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importance of rest when undergoing chemo

Chemotherapy: The 80s Versus The 90s

In the early 80s, when I first had chemotherapy, I was around 8 years old, chemo was brutal. The side effects of the treatments were something I could never get used to or prepare myself for. It all would start with getting up early in the morning a couple times a week and driving 2 hours to Atlanta, Georgia. At the clinic, I would sit and wait to have my blood drawn. Next I would see the doctor, and then [...]

Furniture is Helping Cancer Patients During Treatment

Ever sat in an uncomfortable chair all day at work, in a meeting or on a flight? Furniture and comfort can undoubtedly make a unpleasant situation worse. German designer Gitta Gschwendtner has hopes that her new furniture designs will impact those going through cancer treatment. Her furniture includes brightly colored chairs built into mesh structures along with wooden tables. Her new designs were created for Guy’s Hospital in London which just recently opened. “A large body of evidence suggests that art can [...]

Is There a “Secret” Cancer Cure?

Are you a conspiracy theorist? Do you believe in aliens? Do believe that the JFK assassination was an inside job? Do believe that JFK was killed by aliens?—Okay I am getting carried away here. Do you believe that a cure for cancer exists and it is being hidden by the government? (Or by aliens—sorry, I'm fond of those little folks!) // Well, I’m not going to say I have a lot of information on any of this. I’ve read [...]

importance of rest when undergoing chemo

Is it Possible to Boost the Ability of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy to Destroy Cancer Cells?

34 randomized trials have demonstrated the ability of Astragalus to increase the effectiveness of a particular type of chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells. Ashwagandha suppress the proliferation of lung cancer cells when combined with a specific chemotherapy. When high-dose Melatonin is added to the regimen of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer patients receiving the most common first-line chemotherapy agents, the rate of cancer cell destruction increases, the performance status of patients improves and the overall quality and enjoyment of life for patients [...]

Why No One Should Expect for a Survivor to Just “Shake Off” Depression

Long term physical and emotional stress as is experienced by everyone who is diagnosed with cancer and everyone who undergoes surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation leads to... Evelvated Cortisol Levels (this is our first line stress hormone). Chronically elevated cortisol leads to... Elevated levels of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine in the brain (the neurotransmitters that mediate our fight or flight response) which leads to... Depressed levels of Serotonin (the neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm, happy and to think clearly). Gritting your teeth and trying [...]

6 Ways to Forget About Chemo Brain

"Chemo brain", also known as "PCCI" is a real problem for many post-therapy cancer patients. It's especially real and frustrating for those that have undergone aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Research shows that 20 to 30% of post-therapy cancer patients suffer from PCCI or chemo brain. Chemo brain can affect a person's comprehension, word retrieval, ability to multitask and ability to think and perform as they did before treatment. Often times, patients and survivors are led to believe that after they are [...]

What’s it Like to Survive? by Ryan Hamner

// What’s it like to survive? Have you or someone you really care about ever survived something that could have changed things forever? Being a survivor sets you apart from other people in that you have a totally different view on things after “surviving”. No, I am not suggesting that we survivors are better than other people or anything like that. After all it’s friends and family who help us survive, bring us through the hard times, and [...]

After Cancer Treatment: Starting Over and Looking Out for YOU!

Finishing up chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments can be one of the most memorable and exciting times in a cancer survivor’s life. However, many patients rarely know where to start after treatment and what problems may arise in the future due to treatment; and knowing what types of problems to look out for can be crucial in order to live a quality and healthy life moving forward. Combining awareness with education puts you way ahead of things should any problem [...]

The Story of a 2nd Grader’s Battle with Cancer as Told by Mother Sharla Davenport

In 2006, Delaney Davenport was a second grader at Troy Elementary School. In early February of that year, she began complaining of a stomach ache. After several trips to the local child health center and several, "oh she's okay, it’s just constipation, take this laxative and everything will be alright" diagnoses, we FINALY stumbled on a doctor during an asthma attack who was fussing at me as a mother because I had not brought Delaney in to get her [...]

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Omega-3s and Turmeric Kill Cancer

Since I'm a 4-time survivor of cancer, I find myself always trying to keep up with the latest in medical research and supplements. A big part of my life is supplementation and prevention. I try to eat right, exercise and take natural supplements that have been proven to prevent, fight and even kill cancer. I've always known that omega-3's were great for the body. They help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, stabilize mood, improve memory and clear up skin, [...]