Cancer Treatments Options

cancerThis section provides a general overview of cancer treatment types, both traditional and alternative, as well as some possible side effects for these treatments, those these side effects listed will be more generalized, as opposed to focusing specifically on any particular treatment type.

Time is of the essence with cancer diagnosis and treatment: the earlier the better is the general rule. Certain kinds if cancer are more amenable to detection via routine screens, increasing their prognosis. Continue reading

What Causes Cancer?

cancercauseOrigins of Cancer

Cells are the individual unit level for life and it is here that cancers begin. In order to understand cancer, we need to understand it at the cellular level. Cancer essential makes these cells “abnormal”.

Our body development follows a general pattern at the cellular level. Cells grow and divide (assuming they are healthy), they ingest nutrients and expel waste as part of that, they eventually grow old/damaged, and are replaced with new cells. Continue reading

Post Treatment Habits That Can Help Your Health

If you’re finishing up Cancer treatment, you’ll know that it takes a huge toll on your health. For this reason it’s recommended that patients start to build healthier habits that can help them not only feel better after extensive chemotherapy, but can also help speed up recovery times and aid in healing. It’s also been shown that creating healthier habits can help put people in a positive state of mind: doing good things for your body is something that will put anyone in a great mood. Not only will you physically feel much better, but you’ll also feel mentally less stressed and more positive.

One of the best things that you can start to do is to track your eating habits, and incorporate more raw and natural foods. Sometimes it can be expensive to do this, so we recommend only starting out with what you can afford. However, even a little bit helps! Adding servings of Kale and other fresh, leafy greens can be shown to not only boost energy levels, but it does great things for your digestive system because of the added fiber. Add in some almonds for protein and reap the benefits of the healthy fats. If you can make these foods organic, then definitely do so! However, if you can’t afford the organic variety, the regular variety will do just as well.

Starting a small exercise routine can also help cancer survivors feel better. Check with your doctor first, of course, but start to investigate small ways that you can start to incorporate easy exercise into your daily routine. Even just walking is a great way to get yourself moving, and it’s very low stress on your body. Start with small distances, but do them regularly. Pretty soon you will notice your stamina improving, as well as your overall mood. Exercise—even easy exercise—has been shown to have a dramatic effect on mood. And if you improve your mood (which is often an issue sometimes for people who have had difficult health problems) you can often improve your health. The mind and body connection is very strong, and can dramatically affect your health depending on what your mindset is.

If you’re looking for a great and fun way to track these changes in your life, then you might want to invest in a software program or an app on your phone. These programs can show your overall progress as well as how far you’ve come. It’s been shown that just tracking results can help someone stay on track with life changes and new habits and goals such as these. If you’re hesitant because you think your computer won’t be able to run the software, don’t worry. You can easily tune up your PC so you can run software programs such as these. Check out this tech blog for some ideas. It’s a very easy process and you won’t need to take your PC in to a tech support man. I’ve known a lot of people, especially older folks, who aren’t tech savvy avoiding using the computer because it’s become slow or unresponsive, and difficult to use. Don’t fall into that trap – it’s easy to get started.

Getting Back Into Cardio

One of the hardest things to do after going through a battle with cancer is getting your body back to it’s former physical glory. Going through chemo, radiation, or surgery all take extreme tolls on your body’s ability to maintain energy levels and it’s immune system. However, making it through should be the only reason you need to make yourself into the best version of you possible, which starts with your body.

Countless studies have shown the positive effect cardiovascular exercise can have on all aspects of your life. When you exercise, your body is doing what it was built to do, and it rewards you for it by releasing endorphins which boost your mood, make you feel good and make you feel confident, as well as a host of other physical benefits. So how can you reintroduce cardio exercise into your routine without pushing yourself beyond your limitations after battling cancer?

Start with the basics! Walking, swimming and rebounding.

Walking:

Walking is the most basic, yet also the most essential form of cardiovascular exercise there is. Walking is what the body was designed to do day in and day out for your entire life. It is meant to be our primary mode of transportation to help us accomplish the tasks that life asks of us.

Walking is also low impact (especially when great walking shoes have been purchased), doesn’t require vast amounts of energy, can be performed practically anywhere, and is easy on the body. Introducing a regular walking routine, especially with a friend or family member, is a great way to get your heart beating again. It doesn’t take much to start strengthening your heart again and building endurance so you can start moving on to more vigorous forms of exercise.

Swimming:

Swimming is another great, low impact form of cardio that also helps engage almost all the muscles in your body. Now, I am not recommending that you “jump into the deep end” and start with 40 laps, however, even just being in water requires the engagement of many muscles and will slowly get your heart pumping.

When getting started with swimming, stay in an area where you can still touch the bottom with relative ease, so you don’t overdo it. When you feel comfortable with the level of effort being expended, try floating on your back, and work your way up to laps with a basic stroke.

Rebounding:

Remember the 80s when miniature exercise trampolines were all the rage? Well, they kind of still are! Rebounding is the act of jumping on a trampoline for exercise. It is another great form of low impact, variable intensity, cardiovascular exercise, and the best part about it is you can rebound from the comfort of your own living room.

Rebounding is great because most rebounding trampolines can fold up and be stored in a closet, so it doesn’t take up much space. This exercise can be performed while you are watching TV, or by yourself, with a friend, with an instructional DVD, or even in a rebounding class at your local fitness centre.

As you gain strength and cardio endurance, try pushing yourself harder with your rebounder. Get creative and add in some assisted pushups, or core balancing exercises as well and you will start to strengthen and tone your entire body.

Overcoming cancer is no small feat, and it’s important to acknowledge the success in being a survivor. It’s also important to take every day you have as a blessing and that starts by treating your body right. Forming and maintaining a regular cardio routine is the best way to start to take your life back and become the strongest you possible.

Adding any of these forms of exercise to your day will soon have your cardio and lymphatic systems working optimally, keeping your body protected from future harm.

Everything starts with the first step. So get moving!

Dietary Freedom After Cancer – How Adventurous Are You?

What happens to your relationship with food after you beat cancer? If you are like many people who have battled with this disease, you made at least minor dietary changes to improve your chances of beating cancer. Perhaps you couldn’t eat certain foods because they made you sick, or maybe you had a medical professional or two advising you to use your diet as one more weapon to win the war with cancer.

Once your body is cancer-free, you may treat yourself to an extravagant meal at the fanciest restaurant in town or a few of your grandmother’s cupcakes. While you deserve those treats, how adventurous should you be with food once you have won the battle with cancer? This is something to think about because scientists have proven clear connections between certain foods and cancer.

According to a compilation of research completed by Cancer Research UK, scientific studies have proven that following foods are linked to some specific forms of cancer:

  • Salt
  • Red meat
  • Processed meats
  • Saturated fat

Research has also shown that fiber, fish and fresh produce offer protection against cancer. This is valuable information for anyone interested in living a long, cancer-free life, but it is even more valuable for those who have already won a battle with cancer. You may never know exactly what caused your cancer in the past, but you can pay attention to this research in order to help your body fight off future attacks of cancer.

Dietary Restrictions are Essential to Life

You feel free once your body is cleared of cancer. It is natural to feel enlivened and invigorated because you have faced the potential of death and came out victorious. You spend nights worrying about losing your life, and now that life is the most precious thing to you. While you are celebrating and making plans for the future, you have to think about what you put in your mouth and how it will affect your body in the years to come.

You can still enjoy your dietary freedom by trying new foods and giving yourself the occasional treat, but you should never go back to a daily diet that is rich in salty processed foods, meats and artificial ingredients. Keeping your diet clean and simple and loading up on fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is the best way to protect your body not only from cancer but heart disease, diabetes and many other medical conditions that could once again threaten your precious life.

Clean Eating Made Simple

If you are now enjoying an action-packed lifestyle and you don’t want to hang around the kitchen cooking healthy meals, there are some corners you can cut to eat clean. One option is to pick up a protein powder and combine it with fresh fruits and other healthy ingredients to create a nutritious meal replacement shake. According to health industry professionals, there are different types of protein powder, and they all have their benefits for your body. While whey protein powder delivers a fast rush of protein to your muscles after an intense workout, casein delivers a slow trickle of protein over time.

You should select protein powders made from natural ingredients and pay attention to the type of protein inside the formula. There is some scientific research that casein protein powder can help fight against cancer tumors. Combine your protein supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables and you have an even more powerful weapon against life-threatening disease.

Another way to reduce the amount of time you spend cooking healthy meals is to consume simple vegetarian or vegan meals when you are in a rush. You can throw together a salad or combine a variety of fruits for a sweet treat without spending much time in the kitchen. You can even make salads in glass canning jars and store them up to a week. Remember, fruits and vegetables are proven to help your body fight off cancer.

Adventure is a natural part of life for many cancer survivors, but you can’t get too adventurous with your dietary choices. Live it up and never waste a moment of your life, but fuel your body to limit your chances of suffering disease in the future.

The Effects of Running on Cancer Survivors

The most important objective of a cancer survivor is to keep the cancer from coming back, and prolong the life of the person. We know about the positive effects that exercising has on the health of people, but there are many who were living a very healthy and active life, but passed away much too early due to cancer. As a result many have questioned weather running has a positive effect on keeping cancer away.

The evidence is there that running in fact reduces the chances of developing cancer, or reforming in surviving patients. The most obvious explanation is that being overweight is one of the most common reasons behind the resurfacing of cancer. Exercising keeps you lean, thus reducing the risks.

In fact in 2002 researchers quantified the positive effects that running has in keeping cancer away. Exercising on a consistent basis led to a 40-70% reduction in the chances of developing colonal cancer. Chances of developing breast cancer went down by up to 70% in some of the conducted studies. The effects were less severe as far as prostate cancer is concerned, but the chances were still reduced by up to 30%. The risk of developing endometrial cancer was reduced by 30% in some studies, 40% in others, while running had the exact same effect as far as lung cancer is concerned. We can conclude that exercising in fact reduces the risk of developing cancer substantially, so it is advisable to put on your footwear for working out at least three times a week, and spend an hour on the track. Websites like Jog of Your Life offer advice and gear reviews for runners.

Kerry Courneya conducted a study that explained in scientific terms why exercising helps prevent the returning of cancer. Patients that had a regular exercise routine didn’t produce more killer cells, but they produced killer cells that were more potent. The immune system of these patients were better equipped to keeping cancer at bay.

Another important effect of exercising for cancer patients is the increased vitality they feel. Some studies have concluded that patients who exercise regularly spend up to nineteen more happy hours per week than those who do not exercise. The more vitality you have, the more energy you have, the more optimistic you will be about the future.

Further studies were conducted in 2005 by Steve Blair, the leader of the Cooper Institute, that showed that excessive exercising does not result in an increased chance of developing cancer. People who ran more than thirty miles a week had a significantly lower rates of cancer than those who exercised only modest amounts.

All in all the more you can exercise, the better. It helps keep cancer away, and it adds to your vitality, which helps you develop a positive outlook on life.

How to Live a Richer Fuller Life as a Cancer Survivor


Congratulations for making it through cancer! Surviving cancer and lasting out treatment are great deeds. Nearly everyone, if not everyone, who survived cancer discover a new priority in life – keeping cancer from coming back.

You really cannot change the fact that you’ve had cancer, but you can actually change how you live the rest of your life.

Now that you have made it through the stormy road of cancer diagnosis and   chemotherapy, you are most likely pondering on what to do to live a richer, fuller life. Below are tips to help you stay healthy as well as live a richer, fuller life even as a cancer survivor.

1. Control your emotional health

As soon as your treatment is over, you might find yourself bursting with emotions. You’ve probably gone through a lot since your diagnosis that you could not focus on more than riding out your treatment. But now you discover that you think mostly about your own death or the impact of the cancer on you and your loved ones.

Now is the time you need people for support and strength. You can get support from friends, family, cancer support groups offline or online or grief counselors. Don’t coil up in your shell and suffer it alone. You are not the only one it happens to.

2. Fatigue and Exercise

Fatigue is extreme tiredness, which is very common with cancer patients. Being active when you feel tired always is really hard but being active helps fight the fatigue. You need to exercise to keep yourself active.

After your treatment you probably have lost some form of fitness, muscle strength and endurance, especially if you were sick or bedridden during your treatment. Exercising will help you regain all that you’ve lost in terms of fitness as well as fight fatigue. Although you have to start small and make it fit your needs, particularly if you were not the active type prior to the cancer.

3. Make healthy choices

How was your life prior to cancer? What thing did you do that weren’t so healthy? Perhaps you smoked, drank excessively, ate too much or shunned exercise.

It’s time you stopped feeling guilty or blaming yourself. It is not too late to begin making changes today that will make valuable impact on your life. Doing this will even make you feel healthier and better as well.

4. Avoid getting overweight

Recent studies in various cancers suggests that being overweight after treatment can bring about shorter survival time and lead to higher risk of cancer reappearance. Although some people gain weight after treatment even without eating more. Exercises and appropriate eating habits as well as eating more of vegetables, fiber, fruits, low-fat and sugar foods help keep you in good shape.

5. Building a garden shed

You may need some outdoor activities or a fun little building like a garden shed to help with your life. You could build this garden shed if you can or have it built for you. It can be used as an art studio for your visual arts, pottery barn for some cute furniture, or ‘man cave’ type of dwelling. Whatever makes you more active and happy!

Pizza Decreases Cancer Risk

Pizza is often thought of as being the ultimate junk food choice, but you may be surprised at the potential health benefits in pizza. A recent study asked thousands of participants about their dietary habits, with several questions pertaining to pizza intake. In this Italian study, people who ate a slice or more of pizza per week had a decreased risk of GI cancer.

What exactly makes pizza an anti-cancer food? Well, keep in mind that pizza isn’t a cure, but when it’s made well, pizza can be a great source of nutrients. If you avoid meat-laden pizzas or deep-dish choices and stick to the more authentic Italian version of the dish baked on a pizza stone, you’ll be getting a wide variety of nutrients. Authentic Italian pizzas feature a thin whole grain crust which delivers essential B-vitamins and heart-healthy fiber. Mozzarella cheese provides protein and dairy and the unprocessed tomato sauce is a great source of lycopene, a natural chemical in tomatoes that helps protect against cancer. You’ll also be getting a drizzle of olive oil, a source of monounsaturated fat which can be protective against certain diseases in moderation.

You may be surprised at the findings of this study, but the traditional Mediterranean diet has been shown to be protective against certain types of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. This diet emphasizes whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and monounsaturated fats. Foods are processed minimally with an emphasis on eating whole, real foods on a regular basis. When you follow the traditional Mediterranean diet, you can benefit in numerous ways.

However, keep in mind that pizza isn’t a cure-all. If you’re used to getting pizza from your local chain restaurant, then you’re probably doing your diet more harm than good and not gaining any of the cancer-protection benefits of pizza. Most chain restaurants use additives, sugar, white, thick dough, and tend to be extremely high in fat and saturated fat as well as low in nutrients. If available, look for authentic Italian eateries that make their own thin-crust pizza and insist on using whole ingredients to craft their pizza. You may be surprised at how much different this pizza tastes.

You can even branch out and make your own pizza. Use authentic tools like pizza peels and stones to produce the best results. Make your own sauce and dough or buy them with as minimal processing as possible. If you want to get really creative, add your own toppings including fresh or sauteed vegetables. You can increase the cancer-fighting ability of your pizza by adding more vegetables and getting a higher dosage of nutrients in your meals. Remember to finish off your pizza with a small drizzle of olive oil!

While this study doesn’t turn pizza into a superfood, it has shown that authentic pizza contains ingredients which may fight cancer. If you love pizza and are concerned about your health, you may want to become a regular pizza eater and add this authentic dish into your list of favorite foods.

Simple Ways To Reduce Joint Discomfort

jointThe connections between your bones are called joints. Damage to joints due to injury or disease can obstruct movement and cause much pain. Anyone can experience joint pain but as you get older it becomes more common.

Some of the conditions that cause joint pain are sprains, bursitis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other strains or injuries. Injuries to ligaments, tendons or bursae around the joint can also bring on discomfort.

How You Contribute To Joint Pain

Even though you are not aware of it, you sometimes contribute to your joint pain.

For example the shoes you select can affect your feet, ankles and knees. Many people choose to wear flip flops or sandals in the summer. Flip flops and some sandals do not have arch support and they are not meant for walking in for long periods of time.

Women want to be fashionable but can do major damage to their joints if they continually wear shoes without proper support. If you plan to do a lot of walking it is best to wear sneakers or a good walking shoe.

These days video games and cell phones are popular. These two items put much wear and tear on the hands, especially the thumbs. Texting and maneuvering game controls often leads to sore thumbs. Many of the new game systems on the market are interactive and just like playing a sport outdoors, you can sustain an injury playing an interactive sports game.

How do you sit or lie down? When you are driving, is your seat reclined or upright? Carrying items like cases or bookbags on your shoulder or back can lead to shoulder and back pain. Most people don’t stop to think when they lift something heavy. Do not just bend down and pick it up.

Reducing Joint Discomfort

Here are some of the things you should be mindful of to reduce joint discomfort:

1. When playing video games, take frequent breaks. It’s not a good habit to play all day. You should warm up and stretch the same as you would before a game when playing an interactive video game.

2. When you are sitting at work, make sure that your chair is adjusted so that your feet are flat on the floor. Do not bend your wrists sharply up or down to type. Try to use a split or raised keyboard which will elevate your wrists.

3. Find alternate ways to tote school book or work items. Use rolling suitcases or bookbags.

4. When picking up heavy objects, bend your knees and hips into a squatting position first, keeping your back upright. Then lift the item using your leg muscles by straightening up your hips and knees.

5. While driving, your seat should be in an upright position supporting your head and lower back. The steering wheel should be easy to reach and your arms should be relaxed.

6. Before doing any type of exercise you should warm up and stretch.

7. If you are relaxing and watching television, be careful how your neck is turned. It is a good idea to sit up while watching television. The way you sleep can cause soreness in the morning. Sleeping on your back or side can prevent strain on the neck.

8. If you spend most days at a desk or on a computer, be sure the workstation is ergonomically correct. Your computer monitor should be at least 20 to 40 inches from your face, not up too high or low, but right in front of you.

Managing Pain

1. Try using ice on the affected area for about 15-20 minutes. Be sure to put a towel or cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Do not use ice on an area where there are open sores or cuts. If you have problems with circulation do not use ice. You can also try using heat a few days after you have experienced an injury.

2. Use a topical rub that contains capsaicin which comes from red hot peppers. Put this on after the ice pack but wait until your skin has returned to its normal temperature.

3. A physical therapist can give you suggestions on exercises to strengthen muscles and how to warm up and cool down.

4. Try wearing a brace in areas like knees, or hands while doing certain activities.

5. The first inclination when you are in pain is to restrict movement, but move as much as possible to help the joints from becoming stiff.

6. Massage therapy is a good option for joint pain. Trigger point massages help with things like bursitis, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow and back pain. A skilled massage therapist can locate and treat these problem areas or alternatively low cost electronic massagers like this one can be used in the comfort of your own home.

7. Ibupofren or aspirin can provide relief for moderate to severe joint pain, especially when the joints are inflamed. Your doctor may also prescribe muscle relaxants.

It is always good to try and prevent these conditions, but joint pain is very common whether as a result of an injury, or as part of the aging process. Try incorporating some of these tips and talk to your doctor about other options for managing joint pain.

Can Mixed Martial Arts help your body to get stronger after cancer?

A bout with cancer is a life changing and forever altering experience. Those who get through and on past the surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation to find that they have removed the cancer from the body have a new lease on life and thus many want to restore their bodies to a better state of well being. The fact that the cancer is gone is empowering and thus it prompts many to seek out ways to gain even more strength that was lost during that challenging battle against cancer.

There are many ways one can begin to rebuild and regain strength throughout their whole body. Diet and exercise are key aspects to this process and they tend to go hand in hand. Diet helps fuel and feed the body in the right manner as many suffered weight loss during cancer or perhaps were bedridden and simply lost weight, muscle and tone while recovering. Those who have had truly devastating bouts and survived find a will within that makes them hunger to be healthy and strong once again.

Countless options exist to gain back muscle tone, strength and stamina. There are some who start using free weights, walking and even yoga to begin the process of getting strong once again. However, many are also then turning to more strenuous forms of exercise such as mixed martial arts as a way to heal the body, mind and soul.

Mixed martial arts is part high impact workouts and low impact poses to work the spirit and soul. This is a great combination to help those who have seen darker days and are now ready to emerge and rebuild so that they can be as string, if not stringer, than they once were.

Mixed martial arts is an empowering sport and one that really allows survivors to get out some deep seeded frustration, gain strength and get exercise in a manner that is exhilarating and exciting and many simply need that type of experience.” – Alan Belcher Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

The working of all body parts and mixing in some martial arts basics makes this a whole body workout that can be started off slowly and then increased in both intensity and skill. It is one that does have benefit to those after cancer because it gives them a feeling of accomplishment that cannot always be found through running or free weights. It is a sport of spirit and strength and that is the mantra many cancer survivors used to get through those challenges they faced when they had cancer.

Once one has been medically cleared to begin working out once again, mixed martial arts may be the right choice for various reasons. The skills, the strength and the attitude one gets from practicing and perfecting such moves is something to behold. It restores faith in ones own self to be better, more powerful and healthier once again. It helps boost moods and spirits that may have been dampened due to cancer. It is a way to gain back that spunk and fitness one has been missing and has wanted back since they started down that road to full recovery.

Joint Supplements For Elderly Cancer Survivors

Any cancer survivor will tell you that after the chemotherapy they ache. In fact, most of them ache all over. Depending upon the drugs that were used to treat the cancer, some conditions may be more painful than others. It’s not uncommon to hear a cancer patient say that their feet, knees or legs hurt. Nor is it uncommon for older injuries to suddenly flare back up such as old sprains or even torn rotator cuff injuries. It’s important to not suffer in silence. In most cases a doctor can help relieve some or all of the pain associated with this post treatment condition.

Gentle Exercise

One of the first steps is to try some gentle exercise. While this may sound excruciatingly painful, it’s actually good to move those muscles and joints a little bit. Sometimes the chemotherapy can affect the joints and make them kind of achy and sore. If this isn’t helping to relieve the pain after a few days consult with the doctor and tell them what is going on.

Glucosamine

This natural chemical compound helps to relieve joint pain. It’s taken as a supplement and helps to keep the cartilage in the joints healthier. As people age, the cartilage can begin to deteriorate. The glucosamine helps to build this up and strengthen it. Many people who suffer from arthritic conditions take up to 500 mg per day of this supplement and claim that they are nearly pain free.

Glucosamine has also been used to treat conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, asthma, sports injuries, temporamandibular joint issues, venous insufficiency, lower back pain as well as chronic lower back pain, and many other conditions. Glucosamine is also as effective when use on treating animal.

Unfortunately there are no known food sources for glucosamine although it has been often manufactured from the outer shells of certain types of shellfish.

The greatest side effects of glucosamine would be if you’re allergic to shellfish. Other side effects may include a mildly upset stomach, drowsiness, headache and heartburn. There is no known information on what would create an overdose. All in all, it appears to be a very safe choice for anyone who suffers from any type of joint pain especially the elderly.

Chondroitin Sulfate

Another well known supplement for treating joint pain in elderly cancer survivors is chondroitin. This chemical is normally produced by the cartilage in the joints. Again, as we age this begins to deteriorate. Chemotherapy can often age cancer patients but for the elderly, this is even more so. Elderly patients that were in reasonably good health prior to treatment are often finding that they suddenly have more joint pain after treatment. This is due to the break down of the cartilage and the aging of the body.

Chondroitin is believed to help ease the pain of the joints and when it’s combined with other pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen it is believed to work even better. Often taken along with glucosamine many patients swear by this treatment.

Many formulas are combined with manganese and said to work even better.

Vitamin D3

Elderly cancer survivors are frequently told to avoid over exposure to the sunlight. Unfortunately, this also means they aren’t getting enough Vitamin D3. In fact, the further north these patients live, the less likely they are to be getting enough Vitamin D3. There are many great Vitamin D3 supplements available. They help to supply the body with the vitamin and enhance the immune system. They also help to ease the pain in the joints and strengthen the bones. Vitamin D3 also helps the body to absorb more calcium which in turn helps the joints to function more properly.

Ginger

Long used by the Indians, Chinese and Japanese, Ginger is said to decrease joint pain and inflammation. Although this lacks a bit of scientific evidence, many swear by it and will take the root or powdered form daily to ease their joint pain. It’s quite possible that this is an anti inflammatory that works be reducing inflammation which in turn would of course reduce the pain. It’s important to be aware that Ginger is also a blood thinner and if you’re already on a blood thinner, facing a surgery or dental work you need to let your doctor or surgeon know immediately. Don’t be surprised if they want you to avoid the product for a few weeks prior to any surgical or dental procedure.

Omega 3s

This wonderful oil works well to alleviate joint pain. As Ginger is above, it is also a blood thinner so again, check with your doctor, surgeon or dentist prior to any procedure. This is an excellent anti inflammatory and there are many great varieties available on the market today. Experts tend to agree that between one and three grams per day is plenty of fish oil to relieve symptoms.

Joint supplements for elderly cancer survivors can do wonders to ease their inflammation in their joints and in so doing help to relieve pain. Many have turned to these supplements in order to find relief of their new symptoms of joint pain after completing their protocols of chemotherapy and radiation.

Low Impact Activities For Women Recovering From Cancer

When cancer is detected at the early stages, it becomes a manageable illness that can be treated and cured. What matters after the treatment are the activities that will assist the patient with recovery process. Diet will be pretty much covered by the doctors and other medical practitioners but what tends to be forgotten are the physical exercises that will aid women during the cancer recovery stage or post recovery. What has to be considered is that the exercises are low impact. And this is because straining can be harmful at this stage. Below are some low impact exercises that should be considered for women recovering from cancer:

Strength Training

Strength training is an important activity in terms of fighting muscle loss and improving muscle tone that might be caused by aging and illnesses. Since the activity should be kept on the low impact side, the weight machines used and other equipment should all be light weight such that the patient will be exercise their bodies without straining any part. Though strength training is important, it is crucial that the patients consult their doctors so as to determine the best regimen and whether they are fit enough to take part in it.

Walking

As normal as it may seem, walking provides one of the best ways for cancer patients to exercise without putting too much strain on the individual’s muscles and bones. Walking is easy and can be used by anyone to stretch their body and tone their muscles after cancer treatment. It might not be too much of a sport but it is the best activity to start with before engaging in more demanding activities such as jogging or running. Slow or brisk walking are highly recommended for patients that have just completed the treatment to keep their bodies in balance.

Swimming And Water Exercises

Swimming might be a demanding exercise but can be toned down to fit the exercise needs of a patient recovering from cancer. The benefit of swimming and other water exercises is that gravity is reduced and thus the individual can exercise without necessarily facing the element of their weight. Swimming is classified as one of the exercises that benefits the entire body and thus is highly recommended for recovering patients who can participate. Doctor consultation is also important here to avoid any complications.

Riding Bikes

boys and girls bikes

Riding a bike is beneficial to anyone. Patients recovering from cancer can increase their energy and tone their muscles to levels that can support their weight better and improve their general fitness. Women can choose any of the girls bikes that are available in different stores for use in this process. Riding a bike for short distances everyday can go a long way in enhancing the recovery process.

The most important thing when it comes to exercises during the recovery stage after cancer treatment is to consult a doctor. A qualified medical practitioner will be in a better position to advice the patient on the best exercises to improve their health and activities to avoid in an effort to prevent any discomfort or injury.