VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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H. pylori, which is connected to some ulcers and stomach cancer, and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Peeling and chopping garlic cloves and letting them sit for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking activates enzymes and releases the sulfur compounds. Eating two to three cloves of garlic daily reduces the risk of breast, brain, lung and other cancers.


Broccoli

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale and cauliflower contain phyto-chemicals called glucosinolates, which produce protective enzymes that are released when they are eaten raw. These vegetables are most protective against cancers of the mouth, esophagus and stomach, according to clinical studies conducted by the WCRF and the AICR.


Tomatoes

That red color in a tomato comes from a phytochemical called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Studies suggest a lycopene rich diet is connected to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene protects cells from damage that could lead to cancer by boosting the immune system. AICR scientists also suspect

Research from several sources indicates vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dietary fiber can protect against a variety of cancers. Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) indicate the benefits of eating mostly foods of plant origin, such as broccoli, berries and garlic. The research showed these foods have some of the strongest links to cancer prevention. They were low in calories and fat and packed with powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce cancer risk.


Studies suggest 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures. Some of the top cancer-fighting foods include:


Fruits and Vegetables

Antioxidants such as vitamin C, lycopene and beta-carotene are found in many fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancer.


Garlic

The sulphur compounds that cause the bad odor in garlic may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair and kill cancer cells. Garlic fights bacteria, including

TOP CANCER- FIGHTING FOODS

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lycopene stops the growth of tumours by interfering with abnormal cell growth. To get the most benefit from lycopene, eat cooked or processed tomatoes, including tomato juice and pizza sauce.


Apple

An apple a day protects against liver, colon and breast cancer. The European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition study demonstrated increasing fruits and vegetables by the equivalent of one small apple a day could prevent more than 300,000 cases of cancer worldwide each year. Eat the apple skin, too: Researchers at Cornell University found triterpenoid compounds in the peels contribute to apples’ anti-cancer activity.


Whole Grains

These deliver plenty of fiber and contain other substances that may battle cancer, including lignans, which act as antioxidants, and saponins, which could keep cancer cells from multiplying. Look for bread labeled 100-percent whole wheat rather than simply wheat bread, which likely contains refined grains. For even more lignans, choose a whole wheat bread sprinkled with flax or sesame seeds. High-fiber diets protect against colon, lymphoma, breast and prostate cancer.


Fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans and legumes protect you by binding up and escorting out chemicals and hormones that promote cancer. Other cancer-fighting foods include sweet potatoes, carrots, seaweed, mushrooms, kale, grapes, grapefruit, berries, papaya, oranges, avocados, nuts and figs. Various types of teas, both green and black, help, and so do herbs and spices such as rosemary and turmeric.


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