Using integrative therapies to help manage side effects of cancer treatment


from CTCA, November 14, 2017

Patients who choose some types of so-called natural therapies to treat early-stage cancer, instead of opting for recommended standard treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy, doubled their risk of a negative outcome, according to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Compared to those receiving evidence-based medical treatments, breast cancer patients who used natural remedies fared the worst, followed by those with colon cancer and lung cancer.

No scientific evidence has shown that nutrition therapy, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care or any other natural therapy has a medicinal effect in definitively treating cancer or shrinking tumors. On the other hand, these therapies, when used purposefully and responsibly, have a role in a cancer patient’s journey.

Research has shown, in fact, that such therapies may be key in helping cancer patients manage the side effects of the disease and its treatment, from pain and fatigue to stress, neuropathy and malnutrition. Continue to read the full post>

Eating Well Through Cancer


This newly revised and expanded 15-year anniversary edition includes chapters on nourishing foods that are best tolerated to ease common side effects such as nausea, sore mouth and throat, taste changes, neutropenia and weight loss. With easy everyday recipes using familiar ingredients, you’ll find this book an invaluable recipe resource for cancer prevention.

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A Note from Holly Clegg: “The first edition of Eating Well Through Cancer came out in 2001 and was updated in 2006.  Still, one of the best-selling cancer cookbooks, I felt it was time to expand the cookbook with this anniversary edition.”

“Years ago, Dr. Miletello pointed out to me that one of the most often asked questions by cancer patients was, “What can I eat?” PEOPLE WITH CANCER STILL NEED TO EAT!  This book became very personal as my father was diagnosed with larynx cancer and had to undergo treatment. I better understood the everyday challenges he faced with eating.  Fifteen years later, he speaks with an artificial larynx; and still looks forward to my cooking.”

A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life


from AAMC Magazine – Feb 19, 2016
inner beauty2Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the second deadliest cancer that affects both men and women. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if everyone ages 50 or older had regular screenings, up to 60 percent of colon cancer deaths could be prevented. In fact, many cases of colon cancer can be completely prevented through a simple screening exam called colonoscopy.

“Colon cancer is preventable through the removal of intestinal polyps, which have the potential to become cancerous,” says Surgical Oncologist Naeem Newman, MD. “This can be done during colonoscopy.”

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