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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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
May 12, 2015
As of June 8, 2015, Sandra C. Walker will be relocating her practice to Seattle's Madison Valley.
May 11, 2015
"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues. My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along. By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night. If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."