Skincare Tips For Cancer Patients

Your skin can be damaged by several cancer treatments. Chemotherapy targets all your cells including healthy ones and reduces the amount of oil your glands secrete. As skin is the largest organ in your body the effects are more visible. Radiotherapy can also affect the area that is treated and various medications may also have an adverse effect on the skin. In addition, hormone therapy can have a big impact on the skin as the aim of this treatment is to reduce oestrogen levels which is the hormone that keeps skin looking young and fresh.

A Survivor’s Guide On How To Handle Friends Who Leave During Cancer

In the end, I honestly don’t think I really knew what true friendship was until now. The old friends that stuck it out during cancer and the people I met during treatment are probably the most real friendships I’ve ever experienced. There really is no reason to fix old damaged relationships when the new ones are so strong. You don’t need countless friends, you just need the ones that count.

How Can I Avoid Breast Cancer Charity Scams? 

Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing for Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that evaluates and rates charities and nonprofit organizations, says in a video posted on its website that “you might be surprised that much less will go to charity when you ‘shop for the cure’ as opposed to donating directly to a respected breast cancer organization.”

Spreading cancer caught on film 

The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan. The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process. The research is on mice so far, but it is hoped the method could one day help with treatment too.

Chemo-induced Cardiotoxicity: Prevention Is Best Strategy

The incidence of chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy has been increasing and will continue to increase as the cancer survivor population expands. Unfortunately, therapeutic options for the condition are limited. Jean-Bernard Durand, MD, medical director of Cardiomyopathy Services at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said that management of cardiotoxicity for these patients should be based on prevention, early detection, and halting progression of heart failure.

Arsenic Is In Rice – Should you worry?

According to our detailed assessment and research, there is no simple way to determine how much rice-based food you can safely eat. All the arsenic in your diet adds to your lifetime risk of developing cancer. However this factor must be weighed against the nutritional qualities of foods you might eat in the place of rice. Rice is an affordable grain that figures in the daily fare of millions of Americans, particularly Asian and Latino families, vegetarians and people on a gluten-free diet. Rice flour, bran and syrup are added to many processed foods like crackers, pasta and granola bars. Infants and children are commonly fed rice-based cereals. The bottom line: EWG recommends that you limit consumption of rice and rice-based food when possible and instead eat a varied diet of healthy lower-arsenic grains and sweeteners.

Six Questions About Cellphone Radiation and Your Health 

In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones a “possible carcinogen” based on human epidemiological studies that found increased gliomas and acoustic neuromas in long-term cellphone users. Yet the wireless industry continues to insist that the public need not worry and fights efforts to inform the public. To clear up some of this confusion, EWG answers your top questions

Minimally Invasive Breast Cancer Cryotherapy Largely Ignored in U.S., Says Advocate and 13-Year Survivor

Ross-Paul has co-written a book with her husband, Alex Paul, and her cancer physician, Dr. Peter Littrup, titled “They’re Mine and I’m Keeping Them,” which documents the story of how she and her husband bucked the system and found Littrup, whose skill in the field of cryo-ablation ultimately saved her breast. The co-authors also relate the success at Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou, China in treating a variety of Stage 4 cancers by combining cryoablation and advanced immune system therapies, which increase the frequency of the occurrence of the natural immune effect to approximately 80 percent or higher of the cases.

Study Finds Long Exposure To Tiny Amounts Of Monsanto’s Roundup Damages The Liver & Kidneys

Glyphosate continues to be the most used herbicide in the world, despite the fact that the World Health Organization’s cancer agency, IARC, labelled it a probable human carcinogen in 2015. And evidence suggests GBH, like Roundup, poses particular health risks to the liver and kidneys in large doses. Small doses, however, hadn’t been tested, until a 2015 study came along. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, found harmful effects in the liver and kidneys of rats exposed to low levels of Roundup in drinking water. The international group of scientists from the UK, Italy, and France involved in the findings studied the effects of prolonged exposure to small amounts of the Roundup herbicide and glyphosate.

How Helpful is Lymph Node Removal During Breast Cancer Surgery?

The history of breast cancer surgery is a tale of woe and intrigue. It is a story of strong personalities and procedures that were based more on beliefs than on science. Old ideas die hard. It took years before breast cancer surgeons were willing to give up on long-established practices. Now, a new study suggests that lymph node removal for stage I or II breast cancer patients may not be beneficial. This will no doubt lead to controversy, just like the research that preceded it.

Chemo may spread breast cancer and trigger more aggressive tumors 

In 2012, a groundbreaking study was published which explained how chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth. In 2016, we learned that chemo causes long-term immune system damage in breast cancer patients, reducing key immune cells for at least 9 months after treatment. This year we have another study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, which offers more insight into how chemotherapy could cause cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive new tumors.

What To Give to Someone Who’s Diagnosed With Cancer

If you’re wondering what to do for someone who’s ill, or sick or going through some type of trauma, my suggestion is that it’s not important WHAT you send them, it’s just important that you send them SOMETHING, or do something, so that they know you’re thinking of them. Send a card, send a newspaper article, send them a funny book, a magazine, almost any little symbol of normalcy. Make them dinner, bring over a cup of coffee, bring some flowers, stop by for a chat and a hug.

5 Ways to Make Life After Cancer Even Better Than Life Before

Having our old life is not always possible and we need to adapt … so consider this new lease on life an opportunity to recreate a new, exciting life after cancer. Don’t think of this as a disappointment – the way I see it is that we can have a ‘better’ life, almost any life you have ever wished for. For example, in the past 19 months since I have finished chemo, I have managed to distract myself with non-cancer thoughts and actions, decrease my stress levels (to lower than my pre-cancer self) and enjoy life. Remember: what is the point in being alive but not being happy after all?!

Chemotherapy-Linked Neuropathy Can Affect Balance, Gait Even Years After Treatment Ends

“Cancer survivors are at a significant increased risk for falls, and the incidence rate of falling after chemotherapy is a serious concern for survivors’ long-term quality of life,” said Maryam Lustberg, M.D., senior author of the study and director of breast cancer survivorship services at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our study provides new insights on how taxane-based chemotherapy can impact fundamental aspects of patient function. These new insights can help us develop better strategies to help patients combat these challenges and, in some cases, choose a different therapy to treat the disease but with reduced side effects.”

Living A Nightmare:  Breast Cancer’s Darker Side

I’m all about people donating to and supporting breast cancer organizations and causes. But if and when you do, reflect on what exactly you are supporting and giving your money to. Seek out organizations with specific goals and targeted demographics like Young Survival Coalition or Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Products with pink ribbons on them that have carcinogenic ingredients are not supportive. Foundations that give less than 8% back to the community are not supportive.

Tumor Scanner Promises Fast 3D Imaging of Biopsies

NIH-funded researchers have developed a groundbreaking new microscope to help perform the pathology in minutes, not days. How’s that possible? The device works like a scanner for tissues, using a thin sheet of light to capture a series of thin cross sections within a tumor specimen without having to section it with a knife, as is done with conventional pathology. The rapidly acquired 2D “optical sections” are processed by a computer that assembles them into a high-resolution 3D image for immediate analysis.

More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People 

Wealthy Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than poor people, a new study finds. The reason: It’s not because affluent people are more likely to get cancer, but rather because they undergo more medical tests, the researchers explained.