August 2015 - Life Credit Company

Benefits of Mindfulness for Cancer Patients

Help for cancer patients shouldn’t just be available for the physical components of the body. At Life Credit, we are dedicated to offering resources that also help to nurture patients mentally and emotionally. Along with offering financial support, we devote much of our “research time” to learning about unique programs such as meditation and mindfulness for cancer patients. The SPARK Cancer Support Center recently published a post on their website highlighting the benefits meditation and mindfulness can have in cancer patients’ lives. Imagine a world in which you are able to enjoy a deep sleep, drastically lower stress, and manage pain utilizing meditation. Mindfulness is the intentional focus of one’s attention on emotions, sensations, and thoughts that are happening in the present moment. The ancient system helps to improve memory and boost the immune system while cultivating peacefulness and reducing stress. Benefits of Mindfulness for Cancer Patients There have been numerous studies conducted that scrutinize the benefits of mindfulness for cancer patients. In 2014, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality states, “Meditation programs, in particular mindfulness programs, reduce multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress.” Another study published in 2000 looked at 90 cancer patients who practiced mindfulness meditation during a seven-week period. An overwhelming 31% reported lowered symptoms of stress and 67% experienced less mood disturbance than those who did not meditate. A 2010 Canadian study reported that mindfulness helped to reduce stress in cancer patients and their partners. Additionally, a 2005 review found that meditation, when practiced alongside chemo and radiotherapy, helped cancer patients to feel more positive and optimistic. Meditation for Beginners Mindfulness is easy to...

Moving to Heal – How NIA is Helping Cancer Patients

Here at LifeCredit, we are dedicated to helping cancer patients cope with their recent diagnosis and imminent treatment options. While many patients choose to follow traditional methods of cancer management, such as chemo, others opt for more holistic approaches. Discover Different Options for Cancer Patients The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia is offering free NIA classes at its Ridgeland location in September. Recent studies have shown that this fusion fitness practice helps folks deal with the side effects of radiation therapy. A report published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine conducted a 12-week study on 41 women diagnosed with stage one, two, or three breast cancer that underwent radiation treatment. Twenty-two of the patients participated in a NIA group, while the other 19 underwent usual care options. Those in the NIA group reported less fatigue, elevated aerobic capacity, and shoulder flexibility. How Does It Work? NIA enables students to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing while increasing serenity and alleviating stress. The program can greatly help cancer patients who suffer from anxiety to cope with their diagnosis and find peace-of-mind, enabling them to spend an hour out of their thoughts and enjoying the movement of their bodies. According to an article published in NewsWise, eighty percent of cancer patients receiving radiation experience fatigue. The gentle stretching and upper-body movements incorporated in the NIA program help to strengthen chest areas, allowing patients to experience a wider range of motion and increased energy. LifeCredit is Here for You Our dedicated team at LifeCredit goes above and beyond to provide endless resources to help cancer patients with financial assistance. As...

How to Recognize if a Cancer Charity is a Scam

The loved ones of a patient who has cancer understand the severity of the diagnosis. Often, they want to help their friend or relative in any way that they can, including donating money to lessen the financial burden of pricey treatment options. Sadly, others wish to profit off of the pain. Recently it was reported that four sham cancer charities bilked more than $187 million from consumers, telling donors that their money would help cancer patients. Here at LifeCredit, we are committed to offering financial assistance to cancer patients and also to their families. In our ongoing dedication to you, we want to provide the latest news and info on financial options for your treatment. Here are four ways to find out if a charity is a scam. Do Your Homework It’s critical to find out as much information as you can on an organization’s background. Check out their website, social media pages, and if they are accredited to any well-known cancer groups. Call your local Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance to see if the charity is legit. Get any info you can, and then get some more. Examine the Company’s Finances Debunk a charity group by closely scrutinizing their finances. Check their webpage to see what hospitals or treatment centers they say they are raising money for, and then follow up with the mentioned institutions to see if they are actually receiving the funds. Unsolicited Donations It’s a good rule of thumb to never respond to unsolicited donations via email, text message, phone or social media. If a telemarketer calls you and asks for a donation, request...