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Office Location Changing June 8, 2015 from First Hill to Madison Valley

May 12, 2015

As of June 8, 2015, Sandra C. Walker will be relocating her practice to Seattle's Madison Valley.