Sunday, December 26, 2010

Let thoughts flow forth!!!!  Since beginning this blog, I have had aspirations of getting the word out in social media.  Creating a FB page, possible web-site, and word of mouth.  I have created this blog as I have had both parents, sister, misc. other relatives and friends pass away due to cancer or complications thereof.  The idea is to create a place where you the people can gather to find news, data, share stories, etc... as long as their clean. 

Things began when I was a child... let's just say several years ago.  All I recall is walking to\ from local swimming pool and mom telling me dad was ill and in hospital.  At that age I was unable to visit or understand terms, meanings, etc... Years later, I find my dad suffered from lung cancer as he had smoked cigarette's.  Was on his death bed during that time undergoing tests, treatment, etc...twenty some years later in 1990's.... while at home he reached a body temp. of 100+ and directed to go to local hospital.  Biopsies were taken of lymph nodes and he remained in ICU where he eventually passed as fluid continued to enter his lungs and taken off life support as living will directed. 

Almost to the day, one year later my sister hadn't felt good and went to different local hospital where she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Not long afterwords, she had mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.  During the course of months afterwords, she continued visits to hospital complaining of not feeling well.  Doctors natuarally continued looking at breasts, meanwhile the fluid from implants had leaked and spread throughout her body covering vital organs.  As a few years passed, she became severely ill and entered hospital for more tests\ surgery.  After attempts trying to install shunts, search for other possible cures... doctors advised us there was no hope and her days were numbered.  As she was a computer programmer and used to sitting at a desk, not eating a healthy diet, and lack of exerecise....doctors advised family members to begin a regimen of all the above so WE don't have similar instances.  Day's later, I visited hospital while on lunch from work to comfort my mom and sister.  En-route back to work, mom called and said she had passed.  I felt terrible as no sign was given while I had just been visiting and mom left there  alone to deal with matters by herself.  Especially after suffering from dad's loss, burying your own child.... no parent should have to go through.  While this gave her the time and experiece of comforting my sister and time to themselves, I felt quilty of this for years.  Thankfully, a dear friend of mine who is a mother herself whom has dealt with trauma\ children\ etc... explained to me that mother\ daughter time at this particular moment was a somewhat bonding experience and not to feel at least as guilty as I had.   More later dealing with mom and her illness. 

Please feel free to comment with your stories or notes on my posts.  All are welcome

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Healthy Living

Whether you are preventing, fighting or surviving cancer, making even the smallest lifestyle changes can help you live cancer-free. There’s much more to healthy living than medication and weight control. In fact, placing too much emphasis on taking medicine and losing weight can cause us to forget about the other equally important aspects of our health.

Living healthy is about taking many, small steps. Add some fruit to your morning bowl of cereal, meditate or pray for a few minutes before work, drink a glass of water instead of a can of soda, pick up an inspirational book… these are just a few examples of small steps that you can take to start living healthy.

Radical lifestyle adjustments rarely address the entire self. Certain Paleolithic Diets, namely the Atkin’s Diet, exemplify a radical lifestyle change that may support one health factor, while neglecting or even worsening other health factors. Thus, a balanced diet in conjunction with regular physical and mental exercise is at the core of good health. Health is balance.

We believe that healthy living must address the entire self: the physical self, the mental self, and the spiritual self. Medicine alone cannot satisfy the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. By combining knowledge and wisdom with treatment (medical and holistic), we can all walk a healthy life-path.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in understanding how to live healthy. Today, many restaurants offer low-carb and vegetarian menu options; grocers carry a wide array of organic and locally-grown foods; and most communities have studio environments designed for the practice of yoga, palates, and other mind-body disciplines.

Health awareness and proactive living are fairly new concepts within our society. We must continue to nurture them in order to cure any, and hopefully every disease.


Knowledge and the momentum of positive thinking are the core principles of cancer prevention. A healthy, cancer-free life is rooted in the awareness of how you treat your mind and body.


With the wide range of drugs and alternative therapies available, it can be difficult to identify the best way to treat your cancer. Finding a good team of doctors and maintaining a positive outlook are the two most important factors in the fight against cancer.

Less conventional cancer-healing approaches are also widely available. These approaches, implemented alongside modern medicine, may help boost energy, vitality and overall health. Mental and physical exercise, and certain focused diets have proven themselves as effective cancer-fighting therapies.

Over the last 20 years, cancer has become progressively more curable. Today, certain types of cancer have a 70% survival rate in adults. With survival increasing, a wide variety of medical and social programs are available to help ex-patients get back to leading regular, healthy lives after closing that final chapter of treatment.

Survivors face unique physical and psychological challenges when they readjust to “normalcy”.  The following measures may help support a healthy, happy, and fruitful life:

  • Maintain a positive mental and emotional outlook, no matter how dismal and negative the circumstance.
  • Treat your body like the wonderful gift that it is. Your body is the vessel in which you will experience this life. Nurture it. Respect it.
  • Utilize social support from professionals and loved ones.

Scientists may not have found a cure for cancer yet, but these five drugs could be the next best things:

Denosumab—a human monoclonal antibody targets RANKL, a protein essential for bone cell formation and normal function. In June, the drug, was approved to treat osteoporosis. New research shows that the drug could also be effective against breast cancer.
Scientists have found that the RANKL protein appears to play more than a role in bone formation; it may also be activated by progesterone to cause breast cancer. Scientists discovered that blocking the protein in mice, blocks mammary tumour formation via a direct effect on mammary epithelia, Denosumab is currently in a Phase 3 clinical trial in breast cancer patients—a separate trial is also examining the drug’s potential in patients with other types of metastatic cancer.

Aptocine,  is a drug that includes a tiny array of LED lights. In a procedure similar to a biopsy, the array is inserted into the tumor. The drug is then injected into the body. When light is directed at the array, this activates the drug. Aptocine does not cause the severe side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapies because it destroys tumors from the inside out. Phase 3 trials have been completed for liver cancer and colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver. The drug is now in clinical trials for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and it is being developed for the treatment of at least nine other cancers.

Targets a protein called anaplastic lymphoma kinase, or ALK for short, that is part of a pathway in the body that scientists believe to be important for cancer cell survival. Not all patients carry the mutation, but for those who do the drug could be a more effective alternative to chemotherapy, and it may prolong survival.
Crizotinib is in Phase 3 trials for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. In a presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, researchers showed astounding preliminary results. Crizotinib shrunk tumors by more than ninety percent.

Imetelstat targets telomerase, which is an enzyme that plays a role in cell aging. Cancer cells have more telomerase than normal cells, which enables the cancer cells to survive. Scientists believe that by blocking telomerase, imetelstat will kill cancer cells without harming normal cells resulting in fewer side effects compared to chemotherapy.
In preliminary studies, imetelstat was shown to be effective against breast, prostate and lung cancers. Phase 2 trials of imetelstat began in July for non-small cell lung cancer. Maintenance therapy with a telomerase inhibitor is an attractive approach to potentially reduce the cancer stem cell population after initial debulking of the tumor by chemotherapy.

Unlike the above four drugs, metformin is not new. It is currently prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes, but new research shows it may be able to do much more than control blood sugar. Recently, a team of researchers in the United Kingdom reported an association between metformin use and cancer risk. Their review,  looked at several thousand diabetics over a period of a few years. Of those individuals taking metformin, seven percent were diagnosed with cancer compared to eleven percent who had not taken the drug.
Previous studies in animals have shown that metformin can delay the onset of tumors and reduce the incidence of pancreatic cancer.  Rresearch shows the decreased incidence of cancer is due to metformin’s regulation of a protein called AMPK. This protein manages insulin levels in diabetics, but also inhibits tumor growth. Research  concludes that there is sufficient epidemiological evidence that metformin reduces the risk of cancer to make further investigation a high priority.