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

Maintaining a Low Sugar Diet After Cancer

When you’ve survived cancer, one of the things you are probably thinking about is how to prevent such a terrible thing from ever happening again. In fact, it’s not uncommon for cancer survivors to start focusing on becoming healthier in general.

According to the latest studies, such a diet has to involve a drastic reduction of sugar intake. You can improve your diet simply by avoiding soda and sugary confections, or you can try diets that are low in sugar, such as the Paleo diet.

The Paleo diet is controversial because it emphasizes eating the way our ancestors did before the Agricultural Revolution. But even the mainstream medical community acknowledges that its rejection of processed sugar is an effective way of becoming healthier.

Sugar and Cancer

Paleo diet advocates point out that before the Agricultural Revolution, cancer was almost unheard of. It was only when people switched to a grain based diet on such a large scale that cancer become more prevalent. The Paleo diet restricts sugar intake, and sugar consumption has been linked to cancer.
According to scientific research, refined sugar can cause cancer and also feeds cancer cells.

The scientific community has known since 1923 that cancer cells use up more glucose than normal cells. And one recent study conducted by UCLA demonstrated that be denying cancer cells the sugar they need, it can start a process that can lead to apoptosis (cancer cell death). This has been one of the reasons why many people prefer diets like Paleo, because they create a low sugar environment that makes it impossible for cancer cells to thrive.

Sugar and Overall Health

Cancer is not the only medical problem you should be concerned about when your diet includes a lot of sugar. The general medical community points to sugar as a culprit for many different ailments. Although the body does need sugar for energy, the prevalence of sugar in most foods can cause a lot of health problems. In addition, people also eat a lot of refined carbs which don’t really contain nutrients.

Scientists can probably show you a very long list of medical ailments caused by the consumption of too much sugar. In fact, sugar has now been dubbed as the “new tobacco.” Here are some highlights:

1. Sugar causes an increase in body fat and obesity. Surely by now you know just how dangerous obesity is to your health.

2. It can also cause fat development in your liver. Fat can accumulate in your liver which makes this organ sick (non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease), or it can get transported out and lodged into the walls of your artery leading to heart disease.

3. It accelerates cellular damage and aging.

4. It can increase your insulin levels which then increases the risk of lipid problems, pancreatic ailments, and diabetes.

Part of the problem with sugar is that food labels have become quite sneaky in how they label this ingredient. It can be called a great many things including cane syrup, fructose, corn syrup, glucose solids, molasses, or agave. In fact, some people have already identified more than 50 names for sugar to hide their identity from label readers.

You don’t have to be cancer survivor to want to be healthy. In fact, by opting to do away with sugar, you effectively lower your risk for cancer. The key is to cut down your sugar intake slowly until you can eliminate it from your diet. Not only will it help prevent cancer, but it simply makes you healthier overall. Cancer survivor or not, being healthy is always a good thing.

Finding A Healthy Lifestyle After Diagnosis

Finding out that one’s diagnosis for cancer is positive is one of the scariest, most disheartening times of a person’s life. At first, many feel overwhelmed and powerless. Even hopeless. This is simply not true though! The human body has amazing abilities and healing is actually one of those.

While it’s no secret that the healthier you are when you are fist diagnosed, the better chances you have of surviving, it’s also important to highlight that the healthier you try to be as you go through therapy and life the better the chances you have as well.

There are many different steps and approaches that are needed to be taken to improve one’s health. These range from mental, spiritual and emotional all the way through physical. Today, we’ll just touch on a few physical things that need to happen.

The first is diet. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or not, diet is a very important aspect of everyone’s life. Eating a well balanced and diverse diet is crucial to true physical health. For most of us though, this probably includes a fair amount of supplements to meet all of our requirements. Some of the most important supplements are vitamin D, C and E as well as others.

In addition to these getting the right type of fats into our diets can really make a difference and improve our overall well-being. If one finds it difficult to get in a fair share of omega 3′s supplements are a good route to take. In a review of BioTrust’s OmegaKrill 5X, Fitness Black and White brings out that there are certain types of supplements that you should and shouldn’t take. When it comes to omega 3′s it’s important to make sure that the supplement includes both the DHA and EPA fatty acids.

In addition to supplementing for omega 3′s and eating a healthy, well balanced diet, it’s also important to stay active. In an article by the American Cancer Society, the important of exercise was really highlighted and brought to the fore. At the beginning of the article, it started with a sobering and motivating fact:

“Research has proven that we all benefit from being active, regardless of age. People who are active are less stressed, live healthier lives, and have lower medical costs.”

It can be easy to dismiss such advice as “common” or unimportant but the true effects and long term benefits of staying active and eating well cannot be ignored. Sometimes it is just the simple things that make a big difference.

So whether you’ve been recently diagnosed, have survived or know someone who is dealing with such a heart-wrenching situation as having cancer, just remember that it’s the little things like living a healthy lifestyle that can make a big difference. No, people shouldn’t feel like they have to compete for the next fitness title or to be on the cover of a magazine, but it is important to be fit and healthy from the inside out. And that almost always starts with diet and exercise.

Turbans For Chemo Patients And Reasons To Avoid Drinking Espresso

As you probably already know that are a lot of side affects from receiving chemotherapy treatment. The cytotoxic drugs used are designed to kill rapidly dividing cells like cancer cells but they also take a toll on the rest of the body. They attack other fast diving cells that occur in the blood, intestine, stomach, cells in the mouth as well as hair follicles. The side affects range from gastrointestinal distress, anemia, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, and many more. While most of these adverse affects are internal the hair loss is something everyone can see when they look at you and is usually one of hardest to deal with but there is help.

There are many charity groups out there that offer support for cancer victims but one you may not have heard about is the turbans for chemo charity. This charity targets sewing clubs around the country to help out by sewing turbans for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Most members have their own computerized sewing machine and work out of their homes. Each turban only needs about 5/8 of a yard of material and can by sewn in about half an hour. The best part is most sewing club participants already have a large collection of left over fabric from previous projects and this is a great way to use up the material and help out at the same time. Once the club member finishes their turbans they are all collected up by the sewing club organizer and donated to the treatment facility. This is an easy and great way to help out those who are having a hard time dealing with their hair loss. It has even started some competition between sewing clubs to see who can make the most and best looking turbans each month.

Whether you are a cancer survivor or not its important to try and reduce anything in your diet that is know to or suspected of increasing your changes of getting cancer. One thing most people don’t think about much with regards to increasing their chances of getting cancer is their daily coffee. If you own an automatic home espresso maker you should take note. Recent studies have show that drinking espresso made from an espresso machine versus drinking drip style coffee may expose you to higher levels of furan. Furan is a carcinogenic toxic compound found in coffee beans and other foods. In tests done on mice and rats oral exposure to furan has been shown to cause tumors and cancer of the bile duct as well as leukemia and tumors in the adrenal glands although this was after a long period of high exposure. When comparing the levels of furan found in espresso versus drip coffee the numbers are alarming. A typical cup of coffee made in a drip coffee maker contains anywhere from 20 to 78 nanograms per milliliter of furan compared to a shot of espresso which contains 43 to 146 nanograms per milliliter. This difference is due to the fact the high heat and pressure used to make espresso from an espresso machine extracts more of the furan from the ground coffee. Drip coffee doesn’t use any pressure and the coffee is usually pre ground which helps dissipate the furan through evaporation. So if you want to reduce your risk of future cancers you may want to think twice before firing up your home espresso maker.

Guide to Makeup for Cancer Patients

It goes without saying that undergoing treatment for cancer takes a toll on your body. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can damage the skin. The products that you have used before may not work with your body now as it goes through this care and treatment. It can be a frustrating feeling when applying on makeup and having to reinvent a routine, but fear no more, this guide will help those undergoing cancer treatments feel beautiful inside and out.

Moisturize

Dry and sensitive skin is a common side effect from chemotherapy and radiation, and a daily skincare routine may be necessary to properly take care of your skin. A moisturizer can help clear up this problem in no time, and it’s important to choose an appropriate moisturizer to your skin type or special needs during treatment.  Cancer treatment makes you more vulnerable to infection, so it’s crucial to make skin and hygiene care a priority.

  • Choose a moisturizer that is rich in SPF (15 or higher)
  • Keep travel sized moisturizers with you for on the go emergencies
  • If undergoing chemotherapy especially, always wear sunscreen, and do not stay in the sun for more than a few minutes.
  • Do NOT use any hormonal creams that contain hydrocortisone.
  • For those undergoing radiation: consult your doctor before applying sunscreen, cream, lotion, or any other cosmetic to the treated area

Concealer

A little concealer can go a long way to cover up dark circles and other discolorations and blemishes you may be experiencing at this time. When choosing a concealer, choose a color slightly lighter than your skin tone now.

  • A creamier concealer will moisturize dry skin
  • Dot concealer where needed and blend with fingertips
  • If dark circles are problematic, a color corrector, instead, may be needed.

Foundation and Blush

Undergoing any kind of treatment can leave the skin uneven in color and tone. Doing makeup in a natural light will help make color swatch choice easier.

  • Liquid, cream or moisturizing formula is helpful if your skin feels dry or dehydrated.
  • Dot foundation on the face and blend with sponge or clean fingertips.
  • Skip any kind of powders if your skin is dry.
  • Pick the right shade of blush to brighten up any paling faces
  • Smile at the mirror at start application at the apple of cheek
  • Feeling puffy? Try a brown toned blush to create contour under cheekbones

Eyebrows

If your eyebrows have thinned or fallen out, there are many ways to recreate a natural eyebrow again.  This can be done with an eyebrow stencil or using a photo as a guide.

  • Pick a color that resembles haircolor
    • Make dots on the highest points of the eyebrow
    • Using the photo as a guide, mark the end point of the eyebrow
    • Connect the dots with light, feathery strokes

Eyeliner/ Eyeshadow/Mascara

Highlighting your eyes with eyeliner and eyeshadow will brighten, define, and emphasize the area, taking away focus from other areas if needed.

  • Complementary jewel tones add warmth and vibrancy
  • If your eyes are too sensitive, skip eyeliner all together and use shadow for definition.
  • Replace your mascara every three months due to bacteria

Getting Back Into Shape After Cancer Treatment

So finally the long period of treatment is over and you are more than ready to get into good health. You’ve done the initial recovery but there are some simple but all important ways to improve your health long-term so you can get the most of the years ahead as not just a cancer survivor but as a healthy adult as well.

Unsurprisingly, recommendations for those who have survived a battle with cancer are no different than they are for anyone who is looking to improve their health. A balanced diet, a regular exercise regimen, keeping a healthy weight, avoid cigarettes and tobacco products and keeping alcohol intake to a minimum are all keys to a good start. These can bonus benefits for survivors of cancer and can greatly smoothen your transition into survivorship improve your quality of life.

Some actionable items you can do right now to take care of yourself post-cancer treatment include:

Eating a regularly balanced diet – Your diet should include a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
The good people at the American Cancer Society recommend you should also include healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, proteins than are low in saturated fats like eggs, lean meat, fish and nuts. In general, keep your choice of carbohydrates to whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Exercise – Routine exercise can not only help to speed your recovery along but can also increase your sense of self-esteem. Exercise can increase your endurance and strength as well as reduce fatigue and anxiety. Your mood will increase while you notice any signs of depression start to lessen. Always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.

Adding a bit of physical activity to your normal daily schedule doesn’t have to take a lot of additional effort. Adult survivors of cancer can exercise for as little as just 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week (or more when you work up to it). You will probably find as you gradually improve that you enjoy the benefits of exercise so much that you will want to do it as much as possible. Just take it slow and work up to it.

Some easy exercises to get you started can include jogging either outside or on a treadmill, spending time on on an elliptical machine, yoga or shooting baskets on a local net. Even if you aren’t playing a “real” game, treat yourself to a cool new pair of basketball shoes. A new pair of the best basketball shoes can motivate you to get out and be active just so you can wear them!

Weight Maintenance – Many patients suffer varying degrees of weight fluctuation during treatment. Discuss with your doctor what the best weight for you is and then go about making a plan to get to that weight. This should be a gradual process, as it is recommended to not gain or lose more than approximately 2 pounds a week at a time.

By following the steps outlined above, you will gradually find yourself on the road to recovery and back to a healthier you!

Are Investment Properties The Right Nest Egg?

When someone has survived a traumatic event such as a health scare, the mind often focuses on the future and what plans are in place. Often, the desire to live life to the fullest becomes understandably strong.

One thing that can stand in the way of this can be finances. One strategy to help bolster finances and security to allow freedom in later life is with a buy to let property.

You may already own your home, on mortgage or outright, or you may rent. Especially for people renting a property, there is always the idea of buying their first home hovering in the back of the mind.

But an option is not to necessarily buy a house to live in but for investment purposes.

Location

It may be that house prices where you want to live are beyond your means. The concept of an investment property would mean buying a house in a location that is not always your own choice but because the property is a good investment.

For example, this may mean you live in the city in a rented property near where you work, or the children go to school. The house you buy may be in the far suburbs, which would leave a long commute for you and your family, but would be ideal for someone who worked in that area.

Therefore, the property you buy is because of it’s potential to be rented out to that idea of a person, rather than for you and the family to relocate to.

Financial Advantages

By renting out the property, it is effectively paying for itself. There are also rules in place which allow taxes on properties to be tax-deductible and if a loan is needed to do work on the house, the interest charge on this can also be deducted.

An important factor, when considering this, is to get all the information needed to be a landlord. There are a variety of software packages available to help you organise your incoming and outgoings for the property if you are confident enough to do this yourself.

Another option is to employ a property investment company who can help you find the right property and also help you manage life as a landlord, taking away the doubt of not knowing what you are doing at first.

Risk

Such a company can also help you organise your finances so if there is a period where no tenant is in place, then this will not have a financial effect on the rest of your life.

It is important to remember that this happens to nearly all landlords at some stage and should be prepared for.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a nest egg which can, in years to come, be sold on for a profit and leave you with cash to do what you dreamed of doing, then this is an option that may appeal. There are factors to be taken into consideration before making a judgement but the long term benefits may be substantial.

Can a Bowflex Help with Cancer Recovery?

workoutCancer survivors may have the capacity to decrease their danger for functional decay. Can a Bowflex home gym help with cancer recovery? one may tend to wonder . Doctor’s association report reveals that a home-based exercise and eating methodology program helped more advanced in years survivors of colorectaland prostate cancer stay healthy.

Exercise is the unrivaled remedy with no bad reactions. There is no pill that can lay that claim. Then again, we appear to want to pop a magic pill to exonerate us from any other onus. There is no pill, that can potentially give the universal health benefits, ensure us from aging, there is no rival to the healing forces of exercise. In any case yes, motivation is needed. And I will add, as always, “no time” is a cry. Maybe there is no time for the gym, however I assure you there is the ideal time for physical activity. Perhaps no Eureka minute yet, however it is there. And with increased motivation, its amazing the time that is there.

An audit of more than 60 studies for the charity discovered individuals experiencing treatment for cancer – as well as survivors – could profit from exercise.

Exercise is a “miracle drug” for cancer survivors and may even avert the disease returning, according to another report.

Figure Concepts Cancer Support said physical activity ought to be “endorsed” by doctors after “hard proof” demonstrated to it can significantly help recovery and avoid other long haul ailments.

Various studies, mainly on ladies with early-stage breast cancer, infer that physical activity can enhance cancer survivors’ quality of life, diminish the impact of treatment symptoms and help in their overall recovery. At the same time more data are required. While exercise, even simply carrying on with an active life, is universally recognized important for cancer survivors, researchers are attempting to understand the degree of its rehabilitative value and how best to administer and monitor it.

The Exercise and Thrive sessions are regulated by medical staff and take 90 minutes each. They touch upon the main physical segments adaptability, quality and aerobics and about 30 minutes of gathering talk, here and there fixated on inquiries, for example, “How in balance does your life feel at this time?” Participants also learn about sustenance and other personality figure activities, for example, yoga and pilates.

There was 27 individuals participating in the initial round of the classes. The participants range from individuals who have experienced later treatment to the individuals who have been without symptom for a long time.

Outcomes of two studies on inside cancer also indicate the danger of biting the dust or the disease returning is cut by about half in patients taking six hours a week of moderate power exercise, with around a 30% more level danger of passing on among prostate cancer patients and a 57% easier rate of disease movement in the event that they do three hours of moderate exercise week by week.

According to studies, more advanced in years cancer survivors speak to an important target because cancer and its treatments are associated with accelerated rates of functional decrease. They say many more advanced in years cancer survivors also report poor lifestyle behaviors.

Strength Training After Chemotherapy, a Smart Choice

Strength training has been shown by several studies, to be tremendously beneficial to cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy. The cancer diagnosis can impact the body in several ways both physical and psychological. Some of the known after effects of chemotherapy are the residual toxic effects it has on the body. Typically, most patients after undergoing a chemotherapy exercise will experience after-treatment effects such as fatigue, mental fogs and fatigue. Engaging in a regular exercise program has been shown to assist in building stamina and strength, in addition to stemming the likelihood of a cancer re-occurrence. Nutrition and appropriate diet also plays an integral role. Of course a physician should always be consulted as some products that contain stimulants (like these) should probably not be consumed when undergoing treatment.

The process of instituting Strength Exercises after Chemotherapy

Exercises are not just beneficial for post-chemo patients; they are also beneficial to everyone else. Some of the beneficial instructions and exercise routine to undertake after a chemotherapy procedure includes;
• Consulting the doctor regarding the exercise program: When considering the idea of undertaking a workout, patients who have undergone chemotherapy should at all times consult their doctor in order to get the exercise permission. Even though most doctors encourage patients to undertake exercises, a doctor’s evaluation of the patient’s health status helps clear out any underlying conditions or issues that may complicate your recovery process.
• Follow a step by step advancement program: chemotherapy patients should not be too eager to return to their high-power aerobics class or marathon training routine immediately after the exercise. You should start exercising gradually beginning with simple exercises such as walking short distances to assess their strength and endurance levels; then increase the intensity through speed and distance if you feel good about yourself. The light exercises to consider include Yoga, light weightlifting, hiking, biking and swimming.
• Engage the services of a professional trainer: Engaging the services of professional post chemo trainers is critical especially for those beginning the exercise program for the first time. The trainer will advise you on the best exercises to carry-out, including tips on nutrition.
• Enlist the service of close friends and company: finding fitness friends; whether neighbors or cancer survivors interested in exercising is a perfect way to build your social network and enhance personal motivation through strengthening the exercise routine.

Benefits of Post-Chemo Exercises

Chemotherapy studies have indicated that weight training helps build the muscles; a factor that can substantially contribute to the rise in your quality of life and health as a cancer patient. Physically engaging strength training can also helps the body to produce lasting hormonal changes which includes the critical Human Growth Hormone (HGH). While you should check with your physician, there are also other products (examples here) you may take once you’ve been identified as being in remission.

When exercising post chemo patients, should develop an exercise timetable that offers lots of rest in between the exercise routine. Other exercises that should form part of the daily routine include eating and brushing of teeth; these exercises should be encouraged as part of the exercise schedule. It is also crucial to follow up on any of the exercise programs with your doctor at all times. Additionally if you experience any pain, light-headedness, nausea or irritation, it is most appropriate to discontinue the exercise activity.

Life After Cancer

cancersurvivorLife after cancer is something that’s discussed as often as life with cancer. Family, work, school, friends, and virtually all other areas of life present unique, difficult challenges to cancer survivors after the finish treatment. Many cancer survivors often find themselves having so many questions because they were unprepared for life after cancer. Unfortunately, this unpreparedness can actually lead to many consequences. The reason why I am actually writing this post is to help cancer survivors deal with life after treatment. Hopefully, what I write here will end up saving them the hassle of having to deal with so many possible unfortunate situations.

The best piece of advice I can give cancer survivors is to be “honest” with how they feel. Whether it’s with work, school, or any other area of life, cancer survivors shouldn’t try to “fake” being okay. There have been many cases of cancer survivors faking being okay at work and ending up suffering injuries because they couldn’t handle the work. It’s every employer’s duty to accommodate the needs of their employees so long as they’re reasonable. When it comes to cancer survivors, honest communication between employers and employees almost always leads to better working arrangements for the cancer survivors.

There will be times, however, when cancer survivors might have to deal with people who refuse to or simply can’t understand their situation. It would be best if cancer survivors just avoided them. There have been cases here in Toronto where employers refused to understand their cancer survivor employees’ situation, and in these cases, the cancer survivor ended up being overwhelmed to the point where they suffered personal injuries at work. Fortunately, the cancer survivors in these cases where directed to a personal injury lawyer Toronto citizens trust. The personal injury lawyer was able to successfully sue the employers and get the cancer survivors maximum compensation for what they suffered through.

Still, while a Toronto neck injury lawyer is able to help cancer survivors get justice in such cases, it would be better if such situations were avoided right from the very start. Cancer survivors shouldn’t have to adapt to unfair situations. Cancer survivors are better off avoiding them. When it comes to work, cancer survivors should only work at places where they are able to be at their most productive without overstraining themselves.

While I only concentrated on work in this post, I still hope it makes a significant positive difference in the lives of this site’s cancer survivor readers. Cancer survivors should take care of their health, and the people close to them should continue giving way to their needs. While most people are understanding and will continue supporting a cancer survivor, some are just difficult to deal with and won’t care about what a cancer survivor is going through. Cancer survivors should know that they have a choice to ignore such people. Cancer survivors are not obligated to adapt to unfair people; it’s the unfair people who have to learn to adapt to the needs of cancer survivors.

Recovering with Sports

There’s a really weird time in any cancer survivor’s life. It’s those months after you hear those magic words… “remission.” It’s just so odd sometimes. For so many years, you’ve been fighting this thing, and for some of us, those years have been filled with treatments that have left us frail, sick and weak.

And we get used to it, don’t we? It’s easy to. It’s easy to start feeling like that weakness is normal, like I t’s the natural state of your life. So, after that part of your life is over, after you don’t have to be weak anymore, it can be a little… weird.

It’s just tough to start doing some of the things you used to do before you got sick. And it can be even harder to start doing new stuff. For a lot of us, the feeling we get is equal parts totally happiness for being well and that weird post-partum depression of returning to your normal, healthy state. It can be a super weird feeling.

So, I wanted to share one of the best ways I’ve found to get yourself back into the groove of a healthy, active, awesome life: sports!

Sports are just so great on so many levels. They can help you physically, psychologically and emotionally. However, they can be intimidating, too. So, today, I wanted to share a few ways sports can help you as a well as a few tips to get you started (or, if you’re anything like me, maybe just to get past some of that apprehension).

  • Sports are fun. Sports are just fun. And laughing is something that is really easily taken for granted. There may not be anything that makes you feel more alive than running around like a little kid and laughing as you chase a Frisbee. Remember, you are in control if your recovery, and you should never underestimate the power of fun!
  • Buy yourself some awesome gear. Going to try ping-pong? Buy yourself a sweet new paddle. Going to try crossfit? Get some good shoes! Going to play tennis? Get some quality tennis gear. Buying yourself some toys is a good way to treat yourself and get you exicited to be active.
  • Sports are social. This is also one of the most important things about sports. You do them with other people! It’s not uncommon for us to become dependent on being doted on while we’re sick. Sports help you get out of that mindset and into a team headspace, which is super healthy.
  • Sports make you confident. Sports have a funny way of helping you regain confidence, even if you’re not winning all the time. Even if you just have little isolated moments of awesomeness, confidence is one of the natural byproducts of sports.
  • Try an easy one! You don’t have to go out there and play tackle football. It’s much more important that you are outside with people you love having fun. So do something you’re comfortable with that suits your physical condition.

Sports can be a huge help when you’re starting to acclimate yourself to your normal life. So enjoy!