Epigenetics and Breast Cancer

The exciting new science of epigenetics has shown that environmental factors can affect our genetic risk of cancer and other diseases. The good news is that epigenetic changes can go both ways—not only can environmental factors cause cancer; they can also prevent it and potentially cure it. Although the science of epigenetics is in its early stages, we now know that we have more control over cancer and other diseases than we thought we did.

How to Choose the Best Hospitals and Doctors

When patients are facing cancer treatment they are usually frightened and feeling vulnerable. However, it is vital to keep in mind that you are a consumer purchasing a very expensive service. If you have cancer, your life may depend on the choices you make, so you should be more careful than you would be in buying a house or a car.

Do I Have to Avoid Sugar and Other Carbs?

The science concerning the best diet to prevent cancer and cancer recurrence is a work in progress, but I think that conventional oncology underestimates the importance of diet. As patients, it behooves us to be proactive and do our best to protect ourselves.

Conventional, Integrative, and Alternative Care for Breast Cancer

For my cancer treatment, I chose an integrative approach, and I also use it to help me stay in remission. But because of my high risk of recurrence, I have thought quite a bit about what I would do if the cancer came back, in my breast or in other parts of my body. In the years since my conventional treatment I have continued my research, and as a result, I have come to have less and less confidence in conventional oncology. The possible benefits need to be weighed against the very significant sources of harm.

Why Doesn’t Cancer Research Focus on Prevention?

I think there are two reasons that cancer research doesn’t focus on prevention, and both of them have to do with money. The first reason involves profits to the pharmaceutical industry; there is more money to be made from drugs that might extend cancer patients’ lives by a few months than there is in trying to develop drugs to prevent cancer. The second reason has to do with carcinogens spewed into the environment. If corporations were held accountable for their toxins, it would cost them billions. It’s cheaper for the corporations to lobby congress to escape accountability and to get in bed with cancer charities.

Chemotherapy Can Cause Cancer to Spread

We know that breast cancer treatment can cause breast cancer to spread, but the position of the mainstream cancer establishment is that the benefits of treatment are likely to outweigh the possible harm. My position is that patients should be given all the information they need to make the choices they consider best for themselves.

Breast Surgery Can Cause Cancer to Spread

Surgical removal of cancerous tissue (and even biopsies) can cause the cancer to spread. Since it is generally accepted in cancer research that about 90% of patients die from metastases or secondary tumors, and only a small minority die from a primary tumor, this information should of great interest to doctors as well as patients.

Blaming the Patient for Having Cancer

People seem to want to believe that we can control what happens to us; they don’t want to face the fact that bad things can happen to good people. The fact is that anyone could get cancer. More than 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease, and many of them also have very healthy lifestyles.

Help From Pets

My Chihuahua (in the picture) was a great comfort to me when I was undergoing chemotherapy. Many cancer patients report being helped by their pets. Some say they felt closer to their dogs than to humans throughout their journey—their dogs intuitively knew when they were sad or in pain and needed a buddy to be with, and never left their sides. And, unlike humans, they never said the wrong thing.

How I Kept My Hair During Chemotherapy

I was told that with the chemicals I was using, Taxotere and Cytoxan, I would lose my hair but it would grow back, no problem. However, when I checked on breastcancer.org I found that many patients were heartbroken because their hair loss was permanent (there are now numerous lawsuits against the maker of Taxotere for failure to disclose this fact). This motivated me to investigate ways to keep my hair. That’s me in the picture wearing a Penguin cold cap. I did not lose my hair.

My Tour of Cancer Clinics in Tijuana

Out of the blue, I received an email invitation from the Cancer Control Society to join a bus tour visiting cancer clinics in Tijuana, Mexico. I had heard about clinics in Mexico, in the Caribbean, Europe, Israel, and China that use techniques that are not part of mainstream cancer care in the United States, and I was very curious.

Understanding Endocrine Disruptors

Breast cancer, already the most common cancer in the United States, is projected to rise by 50% by 2030, according to researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They expect 441,000 new cases in 2030, up from 283,000 in 2011. Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), says that part of the rise can be attributed to the increased number of ER+ breast cancers. This trend is likely caused by changes in “circumstances and lifestyles,” but the research model looked at total numbers, not causes, he said. Of course I am interested in the causes, because my breast cancer was ER+, which means that it needs estrogen to grow. I don’t want a recurrence or metastasis. Also, I am in the majority. Almost 80% of breast cancers are ER+, and this number is on the rise.

What You Need to Know About GMOs and Cancer

The Center for Food Safety says: A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment. Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer. As for environmental impacts, the use of genetic engineering in agriculture will lead to uncontrolled biological pollution, threatening numerous microbial, plant and animal species with extinction, and the potential contamination of all non-genetically engineered life forms with novel and possibly hazardous genetic material.

The Truth About Cancer Charities

Pinktober is almost here. All the cancer charities are asking for our money and our time. Some want us to raise money for them by running in marathons, and every October we are encouraged to buy products that wear pink ribbons. Cancer patients and their supporters have responded with great generosity. But all cancer charities are not equal. Sadly, many of the cancer charities have been corrupted, taking corporate money and participating in pinkwashing