Winter 2011

Pancreatic cancer advocate Lisa Niemi Swayze graces the cover of our winter issue, which also features articles devoted to colon cancer, melanoma research and treatment, and chronic pain. In addition, wellness content in this issue includes articles on trail running, swimming, nutrition, and spiritual topics.


I love you, I love you not
Understanding our fickle relationship with food
By Mia James
Advances in Melanoma Treatment and Research
After almost 20 years, new treatments emerge.
By Mia James
Progress Provides HOPE
New surgical techniques help treat advanced-stage colon cancer.
By Jeff Samoray
Lessons in Life and Love
Lisa Niemi Swayze reflects on her journey as a caregiver and shares her hopes as an advocate.
By Diana Price
The Chronic Pain Problem
Millions of Americans are affected by debilitating chronic pain, and diagnosis and treatment remain a challenge.
By Laurie Wertich

Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

Cool That Inflammation
Discussions related to inflammation in the body and its role in chronic disease have been increasingly popular in health news.
By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE
Restoring Your Body after Breast Cancer
In my movement, fitness, and yoga classes, I often meet students who have heard the fateful words, “You have breast cancer.”
By Lisa Gulotta
Swimming Spirit
Women who return to the pool as adults reflect on the emotional and physical benefits of the sport.
By Diana Price
Take to the Trails
Trail running is a fast-growing sport that offers women fitness, stress relief, and community.
By Diana Price
body wise the more you know

6 Reasons to Skip Your Workout

Avoid Anemia

Obesity Increases Risk of Early Death in Women

Eat Out without the Extra Calories

The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer. Now What?
Research your diagnosis and available treatment options to ensure that you get the best possible care.
By Susan Kreimer
When Does Survivor Status Start?
The latest data available from the National Cancer Institute tells us that there are almost 12 million cancer survivors in the United States.
By Melanie Bone, MD, PA

Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

Nature Is Nurturing
Spending time in nature is critical to overall health and well-being.
By Ann Bloom
Managing Change
In preparing to write about managing change, a favorite John Lennon quote comes to mind: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
By Denise King Gillingham, MSW, CPCC
5 Tips to Help You Find Serenity
Stressed out? Feeling stretched with too much to do? Want to just escape from your life for a bit to a faraway island for some peace and serenity?
By Mallika Chopra
Cheering for a Cure
What do you get when you bring 136 former National Football League (NFL) cheerleaders, a whole bunch of pink pom-poms, and a large dose of dance talent together to fight breast cancer—and then post the result on YouTube?
By Diana Price
Showing Love in the Face of Loss
When reacting to a friend’s loss, lead with your heart.
By Vicky Bates
Nowhere Hair
A new book for children and families provides a valuable tool for talking about cancer—and it’s a good read.
By Diana Price
Look Good…Feel Better® Feeling Better From The Inside Out
Celebrity Hairstylist David Babaii provides hair and wig tips to women undergoing cancer treatment
Spirit House The More You Know

Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Live Long

How to Live in the Present Moment

Goal Setting

Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World

Make an Annual Commitment to Your Health
Make sure your women’s health annual visit includes all the essential components.
By Alexandra F. Gehring, FNP
Just Say No . . . to Indoor Tanning
What are the dangers of indoor tanning?
By Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD

Find Your Way

Taking the Mystery out of the Medical System

The Hospital Visit
Guidelines and suggestions for patients and loved ones spending time in the hospital.
By Kathy Gurland, LCSW and Cancer Navigation Specialist
Ask The Doctor
What is urinary incontinence?
By Susan A. Hobson MD, PhD