Winter 2009

Fashion designer Donna Karan graces our winter 2009 issue and shares the story of her integrative therapy initiative, Urban Zen. Also includes articles about the relationship between sugar and cancer, blood cancers, and skin care among many others.

Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

Is Sugar Really as Sweet as It Seems?
Can you have too much of a sweet thing? Learn the nutritional facts about how sugar affects our health.
By Carolyn Katzin
Supplement Savvy
Supplement SavvyConfused about the role supplements play in your wellness plan? Here are some tips.
By Paul Van Ness
Let the Rhythm Move You
Let the Rhythm Move YouTai chi helps cancer patients move through stress and beyond.
By Laurie Wertich
Body Wise News
Number of Obesity-related Cancers Is Growing
Lifestyle Factors Increase Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Study Explores Overdiagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

A spoonful of Laughter Helps the Medicine Go Down
A spoonful of Laughter Helps the Medicine Go Down Laugh, chuckle, giggle, and guffaw your way through cancer treatment.
By Laurie Wertich
Imerman Angels
By Diana Price

Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World

Type 2 Diabetes: Is There a Cure?
Diabetes is an all-too-frequent diagnosis today for women across the country. Though managing the condition may seem daunting, there is a less complicated dietary solution.
By Adele H. Hite, mat, and Eric C. Westman, md, mhs
Survivor Profile Andrea Annese-Como
In our new recurring series of survivor profiles, Women&Cancer will interview a different survivor each quarter to hear how women at various stages of managing a cancer diagnosis have approached their situation.
More Than Skin Deep Psoriasis
Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
By Susan C. Taylor, MD
To Bear Witness
Programs developed to counter the impact of human trafficking focus on prevention, education, and counseling among Uganda’s at-risk population of children and young adults.
By Bonni Curran, MD
Axios International
Axios International Making cancer a critical health concern in the developing world
By Mia James

When You’re The Parent

Your Kinda Your Life, Your Health

Talk to Me
Managing Kids and Cancer
By Diana Price

When You’re The Caregiver

Caring for a Loved One with Cancer

Ladies: Check Your Prostates
Okay…you may not have one physically, but if you are married to a man or care about other males in your life, you might as well resign yourself to becoming an advocate for this small and mysterious part of the male anatomy.
By Dan Zenka, APR

The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

BLOOD and cancer
Advances in the treatment of blood cancers have led to increasingly high survival rates, and current research continues to offer up exciting progress in the field.
By Barbara Boughton
Support and Innovation
Blood cancer advocacy groups work to support and educate patients and to produce more-rapid treatment advances.
By Diana Price
The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program
Designer Donna Karan’s groundbreaking initiative to make whole-person, integrative care the new standard for oncology patients
By Mia James
Battling Bone Loss
Denosumab may expand treatment options.
By Kari Bohlke, ScD
To Screen or Not to Screen?
Simple messages are not always possible.
By Kari Bohlke, ScD

It’s In The Genes

Cancer and the Family Tree

Fertility Q&A
Resumption of menstrual periods does not necessarily indicate fertility.
By Karine Chung, MD, MSCE

Supportive Care

Tools for Tolerating Cancer Treatment

Worried About Nausea? Read This.
Antiemetics help patients avoid a much-feared side effect: chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
By Kari Bohlke, ScD
Your Brain After Chemo
Questions to ask your doctor about post-chemo brain.
By Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, and Idelle Davidson
Caring for Sensitive Skin During Cancer Treatment
Developing sensitive skin during cancer treatment is quite common because the treatments disrupt your skin’s normal process of rejuvenation.
By Sandra Graham

Find Your Way

Taking the Mystery out of the Medical System

A Survivor’s Compass
Empower yourself with an advocate’s attitude as you navigate your own cancer journey.
By Kathryn Gurland, LCSW
Ask The Doctor: What Should Women Know About Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer is the fourth most common new cancer in men and the tenth in women. About 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed this year.
By Michael O’Donnell, MD