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yoga

An ancient system of practices used to balance the mind and body through specific postures or poses, meditation (focusing thoughts), and control of breathing and emotions. Studies have shown that practicing yoga improves sleep quality and diminishes fatigue in people diagnosed with breast cancer. Yoga may also help reduce pain and improve mental health. Before beginning a yoga program, a person undergoing or recovering from breast cancer treatment should check with their doctor, learn what poses are safe for their specific physical limitations, find out the training level of their instructor, and choose a yoga style that best fits their needs.

ziconotide

Also called Prialt. A medicine used in the treatment of severe, chronic pain when other medicines have failed to respond.

Zinecard

A medicine used to reduce heart damage in women given doxorubicin to treat metastatic breast cancer. Zinecard contains the active ingredient dexrazoxane. It is a type of medicine that protects healthy tissues from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs.

Zofran

Also called ondansetron hydrochloride. A medicine used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment.

zoledronic acid

Also called Zometa or zoledronate. A medicine being studied in the treatment of breast cancer. It is used to treat individuals with hypercalcemia, orhigh blood levels of calcium, caused by cancer. It is also used together with other medicines to prevent bone fractures and reduce bone pain in people who have cancer that has spread to the bone.

Zoloft

Also called sertraline. A medicine used to treat depression. It is a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Zolpidem

Also called Ambien. A medicine used to treat insomnia, the inability to sleep, and anxiety.

Zometa

Also called zoledronate and zoledronic acid. A medicine being studied in the treatment of breast cancer. It is used to treat individuals with hypercalcemia, high blood levels of calcium, caused by cancer. It is also used together with other medicines to prevent bone fractures and reduce bone pain in people who have cancer that has spread to the bone.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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