Prayer and Cancer

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, cancer, Mental and Spiritual, prayer

In a randomized study reported in PubMed.gov in 2012 researchers studied 999 cancer patients at a cancer center between 2003 and 2008 to evaluate the effects of intercessory prayer when added to normal cancer care. Subjects completed Quality of Life and Spiritual Well Being tools at the beginning of the study and 6 months later.  Subjects were prayed for over the study period. Results showed that the intervention group had significantly greater...

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Gratitude research (some studies specific to cancer)

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, cancer, cancer research, gratitude, Research

In a study in the journal of personality and social psychology in 2003 researchers asked subjects to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative)....

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Faith, Prayer and Cancer Research

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, cancer research, faith

In 1987, Soderstrom and Martison studied the coping strategies of cancer patients and found the most common coping strategy was praying alone or with others, and having others pray for them. In a related study in 1994, Cayse studied stressors and coping strategies of fathers of cancer patients and found that of 29 separate potential strategies, prayer was both the most common and most helpful for men. In 1998, Ferrell et al, studied a random...

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Optimism and Cancer Research

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, behaviour, Blog, cancer, cancer research, optimism

In 1993, Carver et al studied how coping mediates the effect of optimism on distress. Fifty nine breast cancer patients were studied and reported on their overall optimism about life and recent coping responses and distress levels at the following times; at diagnosis, 1 day presurgery, 10 days postsurgery, and at 3-, 6-, and 12-mo follow-ups.  Results showed that optimism related inversely to distress at each point, even controlling for prior...

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Meditation and Cancer Research

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, cancer research, meditation

In the 1970’s Ainslie Meares published a series of studies about cancer patients being treated with meditation with evidence of regression of tumors in some patients while not having had any orthodox treatment that could have affected the outcome. These included a woman with breast cancer (1976), a man with ontogenetic sarcoma (1978), two patients with Hodgkin’s disease (1978, and a patient with carcinoma of the rectum (1979). Additional...

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Music Therapy (Sound) and Cancer Research

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, cancer research, music therapy

In 2015 the American Cancer Association on their website stated there is some evidence that, when used with conventional treatment, music therapy can help reduce pain and relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. It may also relieve stress, improve coping and mood, and provide an overall sense of well-being. In addition, some studies have found that music therapy can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing...

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Can Mindfulness-based Meditation Help Teens with Cancer?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, meditation, mindfulness

A study presented at the American Psychosomatic Meeting in San Francisco concluded that mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer for teenagers. Researchers asked 13 teenagers with cancer to complete questionnaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep and quality of life. The group was divided into two. The research group was given eight mindfulness-based meditation...

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Can E-Cigarettes Help Cancer patients Stop Smoking?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, lung cancer

A new study published early online in Cancer concluded that smokers who used e-cigarettes were less likely to quit smoking that non-users. The researcher studied 1074 cancer patients who smoked and were enrolled between 2012 and 1013 in a tobacco treatment program. Researchers found a three fold increase in e-cigarette use from 2012 to 2013 (10.6 vs 38.5 percent). At enrollment the e-cigarette users were more nicotine dependent than the...

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Can a Tomato Rich Diet Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, cancer risk, prostate cancer

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention concluded that men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. To evaluate lifestyle and dietary habits, prostate cancer researchers assessed 1,806 men between age 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared them with 12,005 men who were cancer free. This was the first study to evaluate a dietary index that...

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Can a Virus Kill Negative Breast Cancer Cells?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, breast cancer, cancer

A new study in Cancer Biology & Therapy concluded that a virus not known to cause disease kills triple-negative breast cancer cells and kills tumor growth from those cells in mice.  The virus, adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2),  infects humans but is not known to cause illness. In previous studies the virus initiated apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells but did not alter normal cells. In this study the researchers tested AAV2...

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Can Lifestyle Changes Prevent Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, pancreatic cancer

CancerResearchuk.org report that nearly 40% of pancreatic cancers could be avoided in the UK through maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking because some pancreatic cancer are related to these factors. Survival for the disease is low and there are few treatment options according to the authors. “At the same time it’s important to remember that people can take steps to reduce their risk of developing pancreatic and other cancers, by not...

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Can a Chinese Herbal Extract Kill Pancreatic Cancer Cells?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, pancreatic cancer

A new study reported in Daily Digest News and published in the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology concluded that pancreatic cancer cells may be killed by a Chinese herbal extract.  A protein known as GPR78 is abundant in cancer cells, compared to normal cells, and is responsible for prevention cells from being destroyed. It is believed this protein helps the pancreatic cancer cells survive despite treatment. ...

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