Jan 03

Can A Natural, Drug Free Cure For Cancer Ever Exist?

Methods like chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery are used to cure cancer.

The best way to fight cancer is to put together a treatment plan that includes regular meetings with a doctor, medical procedures if needed, a better diet, some exercise and perhaps the use of natural remedies.

There is no natural miracle cure for cancer. In fact, there is no fool proof way to cure cancer.

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Jan 02

Can We Rely On Government Health Care For A Cure To Cancer

Throughout my time working for Cancer Research UK we investigated dozens of different angles on potential cures for numerous different iterations of cancer – from brain to lung etc.

Unfortunately, 99% never make it past preliminary testing but I always felt like we were close.

We do know that if a cancer is diagnosed early enough, it is sometimes possible to treat it. And that’s the drawback of any and all “cures” we have at the moment – they all rely on early diagnosis.

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Mar 13

Learning About the Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is no joke and it can become an extremely painful condition.

It is a subtype of head and neck cancer, and will often affect the tongue, the palette, and the gums.

One of my friends thought that he had oral cancer once.

He noticed that he had a toothache but decided to ignore it for a while, since he maintained that he had no time for a check up.

He spent the whole time just ignoring it until the pain became unbearable. One day, he collapsed from the pain and had to be rushed to an emergency dentist in Huddersfield (< this one).

The dentist took a look inside his mouth and discovered a very large cavity, and what seems to be a cancerous tumour growing in his mouth.

He had to be placed under anaesthesia, but further revealed that it was just some severely inflamed gum tissue.

The cavity has travelled deep into his mouth, so a root canal had to be performed.

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Even though my friend’s case was a false alarm, some symptoms such as toothaches could be an early indicator that you have oral cancer. That is why you should never ignore these signs when they present themselves.

Some of the symptoms are as follows:

1. Toothache – There are so many different causes of a toothache but one of them could be cancer. Have your dentist check it immediately to determine the cause of the toothache.

If it turns out to be just a cavity, remember that cavities can also spread and cause problems, and in very severe cases, cause blood poisoning because of infection.

2. White and red patches in the mouth — Strange patches of discolouration in the mouth could indicate abnormal cells in your mouth. Have these checked as they could sometimes become cancerous if left untreated for too long.

3. Blisters or sores — If you notice a sore or a blister inside your mouth, try treat it using sore medicines. The blisters could sometimes indicate cancer, especially if it lasts for an extended period of time. If you notice that the blister has been in your mouth for more than two weeks, have it checked by a doctor.

4. Loose teeth or changes in the oral cavity — Cancer can often dislodge or loosen teeth as the infection spreads. If you experience unprecedented changes in your teeth, you may have some kind of an infection.

5. Earaches and difficulty swallowing — While these symptoms are caused by a large variety of bacteria and diseases such as tonsillitis and the common flu, persistent earache and a painful throat could be an indicator that you have a cancer in the neck or throat.

6. Bleeding from the mouth — Blood in your mouth can be caused by a variety of factors but constant bleeding could be an indicator of cancer. Since cancer also loosens the teeth especially if it affects the gums or palette, bleeding will often accompany this symptom.

Mar 07

Being More Aware of Your Weight Can Lower Your Risk of Cancer

nurse-measuring-obese-manObesity has been linked and even cited as one of the direct causes for many diseases in the past.

We have all seen the adverts, and we have all read the scare literature.

But of course there actually is a reason for them. Obesity really is unhealthy and is one of the leading causes for people becoming sick.

Almost everyone is already aware of the fact that obesity is directly linked to diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few.

But apparently what most people are still not aware of is the fact that obesity has also been linked to and has also been said to contribute to causing some forms of cancer.

medical-complications-obesityIn fact here are some of the cancers that obesity has been linked to:

Obesity has also been linked to the cancer of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). In both men and women, a link has been discovered between cancers of the colon and rectum, esophagus, pancreas, and kidneys.

Aside from that, being obese can also raise the risk of other cancers such as cancers of the gallbladder, cervix, ovaries, liver, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In women who are past menopause, a link has been seen between them being overweight and the incidence of breast cancer.

It is also said to raise the risk for developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

In accordance with this, the NHS has been feeling the pressure to increase the effort to promote public fitness in order to help bring down the nation’s burgeoning waistlines.

But with the financial strain of a budget to follow and the limitations that come along with it, the NHS will have to find alternate ways to further promote public fitness as well as health and exercise to the public.

The government is trying to tackle this problem, that is without a doubt, but with such financial constraint it is surely difficult to make a big splash and leave a lasting statement.

One thing the government can do in order to make a difference is to install some keep-fit apparatus outside in public areas and parks.

outdoor-gym-equipment-parkThere are outdoor gym equipment suppliers that can provide the government with just about everything they need in order to equip a park and make it suitable for the public’s use.

The equipment would then be free for the public to use, which would encourage people to not only exercise, but to actually get out of their homes and visit the parks for once.

A public outdoor gym would be very useful for those who want to become fit but cannot afford a gym membership and/or do not want to walk or run outside for their own reasons.

This of course is only one of the ways in which the government can encourage public fitness and exercise. Surely there are many other programs and projects that can also help in this matter.

Feb 23

Watch Out For These Frequent Signs of Cancer in Pets

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There is nothing more dreaded than the “C” word, regardless of whether it is in humans or animals.

But cancer when caught at the early stages can still be beaten, so if your cat or dog isn’t at 100%, knowing the signs of cancer in animals can very well save your beloved pet’s life.

Before we get started on the signs, here first are the most common kinds of cancer in pets that you should watch out for.

In older dogs the most common cancers tend to be cancer of the lymph nodes, skin cancer, breast cancer and soft tissue sarcomas. Certain breeds (if your dog or cat is purebred) can be more at risk for certain types of cancer so do your due diligence.

The signs of cancer in animals is similar to those in humans. One sign is that you may notice your dog/cat is depressed or lethargic (in general not acting like itself).

If your pet is losing weight suddenly, mention it to the vet on your next visit regardless of whether it is accompanied by other signs from this list or not.

dog-eating-foodAnother sign is if your pet formerly had a robust appetite and they suddenly lose their appetite (provided you did not make any dietary changes).

If you see some lumps and bumps (that won’t go away or are getting bigger) under your pet’s skin take your pet to the vet for a biopsy.

Only a vet can tell you if it’s cancerous or not.

It’s normal for your pet to get stinky once in a while, but if there is an abnormal smell coming from one of your pet’s orifices or even any part of their body, it’s time to seek a medical opinion.

Wounds that do not heal are usually a sign of some kind of a disease.

Take your pet to the vet if they have a non-healing wound—if it’s not cancer it may be some other serious infection or disease. Along with this, abnormal discharge should be addressed immediately.

This includes blood, diarrhoea and vomiting, pus or any other unusual substance coming from your pet’s body.

Also note if your dog/cat’s stomach becomes distended or bloated looking, take them to the vet as this may be the discharge accumulating.

If your pet is coughing or having difficulty breathing, mention this to your vet.

Also don’t forget to inform the vet if there are any changes in your cat/dog’s bathroom habits (difficulty going, frequent going, blood in waste) as these can point to something serious.

Most importantly, if your pet seems to be in visible pain without any injury, this can be a big sign that they have the big C.

But what do you do if you come back from the vet with bad news?

Start doing what you can to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Make them as comfortable as possible.

Spoil them a little with quality pet food.

Take them on walks, play with them more.

Most important is you spend time with them and make their remaining time as comfortable as possible.

Feb 21

The Important Role Of A Macmillan Nurse In Cancer Treatment

Cancer is never an easy thing—in fact it’s one of the hardest things in life that anyone might ever have to deal with.

But at least when you have cancer you are never alone.

You’ll have friends and family rallying behind you and supporting you.

But beyond that, there are Macmillan nurses who will ensure you get amazing care and support.

What exactly are Macmillan nurses?

Macmillan nurses are nurses who do not do routine tasks. They do not do rounds to give medicine, change wound dressings or take care of a patient’s personal hygiene, although they still might have first aid kits with them just in case (kits which include things such as sterile bandages, plasters, wound dressings, adhesive tape, sterile cleansing wipes, gloves, burn gel and so on).

So you won’t exactly find them doing ‘regular’ nurse tasks.

Rather they specialise in caring for those with cancer, and those with cancer alone.

Macmillan nurses have cancer expertise and they can offer guidance to those who are directly caring for patients (other nurses in hospital or carers/caregivers at home).

They often start caring for a patient from diagnosis onwards. They however are different from Marie Curie nurses, so don’t get the two confused.

Macmillan nurses are quite important and are actually invaluable to patients who have cancer because they provide support in so many ways.

Emotional Support Is Paramount

Not only do they guide those who care for the patient, but they also make sure to provide emotional support.

Emotional support after all is half the battle for the patient and the carers alike.

Without it, the battle against cancer can be lost since it is so taxing and some people might lose their motivation to fight if they are emotionally vulnerable.

Macmillan nurses also provide information to the patient as well as the family, friends and carers of the patient—all important information including what they should know about their cancer as well as the treatment along with its side effects and so on.

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Basically they arm you with knowledge enough to help you battle the big C, also guiding you so that you know what to expect and what to do when it happens.

They also help to coordinate between a patient’s hospital care and their home care.

They can give advice to the patient’s primary carers/caregivers and give care themselves whether it is an in patient situation or an outpatient situation.

They can also provide care at home or at a local clinic or facility, along with providing guidance for all the other carers of the patient.

Another important and perhaps good thing they do is to give advice on all the other aspects of cancer.

Not a lot of people really talk about what goes on behind a fight against cancer, but the truth is it can be very financially draining. Macmillan nurses can also give advice on the matter.

Suffice to say, Macmillan nurses make something insanely difficult somewhat easier to face.

Jan 05

Will 2014 Be The Year We Cure Cancer?

We’ve already discussed what the government are doing about cancer and what natural treatments there are if any, but what about new developments that we can look forward to in 2014?

Will 2014 Be The Year We Cure Cancer?

In short, my prediction is that the miracle cure all are desperate for is not gonna happen this year – my personal belief is that it’s at least 5 – 10 years away.

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It’s impossible to express through any amount of words the severity and dangers of cancer, be it lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, or any other part of the body.

Every year, thousands of people die because of cancer in various organs in the body. Medical science is pushing forward every day with new treatments and new solutions for those people who have to live with this terrible disease.

There has been no cure for cancer yet, but the future is looking brighter than ever and today’s treatments are proven more effective than ever before.

One of the biggest problems associated with treating cancer is detecting the cancer at an appropriate time. You ideally want to spot cancer as early as possible, but it is very difficult to spot during the early stages, especially if you don’t go in for regular checks – there just aren’t enough symptoms early on.

Unfortunately, the longer it takes to discover the cancer, the harder it becomes to treat and the less likely you are to survive the experience. That’s why regular exams are such an important thing, especially if you have a history of any kind of cancer in the family.

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Lung cancer continues to kill more people across the world than other type of cancer at the moment. Lung cancer can come from a lot of different sources, whether it’s hereditary, smoking, or unfavorable living conditions.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for a huge portion of the deaths that occur every year from lung cancer. Maybe as people find a way to move beyond smoking and beat their addiction, the number of patients who suffer from lung cancer will decrease.

Until then, it’s up to medical science to figure out how to detect cancer in these patients, how to treat that cancer, and how to keep the patient alive and living the life they want to live.

The particular treatment that any patient will undergo is different depending on where the cancer is and when the cancer was detected.

As stated, cancer detected earlier can be treated differently than cancer that has already progressed into advanced stages. A “stage” of cancer is actually referring to the cancer cells and how far they have spread into a particular organ.

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Various tests have been created for detecting cancer at various stages in the lungs, breast, colon, and prostate. If lung cancer isn’t detected until after it has moved into the advanced stages, then it becomes very difficult to treat and the chance for survival is very low.

If someone in your family has a history with lung cancer, then you should speak to your doctor about scheduling regular exams.

More On Stages of Cancer from eHow

Surgery is often viewed as the best solution for cancer, even now in 2014 with more advanced treatment options available. The best treatment really depends on the patient and the condition.

In most cases, the treatment will involve a combination of various therapies as well as surgery. You can expect radiation therapy and chemotherapy because they are both shown to increase the chances of surviving cancer.

New methods are being researched and discovered every day. Maybe tomorrow will have an ever better treatment option and maybe the next day we’ll have a cure.

Until then, the best route of action is protecting yourself from developing cancer and detecting it early if you do.