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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Posted 9/18/2015 by UHBlog

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. SCD is estimated to affect 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. Although not a type of cancer, sickle cell disease is often treated by our doctors because it is a blood disorder. Sickle cell is a lifelong disease that can cause many problems such as painful crises, stroke and infections. Our monthly Sickle Cell Support Group offers support and education for people with sickle cell disease. Led by a social work...

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When Cancer Changes the Way You Look

Posted 6/29/2015 by UHBlog

Hair loss, skin changes, weight changes and being tired are side effects of cancer treatment that can change the way you look. Maybe you’ve noticed that people don’t look at you the same way that they used to, or that some people don’t even recognize you. Maybe you don’t want to go out much because you feel “ugly”, “fat”, “skinny” or “bald”. Do you wonder if you will ever feel comfortable with yourself or pretty again? Are ...

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall In Spite of Fatigue

Posted 6/22/2015 by UHBlog

Fatigue with its weary, heavy, worn out feeling doesn’t go away with the beauty of fall and changing of the seasons. Instead, dealing with fatigue can be even harder in the fall when days begin to get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Here are some ways to manage fatigue and enjoy the fall at the same time: Relax. On nice days sit outside in a comfortable chair and read a book or write in a journal. Take time to experience the sounds, smells and feeling of fall. Close your eyes then ...

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On the Labyrinth: Always the Correct Way

Posted 6/15/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, on the main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, has a healing garden? The Schneider Healing Garden is a beautiful area in the middle of a noisy urban setting. It is surprisingly quiet and calming. In the center of the garden is an inlaid granite path. It is called a labyrinth. Unlike a maze that has dead ends and is made to confuse people, labyrinths have only one path that leads to the center. Our labyrinth is based on an 800-year-old design insi...

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