Cancer is so common that it's estimated each of us faces a more than one in three risk that we will get some type of cancer someday. The good news is science has come so far that for many, cancer has become a chronic disease much like learning to cope with diabetes or high blood pressure.
Successful cancer treatment comes with its own issues like chronic fatigue and memory problems, but now, Barbara Clark and so many cancer patients like her, are finding the best prescription for that is exercise for the mind and body and there is a growing body of research that finds yoga and other activities can make a big difference in coping with cancer.
"Different mind body programs, yoga meditation, involving acupuncture many other complimentary treatments are critically important to the survivorship issue," said Lorenzo Cohen PhD, a cancer researcher with the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
With nearly ten million cancer survivors in the U.S. today, there is now a national effort underway to create a survivor care plan to help guide cancer survivors through the years after treatment covering everything from health care to legal rights.
There is a good web site for people living with cancer, provided by the American Society for Clinical Oncology, just click here.