Visualization Guided Imagery and Cancer Research

Posted by in Blog, cancer, visualization

In 1999, Walker et al studied the influence of visualization and relaxation on cancer patients receiving chemotherapy to see if they would improve the quality of life and the treatment responses. Ninety-six women with newly diagnosed advanced breast cancer took part in a prospective, randomized controlled trial where they were randomly placed in a control group (standard care) or experimental group (standard care plus relaxation training and...

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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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Are people who feel gratitude more satisfied in life?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, gratitude, optimism, spirituality and gratitude

A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences concluded that people who are materialistic tend to be depressed and unsatisfied, in part because they find it harder to feel gratitude for what they have. They say materialism tends to be “me-centered” and focuses upon what one does not have and impairs the ability to be grateful for what one does have. On the other hand, gratitude is a positive mood and about helping...

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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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Is there an Association between High Cholesterol and Breast Cancer?

Posted by in Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer research, cancer risk

In a study presented recently at the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science meeting in Spain researchers concluded that there ia an association between high blood cholesterol and breast cancer based upon results of  a study over a 14 year period in the United Kingdom.  This retrospective study included more than 1 million people across the UK from 2000 to 2014. From a sample of 664,159 women 22,938 had hyperlipidaemia and 9,312 had breast cancer....

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Can Breast Cancer Formation be prevented without Chemotherapy, Surgery and Radiation?

Posted by in Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer prevention

A new study published in Science Translational Medicine concluded that a novel breast cancer therapy that partially reverses the cancerous state in cultured breast tumor cells and prevents cancer development in mice, could one day provide a new way to treat early stage s of the disease without surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. This involves from a sophisticated effort to reverse-engineer gene networks to identify genes that drive cancer and...

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New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Combines Virotherapy and Immunotherapy

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

Recent research reported by Science Digest concluded that a new treatment for pancreatic cancer that combines two different approaches, virotherapy and immunotherapy, is showing great promise. Researchers studied whether treatment for pancreatic cancer would be improved by combining the Vaccinia oncolytic virus, a virus selectively modified to infect and kill cancer cells, with a gene that modifies the bodies immune system,  Although lab...

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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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Is Smoking Associated with an Increased Risk of Developing a Second Smoking-Related Cancer?

Posted by in all cancers, Blog, cancer, cancer risk, cancer survivors

A new study published in the J of Clinical Oncology that analyzed five large prospective cohort studies reported that lung cancer (stage 1) bladder, kidney., and head and neck cancer survivors who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day prior to their cancer diagnosis have an up to five-fold higher risk of developing a second smoking-related cancer when compared to survivors of the same cancer who never smoked. This association of smoking and 2nd...

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Can Chili Peppers Slow the Growth of Lung Cancer Cells?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, lung cancer, natural cancer treatments

Researchers presenting at the American Institute for Cancer Research Annual Research Conference concluded that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their heat, drive the death of lung cancer cells and slows tumor growth in mice. Researchers said “Our studies have found that by giving the mice capsaicin in their food every day we are able to suppress lung tumors in mice models.” They further said “We knew other lab studies had found...

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Can Molecule Imaging Improve Bladder Cancer Detection?

Posted by in bladder cancer, Blog, cancer, cancer detection

New research published in Science Translational Medicine reported the development of a new strategy that they say could detect bladder cancer with more accuracy and sensitivity than standard endoscopy methods.  They identified a protein known as CD47 as a molecular imaging target to distinguish bladder cancer from benign tissue. Researchers said “Our motivation is to improve diagnosis of bladder cancer that can better differentiate cancer from...

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Can a Protein be Used to Treat Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

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

A recent study published in Cell Death and Differentiation concluded that a protein that could prevent metastasis and recurrence of breast cancer has been identified. The absence of receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and Her2 in triple-negative breast cancer makes hormone therapies unsuccessful. Because of this lack of therapies,  the researchers examined a family of protein kinase enzymes, specifically, atypical protein kinase c lambda/iota...

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