Awareness is being conscious of changes to your external environment as well as changes within your body and mind. Only with awareness can one make informed choices about how to react to this new information. Awareness can be a powerful tool in cancer care; as sharing of symptoms, changes, and reactions with providers can alter the course of treatment.
There are many therapeutic approaches (such as yoga, tai chi, meditation) that are helpful for many conditions, that encourage an awareness of both mind and body. The Mass General Hospital Cancer Center includes several classes in integrative therapies that aim to increase overall well-being of patients through these methods.