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May 02 2019

Jocelyn'e Story as a Patient at the OICC

Posted in: Tips,

Jocelyne is a patient at the OICC and has integrated acupuncture and massage therapy into her cancer care.  Below is the story of her choices and the commitment she made to optimizing her recovery by making changes to her diet and doing regular exercises to regain full mobility.  Here is her story. Jocelyne’s story - taking back a certain control of my body I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, breast reconstruction with i...

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Nov 07 2018

Massage Benefits for Cancer Patients

Posted in: Complementary-cancer-care,

After over 4 years working as a massage therapist at OICC, there is one thing that continually amazes me: The willingness and perseverance of our patients to feel well during difficult cancer treatments. Below is a brief description of some of the benefits of massage therapy as you move from diagnosis through treatment.   Each massage treatment is personalized to respond to your specific needs on that day. Positioning during the massage, pressure and the areas ...

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Feb 21 2018

Myth: Massage therapy is not safe while living with cancer

Posted in: Tips, Complementary-cancer-care,

Myth: Massage therapy is not safe while living with cancer. By Janet Penny, RMT. This long held myth is tenacious and often on the minds of people who are looking for the many benefits that massage can bring to living with cancer.  This myth was based on the fear that massage would accelerate the transportation of cancer cells through the circulation of blood and lymph. Exercise is routinely recommended by oncologists to help manage fatigue, anxiety and the physic...

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Dec 20 2017

The Skill of Receiving

Posted in: Tips, Mind-body-medicine,

The Skill of Receiving. By Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Therapist & Care Coordinator. It is better to give than to receive.  At holiday time, we hear this repeated over and over.  From Scrooge to the Grinch, we have learned to accept that the benefits of gifting are all in the act of giving. But what about receiving?  Is it only selfish, greedy and entitled? Although it doesn’t have nearly the same reputation, receiving is actually an important sk...

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Nov 06 2017

Authenticity is the New Positivity

Posted in: Mind-body-medicine,

Authenticity is the New Positivity. By Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Therapist & Care Coordinator. Much has been written on how to “survive” cancer.  “Fight the good fight”, and “stay positive” are reflex recommendations post-diagnosis, fueled by a culture that enthrones heroes and achievement.  In the midst of a significant shock and quick on the heels of overwhelming treatment information, cancer patients are meant to ignore th...

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Sep 29 2017

Book Review: The Bright Hour. A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

Posted in: Book Review,

  A Book Review:  The Bright Hour. A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs. Review by Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Teacher & Therapist I ate this book.  Really.  Within a day I was done and sated.  Perhaps this is a strange (and maybe inappropriate) thing to say about a book that is mostly about metastatic cancer and ultimately, death.  But this book is delicious. It is a warm and compelling rendering of a life facing cancer, one tha...

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