Hydrogel Sheets and Cooler Rolls for Radiation Burn Care and Comfort

By Margot Malin, Founder and CEO, Lots To Live For, Inc.

There are a number of products to help heal and soothe radiation burns. Most people are acquainted with ointments, lotions and sprays. Flying under the radar are another set of items in the tool box: hydrogel sheets and cooler rolls. We will educate you about these products in this post.

Gel sheets are a handy and noninvasive product that can be used for radiation burn care. They help to soothe and calm radiation burns. Some of our customers tell us they provide incredible relief from pain and itching and that allows them to continue with daily chores and especially to sleep at night! The great thing about gel sheets is that they can be left on for long periods of time (for some people, up to 3 days though most people change them more frequently) and they provide continuous relief. They can also be used in conjunction with lotions and sprays.

Two different types of hydrogel products are CoolMagic Gel Sheets and Lindiskin Cooler Rolls.

CoolMagic Hydrogel Sheets come in 2 sizes: 3.75 inches x 3.75 inches OR 6 inches x 8 inches (10 per box) and they can be trimmed to the appropriate size.

  • This light-weight, see-through polymer sheet provides instant cooling to burns, abrasions, skin tears, radiation reactions and sensitive wounds, effectively reducing pain.
  • The sterile hydrogel polymer sheet consists of 90% water, 10% inactive crosslinked polyethylene oxide matrix, and it transfers heat away from the wound, providing a cooling effect.
  • Cooling action relieves pain of burning, itching, or sore skin
  • Can be refrigerated for greater cooling capacity
  • Allows oxygen flow while preventing bacteria or foreign material from entering wound.

CoolMagic is mentioned enthusiastically in several cancer blogs by cancer patients who have used these dressings and received relief. (ie. cancercompass.com)

Suggestions for use of CoolMagic gel sheets:

  1. Apply over wound for a cool, soothing effect.
  2. Change the dressing every 24 to 36 hours. They should be discarded after use.
  3. Hold in place with tape or stretch gauze (you may or may not need tape or gauze).

CoolMagic gel sheets receive rave customer reviews. Here are 2 sample reviews from customers:
perfect wound dressing for radiation burns 5 Star Review (2/2015)

“I only wish we had found this website and this product earlier in my father’s skin cancer journey. The large burned area was very difficult to protect and even soft cotton handkerchiefs stuck to the wound or creams. The 6×8 hydrogel dressing is easy to apply and comes away easily without sticking to the wound. Dad finds relief the minute this dressing is applied. I wish I had known about this when treating pressure sores some months ago. This will be a vital part of my first aid kit from now on.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, expensive, but well worth it. (8/2016)

“Recovering from radiation burns I was so fortunate to have found these pads available online.”

DO NOT USE CoolMagic FOR: Full Thickness Wounds, Infected Wounds or 3rd Degree Burns.

Another option is the LindiSkin Cooler Roll, which are more economical.

LindiSkin Coolers provide intense relief to areas that are burned or dehydrated. They are designed to soothe compromised skin with the natural cooling and moisturizing effects of water and aloe vera in gentle non-adhesive dressings designed to be applied after radiation therapy.

Skin Coolers are especially effective on hyper-sensitive, compromised skin. They can be used on radiation dermatitis, sunburn, “hot flashes”, or itchy, dry skin. During radiation therapy, skin should always be washed and free of any product. Skin Coolers should be used after each treatment.

To relieve areas that are burned or dehydrated, look to the immediate cooling comfort and intense hydration of the LindiSkin Cooler Roll. The natural properties of water and aloe vera combine to help soothe any compromised area and promote a moist, healing environment for healthy skin. Leave on area for 20-45 minutes. LindiSkin Cooler Roll is designed to be custom cut for your needs and conform to the size and shape of the wound. Simply cut, apply to skin and then discard after one-time use.

The size of the LindiSkin Cooler Roll is – 1 roll (4 in x 60 in)

Both products can be refrigerated before use, but they don’t have to be. They will naturally adhere to the skin, and peel off easily when you want to remove them. Neither product is suggested for use on broken skin.

Additional creams. lotions and sprays which are very popular and can be used in conjunction with gel sheets include: RADX Radiation Therapy Cream (contains 2% lidocaine for pain relief), MPM Regenecare Gel or Spray (also contains lidocaine), CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray (no lidocaine) or My Girls Cream (no lidocaine).

Lots To Live For, Inc. was created with the belief that everyone should be as comfortable as possible during cancer treatment. We offer you the tools to provide relief and enhance your comfort. “Patients are naturally more satisfied when they are empowered through knowledge,” says Rodney Ganey. We hope the information about, and the knowledge and use of these products during treatment will help to satisfy and empower you during your treatment.

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How Probiotics Help Reduce Side Effects of Radiotherapy

How Probiotics Help Reduce Side Effects of RadiotherapyThe intake of a nutritional supplement based on probiotics can reduce the development of radiation-induced diarrhea

This research aimed to investigate the tolerance and safety of Dixentil, a dietary supplement that relies on zinc and prebiotics. Prebiotics are compounds that promote the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut). Moreover, Dixentil also contains probiotics or healthy bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. casei) as well as vitamins of the B group (B1, B2. B6, and nicotinamide) given as a prophylactic therapy to individuals that are receiving pelvic radiotherapy for its efficacy in the prevention and reduction of radiation-related gastrointestinal disorders.

Forty consecutive subjects who were also taking pelvic radiation received Dixentil before starting and during radiotherapy.

Radiation-induced enteritis affected seventeen such subjects. Grade I and grade II diarrhea was observed in fourteen and three patients respectively; no grade III or IV diarrhea was seen.

As a conclusion, use of Dixentil is an easy, safe, and feasible approach to protecting patients against the risk of radiation-induced diarrhea.

Source:

Scartoni D, Desideri I, Giacomelli I, Di Cataldo V, Di Brina L, Mancuso A, Furfaro I, Bonomo P, Simontacchi G, Livi L. Anticancer Res. 2015 Oct;35(10):5687-92.

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

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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.

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The Role Of Detoxification In A Natural Cancer Treatment

Detoxification defines the removal of harmful toxins that accumulate in the body over a period due to different factors. It includes practices such as dieting, chelation therapy, fasting (consuming only specific fruits or foods while completely avoiding other given types), colon cleansing, and the use of specific food supplements. It is considered that detoxification is an important step to take before undergoing a natural cancer treatment that work.Detoxification and Cancer Treatment

How Does Detoxification Work?

Detoxification therapy is a procedure that aims at creating an unfavorable internal environment against the proliferation of pathogens, which include viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and cancer cells. It is normally dependent on the type of detoxification being applied.

In fasting, the low blood sugar and high oxygen concentration obtained promotes a healthy environment for normal cells. At the same time, such an environment depletes the cancer cells of their favorable environment, which is of a high-glucose/low-oxygen concentration.

There are detoxification mechanisms involving the binding of toxic metallic elements by administered chelating agents or proteins. These are substances that bind and cause metallic toxins (such as mercury, copper, gold, zinc, and silver) to be rendered inactive, so as to curb their destructive or harmful effects.

Advantages of Detoxification with Different Types of Cancer

One study involving laboratory rats reported an inhibitory effect against the development of cancer of the liver.

What is the Effect of Detoxification on Metastasis?

When complemented with other immunotherapy procedures, detoxification procedures have been shown to assist in reversing metastasis. One example is in the treatment of bone metastasis prior to and after active immunotherapy, while applying the use of ultraviolet B-irradiated tumor cells.

Does Detoxification Enhance the Effect of Chemotherapy?

Many detoxification procedures (including clay therapy and others) are beneficial and enhance pre- and post-chemotherapeutic procedures. These detoxification strategies are aimed at preparing both the internal and external body environment of a patient so as to achieve optimal results during and after chemotherapy. It is also used as a pre-step for natural cancer treatment.

They prepare the body to stabilize faster during the recovery period after chemotherapy while one is waiting for the next treatment. Detoxification using a specific type of calcium clay has been reported to make some patients stable enough to complete their long chemotherapy series; many patients withdrew before completion.

Does Detoxification Enhance the Effect of Radiation?

Detoxification procedures have also been shown to enhance the achievement of optimal results in radiotherapy. It should be noted that being subjected to excessive radioactivity is potentially harmful.

Detoxification procedures, including the use of special clay and other adsorbents, exhibits the positive effect of eliminating excess radioactive elements. Studies by Raymond Dextriet have documented a considerable reduction of excess radioactive material in organisms; he used a Geiger counter to demonstrate that dry clay can significantly absorb much of the surrounding radioactive elements.

Can Detoxification Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation?

Detoxification and radiation often have adverse effects on patients. Detoxification helps to combat and reduce these side effects. Detoxification fights the following: the fatigue that is unresolved by resting (and that can last for weeks or months), and also pain due to nervous system damage.

In the case of radiation therapy, in which the patient suffers pain all over, and where burns and destruction of healthy tissue are inevitable, detoxification procedures (both topical and oral administrations) help to preserve the healthy tissue and the skin at the radiation site. It also helps to prevent adverse side effects to a significant degree.

If you are following a natural cancer treatment, detoxification can help you prepare your body for the treatment by enhancing the healing potential of your immune system. Shortly put, this preliminary step’s main aim is to remove all harmful substances from your body, preparing it to receive all the “soldiers” it needs to fight the disease.

Does Detoxification Have an Influence on the Immune System?

There are many detoxification formulations studied and known to be anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. These greatly enhance and strengthen the immune systems of patients. In one 1987 Zuin study, a detoxification formulation was found to promote the immune system functionality of patients.

Some formulations have been shown to promote the body’s natural resistance to infections, and to boostthe ability of the body. Both to withstand the invasion of pathogens (harmful microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses), and to recuperate.

Does Detoxification Improve Quality of Life and Survival Rate?

Detoxification greatly enhances wellness, quality of life, survival rate, and longevity of patients. There are insignificant levels of toxicity or side effects associated with approved detoxification procedures. These procedures primarily boost the ability of the body to eliminate toxins and pathogens. With a strong immune system achieved through detoxification, many patients have had improved wellness and a better quality of life.

In a few words…:

Detoxification is the removal of harmful toxins, which accumulate in the body over a period, using the available natural ways of excretion. It involves many varieties of therapies, but all of them aim to achieve that core objective.

Among the key benefits of detoxification is its capacity to boost the immune system’s functionality. Other benefits include

  • the regulation of proper metabolism( the breakdown, uptake, and utilization of food and other biochemical processes)
  • the immune-moderation
  • immune potentiating effects
  • the potentiating or enhancement of chemotherapeutic treatment effects.

Detoxification also leads to the reduction of adverse side effects; enhancement of radiotherapy treatment; inhibition of metastases or spread of cancer and other malignancies; survival of convalescent patients; and finally, improvement of affected persons.

Takeaway notes:

Effects of detoxification

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Elimination of pathogenic substances
  • Enhancement of healing and recovery
  • Stabilizes persons undergoing radio-chemotherapy

Detoxification and chemotherapy

  • Prepares a patient’s body for chemotherapy
  • Takes care of the body during and after the sessions
  • Enhances Mitomycin and 5-Fluorouracil

Detoxification and radiation

  • Eliminates radioactive elements
  • Preserves skin and tissue

Cancer types where detoxification has been proved effective

  • Liver cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Skin cancer

 

References:

  1. Detoxification and cancer treatment
  2. Gerson Therapy In treating Cancer
  3. Intensive detoxification using Gerson Therapy
  4. Importance of Cancer detoxification
  5. Detoxifying Cancer Causing agents to prevent Cancer
  6. Herbs and Spices in Cancer Prevention and Treatment 

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.

The Power of Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Naural Therapies For CancerWhat is herbal medicine?

In the modern times, herbal medicine ranks amongst the oldest methods of treatment and is yet widely available.  It is a kind of medicine that is derived exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbal medicines are composed of plants or botanical sources used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. It also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine. Using herbs for its medicinal purpose has long been recorded in history dating from ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings. Particularly, the use of herbal medicines is prevalent in Chinese practice as well as all over Asia. Herbal medicine is used to regulate the body’s ability to protect, restore and heal itself. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is the most widely used complementary therapy. It is used to help the body heal itself or reduce the side effects of medical therapies.

How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine is in use since thousands of years across many cultures of the world. Herbalist tries to find the underlying cause of the illness rather than treating a single symptom. A herbalist believes that a particular illness can be treated using herbs if those herbs restore the body’s balance and perfect harmony. According to experts, good herbs activate life force and its energy. In herbal medicine “herbal synergy” is the key principle. Herbal medicine works upon the idea of ‘synergy’, that is, it makes drugs out of several plant ingredients. This theory is way too different from the modern medicine that uses a single compound to deal with a symptom or an illness. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is used to treat, what herbalist believe, the underlying energy balances that cause disorders promoting cancer in the patient’s body.

Where is herbal medicine found?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment consists of several plants, herbs, and flowers, as a whole or as an extract. Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional methods are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A BSc. or an equivalent certificate is required to become a herbalist, who holds the same diagnostic skills as a physician. The degree program includes a vast knowledge of plant medicine and orthodox medicine.  However, Herbalists take a holistic approach towards illnesses, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They can prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to Herbalist by their GP for treatment. The herbal medicine comes in the form of capsules, powder, teas and extracts.

Advantage of herbal medicine with different types of cancers

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment and their derivative phytol compounds are increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer. A large volume of clinical studies has reported the beneficial effects of herbal medicines on the survival, immune modulation, and quality of life of cancer patients when these herbal medicines are used in combination with conventional therapeutics. Herbal medicine is useful in complementing breast cancer treatment. Isoflavones, compounds found in several vegetables and plants sources has been found effective in treating breast cancer. Herbal medicine is also used to lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. Herbal extracts that contain numerous polyphenolic compounds may contribute to the lower incidence of prostate cancer in Asian males. Cancer of the lungs is one of the deadliest of its type, and the chemotherapy employed for its treatment has high mortality rates. According to recent studies, herbal medications and their phytochemical ingredients can provide an effective therapy for the treatment of lung cancer. Such plant-derived compounds cast little or no toxicity at all.  Herbs are mainly used in lung cancer to reduce therapy-associated toxicity and cancer-related symptoms and sometimes to directly increase anticancer effects. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is also used to treat liver and pancreatic cancer. They are also used as an adjuvant therapy along with conventional cancer treatment regimens.

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is employed for the treatment of several forms of cancer by introducing cytotoxic chemicals into the patient’s system. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is mainly used as an adjuvant to chemotherapy, to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce its debilitating side effects. Trails on the herbal medicine used alongside chemotherapy to treat hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, have shown promising results. Several herbal remedies are used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and also, protect the non-cancerous cells of the body; herbal medicines are also used to elevate energy levels of cancer patients

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of radiation?

Radiotherapy involves delivering radioactive rays to the area affected by cancer. The procedure has several side effects including diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, urinary issues such as pain and incontinence swelling,  and difficulty during swallowing.

Research on Cumin (a spice mostly used in curries for taste enhancement) revealed the fact that it contains anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties, that may together aid in protecting the skin against radiation-induced damage. Other research in animals shows that the herb Ginkgo Biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And although Aloe Vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes, a 2005 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that topical aloe Vera is effective in preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions. Thus, herbal medicine for cancer treatment has several benefits.

Does herbal medicine increase the quality of life and survival rate?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment along with traditional cancer treatment methods has been shown to increase the quality of life in the patients. It is used to treat side effects of the cancer treatments and is also used to heal the body afterward. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment also increases the survival rate by not only preventing the formation of cancerous cells but also decreases the mortality caused by cancer treatments.

If you want a personalized recommendation on your case, Contact Dr. Adem for online cancer consultation.  

References:

Cancer treatments the media never talks about could save your life
Herbal medicine
20 herbs that fight cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine

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.

Yoga For Cancer Patients: A Lifestyle Enhancement Technique

Exercise Program For Breast CancerLearn more about the uses of yoga for cancer patients, and its synergistic effects in chemotherapy and radiation

What is Yoga?
Yoga originated in India around 5000 years ago. The term is derived from Sanskrit word “Yuj”; it means to unite and to integrate. Yoga is a body of knowledge; it’s a whole-body philosophy. It is all about harmonizing the body and mind, and to unite the physical with mental and spiritual. Yoga is a synchronization of various breathing techniques, postures, stretching and meditation. It helps in providing harmony between mind, body, and soul.

Yogis promote yoga as a way of staying healthy and preventing diseases and illness and relieve stress that our everyday lives bring upon us. They claim that the postures will stimulate the nervous system, make the muscles and joints more flexible, and relax mind and body. The exercises combined with breathing improve our oxygen and blood supply. In turn, this helps our circulation and breathing, which promotes general good health. There are several different styles of yoga including Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Astanga yoga. Some are quite strenuous, while others are gentler and focus more on meditation and breathing.

Practicing Yoga for cancer patients is known to be of great benefit to their psychological, physical and emotional health and well-being.

How Does Yoga Work?
Yoga works on the mind body and soul. Practicing yoga consists of different poses and imagery that aids in strengthening the connection between mind and body, through various breathing techniques. Specific yoga poses and postures help to train the body. These poses focus on the effort that is required to move the energy through the body, the stretch helps strengthen the muscle and are beneficial for any musculoskeletal injuries. Yoga also keeps the mind-body connection strong and helps individuals who practice yoga to increase focus and concentration. Yoga uses controlled breathing as a way to merge the mind, body, and spirit. It is believed that this will control the energy flow in our body. Several research studies suggest that yogic practices such as inhalation techniques, can significantly increase vagal tone and improve symptoms of a variety of conditions, including diabetes, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. It slows down heart rate, calms the mind, and leads to a deep, inner calm and sense of relaxation. Yoga for cancer patients has been shown to ease emotional and physical pain and better resilience to fight cancer.

Where is Yoga Found?
Due to wide acceptance of yoga practices through all the cultures and societies, it’s easy to find a yoga class, yoga is offered as one to one sessions with the yogi teachers as well as in the form of class or group sessions. Yoga is provided by several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Yoga is offered in wide variety of surroundings from classes occurring in parks and spas to the gym and home sessions. Yoga for cancer patients is offered in some hospitals as well as a part of complementary cancer therapy and rehabilitation program for cancer survivors.

Advantages of Yoga with Different Types of Cancer
Yoga has been proven quite beneficial for patients battling with cancer or trying to recover from cancer treatments. Most of the cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment suffer from psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety. Undergoing rigorous and invasive treatment for cancer puts enormous strain on the patient. Research has revealed that yogic breathing, defined as a manipulation of breath movement, has been shown to affect positively immune function, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological or stress-related disorders. Yoga also has a mood-boosting effect, releasing endorphins and elevating the mood, hence helping deal with depression in cancer patients.

One of the most taxing side effects of cancer and its treatment is dealing with the pain, and yoga for cancer patients helps to overcome this pain, in elevating their mood, and in increasing the threshold for pain. It is physically helpful for the management of pain experienced during treatment. Research has shown that women who practice yoga during rehabilitation have low scores for pain and stress. A small individual study in the USA in 2012 found that yoga reduced fatigue in women with breast cancer. Some studies seem to show that yoga may be able to reduce hot flushes in women with breast cancer. One small trial showed that people with lymphoma had fewer sleep disturbances, fell asleep more quickly, and slept for longer after a seven-week yoga program.

Does Yoga Enhance the Effect of Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the form of treatment for cancer, although effective chemotherapy has several side effects like nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, and pain. Yoga for cancer patient helps relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. Restorative yoga is quite beneficial during chemotherapy the breathing exercises in yoga can even be practiced during chemo infusion. Yoga helps reduce stress and increases the quality of life in cancer patients. It also enhances psychological health of cancer patients and results in good mood and spiritual well-being. Research also indicates that people who practice yoga sleep better.

Does Yoga Enhance the Effects of Radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is another form of cancer therapy that includes delivering radiation to the parts of the body affected with cancer. Radiation therapy has several side effects, and yoga has been shown to promote compliance and active approach to treatment during and after radiation therapy cycle. The results of randomized trials focusing on breast cancer women undergoing radiotherapy indicate that yoga for cancer patients relieved stress improved these patients quality of life, and the rigor of practicing yoga helped these patients cope with the transition of getting back to their normal life.

Can Yoga Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation?
Chemo and radiation therapy are the mainstays of cancer treatment. However, they do have considerable side effects, due to these side effects cancer patients have decreased the quality of life and take a longer period to return to their normal activities. Yoga for cancer patients practiced during and after treatment helps patients cope up with the side effects, by aiding in connecting mind body and soul and thus decreasing their rehabilitation period. The stretches that constitute the yoga pose also helps exercise their body, keeping it healthy.

What Influence Does Yoga Have on the Immune System?
Yoga is a great but gentle way to boost and support the immune system on the day to day basis. Yoga helps lower stress hormones level; stress hormones compromise the immune system, stimulating the movement of lymphatic and releasing toxins from the body while breathing methods strengthen lungs and respiratory tract and bringing plentiful oxygen to vital organs. Practicing yoga for cancer patients has been shown to improve immunity

Does Yoga Increase Quality of Life and Survival Rate?
Several studies have proven that yoga for cancer patients increases the quality of life. During and after treatment, practicing yoga has also been linked to low cortisol levels, a hormone which is related to poor survival in breast cancer patients, thus yoga, when practiced as a complementary treatment, has been shown to have a positive effect on survival rates as well.

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References:
Study: Yoga linked to higher survival rates in cancer patients
The Science of Yoga and Why It Works
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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

Radiotherapy Associated Fatigue: Causes And Management

How To Manage Fatigue During Breast Cancer Radiation TherapyWhat is fatigue?

Fatigue is the feeling of mental and physical exhaustion, commonly experienced as a symptom of cancer and a side effect of its treatment, especially radiation therapy. Unlike the normal fatigue you encounter in everyday life, this fatigue is long-lasting and might not be cured with the rest.

Radiotherapy fatigue related to cancer can seriously interrupt your daily routine by making you feel lethargic and unwell in general. The degree of fatigue can vary day to day; it may get better one day only to worsen in the next. It is hard to predict how long fatigue will last. Also, fatigue can make it difficult for you to follow your treatment plan. For these reasons, managing fatigue is a vital part of the care of a cancer patient.

Identify fatigue:

Firstly, inform your medical team of your level of fatigue, because fatigue is simply a feeling, and there are no diagnostic tests to assess it. You can use a scale of 0 to 10 (0 mean none and 10 mean the most severe), or just words like ‘none’, ‘mild’, ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’. Doctors will help you deal with the fatigue and reduce it, if possible.

Causes of fatigue:

The reasons for radiotherapy fatigue are often not evident. The usual culprits are:

  • Your Cancer: Some cancers often release proteins called cytokines that are believed to cause fatigue. Cancer basically enhances body’s energy needs, weakens your muscles causing the destruction of body’s cells or organs leading to fatigue.
  • Cancer treatment: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow therapy, etc. all destroy healthy body cells along with targeted cancer cells causing fatigue in the whole body. It may also be due to side effects of drugs.
  • Anemia: Anemia develops as a result of cancer treatment as it destroys red blood cells or cancer spreads to the bone marrow that produce red blood cells.
  • Emotion: Stress, depression and anxiety are the result of cancer diagnosis and lead to fatigue.  
  • Infection: Skin infections generate as a result of radiotherapy in the form of skin ulcers or skin wounds. They may lead to dizziness and tiredness
  • Insomnia: Interrupted sleep may cause fatigue and tiredness the whole day
  • Inactivity: If you are a regular exercise person, then inactivity due to radiotherapy leads to fatigue.
  • Medication: Medications such as painkillers or drugs used to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment like nausea and anxiety lead to fatigue
  • Poor nutrition: To perform activities or any work efficiently, energy is required for a healthy. Due to cancer the ability to process nutrients is disturbed and that in turn leads to anorexia (loss of appetite). Hence, cause fatigue.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Changes to the hormonal glands like thyroid gland, adrenal gland, ovaries or testes may all cause fatigue

If the cause is known, treatment can focus on that cause. However, most of the time, the cause remains unknown, so a more fruitful approach to the problem is to learn ways to manage fatigue.

Prevention and Treatment:

Given below are some suggestions on how to manage fatigue in your day-to-day life.

  • Sleep at least 8 hours every day. It may be more than you’re used to, so look for ways that will help you sleep longer. A good deal of physical activity during the day can work wonders for your sleep. Also, find ways to relax before going to bed, such as listening to music or reading a book.
  • Working out for 15-30 minutes each day might help you feel better. Stick to light activity such as walking and stretches, nothing too strenuous. Consult your nurse or doctor on the amount of exercise that is appropriate for you.
  • Try your best to remain active, but don’t waste your precious energy by trying to do everything you want to. Too much effort might worsen your fatigue. Prioritized the things you need to do, and try to do the most important things first.
  • Keep your regular necessities within reach so that you don’t have to exert too much effort to get them.
  • Stress is one of the causes of fatigue, so find ways to keep it at bay. Good suggestions for such activities are listening to music, reading, meditation, prayer and socializing. Any activity that makes you feel relaxed will do.
  • Set aside some time for rest during the day. Taking a short nap might help you feel better. 10 to 15 minutes of rest is usually enough, but try not to make it over an hour.
  • Arrange your work schedule to suit you. Depending on your level of fatigue, you may be capable of working normally, or for not more than a few hours. Working from home is an option to consider. So is taking sick leave for the duration of the treatment.
  • Plan a schedule for radiation therapy sessions that best suits you, keeping in mind your activities for the day.
  • If you find it hard to cope with fatigue, talk to your doctor. Drugs called psychostimulants can ease your fatigue and help you feel better. Also, your doctor will help treat other problems such as depression, insomnia, and anemia.

Conclusion:

Fatigue is usually caused by cancer therapies, in particular radiotherapy. Fatigue can affect the quality of life more than pain or any other symptom. It may be caused due to many reasons. Your doctor may advise you strategies to cope with fatigue related to radiotherapy that might include medications or self-care interventions.

References:

  1. Cancer fatigue; why it occurs and how to cope
  2. Fatigue and Radiotherapy
  3. Radiotherapy tiredness
  4. General information on fatigue
  5. Cancer related fatigue and simple fatigue
  6. Radiotherapy related fatigue

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Dr. Adem GunesDr. 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.

Why are women at a higher risk of leukemia after breast cancer treatment?

leukemia after breast cancer treatmentResearchers have been trying to determine ways to prevent the complications in the breast cancer survivors to reduce the occurrence of a relapse. The breast cancer treatments that include radiation therapy and chemotherapy target the malignant cells in the breast tissues and destroy them.

However, these treatments also affect the healthy cells, which results in an increase in the risk of leukemia in the future, the researchers said. They are conducting studies to determine the factors that may cause an increased risk of leukemia after breast cancer treatment.

The possible factors that are believed to contribute to the risk of secondary malignancy are the family history of cancer and an inherited gene mutation.

The research involved a follow-up of 88 breast cancer survivors who were treated for breast cancer and developed leukemia at a later stage. It was found that the women had a family history of cancer, which suggested a genetic susceptibility to develop cancer like leukemia.

About 20 percent of the women in this study group had an inherited gene mutation, which can increase the risk of breast cancer.

“This is expected to enable the scientists in determining how these genes affect or modify the breast cancer treatment-related leukemia risk. It will also help to understand whether any specific treatment causes a higher risk based on the inherited genetic make-up of a woman,” said Dr. Jane Churpek, the study leader from the University of Chicago.

This will help the oncologists to have a patient-specific conversation about the potential risks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.

It may be difficult to determine the exact role of breast cancer treatment in the development of leukemia. Hence, it is important that the breast cancer patients are uniquely positioned so that the true frequency and the causative factors of subsequent leukemia can be ascertained.

American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society have issued guidelines for improving the survival rates of breast cancer patients. The breast cancer survivors are advised to undergo routine physical exams and mammograms to check for any new tumor.  They do not need additional lab tests or imaging unless there are significant symptoms suggesting that a malignancy may have returned.

The guidelines include recommendations in five key areas, which include:

  • Regular surveillance for the recurrence of malignancy by physical examination and the patient’s cancer history
  • Regular mammographic screening
  • Management and assessment of the psychosocial and long-term physical impact of breast cancer treatment
  • Care coordination and practical implications
  • Promotion of a healthy lifestyle

With regular follow-up and monitoring, the occurrence of complications following breast cancer treatment is expected to decline. This will increase the life expectancy of breast cancer survivors and also improve their quality of life.

References:
1. Leukemia Risk After Breast Cancer Treatment
2. ASCO and ACS Issue Guideline on Breast Cancer Survivor Care
3. Organizations issue joint guidelines for breast cancer survivors

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Dr. Adem GunesDr. 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.

 

Comfort Slings Help Relieve Soreness and Abrasion Beneath the Breasts

Breast Cancer Sling For Radiation TherapyBy Margot Malin, Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.
Patients who are undergoing radiation therapy on the underside of their breasts may develop radiation dermatitis, painful sores, and even weepy lesions in the skin folds beneath their breasts. The inflammation can be worsened by excessive perspiration and the chafing resulting from skin-to-skin contact. Once these side effects occur the patient experiences significant discomfort. They tend to heal very slowly.

We’d like to introduce you to a new product called the Breast Comfort Sling which can help improve comfort and prevent the continuing abrasion or fold over effect. The BreastComfort Sling allows the breast to rest on a soft cushion giving freer air circulation while wicking away perspiration to keep the sore area dry. The straps are adjustable so there is no pressure on the neck or shoulder, or on the sore areas beneath the breast. The cushion provides a comfort barrier between the breast and the skin beneath it to prevent excessive chafing, and the antimicrobial material discourages bacteria growth.Breast Cancer Comfort Sling on Breast Cancer Authority BlogThe most effective way for women who are receiving radiation therapy to the underside of the breast to minimize excessive side effects to the skin is to begin wearing the BreastComfort Single Sling from the beginning of treatment. However, the wearing the sling can be initiated at any time during treatment, or even after treatment to reduce lingering radiation dermatitis or other skin discomfort. Wearing the sling as many hours as possible throughout the day, especially when sleeping, is most effective.

The BreastComfort Sling is designed to be worn without a bra. Therefore, if patients want to wear a bra during the day, perhaps at work or when “out and about”, the BreastComfort Strapless Cushioned Bra Inserts are recommended. The pad (bra insert), with no straps, is tucked underneath the breast, inside the bra cup, offering both comfort to sore breasts throughout the day, and further protection from rubbing against the bra and underwires. Wearing a bra with a band beneath the underwire is preferable to prevent the cushion from slipping out of place. (Some women may find it necessary to purchase a larger bra or cup size when wearing the BreastComfort Strapless Cushioned Bra Inserts).

The fabric for the BreastComfort Slings and Pads was specially selected because it is very soft and has both wicking and antimicrobial qualities. The straps are soft enough to be comfortable yet firm enough to hold their shape when worn across the shoulders. The slings stay in place, yet they are loose enough to avoid pressure and constriction across the neck and under the breast.

BreastComfort Slings and Pads were developed by Elizabeth Silver during her radiation oncology treatment and they proved so effective that her radiologist and oncologist were amazed at the excellent condition of her skin during her treatment. In fact, it was they who recommended that she begin to market the slings so that more women could benefit from the relief they provided.

To learn more about the BreastComfort Sling, and BreastComfort Cushioned Bra Insert Pads click HERE.

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About Margot Malin: Intellectually cMargot Malinurious and fiercely independent, Margot Malin has a passion for knowledge.  After receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, she launched her career by analyzing and evaluating businesses.  In 2002 she embarked on the “creative reinvention” phase of her career with the intention of “giving back”. Margot founded Lots To Live For, Inc., an internet retailer that sells carefully selected products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation.

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