Dealing With Physical Concerns and Side Effects of Cancer

Your care team is committed to helping you manage the physical concerns, side effects and symptoms that can occur during and after cancer treatment.

Those can include fatigue, nausea and/or physical changes such as skin rashes or swelling. It can be hard to know if symptoms are related to cancer treatments or to the cancer itself. Either way, you need to be reassured there are effective ways of helping you deal with these symptoms.

Always make sure you explain your symptoms to your medical team and let them know how your symptoms are affecting you. They’ll help you to understand what will be involved in treatment, after-procedure care and symptom management, and who you can call for additional help.

Find more resources, including mind-body programs and integrative therapies, such as yoga, meditation, qigong and more at Patient and Family Support Programs and the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center. 


Breathing and Meditation Exercises for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Below are guided imagery meditation and deep breathing exercises to help reduce anxiety, stress, fatigue, restlessness, difficulty sleeping and physical discomfort. 


10 Minute Guided Imagery Meditation

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15 Minute Guided Imagery Meditation Exercise

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5 Minute Deep Breathing Exercise

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15 Minute Deep Breathing Exercise

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Mind and body exercises, like yoga and tai chi  incorporate physical poses, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve health and wellbeing. 

Studies show yoga can reduce anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue in cancer survivors, while improving sleep and overall quality of life.

City of Hope's Department of Rehabilitation Services brings you Seated Yoga.

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