Coping with Cancer: Podcasts and Videos

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Talking to Your Child About Cancer

This video answers common questions that a person with cancer may have about talking to their child about cancer and its treatment.

Surviving Cancer

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Alexis Vanden Bos, cancer survivor and Swedish patient, shares her perspective on diagnoses, treatment and living with cancer. (16:19)
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Caring Bridge

Sandi Johnson, supervisor of Oncology Social Work, introduces Caring Bridge, a free online tool that aims to ease communication with loved ones and increase support through cancer treatment. (3:37)
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Talking to Someone with Cancer: Don't Let Fear Stop You

It can be challenging to communicate with a loved one about their cancer. Oncology Social Worker Tricia Matteson at Swedish Cancer Institute joins SCI patient Allison to discuss tips and strategies for offering support in a sensitive and caring manner.
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Therapy Options at Swedish

What to Expect in Art Therapy

Art therapist Nicole Stiver explains what art therapy is and what to expect in an appointment. (5:26)
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Swedish Cancer Institute Music Therapy Program

Betsy Hartman, MT-BC utilizes music as a way to address therapeutic goals, some of which are to increase relaxation as well as reduce anxiety and stress. (5:50)
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Sample of Music Therapy: Betsy Hartman Plays the Harp



Coping with Treatment Side Effects

Managing Cancer-Related Anxiety and General Mood Changes

Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment can impact a patient's mental well-being. This video discusses anxiety and general mood as it can relate to a cancer experience.

Cancer-Related Fatigue

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Dr. David Zucker provides an overview of cancer-related fatigue and important strategies for managing and easing fatigue during cancer treatment. (10:38)
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Turning Down the Heat on Hot Flashes

Many women experience hot flashes. Understand what causes hot flashes and how to "turn down the heat" with safe and natural treatments or interventions. (4:46)
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Sexuality and Cancer

Vivian and Mark, Swedish Cancer Institute Social Workers, describe the effects of cancer treatment on sexuality and explain important strategies for combating these personal issues and maintaining healthy intimate relationships.

Palliative Care and Symptom Management

Dr. Ellyn Lee, palliative care physician and director of palliative care at Swedish, explains how palliative care can provide relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

Mindfulness Meditation

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

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Dr. David Zucker provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation for patients undergoing cancer treatment (first of three meditation podcasts). (4:00)
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20-Minute Mindfulness Meditation

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This is a twenty-minute practice meditation. After the introduction by Dr. David Zucker, there will be twenty minutes of silence that will begin and end with the ringing of a bell. (25:06)
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5-Minute Mindfulness Meditation

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This is a five-minute practice meditation. After the introduction by Dr. David Zucker, there will be five minutes of silence that will begin and end with the ringing of a bell. (7:14)
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Nutritional Supplements and Naturopathic Medicine

Understanding the Use of Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements don't automatically mean safe or natural. Understand the benefits and risks of supplements, what to look for and avoid in supplements and how to create a customized plan for supplement safety. (5:03)
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Complementary Medicine and Nutrition

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Naturopathic physician Dr. Dan Labriola offers an important overview on the role of naturopathic medicine in cancer care. (9:38)
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Advance Directives

 

Vivian and Danielle, Swedish Cancer Institute Social Workers, discuss important medical advance planning documents, also known as Advance Directives. These documents will spell out a patient’s decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.