Sleep and Cancer Research

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Researchers continue to study what happens in the sleep-deprived body at a biological level that increases the risk of cancer. They have found that lack of sleep increases inflammation and disrupts normal immune function and both may promote cancer development. In addition, the hormone melatonin, which is produced during sleep, may have antioxidant properties that help prevent cellular damage. In a study by Patel et a in 2003,researchers...

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Social Support Isolation and Cancer Research

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In a study published in Cancer on December 12, 2016 researchers studies 9267 women in the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project. They were interested in determining the post diagnosis social networks and breast cancer mortality of the group. Data was provided within 2 years after diagnosis and social networks included spouses/partners, religious ties, community ties, friendship ties, and numbers of living first-degree relatives. Cox models were...

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Stress and Cancer Research

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There is contradictory research findings showing a link between stress and cancer causation. However, there is more research showing a solid relationship between chronic stress and the progression of cancer. The major cause of death in cancer is from metastasis and to decrease the risk of this outcome for cancer patient interventions should be directed toward destroying  the cancer cells  and making the human host more resistant . Some of the...

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Compassion and Cancer Research

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In 1999, Fogarty et al published research in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on the effect of physician compassion on client’s anxiety, information recall, treatment decisions, and assessment of physician characteristics. One hundred twenty three healthy breast cancer survivors and 87 women without cancer were participants. A randomized pre/post test control group design with a standardized videotape intervention was used. Participants...

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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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A common Prostate Cancer Treatment Reduces Survival in Older Men

Posted by in ADT, Blog, cancer, cancer research, prostate cancer

A new study published in European Urology concluded that a common prostate cancer therapy known as ADT should not be used in men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate. Researchers found that the therapy exposed them to more adverse side effects and was associated with increased risk of death and deprived the men of the opportunity for a cure by other methods. ADT or androgen deprivation therapy involves injecting or implanting...

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New Diagnostic Test for Prostate Cancer

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer detection, cancer research, prostate cancer

After 30 years without progress in screening methods, a new screening test has been identified for detecting prostate cancer. The only place in the southeast part of the United States offering the new technique – MRI-US image fusion technique, is the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Researchers say, “We are utilizing prostate MRI and fusing it with real time ultrasound for image-guided prostate biopsies; this can detect prostate...

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Prostate Cancer, Inflammation and Vitamin D

Posted by in alternative cancer treatments, Blog, cancer, cancer research, prostate cancer

A new study published in the journal Prostate concluded that inflammation may be the link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically the study demonstrated that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by Vitamin D, is missing in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.  The researchers wanted to determine what genes Vitamin D is turning off in prostate cancer because it was known that putting vitamin D on prostate...

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