Alternative and Complementary Cancer Treatments

Americans are becoming increasingly involved in their own health. Many of them put a lot of credence in alternative and complementary treatments. They say that traditional medicines do not work for their problem—”Why should I use it?” You see that all over the Internet.

Dr Ronald Hoffman is the founder and medical director of an independent clinic, The Hoffman Center, in New York City. He is a complementary medicine practitioner, a certified physician, and believes that a natural or nontraditional medical approach can be the key to wellness, a way to optimize or make someone healthier than they might otherwise have been. Alternative or the complementary includes acupuncture, biofeedback, chelation therapy (which claims to remove toxic substances and heavy metals from an individual’s bloodstream), chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, massage, meditation, special diets, and supplements.


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Sugar and Cancer

Scientists have discovered the exact relationship between sugar and cancer by revealing that the way in which cancer cells break down sugar is linked to the stimulation of tumor growth.

Every cell in the body needs sugar to survive. But cancer cells seem to require more than healthy cells do. They also seem to break sugar down faster. The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. For preventing cancer growth, please intake limited sugar!


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Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection

When a mammogram detects a suspicious lesion, a needle biopsy is performed to determine if it is cancer. Roughly 70 percent of the lesions are benign, 20 percent are malignant, and 10 percent are high-risk lesions.

Doctors manage high-risk lesions in different ways. Some do surgery in all cases, while others perform surgery only for lesions that have higher cancer rates, such as “atypical ductal hyperplasia” (ADH) or a “lobular carcinoma in situ” (LCIS).

The first approach requires that the patient undergo a painful, time-consuming, and expensive surgery that is usually unnecessary; the second approach is imprecise and could result in missing cancers in high-risk lesions other than ADH and LCIS.

“The vast majority of patients with high-risk lesions do not have cancer, and we’re trying to find the few that do,” says Bahl, a fellow doctor at MGH’s Department of Radiology. “In a scenario like this there’s always a risk that when you try to increase the number of cancers you can identify, you’ll also increase the number of false positives you find.”

Using a method known as a “random-forest classifier,” the team’s model resulted in fewer unnecessary surgeries compared to the strategy of always doing surgery, while also being able to diagnose more cancerous lesions than the strategy of only doing surgery on traditional “high-risk lesions.” (Specifically, the new model diagnosed 97 percent of cancers compared to 79 percent.)

“This work highlights an example of using cutting-edge machine learning technology to avoid unnecessary surgery,” says Marc Kohli, director of clinical informatics in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California at San Francisco. “This is the first step toward the medical community embracing machine learning as a way to identify patterns and trends that are otherwise invisible to humans.”

Lehman says that MGH radiologists will begin incorporating the model into their clinical practice over the next year.

“In the past we might have recommended that all high-risk lesions be surgically excised,” Lehman says. “But now, if the model determines that the lesion has a very low chance of being cancerous in a specific patient, we can have a more informed discussion with our patient about her options. It may be reasonable for some patients to have their lesions followed with imaging rather than surgically excised.”

The team says that they are still working to further hone the model.

“In future work we hope to incorporate the actual images from the mammograms and images of the pathology slides, as well as more extensive patient information from medical records,” says Bahl.

Moving forward, the model could also easily be tweaked to be applied to other kinds of cancer and even other diseases entirely.

“A model like this will work anytime you have lots of different factors that correlate with a specific outcome,” says Barzilay. “It hopefully will enable us to start to go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to medical diagnosis.”

By Adam Conner-Simons


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No One Walk Alone

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events are organized all over the country in these days. These are celebration of life and let people know that we are supporting all breast cancer survivors and no one is in this alone.

Let’s walk together to fight breast cancer and all cancer!

By the way, every one has cancer cells in your body and luck thing is that some of us have good immunity to kill the cancer cells. Walking enhances the cancer-killing capability.

 


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside to educate and inform about the causes, effects, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. 

Mammography is the most sensitive form of breast cancer screening. Mammograms provide an X-ray image of breast tissue, allowing radiologists to detect possible cancerous masses.

Breast self-examination was effective in finding cancer in the early stage. Early detect provides cure for breast cancer.


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Cancer diagnosis is family affair

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, life changes dramatically not only for that person but also those in the patient’s support system. The effect cancer has on the family as well as cancer survivors. when there is a cancer diagnosis, friends and loved ones sometimes don’t know what to say and don’t know what to do. That makes it hard. But do some things, like providing service or transportation or a gift card or bringing a meal, it’s the way to help. The family need to come together and produce serotonin, norepinephrine and some dopamine. Those neurotransmitters also help with the immune system. They help to enhance it. Even though you think it just affects the mood, it also helps physiology. Optimism can help an individual look at things realistically, and it will help the family come together in a positive way.


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Man Faked Cancer For Donations

Thirty-seven-year-old Jeremiah Jon Smith, Minneapolis, was charged with theft by swindle last week. Police in Faribault and Northfield say that fundraisers for Smith generated $23,000 to help cover his medical care and expenses.

But it turns out he spent the money on entertainment to play video games, to buy marijuana, and pay off his credit cards.

 


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Chemotherapy Must-haves

Chemotherapy Must-haves

  1. Having family with me during chemotherapy treatments
  2. The amazing care team and nurses that took care of me
  3. Simple things like a warm blanket and pillow
  4. My iPod with my favorite music
  5. Being able to fall asleep during chemo
  6. Facebook! All the support and comments I received through
  7. Conversations with other patients


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Signs for Male Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Here are a few things about male breast cancer you should be aware of:

  1. The number of males getting breast cancer is on the increase with around 350 getting diagnosed each year.
  2. The causes of male breast cancer aren’t really understood but, like female breast cancer, some things can increase risk such as age, inherited breast cancer gene, or higher oestrogen levels.
  3. The signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men can be the same as in women, however most male breast cancers are found as a painless lump under the nipple or areola.
  4. The treatment for male breast cancer is usually surgery involving the removal of the entire breast tissue and the nipple.
  5. Give yourself the best possible chance of finding breast cancer early by getting clued up on the subject and making a little promise to yourself that, from now on, you will be pay little bit more attention to your breast.


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Chickens are now laying an expensive cancer drug ingredient

Scientists in Japan have edited chickens’ genomes to make the birds lay eggs containing a protein called Interferon, which typically costs between $250 and $900 per several micrograms when manufactured without a magic hen. The Japanese chickens, though, cut the costs: Every one to two days, the hens lay an egg containing the key ingredient to combating malignant skin cancer as well as hepatitis and multiple sclerosis.

The success of the mutant eggs could save many lives: Research last year found that 1 in 5 cancer patients will stop taking a life-saving drug due to an inability to pay for it.


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Cancer Does Not Consult the Calendar

All cancer survivors and their families know one thing for sure: cancer does not consult the calendar. Most of the cancer patients found their cancers in their bodies in surprising ways. But cancer patients should have a calendar for their cancers. From the initial diagnosis with cancers, patients should have the detailed calendar from their cancer treatment strategies to completely curing. Best wishes for all cancer fighter!


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When My Mommy Cries

When My Mommy Cries is a tender story about a little girl who feels scared, confused, and abandoned when her mother becomes deeply sad. Through reassuring honesty, gentle compassion, and mutual respect, they nurture the bonds of trust, as the girl discovers that nothing”not even sadness or depression”can separate her from the safety and security of her mother’s love. Crystal offers this book”and the poignant song which accompanies it”with the heartfelt hope that it may be a tool for healing”to help families like my own, who have borne the burden of depression or grief, become stronger at the broken places. May it help all who read it find deeper empathy for others, gentler patience with themselves, and greater wisdom for facing life’s struggles with the children they love.

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9 ways to cope with sadness when cancer treatment ends

The cancer journey is filled with twists and turns, plenty of questions and more than enough surprises (not usually of the pleasant variety). But one aspect may be especially confusing and take those finishing treatment by surprise: Being sad after it’s over. Here are 9 ways to cope with sadness:

1. Give yourself time to sort through what you’ve endured.
2. Know you’ll have intense feelings you won’t understand.
3. Accept that you’ll have to live with uncertainty.
4. Take care of yourself; be kind to yourself.
5. Eat healthy foods.
6. Exercise.
7. Focus on what you can control.
8. Make plans to live life to its fullest.
9. Ask for help if you need it.


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No clear evidence that most new cancer drugs extend or improve life

The majority of cancer drugs approved in Europe between 2009 and 2013 entered the market without clear evidence that they improved survival or quality of life for patients, finds a study published in BMJ. Study prompts calls to ‘raise the evidence bar’ for approval of new cancer drugs.

It may be far cheap to spend the money to enhance cancer patient’s spirit!

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Life without Alice

When her twin sister, Alice, is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Lily withdraws from her active school life and friends to spend every waking moment with her ill sibling, certain that she cannot face life without her.

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Mommy Has a Boo Boo in Her Boob

Mommy Has a Boo Boo in Her Boob was written to help families who have been affected by breast cancer. Based on the author’s personal battle and victory over the disease, this book provides fun and practical guidance on how to involve children in the recovery process. It can be read very simply to young children or more in depth to older children. Follow the author’s journey as her children take on, with pride and enthusiasm, the roles of nurse, decorator, and personal shopper. Accepting her children’s need to be a part of her recovery, she soon discovers that they are integral in helping Mommy get better and that sometimes humour and staying positive are the best medicines of all!

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Encyclopedia of Cancer

This work comprehensively describes etiological factors in the development , Progression and metastasis of human cancers, both for hematological malignancies and for solid Tumors. Approaches for the diagnosis as well as for therapies are outlined too. The fourth edition of the “Encyclopedia of Cancer” features a vastly extended number of terms as compared to the previous edition. Previously published entries have enjoyed a vigorous updating and adjustment to current status of knowledge, a large number of new timely entries have been added to consider the amazing progress and modern developments both in basic and clinical aspects of cancer. Up-to date and authoritative Essays present a comprehensive picture of topics ranging from pathology,  to clinical oncology, and targeted therapy for personalized cancer medicine for major human cancers, in particular breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, renal cancer lung cancer and hematological malignancies , leukemias and lymphomas. Each author is an international authority for the particular topic, and each entry has been adjusted to an easy-to-follow reader-friendly structure that allows to collect very rapidly essential information. At the same time, these essays should be considered a starting point from which the quest for more detailed information can depart. Extensive cross referencing of essays is an instrument by which the acquisition of the complete picture of a particular topic will be facilitated.

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The Lovin’ Ain’t Over for Women with Cancer

Treatment for breast, gynecological and other cancer can have a devastating effect on sexuality. The Lovin’ Ain’t Over for Women with Cancer is a guide to overcoming the sexual difficulties, written by a husband-and wife team of certified sexuality counselors who has dealt with cancer in their own lives. They explain the effects of different cancer therapies on a woman’s sexual function, lay out the 4-step AIDA system for regaining your sense of self, and provide a roadmap to rebuilding your sex life that includes how to communicate with your partner, getting emotionally and sexually reacquainted with each other, and having sensual sex. Chapters on talking with a doctor, what to do if you’re single, and on moisturizers, lubricants, prescription and over-the-counter and herbal products round out the book. Many practical suggestions and examples from women who have gone through the experience of breast and gynecological cancers are included, as well as strategies recommended by top sexual health professionals. Written in plain, frank language, this is a reader-friendly, proactive, practical and optimistic guide for women and couples struggling with sexual difficulties after cancer. The goal is to help readers cope and take the necessary action to make their sex lives as vibrant, vital, and fulfilling as they would like.

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A Thrilling Adventure of Researchers and Scientists

The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 degrees below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of forty-one people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the U.S., she was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen. Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen’s narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of marvels – and limits – of modern medical technology, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity. But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman’s voyage of self-discovery and courage and the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues – both known and unknown to her – whose aid proved to be her salvation.

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