Survivorship is living with and beyond cancer.

Myth #14

Myth #14

Good posture is not that important when healing from cancer treatments…

When people talk about good posture, many of us think back to our Grandma or Mother telling us to sit up straight and stop slouching. Well, they were not just trying to help you look more proper… good posture is important for many reasons!

In this video, Mike Lang talks with Naomi Dolgoy, an Occupational Therapist with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, about what an Occupational Therapist does and the importance of good posture to encourage healing. Naomi shares one simple exercise to help you improve your posture.

Good posture can help improve your energy and allow for better blood circulation throughout your body. If you are having problems with any functional tasks like typing on a keyboard, using a fork and knife, walking up stairs or lifting things above your head, here is the contact information for the Rehabilitation Clinics in Calgary and Edmonton. Give them a call!

TBCC Rehab and Lymphedema Clinic:
Holy Cross site 2210 2nd St SW,
Calgary, AB
Ph- 403-476-2448
Fax- 403-476-2457

Cross Cancer Institute Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-language Pathology
11560 University Ave, Edmonton
Physiotherapy: 780-432-8716
Occupational Therapy: 780-432-8798
Speech-language Pathology: 780-432-8288

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Myth #13

Myth #13

“Spirituality” is just a coping mechanism that works for some people and not for others…

In Canada’s multicultural society there is an incredibly diverse mix of spiritual and existential beliefs. Because of this diversity, and the legendary Canadian politeness, spirituality can often been pushed out of regular conversations and interactions in the cancer centre. However, it has been shown that “intangible factors” like spiritual beliefs can have a profound impact on long term survival and quality of life.

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Myth #12

Myth #12

Taking nutritional supplements can never hurt…

Something that many cancer survivors do somewhere along their journey is go the health food store and load up on nutritional supplements because hey, it can’t hurt to have some extra vitamins and minerals… right?

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Myth #11

Myth #11

I need to do something spectacular with my life after cancer…

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event. It can profoundly change the way we think about life and the things that are important to us.

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Myth #10

Myth #10

Advance care planning is too difficult for my family and gives the impression that I am giving up…

Advance Care Planning is a way to help people think about, talk about and document thier wishes for health care in the future. However, many cancer patients feel that talking about the end of their life with close friends and family gives the impression that they are giving up and often this important planning does not take place. In this video Lisa Lamont, a clinical social worker at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, describes what a Personal Directive is and why it is important to talk about and plan for end of life issues with friends and family.

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Myth #9

Myth #9

If I was not physically active before cancer, it will not help me now…

It can be very difficult to make healthy lifestyle changes after being diagnosed with cancer and many survivors wonder if it is worth the effort. In this video, Mike Lang talks with Lauren Capozzi, a PhD student are the University of Calgary who works with the Culor-Reed Health and Wellness Lab, about exercise and its impact of the health of cancer survivors.

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Myth #8

Myth #8

Art therapy is only for artists…

It has been proven that art can help cancer survivors process the difficult feelings and emotions that arise during a cancer expereince. However, many cancer survivors do not try something art related because they believe they are not an “artist”. In this video, Mike Lang talks with the Art Therapist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Marie Butler, about using art to help heal and how it is all about the process, not the end product.

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Myth #7

Myth #7

My children will be emotionally damaged by my cancer diagnosis…

Many parents with cancer are worried about how it will affect their children, especially when they have young children.

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Myth #6

Myth #6

Forcing myself to keep a positive attitude will help me beat cancer…

It is a popular idea in North America that positive thinking directly effects what happens to you.

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Myth #5

Myth #5

There is no way for me to sleep better without a taking a sleeping pill…

Sleep better tonight with these simple tips.

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