People often forget how they have much more in them than they would think at first. Not only could they find the power in themselves to help themselves and fasten the healing process by taking on the right mind, they also can help others by sharing what they feel and how they went on to battle the disease which got to them.
- People Celebrate Kicking Cancer’s Butt (wsaw.com)
Cancer is an awful, life-threatening disease, so when someone beats it, there’s reason to celebrate. That’s exactly what many people did Monday on National Cancer Survivor’s Day.
Barb Rebstock is one of them. She started her battle with breast cancer three years ago. Her mother and sister both had breast cancer, and her mother also got lung cancer too. Both women lost their lives to the disease. Upon diagnosis, Rebstock had 38 rounds of radiation that she said were not easy. Although she’s still going through other treatment now, she said her screenings have been clear.
“Everybody out there that has cancer, don’t give up,” she said. “Just keep going, keep fighting it. Listen to the doctors and don’t give up. Half the battle is your attitude.”
- New Targeted Therapies Show Promise In Fighting Aggressive Cancers (publichealthwatch.wordpress.com)
Several new targeted therapies have shown promise against advanced cancers of the blood, lungs, ovaries, and thyroid, according to research released Saturday at a major US cancer research conference.
Among them is an oral drug called ibrutinib, made by Pharmacyclics. It was found to be “highly active” against chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and extended survival in some patients whose cancers did not respond to the standard treatment, chemotherapy.
- ‘Cows’ milk is good for calves, but not for us’: Avoid cancer by axing dairy, meat products, U.K. scientist and six-time survivor urges (news.nationalpost.com)
In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour — a lump in her neck the size of half a boiled egg.
Doctors told her that she had only months to live.
Then a mother of two young children, Plant recalls the shocked discussion she had with her husband, Peter. As scientists — she is a geochemist, he a geologist — they had both worked in China on environmental issues, and knew that Chinese women had historically very low rates of breast cancer: one epidemiological study from the ’70s showed the disease affected one in 100,000 Chinese women, compared with one in 12 in the West.
“I had checked this information with senior academics,” Plant says. “Chinese doctors I knew told me they had hardly seen a case of breast cancer in years. Yet if Chinese women are on Western diets — if they go to live in the U.S. or Australia, for example — within one generation they got the same rate. I said to Peter, ’Why is it that Chinese women living in China don’t get breast cancer?’ “
Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found.
Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet.
The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day.
Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too much protein.
Nutritional advice has traditionally focused on cutting down on fat, sugar and salt. The World Health Organization announced a consultation Wednesday suggesting that guidelines on sugar consumption should be lowered, but there have been few warnings about excess protein.
- Doctors worry cancer terminology contributes to overtreatment (triblive.com)
If Dr. Steve Shapiro had his way, some cancers wouldn’t even be called cancer.
“The word cancer just scares people to death. It’s expensive and it weighs on people’s minds, both the patient and the doctor,” said Shapiro, chief scientific officer at UPMC and a lung cancer expert.
What’s troubling, Shapiro and other experts say, is that the word often is used for lesions so tiny or insignificant, they might never develop into an illness that would cause harm. They say this leads to unnecessary treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove tumors that could go away on their own.
To avoid this, a panel of experts advising the National Cancer Institute is urging the medical community to reconsider use of the word. In a May article published in The Lancet, the experts suggest renaming some pre-cancerous lesions and tailoring screening to individual patients.
“The medical community, just like the public, thinks if you hear the word cancer, it’s something you’re going to die of, unless you treat it and treat it aggressively, whereas there’s a whole spectrum of disease, and it can be low-risk and it can be high-risk,” Dr. Laura Esserman, the study’s lead author and a breast surgeon at University of California San Francisco, told the Tribune-Review.
“Maybe part of the solution is to take these low-risk things and rename them and move them out of that category of things that we have a visceral response to.”
- Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We’re the Metsters (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that’s it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many subtypes of breast cancer (such as inflammatory breast cancer, and triple negative breast cancer), and the different subtypes respond differently to treatments. There are also different stages of breast cancer.
- Smoking and cancer gene ‘deadly mix’ (bbc.co.uk)
The research, published in the journal Nature, found the gene could double the likelihood of getting lung cancer.
And some men and women faced a far greater risk, a team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London said.
Cancer Research UK suggested drugs targeted at breast cancer may work in some lung cancers.
The links between variants of the BRCA genes and breast cancer are well established – a diagnosis led Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy – but it has also been linked with an increased risk of other cancers affecting women such as ovarian cancer and prostate cancer in men.
- Cancer Lesson #46: What to Wear on a No Hair Day (kabcancerlessons.wordpress.com)
It’s important to remember wigs, scarves and hats can offer protection for self-confidence by dented hair loss. In this post, I present options – some serious, some not –for anyone forced to deal with those dreaded no-hair days.
- Friend With a Brain Tumor? (everydayleft.com)
Do you have a friend with a brain tumor? Do you have friends who have friends with a brain tumor? Do you have a family member, perhaps a distant cousin with a brain tumor? How about some random acquaintance at work, does he/she have a brain tumor? Does a close family member have a brain tumor? Do you have a brain tumor?
Every body knows someone who has or had cancer of some kind in other parts of their bodies – there are really too many out there. But chances are you know someone who’s experienced living with a brain tumor – primary or secondary. You may have known someone who died from brain cancer. Maybe you just heard about someone who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but you really don’t understand what that means.
- A personal note: The mirage of the “magic bullet” for cancer – and a better alternative (stage4living.wordpress.com)
One thing I’ve found interesting is that there was less interest than I expected in nutritional measures that people can adopt in helping manage their illness. More people are interested in finding the “magic bullet” for cancer. The magic bullet is the one pill, drug, potion, food, or drink that will magically dissolve the tumor and metastasized cancer cells and allow the patient to continue with the same diet, lifestyle, mental state and other factors that contributed to causing the cancer in the first place.
In some cases radical lifestyle and dietary changes have actually resulted in late stage remission of diseases; for example the over one thousand such cases documented in medical journals and written about in Radical Remission by Dr. Kelly A. Turner (see my review in an earlier post below). And Dr. Turner believes that for every documented case of “Radical Remission” there are probably over a hundred cases that are never documented. In some cases radical lifestyle and diet changes may result in a few extra months, a year, three years, five years or more of “bonus time” versus just using conventional treatment alone.
- Teen fighting cancer surprised by Suns gorilla, dancers, friends on eve of surgery (azfamily.com)
At only 16 years old, Cody Hatch is battling a rare form of cancer called metastatic paraganglioma. He has a series of tumors that have a tight grip on his spine.”I’m hoping it’ll recover faster and I haven’t been too worried, I’m just trying to be optimistic about it,” Cody said Monday, just a day before undergoing surgery.