Cancer & Caring for Yourself

During your cancer treatment it is important to look after yourself.

Try to maintain a healthy diet.  This will help to reduce side effects, maintain your weight and lower the risk of infection.  Try to stick to wholegrains, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and always wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly.  Drink water regularly to maintain hydration and avoid processed foods as much as possible.

Exercise regularly. Exercise will boost your mood and keep up your strength.  Try …

No recurrence of breast cancer in patients treated with new radiation techniques in northern NSW

A combination of three radiation techniques pioneered by Northern NSW Local Health District has seen encouraging results. The study of 155 breast cancer patients treated with these techniques has found that not one had a recurrence over five years. It also reported fewer side effects from the treatment.

The three techniques comprised:

Positioning of the patients face down for radiotherapyThe use of high intensity modulated radiation therapyHypofractionation – treating the patients daily across three to four week…

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies of breast cancer at 57

Kelly Preston tragically lost her two-year battle with breast cancer after undergoing medical treatment for some time. Kelly spent part of her childhood in Australia and attended Pembroke School in Adelaide. It  was here that she launched her show business career at 16 and went on to have many acting roles, notably her most famous films Twins and Jerry Maguire.

Kelly and John Travolta were married for almost 29 years after meeting on a movie set.  Their family had already been struck …

Vitamin D could help mitigate chemotherapy side effects

Vitamin D has been widely shown to have a host of anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory effects in the intestine, as well as anticancer properties and therefore, may reduce severity of gastrointestinal mucositis, a side effect of chemotherapy.

Following a new study reviewing new therapeutic strategies for combatting gastrointestinal toxicity in chemotherapy, Vitamin D and probiotics were the most promising. The paper published in Supportive and Palliative Care, shows promise for cancer patients that Vitamin D could prove to be the key hormone to alleviate …

Inactive lifestyles increase risk of cancer

In a recent 5-year study of over 8000 adults, it was found that the more inactive a person is, the higher the risk of cancer mortality. Replacing this time with light, moderate or vigorous physical activity is associated with reduced cancer mortality.

In the study, participants were fitted with a tracking device to gain objective data about their movements over 7 days. No participants had cancer at the start of the study but when it ended 5 years later, 268 participants had …

Evidence supports lowering bowel cancer screening age

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer with 108 people dying every week. 

Researchers from a Gold Coast Hospital study, published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery, have found that bowel cancer rates in the under 50’s is on the increase with over 1500 cases ocurring every year.

Associate Professor Graham Newstead has suggested that lowering the age on bowel cancer screening to 45 could be the way forward, along with improved symptom awareness among patients and GP’s. In …

‘Really struggling’: Covid-19 puts Australian charities at risk when needed most

Many charities have been hit hard by the pandemic with donations and volunteering plummeting whilst demand for their services is increasing. Many have been unable to carry out their face to face support and much needed fundraising events.

There is also the question of how many charities will be able to survive after the JobKeeper safety net is removed. A wealth management firm has predicted that total giving with fall by 7% this year and a further 12% in 2021. For those …

Breakthrough with cancer vaccine

Following successful pre-clinical trials, the Mater Research team, in collaboration with the University Of Queensland are ready to trial a new cancer vaccine in humans.

This is a major breakthrough in cancer vaccinations offering several key advantages over existing vaccines, with the potential to treat a variety of blood cancers and malignancies.

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Breast cancer care another casualty of COVID-19

A troubling side effect to COVID restrictions and lockdown has emerged in breast cancer care. There have been fewer doctor’s appointments, reduced and delayed screening, and a reduction in surgical procedures. Not only has there been a delay in breast examinations, but much needed preventative treatment such as chemotherapy. 

Early detection and intervention reduce the risk of the cancer progressing. Women are being encouraged to talk to their General Practitioner about their individual risk and resume their regular breast screening. …

When Someone Says, “I Have Cancer”

Being told someone you care about has cancer can personally be a very traumatic experience. Not knowing what to say in those circumstances can often leave you feeling confused and awkward. Difficult conversations can be eased when you are more equipped with how to deal with them and know the right approach to take. 

It is important to take a moment to think before you speak, it is vital in those situations for you to be able to demonstrate EMPATHY to that person.   Understanding …

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