How To Build Awareness: A Cancer Patient Self-Care Tool

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“Awareness is empowering.” Rita Wilson

Good self-care requires that we build our intuitive ability to become more aware. Developing a keen sense of awareness makes us more vibrant and alive. At the beginning of your cancer journey, it may be helpful to take an inventory of your life before cancer and life now with the C word in your life.

Awareness From A Self-Care Perspective
It is common for most of us go through life on remote control or default, not paying attention to the small things in our lives. We often dismiss information as not important because we are moving at such rapid daily paces that we don’t notice that the headache has been hanging around for over a month or that we are feeling more tired than usual. However, from a self-care perspective, Awareness is the key to beginning to direct our lives toward a meaningful daily life.  So, prior to cancer how hectic, busy, and chaotic was your life?

  • What was your day in and day out activity?
  • How did you spend your time?
  • How did you spend your free time?
  • What do you regret about that now?
  • What do you wish you would have done differently?

Doing this inventory is the beginning of bringing to your attention that life was controlling you and you were not directing your life. Notice that I am using the word direct and directing.

How To Do The Best You Can
One lesson that you learned from having cancer, even if you have not put words to it, is that control is an illusion. We really have no control over anything, and everything we think we have control over is an illusion. As I said, In a Moment’s Notice, life changes in micro-seconds and the life we knew no longer exists. This lesson is one of the most important lessons that we can take away from our cancer diagnosis.

There are no guarantees and we have no control over the outcome. We have to do the best we can and let go of the outcome.

This is where AWARENESS becomes so important.

  1. It is important to pay attention to the small things in our day to day life.
  2. It is important to pay attention to what we are experiencing emotionally and use that information to tweak the direction our life is taking.

Develop Skills That Help Us Pay Attention
Building awareness means we need to develop skills that help us pay attention. One awareness exercise is as simple as sitting in your chair, gently closing your eyes, and when you open them name ten items within your vision. You are teaching yourself to be visually aware of your surroundings, noticing colors, sounds, and movement in your environment. This makes you more alert. The more alert you are the more you can concentrate on becoming aware. If we train ourselves to notice things around us, then we learn that we can observe more of the subtle signals in our life. Synchronicity and signals bring us messages that help us pay attention. Paying attention allows us to be more vibrant in our daily life because we see, hear, feel, and take better care of ourselves when we are aware. Better awareness means better self-care.

Train Yourself To Notice, With These Three Questions.

  1. Who did I smile at today and who smiled at me?
  2. What part of my day made me feel positive?
  3. What made me sad today?

Suggested Cancer Self-Care Healing BookS

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

Herbal Spring Detox Recipes For Cancer Prevention And Treatment

Herbal Spring Detox Recipes For Cancer Prevention And Treatment

By Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG) & Author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians.

Spring detoxification herbs known as spring tonics are used now to cleanse the body during cancer.  Many of the best spring tonics just happen to also be the first wild greens, or weeds, that pop up everywhere. You may have already noticed violet, dandelion, chickweed, yellow dock, nettles and others that herald the arrival of spring.

What these plants have in common is that they gently simulate all of the organs of detoxification: the lymph glands; liver; kidneys; and skin. Think of spring tonics as seasonal house cleaners that scour away toxins and waste from every nook and cranny in the body, making everything fresh and new. 


Some cancer patients embark on a juice fast in the spring as a way to eliminate toxins, but since fasting isn’t appropriate for everyone, tonic herbs are a good alternative. If you’ve been ill recently, have been or are taking medications, or are not able to devote the time needed each day to prepare special foods, you can still reap significant benefits this spring using herbal spring tonics.

Spring tonics should be made into a tea, or infusion daily. To prepare a therapeutic infusion, steep one ounce (by weight) of dried herb, or 2 ounces of fresh herb (gently crushed with a wooden spoon), in 32 ounces (by volume) of freshly boiled water for at least an hour, covered. Strain out the herb and discard. Try to drink 1 quart each day. A one-quart canning jar is perfect for preparing tonic infusions.

Detoxification is especially important for immunocompromised diseases such as cancer Here are a two common spring tonics for you to consider. If you can gather them from an unpolluted place, the wild herbs are the best, but both of the herbs described here are also readily available from herb shops and on-line herb suppliers

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioca) strengthens and supports the entire body. It gently detoxifies all tissues. Considered a blood-cooling herb, it is a specific for anyone with eczema, acne, boils or other hot, eruptive skin conditions. Stinging nettle is a delicious wild green (when cooked) that is rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C, and other vitamins. Use the leaves in place of spinach.

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) is a general tonic that relieves liver congestion. Symptoms associated with liver congestion include migraine headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, breast tenderness, breast cysts, and chronic constipation. The leaves are also a wonderful spring tonic when eaten raw in salads.

Patricia Howell

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with more than 20 years experience and the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. A member of the Governing Council of the American Herbalists Guild, she is founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, located in the mountains of northeast Georgia.

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Collection of Vegan and Sugar-Free Recipes for Breast Cancer patients

During breast cancer treatment (such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy) your protein requirements increase. It is important to include protein rich meals and snacks into your daily diet plan. Breast Cancer Authority Blog has offered many recipes for breast cancer patients in pass and this is a collection of the top recipes for you to try.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Protein Truffle Recipe For A Cancer Diet

These protein truffles are an ideal alternative to regular high sugar and high-fat chocolate truffles. With 5g of protein per truffle and no sugar, it is a great way to consume protein for a  person who has no appetite but needs to consume proteins during cancer treatment.

Apple No Bake Protein Bar Recipe (Dairy & Sugar-Free)

Dig these healthy No-Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars that taste like a dessert you can eat daily….multiple times. Not only do they only take 10 minutes to whip up, they are a one bowl wonder which is a no-mess, no fuss kind of snack. They have a soft, chewy and doughy texture. Not only do each bar pack at a hefty protein boost, they are also naturally gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free!

Protein Rich Raspberry Coconut Mousse (Vegan & Sugar-Free)

This surprisingly good and easy to make fruit flavored mousse is for perfect for breast cancer patients. This recipe includes red raspberries that are reported to help fight cancer and protein to help support cancer treatment recovery.  As always try to use organic ingredients when possible.

Amazing Banana & Almond Milk Protein Shake

This fabulous shake recipe tastes delicious and makes you run and beg for the recipe… and so we did! After trying this at home we made a few little changes, like adding the ground coriander seeds and the pumpkin seeds (after all, we try to add some good health into every recipe). Here is the recipe of the best almond banana shake, for the benefit of all man kind.

Delicious & Sugar-Free Protein Brownies – Recipe For A Cancer Diet

Breast cancer patients can exhibit an increased demand of protein. Tumors utilize glucose as their main source of energy supply. Thus, a diet supplying the cancer patient with sufficient protein while restricting the sugars tumors thrive on, is a helpful strategy in improving a breast cancer patients healthy recovery.

This protein rich recipe includes hemp protein powder which is not marijuana. The two plants are distant relatives, having similar physical appearances and structures but little more.  Marijuana flowers contain a chemical called THC which, when heated and ingested, causes intoxication.  Marijuana has been used for this reason as a medicine for thousands of years.

Protein Rich Meal Idea For A Cancer Diet: Green Beans With Tomato Sauce

green-beans-with-tomato-sauceA simple but so delicious dish, packed with plant-based protein which is the best for us!
You may eat it as is or mix it with rice. Green beans contain high levels of several proteins, carotenoids and other antioxidants that make it a veritable mine of nutrition.

Chocolate Maca Protein Truffles


These are really simple, and incredibly tasty. Not only that, but they’ll keep in the fridge (in a sealed container) for about a week, so it you make up a batch on a Monday, you’ll have snacks on hand for when you need a bit of a lift. Best of all?  They are made of healthy ingredients such as dates, cashews, walnuts, maca and raw chocolate!

Tests To Help With Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions

When you’ve just received a diagnosis of breast cancer, you are faced with many different treatment options. Your mind is in a whirl with fear, confusion, and disbelief. While none of these feelings help decision making, there are some tests that can help: Oncotype DX and Mammaprint. 

These tests are genomic tests that analyze the activity of specific genes in the breast tumor. They can help you determine if your risk of breast cancer coming back is high or low, which can help you in making a decision about whether to have chemotherapy, radiation, or other therapies to reduce risk after surgery.

There are two main types of tests – Oncotype DX and Mammaprint.

Oncotype Dx has two tests for breast cancer – one for Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – Oncotype DX DCIS and one for invasive breast cancer – Oncotype DX.  Mammaprint has one test for invasive breast cancer. Let’s look at these in greater detail.

What are genomic tests?

Genomic tests look at specific genes in your individual tumor and try to determine what is driving its growth. This is different from genetic tests which look at your inherited risk or predisposition for cancer. Genomic tests provide information that can help tailor your treatment plan to you as an individual. They are a type of personalized medicine. This is really important, because not all breast cancers are the same and, in fact, some breast cancers might have more in common with a prostate cancer than they do with another type of breast cancer. One size treatment definitely does not fit all.

Oncotype DX DCIS

Image showing the incidence of DCIS from blog on CALMERme.comThis test is only for people diagnosed with DCIS or, as it is often called, “stage zero” breast cancer. In addition to general information such as tumor size, margins, and grade, Oncotype DX DCIS helps determine the likelihood of DCIS recurring or invasive breast cancer occurring within the next 10 years.

It examines a sample of the tumor tissue that has already been removed during the lumpectomy for DCIS. By looking at the expression of 21 different genes in the tumor, it provides a DCIS score of between 0-100. The lower the score, the lower the risk of recurrence. Two scores are given, one to determine the risk of recurrence of DCIS and another for the risk of occurrence of an invasive breast cancer.

Knowing the DCIS score can help you decide whether to have radiation treatment  following the lumpectomy. If your risk of recurrence is low, then maybe you can spare yourself further treatment and the possible side effects that go with it.

To be eligible for Oncotype DX DCIS, you need to have recently been diagnosed with DCIS and had lumpectomy surgery. The decision should be made in discussion with your doctor/oncologist.

In the US, insurance might cover the cost of this test; the testing company will help you determine if this is the case and provide information to your insurers, as necessary. In the UK, these tests can be conducted under the NHS or privately.

Many oncologists are now familiar with these tests for invasive breast cancer; sadly, the Oncotype DX DCIS test does not appear to be known by all oncologists, so it’s good for you to be proactive and start the discussion. Here is a link to the validation work done on the test that you can forward to your oncologist, and further links are given at the bottom of this post:

Clinical validation of oncotype DX DCIS

I definitely think it is worth having a discussion with your oncologist, sharing the references as necessary, and if you don’t get anywhere with the oncologist, talk to your family doctor or surgeon.

Oncotype DX and Mammaprint

Both Oncotype DX and Mammaprint are genomic tests suitable for early stage invasive breast cancer. They both predict the benefit of chemotherapy or other types of treatment, as well as the likelihood of 10 year recurrence.

They are similar tests but have some differences, as outlined below:

Comparison of oncotype DX and mammaprint for invasive breast cancer

Looking at this table can help determine if you are eligible for either of these tests.

As with Oncotype DX DCIS, some insurance companies in the US will pay for these tests whereas some don’t include them in coverage. Both testing companies offer financial assistance or guidance, so it’s worth calling them to discuss if you are interested and want to check coverage. In the UK, these tests can be conducted under the NHS or privately.

These tests are important because some of the cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, can have many side effects and are hard to get through. If there is little to no benefit in these treatments for you as an individual, then these genomic tests give you the confidence to not have a treatment that has greater potential for risk than for benefit.

Obviously the decision of further treatment is based on more than just these results. It involves detailed discussion with your oncologist, but also personal consideration of what you want and how you feel. Remember, you can take your time over treatment decisions. You might feel rushed, but take adequate time until you feel comfortable that you are making the right personal decision. These tests can go a long way in giving you confidence in your decision, but it is still a personal choice that needs to be right for you as an individual based on your mind and spirit, as well as your body.

Here are links to each of these three tests for more information

Patient information on Oncotype DX DCIS

Oncologist information on Oncotype DX DCIS

Patient information on Oncotype DX

Oncologist information on Oncotype DX

Patient information on Mammaprint

Oncologist information on Mammaprint

Let me know if you’ve had any of these tests and how they helped you.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

4 Reasons Vegan Is Best For Combating Breast Cancer

Naturalist: Corissa Macklin-Rice

Naturalist: Corissa Macklin-Rice

A cancer prevention diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables. It also minimizes or excludes alcohol. The best diets are pure vegetarian diets.

4 Reasons Vegan Is Best For Combating Breast Cancer:

  1. If you can remove carcinogenicity from the would-be cancer sufferers and thereby the link between environmental and dietary exposures of a multitude of toxins, organic plant based diet would be the obvious “cure”.
  2. Controlled clinical trials to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that our bodies can benefit from the phytonutrients and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables in the prevention of cancer.
  3. Women believe prevention as doing nothing but waiting for the detection of the disease. the real preventative measures available to women to combat breast cancer, and all cancers for that matter, are available from trusted “authoritative” sources that prove plant based diets prevent cancer.
  4. Vegan diet has been promoted as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

Nutrition Journal evidence based research says an anticancer diet would have:

• adequate, but not excessive calories,

• 10 or more servings of vegetables a day, including cruciferous and allium vegetables; vegetable juice could meet part of this goal,

• 4 or more servings of fruits a day,

• high in fiber,

• no refined sugar,

• no refined flour,

• low in total fat, but containing necessary essential fatty acids,

• no red meat,

• a balanced ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fats and would include DHA,

• flax seed as a source of phytoestrogens,

• supplemented with ~200 μg/day selenium,

• supplemented with 1,000 μg/day methylcobalamin (B-12),

• very rich in folic acid (from dark green vegetables),

• adequate sunshine to get vitamin D, or use 1,000 IU/day supplement,

• very rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals from fruits and vegetables, including α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, vitamin C (from foods), vitamin E (from foods),

• very rich in chlorophyll,

• supplemented with beneficial probiotics,

• supplemented with oral enzymes

Nutrition research has found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cancer. (The greatest message is that this same diet protects against almost all other diseases, too, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.) There are many mechanisms by which fruits and vegetables are protective, and an enormous body of research supports the recommendation for people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us if you have questions.

Manipulating Acupoints Constructively for Cancer Treatment

Manipulating Acupoints Constructively for Cancer TreatmentWhat is acupressure?

Acupressure is a type of alternative medicine that is carried out by placing physical pressure on different pressure points on the body surface. This technique is a traditional Chinese medicine practice, and it has the same principle as acupuncture.

Acupressure aims to bring relief by correcting imbalances in the flow of Qi. Qi (also pronounced as Chi) is the energy flow that is present in all living things. When there is an imbalance in the flow of Qi, certain medical conditions are manifested.

It is the art of massaging specific points on the body so as to bring out self-healing reflexes. Acupuncture and acupressure target the same anatomic positions. The only difference is the method of manipulation. Acupuncture involves the use of fine, thin needles whereas the latter one involves massage techniques by hands.

How does it work?

In acupressure, the flow of Qi is corrected by applying physical pressure to the main anatomical positions which are connected by channels referred to as ‘meridians’.  Hands, elbow, as well as various mechanical devices, are used to apply physical pressure to the pressure points. The location of the pressure points may be distant from where the symptoms are felt. Over-all, acupressure brings relief by restoring the balance and improving circulation of body fluids.

The theory belonging to Traditional Chinese Medicine states that acupoints are placed in the body in a manner that lies along the meridians. Certain exercises involving stretching may also form a part of this therapy.

What are the advantages of acupressure?

This traditional Asian method aims at restoring body’s energy and balance. Research has proven that this very Qi is disturbed in various ailments, including cancer. Acupressure aids in bringing the Qi back to its normal state, which is believed to help in healing and treating diseases. Acupressure for cancer is also emerging as a useful treatment modality, which is discussed later in the article.

For centuries, acupressure techniques are being used to treat tension headaches, pain (especially in the neck and the back), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, healing wounds, infertility, impotency, sexual dysfunction, decreased libido, learning disorders, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting; addiction rehabilitation, mental stress, emotional disturbances, and gastrointestinal diseases. It is also useful to get rid of compulsive behaviors and for improving various skin conditions.

Acupressure for cancer:

With the growing advancements in alternative medicine, traditional Chinese medicine is also being applied for the treatment of diseases as deadly as cancer. Acupressure for cancer is an immensely interesting subject, since it is a promising mode of therapy for the disease, and involves certain unique ways to overcome the fatality of abnormal cells and tumor growth. Less data is available regarding acupressure for cancer. However, several studies and research works are available globally that support acupressure for relieving the symptoms cast by cancer treatment.

Acupressure for cancer and the deadly effects of chemotherapy and radiation:

One can treat cancer using toxic emissions and heavy chemical formulas. But these modalities produce a series of untoward effects in the patient, declining their quality of life further. As it already is discussed in the previous articles that severe nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy. Moreover, fatigue increased the risk of infection, and normal cell destruction come as bonuses. Acupressure for cancer can help wane away these symptoms by much extent, at least so much so that the patient can live his life somewhat normally when being treated for cancer.

Did you know that your body has three pressure points which can fight off the unwanted symptoms of cancer treatment? No? Well, then we have unlocked the secret for you.

  • The vertical central portion of the front side of your wrist has a point that if massaged by certain techniques, can help alleviate nausea and vomiting by much extent. You can call this point as acupoint # 6. You can locate it by placing the first three fingers of your, let’s say, the left hand on the vertical central part of the wrist of your right hand. Align your left ring finger with the palmer creases of the right limb. Place your left thumb on your left index finger which is placed on the right wrist in a manner that you should feel the depression between the two tendons of your arm. Apply concentrated pressure at this point for at least three minutes. Repeat this exercise with the other hand as well.
  • The web that appears between your index finger and your thumb when you expand your fingers has a point named L14. Applying firm pressure over this area for at least five minutes can help in reducing pain.
  • A useful point, known as acupoint Extra 1, is located just between your eyebrows. Apply pressure at this point for 10 minutes to get relieved from anxiety.

A clinical trial carried out in the year 2007 for evaluating the effects of acupuncture and acupressure on cancer-related fatigue (CRF) revealed that acupuncture had offered a comparatively greater improvement by benefiting by 36% in CRF, whereas acupressure helped by 19%.

Acupressure and quality of life:

Various studies have provided evidence that specific points on the body surface are related to several internal body functions in many ways. Hence, treating these points by gentle massage techniques or by other methods can bring about a variety of health enhancements, which are yet to be proven on solid grounds. The quality of life and acupressure are directly related, since manipulation of acupoints can provide relief from a variety of symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, lower back pain, anxiety, stress, and even chronic ailments like arthritis. Moreover, it acts as a complementary treatment to those suffering from cancer.

Learn more about acupressure for cancer from the following web sources:

What is acupressure?


3 Unique Pressure Points That Reduce Cancer Symptoms 

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Massage Therapy For Breast Cancer PatientsWhat is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual method of working on body’s soft tissues, deep muscles, various pressure points, tendons and ligaments using several techniques and applying fixed and movable pressure, to help relieve stress, promote healing and relaxation. The massage is performed by a professional who uses their hands and fingers to handle different muscles by making various movements like pressing and rubbing. All of these techniques are quite advantageous for the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body. Owing to these great benefits, massage therapy for cancer patients is now becoming common.

One of the oldest method of healing, massage therapy, is a clinically oriented health care option, now used widely as a complementary treatment for cancer patients. Massage therapy helps people suffering from cancer by eliminating anxiety, boosting the immunity, and diminishing tiredness and pain. Various modalities of massage therapy are employed for cancer care. Some of them are Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, acupressure, and reflexology.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

There are various varieties of massage therapies available, and the therapy offered will depend upon the patient’s individual needs and conditions.

In Swedish massage multiple strokes and moments are used to relax the muscles of the body while lubricating the skin with massage oil. While aromatherapy focuses on the physical, and mental well-being of the person. Various fragrant oils and scents are used to complement and naturally enhance the benefits of massage. Acupressure simply thought as acupuncture without needles, involves applying pressure to acupoints on the body. This Chinese technique is used to treat many diseases.  Reflexology, another modality of massage therapy, is the application of appropriate pressure, to the specific points on the hands, feet or ears that are linked to other parts of the body.

All these approaches and various massage methods emphasize on specific goals by restoring and calming the body and mind, muscles and soft tissues. When a massage therapist massages a particular area of the body, positive electrical activity is generated and transmitted from that region, which leads to increased blood circulation, low levels of pain, better capability to fight diseases, and an increased lymphatic drainage. Massage therapy helps in lowering stress levels and improves quality of life.

Advantages of Massage Therapy with Different Types of Cancer

As per above discussions, there are many different kinds of massage therapy and these have various effects on the body. There are different types of cancer, and their stages and treatment are also variable. All forms of cancer cause pain, it is very prevalent amongst cancer patients and often neglected by physicians. Massage therapy for cancer patients is used increasingly to relieve cancer-related pain and is considered useful and beneficial for their well-being, leading to decreased pain scores in cancer patients. It also helps in relieving other symptoms of cancer such tiredness, difficulty in sleeping, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing lymphedema and several other side effects, providing healing and relaxation to the cancer patients. A research conducted with 230 cancer patients concluded that healing touch of massage relieves pain and anxiety levels and decreases the need to take painkillers. Massage therapy is also of great advantage in breast cancer patients. The therapeutic process elevates the level of brain chemical  “dopamine “in the brain,  which leads to elevated mood and feeling to goodness and wellbeing, a number of protective white blood cells also increase and help boost the immune system of these patients.

Does Massage Therapy Cause Metastasis?

Metastasis is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to other parts. Although there are various debates and myths present, linking massage to metastasis of cancer, there is no real evidence present to support, that massage therapy in cancer patients leads to or promotes metastasis. Massage therapy for cancer patients is considered safe and rather helpful for the those suffering from cancer. However, any modality of massage therapy, which the patient may plan to undertake, should be properly discussed with the doctor, as there might be potential risk involved for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.

However, it is the subject of debate that deep pressure massage therapy might be responsible for the spread of tumor and metastasis of cancer in various body organs. It is, therefore, crucial that one should not directly massage over the tumor area, and it’s surrounding soft tissues and muscles. Deep massage therapy should be avoided in people with bone cancer as deep massage and application of pressure applied over the affected area might cause a bone fracture.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of cancer. Chemotherapy, in addition to the killing of cancer cells, causes severe side effects like anxiety, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, problems with muscle and nerves, muscle pain, kidney and bladder problems. Massage therapy for cancer patients not only helps in dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy but also enhances the positive impact of chemo. The relaxation response caused by massage therapy helps relieve nausea and decreases muscle pain. In 2005, a research stated that acupressure, a type of massage therapy, reduces vomiting and nausea, induced by chemotherapy. Another research study conducted in 2007 stipulated that post- chemotherapy fatigue, physical fatigue, and anemia is reduced after massage therapy in cancer patients.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Radiation?

Radiation therapy, also known as radiation or radio, is another form of cancer treatment that relies on radio waves to treat the tumor and decrease its size. However its side effects are also massive and troublesome, they can include, for instance, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, swelling, urinary and bladder changes, and sexual changes. There is an established role of massage therapy in fighting the side effects of radiotherapy. It counters the damaging effects of heat and radiation by healing and soothing through touch. In 2009, a pilot study that included 14 cancer patients receiving acupuncture for four weeks, concluded that massage therapy in these patients relieved Xerostomia, a condition caused by radiation in which salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva that can in turn lead to severe dryness of mouth.

Does Massage Therapy Stimulate the Immune System?

Massage therapy boosts the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood throughout the body. The enhanced circulation of blood leads to delivery of nutrients throughout the body, along with the circulation of lymph, which promotes movement of fighter cells of immune system. The extra boost in immune system through massage helps body fighting potential and speeds up recovery from infection and injury.

Does Massage Therapy Increase Quality of Life?

Massage therapy for cancer patients enhances the quality of life. Massage therapy increases circulation of blood and metabolism, hence activating every cell of the body, increasing immunity, and in the rejuvenation of body and mind. It was proven in 2003 by Department of Mental health science in the UK.

Does Massage Therapy Increase the Survival Rate?

Physical symptoms of cancer are quite distressing for the patients battling cancer. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pain and increased fatigue levels. Proper massage therapy along with exercise and change in diet positively affects up to 75 to 95% of cancer patients. Massage therapy for cancer patients leads to improved fatigue levels. The research was conducted by cancer rehabilitation institute at the University of North Colorado.

Featured Photo Source: American Massage Therapy Association


Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Should You Use IV Vitamin C (Intravenous) As Part Of Your Cancer Treatment?

Should You Use I:V Vitamin C (Intravenous) As Part Of Your Cancer Treatment?Vitamin C therapy is proven to have positive effects in treating cancer. It can also be used to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Learn more about Vitamin C therapy in the article below.

What is i.v. Vitamin C Therapy?

Vitamin C therapy is a high dose of Vitamin C given intravenously (i.v.). Vitamin C therapy is not new; however prior studies focused on it being given orally. I/V vitamin C is way more different than the oral form in its application. High doses of I/V vitamin C have unique application as a therapeutic tool in cancer management as they can reach a higher concentration in blood than the oral form.[1] Studies suggest that vitamin C in higher doses can cause the death of cancer cells

How does i/v Vitamin C Work?

For Vitamin C to work effectively against cancer cells, it must be given through i.v. route. Additionally, it must be given in high doses for it to generate hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide forms on the interaction of vitamin C with iron and other metals.

Hydrogen peroxide is lethal to cancer cells, in increased amounts as it causes the damage to the DNA and the mitochondria of cancer cells. Thus destroying them by limiting their energy supply. The high doses have a pro-oxidant effect rather than an anti-oxidant one.It oxidizes the tissues by converting the free radicles into hydrogen peroxide that can destroy the cancer cells if not neutralized by an enzyme in the cells called catalase.

Current research suggests that vitamin C concentration above 1000micromol/l  reached after an I/V dose is toxic to some cancer cells. Experiments showed that lipoic acid further boost the anticancer activity of  high-dose I/V vitamin C. Researchers suggests that vitamin C also prevent the action of proteins that results in slow growth of the tumor along with decreased formation of new blood vessels(angiogenesis).

Physicians have the ability to provide i.v. Vitamin C treatments within a clinical setting.

Advantages of i.v. Vitamin C with Different Types of Cancer

Research shows that Vitamin C used intravenously may benefit patients with poor prognosis, those with minimal treatment options, or those whose cancer has reached an advanced status.

Vitamin C intravenously may reduce tumor size in some patients.

Patients with ovarian cancer may respond positively to Vitamin C when used in conjunction with other antioxidants.

Vitamin C intravenously may also be beneficial for patients with lung cancer, lymphomas or metastatic cancers.

Researchers at Kansas University have reported that Vitamin C injected directly into the ovarian cancer cells in humans and mouse helps in the death of these cells leaving intact the normal cells.

Laboratory studies have shown that I/V vitamin therapy is beneficial in the treatment of several different cancer types that include lung, brain, breast, colon, pancreatic and ovarian cancer.

What is the Effect of i.v. Vitamin C on Metastasis?

Some research suggests that Vitamin C in higher doses given intravenously may lead to tumor regression.

Does i/v Vitamin C Enhance the Effect of Chemotherapy?

It is suggested that I/V vitamin C therapy should be given in combination with other therapies such as chemotherapy due to its synergistic effects. Research has shown that antioxidants, including Vitamin C, may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Evidence proves that higher concentrations of vitamin C in the blood and tissues can reduce the toxicity or increase the efficacy of chemotherapy.[2]

Does i/v Vitamin C Enhance the Effects of Radiation?

Intravenous Vitamin C may cause improvement in the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

Can i.v. Vitamin C-Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation?
Using Vitamin C intravenously has shown to result in a decrease of nausea, fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, loss of appetite and hemorrhagic diathesis.
What Influence does i/v vitamin c have on the Immune System?

Vitamin C has many benefits than cancer killing. It also works by stimulating the immune system and decreasing the risk of infections and other diseases. The immune system responds positively to Vitamin C, as it is a needed requirement to rebuild cells and restore depleted nutrients. High doses of Vitamin C also allow the body to absorb iron.

Does i/v? Vitamin C Increase Quality of life and Survival Rate?

The use of high dose I/V vitamin in increasing the life span of cancer patients was first proposed by Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron in 1976. [3]

Using Vitamin C intravenously can increase the quality of life by decreasing cancer treatment-related side-effects.Vitamin C may also increase the quality of life in late-stage cancer patients.

Terminally ill patients with cancer may experience prolonged life after treatment with intravenous Vitamin C.


Vitamin C is imperative for the healthy functioning of the human body. There is a plethora of research that shows how using Vitamin C intravenously may or may not have positive impacts on patients with cancer.

Oral doses of Vitamin C have not been shown to have clinical significance in the treatment of cancer. Vitamin C  is given intravenously in higher doses to reduce tumor growth and enhance the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

It is noticed that some research has shown positive results from Vitamin C used intravenously in conjunction with other antioxidants in cancer care. Studies have also failed to show any negative side effects from using Vitamin C intravenously except mild tiredness and occasional gastric trouble with high doses.

There is continuous research going on to explore further about the role high dose I/V vitamin C therapy in cancer care. It is expected tat shortly I/V vitamin C therapy might emerge as a miraculous drug in the treatment of cancer. It is suggested to follow the recent recommendations and take I/V vitamin C therapy under the supervision of your doctor.



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Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment: An alternative approach

Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment- An alternative approachBehavioral therapy is a form of treatment that is more focused on how a person behaves and seeks to remove an unwanted behavior. This therapy is used to overcome many challenges including addiction, anxiety, phobias, OCD, and is now being used to cope with cancer. Behavioral therapy is action based therapy; Behavioral therapy builds on a theory that the behavior can be learned and unlearned, and the thoughts and feelings leading up to a particular behavior are also important. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment is used to foster positive change in the patients dealing with cancer and has been shown to improve resilience in these patients.

How does behavior therapy work?

Behavior therapy is a form of psychological therapy that works to alter several ways that might be harmful or causing negativity in individual’s life. Behavior therapy goes to the bottom of behavior formation patterns. It deals with emotions and experience that form an individual behavior and drives it. Behavior therapy is helpful in some psychiatric disorders. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment is helpful in ensuring compliance of patient and also shifting the emotions and thoughts that drive the patient’s behavior. It leads to decrease the incidence of depression, disability, and reliance. Behavior therapy also helps forms coping mechanism in cancer patients.

Where is Behavior therapy found?

Behavior therapy in cancer treatment patients is a complementary form of treatment that is now carried out in several cancer eradication programs. Usually, psychologists perform behavioral therapy sessions with the patient to work on specific objectively measurable goals. Behavior therapy is held in both public hospitals and private settings as well. It is being offered in group settings and on one to one basis. However behavioral therapy in cancer treatment is carried out in group settings as it gives a sense of community and several groups of people striving for the same behavior adjustment gives support to one another.

Advantages of behavior therapy with different kinds of cancers

Cancer is not only an organic pathology but cancer also causes a toll on the mental and psychological well-being of the individual affected. No matter what type of cancer does the person have, it causes stress, fear, anxiety, disbelief, grief, and fear. Fear itself causes apprehension about the disease and the success of the treatment. Doubt about the treatment and its success rate affect the compliance of the patient and mental attitude towards treatment, leading to the counterproductive behavior of the patient. Stress and anxiety further complicate the problem. Behavior therapy in cancer treatment seeks to alleviate stress and anxiety of the patient regarding the disease and treatment and lifestyle changes accompanying the treatment. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment aims to shift behavior and attitude of the patient and helps patients form productive behavior and deal with this challenge efficiently.

Does behavior therapy enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that involves introducing chemotherapeutic agents in the person’s body to fight off cancer cells. Chemotherapy has several side effects, but the most widely experienced and challenged are nausea and vomiting. Several anti-nausea drugs are given to relieves nausea and vomiting. However; these side effects are not controlled entirely. After few courses of chemotherapy, many patients develop these symptoms in anticipation. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment is particularly useful. Progressive muscle relaxation training a subtype of behavioral therapy is effective in preventing and decreasing the frequency of post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. Systematic desensitization is also used. Systematic desensitization helps reduce the anticipation of nausea and vomiting. Hypnosis and cognitive distraction have also been used for children and adolescent.

Does behavior therapy enhance the effect of radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy is also a form of treatment that uses intense beams of radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiotherapy is used in the treatment of many types of cancers. Radiotherapy accompanies several side effects. Some side effects of radiation therapy in women undergoing radiation therapy include hot flashes and night sweats. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment aims to decrease these side effects and helps patients cope with the side effects. The study, which was published in The Lancet Oncology, concludes that women undergoing breast cancer treatment who receive behavioral therapy reported 46% reduction in severity of symptoms. These effects of behavioral therapy lasted longer than the treatment period. Even after 26 weeks of treatment women who had undergone behavioral therapy reported less severity of symptoms.

Can behavior therapy reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation?

Chemo and radiation therapy are the mainstays of cancer treatment, but they do have considerable side effects. Behavior therapy for cancer patients has been shown to decrease fatigue and insomnia associated with cancer treatment. Behavior therapy helps in shaping behavior that leads to increased amount of sleep up to 6 months after treatment and is clinically useful. Depression is seen commonly among cancer patients as well as stress and anxiety. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment aims at treating these side effects and psychological impact of cancer helping the individual deal with particular anxieties related with cancer and without cancer and can be used to cope with the treatment that the patients need to undergo. Behavior therapy is also used in the treatment of pain management. Behavioral therapy for cancer treatment is used to deal with the pain that occurs in various stages of cancer. In patients who are in pain during cancer or its treatment, hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy are used.

Does behavior therapy increase the quality of life and survival rate?

Cancer and its treatment have a tremendous impact on quality of life emotional health. Behavior therapy in cancer patients helps increase the quality of life of these patients, decrease disability and improve survival rates.


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Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Intravenous Vitamin C for Cancer Patients

Intravenous Vitamin C TherapyIn 1975, a remarkable case was reported of a 42-year old man suffering from a malignant form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who experienced a dramatic regression of the cancer after being given large doses of vitamin C intravenously. He seemed cured; so, they stopped the vitamin C, and the cancer came surging back. So, they restarted the vitamin C, apparently inducing a second complete remission. Now, sometimes, cancer does just spontaneously regress—it’s rare, but not unheard of. So, one could argue that the first remission was spontaneous, and it was just a coincidence that it happened when they started the vitamin C, but given the trajectory the cancer was on, followed by the rapid remission, followed by the relapse when the vitamin C was stopped, followed by a second remission once restarted does strongly suggest the vitamin C had something to do with it.

Now, multiple spontaneous regressions do exist. There was a recent case, for example, of a woman with cervical cancer, apparently cured with radiation and chemo, but when the cancer came back, she refused further treatment; yet, the tumors disappeared on their own, and then came back, and then disappeared, then came back, and then disappeared, then came back, and then disappeared for a fourth spontaneous remission, and that was with no apparent treatment at all. So, it’s possible this vitamin C case is just a crazy coincidence fluke, and the vitamin C didn’t help at all. You never know until you put it to the test.

So, these researchers enlisted the help of Linus Pauling, considered the greatest chemist of the 20th century, who was known to be interested in vitamin C. If he couldn’t get funding, nobody could get funding, and he couldn’t get funding. They went to the National Cancer Institute with promising data on the first 40 cancer patients they treated with vitamin C and asked that they carry out a randomized double blind trial, meaning take a group of incurable cancer patients for which we have nothing more to offer, randomly split them up into two groups and infuse one group with vitamin C and the other group with something just saline, basically water, and see who lives longest. Neither the patients nor the doctors would know who got which, to eliminate bias and placebo effects. And they went back year after year after year asking for grants to study it themselves if the National Cancer Institute wasn’t going to do it , and they got rejected year, after year, after year. So, they scraped up whatever funds they could find and did their best with what they had and published their famous findings in 1976.

They didn’t have a controlled trial, but by that point, they had treated a hundred terminal cancer patients with vitamin C. So, they compared their progress to that of a thousand similar patients who didn’t get vitamin C. For each patient treated with vitamin C, they found ten patients about the same age with the same kind of cancer that had been treated at the same hospital but without the vitamin C infusions. This is what they found. Let’s look at breast cancer, for example. Here’s the survival curve for terminal breast cancer—remember these were all terminal cancer patients. As you can see, in the control group, within 100 days, more than 80% of the women were dead, but in the vitamin C group, half were still alive nearly a year later. They had women with terminal breast cancer still alive 2,270 days later and still counting.

The control groups for all the different cancers did predictably bad, with the vast majority dead within one to two hundred days, while the vitamin C treated patients appeared to do substantially better. All in all, the average survival time was four times as great for the vitamin C subjects: more than 200 days compared to only 50 days for the controls. The results, they conclude, clearly indicate that this simple and safe form of medication is of definite value in the treatment of patients with advanced cancer. So what happened?

Critics understandably attacked the study for using after-the-fact controls. You could see how this could introduce bias. If you consciously or unconsciously chose control group patients who were sicker than your treatment group patients, they would die sooner than your patients, but it would have nothing to do with the treatment; the control group folks just started out in a worse place. And, indeed, there’s evidence that is what happened—a full 20% of the control group died within a few days after being declared terminal compared to none in the treatment group, which really does sound fishy. But the trial was successful in finally convincing the National Cancer Institute to fund randomized controlled trials performed by the prestigious Mayo Clinic, no less. What did they find? We’ll find out, next.


In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

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