“When we say radiation ‘palliates,’ we are saying it addresses symptoms or side effects associated with life-threatening illness, and it works whether the ultimate goal is cure or to improve quality at the end of life,” said Dr. Stephen Lutz, MD, a radiation oncologist at Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center in Findley, OH. Read on to find out who it’s for and how it works …
Palliative radiation is especially common and effective with metastatic bone pain.
Two-thirds to three-thirds of patients with bone metastasis will get pain relief from this procedure, said Dr. Lutz. The therapy accomplishes two things: it shrinks tumors, and it diminishes toxins released by the tumor into the bone.
“The tumor in the bone releases factors that cause pain. These microscopic messengers tell the bone to destroy itself. We think palliative radiation works by changing the tumor cells’ functions in a way where they are less likely to release these messengers,” he said. Read More
We hear we should pack away six to eight servings of veggies and fruit a day. But who sits down to, say, a two-pound spinach and kale salad?
If you were to juice it, you can down most of that spinach and kale’s nutrients in one tall glass. And you will likely get a near immediate boost of energy, because the nutrients go straight into your system without having to be broken down, according to holistic physician, Dr. Joseph Mercola and other nutrition gurus.
Even if you don’t exactly love spinach and kale, read on. You will learn ways to make it taste surprisingly good, and also learn what else to juice with.
.We will start with some of the benefits of juicing, as well as a few cautions. Read More
Twenty percent of Americans have acid reflux—that’s 16 million people – and it’s as common in Europe. Read on to learn of early signs. Learn how to dodge or manage acid reflux and why this is important.
What is acid reflux and how do I know if I might have it?
Acid reflux, also called GERD, happens when stomach acid used for digestion backs up into the esophagus (esophagus connects the throat and stomach).
“Common symptoms are heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth. But even habitual morning throat clearing can be a symptom,” according to Dr. Jonathan Aviv, MD, clinical director of ENT and Allergy Associates’ Voice and Swallowing Center and author of Killing Me Softly From Inside: The Mysteries and Dangers of Acid Reflux and Its Connection to America’s Fastest Growing Cancer. Connection/dp/1494761971
He calls this morning reaction “throatburn reflux,” which occurs without heartburn and can also include chronic cough and hoarseness. Read More
Fermentation is a chemical process that keeps foods from spoiling, but it has other benefits, especially when we are fighting or recovering from illness. Fermentation produces bacteria called probiotics that are good for the gut, boost our immune system, and help free up more nutrients to be digested and used by our bodies. And if you love grains, know fermentation reduces their gluten and lectins—the not-so-healthy stuff in them.
Research shows probiotics influence hundreds of our genes, helping them express in a way that fights disease
For instance, they help curb a protein that causes cancer-promoting inflammation, according to alternative physician Dr. Joseph Mercola. Read More
I have done something different with this post than the articles on topics like how to treat chemo brain, cancer-fighting diet and herbs, etc.
I figure we can use a laugh now and then, so I am sharing some gut-busting responses I’ve heard from folks to the line: “You know you’re a cancer survivor when … “
You know you’re a cancer survivor when …
Your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and you’re glad to hear it.
Your mother-in-law invites you to lunch and you say NO.
You’re back in the family rotation to take out the garbage.
You use your toothbrush to brush your teeth rather than comb your hair.
You no longer have the urge to choke the person who says, “All you need to beat cancer is the right attitude.” Read More
In the following Q&A, master herbalist and clinical nutritionist Donnie Yance speaks on how he treats anxiety and overall brain health, especially after cancer. See Brain Health and Cancer Part 1 for ways to treat chemo brain.
How does anxiety affect us, especially after cancer?
Donnie Yance, herbalist, nutritionist and founder of Mederi Center for Natural Healing:
Anxiety affects the life force or vital energy. If you are anxious for extended periods or often, your brain becomes overstimulated and fatigued. People whom have had cancer tend to have a higher rate of anxiety, and this is not good, so I focus a lot on this. Read More
Finally, scientists are realizing what we ourselves have known for a while: chemo brain is real. Growing research proves this. But are there treatments to help restore our memory and clear our heads? That is still up for debate in the medical community, but internationally known master herbalist and clinical nutritionist Donnie Yance claims there is plenty we can do. He explains in this Q&A. Read Brain Health and Cancer Part 2 for Donnie’s advice on treating both anxiety and brain fog.
How do you address chemo brain?
Cancer can put a new spin on our social lives. People who haven’t been where we are may back away. Or they want to be there, and some of them know how to do it in a way that works. Some try, but are there for us in ways that we don’t love. So how do we deal with the social scenarios when we are now in a different place from most people in our lives–and don’t want to feel like we are planets apart from them? Let’s hear suggestions from a cancer survivor who fields questions from other survivors all the time.
Pleasing the world??
You might find yourself getting treated with kid gloves now, with people doing for you. Do you send a thank you for every dinner, “hang in there” card, ribbon jewelry or “chemo sucks” mug?
“I myself would say, you should be spending your time getting well, not writing thank you’s for every kind act,” says Elyn Jacobs, a cancer coach, host of radio show Survive and Live Well, and cancer survivor herself. Read More
The following is a guest post from Brian Lawenda, MD
Although I am a radiation oncologist, and my education and early training were in conventional cancer medicine (surgery, pharmaceuticals, radiation, etc.), I strongly believe there is much more we can do to support our body’s natural abilities to prevent and fight cancer.
One of the best ways to make our tissues less conducive to cancer is to consume lots of plant foods, which are full of anticancer compounds, many which function the same way as our multi-billion dollar cancer drugs. These compounds can neutralize free radicals which damage DNA; reduce inflammation, which can promote cancer; slow the growth of cancer cells and tumor blood vessels that feed cancer. Some of these compounds signal cancer cells to die, support detoxification and elimination of cancer-promoting substances, etc. Read More
Cancer treatments are expensive enough; add to the equation the cost of fertility treatments, and you are staring down astounding bills. Unfortunately, insurance rarely covers fertility preservation for most cancer patients because of a loophole: you have to have tried to conceive, unsuccessfully, for at least a year, though your doctor can provide documentation that may get your insurer to reconsider if you are denied coverage.
Read on to learn about financial assistance for fertility preservation available through LIVESTRONG Fertility (formerly Fertile Hope). Read More