Too many women suffer from cancer – whether it be breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or other forms of cancer. And when they receive treatment, part of the rehabilitation is figuring out how to heal yourself. Watch Dr. Julie Silver, chief editor of books at Harvard Medical Publications and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!: How to Handle Flare-Ups, Injuries, and Everyday Back Health, talk about the importance of cancer rehabilitation for women:
For more from Dr. Silver, watch: Say Goodbye to Back Pain
“We need to help women heal faster, better and stronger,” says Dr. Silver, who herself suffered from breast cancer. ”I’m working actively with hospitals to help them implement best practices models for cancer rehabilitation. Ask your doctor if you need cancer rehab.”
When one receives news of a cancer diagnoses, the news obviously can be shocking. Coping with one’s condition, then enduring the often painful cancer treatments – including chemotherapy – can be draining and leave one looking for people to lean on for support. Take advantage of the people who are there for you – both medically and emotionally, says Dr. Silver.
“One of the things I learned, is you really need to build your health-care team, as quickly and effectively as you can,” she said. “Your friends and family should be your support and your doctors and nurses should be your medical advisors.”
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