Coping with cancer
Massage, yoga among complementary oncology therapies
Beverly Smith, 66, of Crystal Lake was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.
“I had a lumpectomy and some chemo. I was doing pretty good until 2006. It came back,” she said. “I had a mastectomy, and about six months later it had spread to the lung.“
She may never be cancer-free, and after her lymph nodes were removed during her mastectomy, Smith developed lymphedema, or swelling, in her right arm. A physical therapist connected with her hospital referred Smith to massage therapist Stacy Barden of Woodstock, and Smith joined a growing number of oncology patients who benefit from complementary oncology care.
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