Oncology Rehab and Wellness Blog

Using Nutrition to Prevent Osteoporosis: Digestion

By Cheryl Guarna | February 28, 2022

Bones are a lot of alkaline minerals—calcium, magnesium, potassium, a bit of boron, zinc, and others—nestled inside a sponge-like matrix of protein. To build and repair bone, you need minerals, and proteins, in the right ratios.  These come from your diet.

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Prostate Cancer and Osteoporosis Risk

By Cheryl Guarna | February 14, 2022

Osteoporosis – and a higher risk of getting a fracture – is a side effect of prostate cancer you should be aware of.

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Breast Cancer and Osteoporosis Risk

By Cheryl Guarna | January 26, 2022

Breast cancer survivors have a much higher risk of osteoporosis compared with cancer-free women, but physical therapy can protect and restore bone mass density.

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Using Physical Therapy for Treating Osteoporosis in Cancer Patients

By Cheryl Guarna | January 17, 2022

Physical therapy and nutrition are crucial for treating osteoporosis in cancer patients. The right amount of physical stress builds bone mass.

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Can Cancer Treatments Cause Osteoporosis?

By Cheryl Guarna | January 17, 2022

Many conventional cancer treatments cause osteoporosis by slowing down bone production and increasing the body’s natural removal of older bone material.

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Treating Neuropathy in Cancer Patients with Physical Therapy

By Cheryl Guarna | November 16, 2021

Peripheral neuropathy occurs in about 30-40% of chemotherapy patients.  This is called “chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy,” or CIPN. This article reviews options for treating neuropathy in cancer patients.

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Nutrition in Cancer Rehabilitation: Bringing True Recovery

By Cheryl Guarna | October 25, 2021

Cancer rehab for GI-related cancers focuses on diet changes and nutrition. Here’s how to deal with nausea, constipation, losing your appetite, and other uncomfortable conditions.

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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Alleviating the Aftereffects of Cancer Treatments

By Cheryl Guarna | October 11, 2021

You may be aware of the most direct side effects of breast cancer stemming from surgery, but there are other side effects from radiation and chemotherapy that you should be aware of as you and your oncologist talk about cancer rehab. A breast cancer rehab program should address or anticipate therapy treatments for shoulder mobility…

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What You Need to Know About Nutrition During Cancer Rehabilitation

By Cheryl Guarna | September 24, 2021

In the past you may have gone on a diet to lose weight, build muscle, or achieve certain health benefits. You may have used common sense to build your diet, followed a diet book, used an app, or even consulted with a nutritionist. If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, though, or are currently…

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Cancer Rehabilitation and Oncologists: The Partnership to Improve Your Recovery

By Cheryl Guarna | September 10, 2021

After interacting with hundreds of oncology patients at our cancer rehab clinic, I’ve noticed that the battle against cancer is often considered won once the patient is in remission (or when the cancer is stabilized).  That certainly is an important milestone. However, I don’t think patients should settle for that outcome alone.  Let me explain.…

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