After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges. In Cancer Hacks, Goodman has put together a comprehensive plan designed to offer some common-sense, natural and holistic advice to deal with the fear and uncertainty so many people face when confronted by this terrible disease. The various “hacks” described in the book are intended to help those dealing with cancer, or those whose loved ones may be facing the battle. Her suggestions are practical and easily incorporated into day-to-day living. Also included is a 7-day cleanse regimen for those looking to reset their bodies and refocus their energies on a fuller and healthier lifestyle.
Ms. Caldwell, 39, has Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her brain, liver and bones. A year after her diagnosis, her mother was diagnosed with Stage 2a triple negative breast cancer. Their cancers aren’t related, nor are they linked by known genetic mutations. Read their story HERE.
A new study suggests that risk reduction for breast cancer may be an added benefit of the Mediterranean diet. "They underline that prevention may be the single best way to fight breast cancer, and diet is a central element of that strategy."
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A study focuses on the psychosocial effects and emotional health of daughters. 'In clinic, we see patients, mothers with breast cancer or mothers at genetic or familial risk for breast cancer, who worry what impact their cancer diagnosis or risk has on their daughters. It's one of the most common things mothers ask about.'
"The British Medical Journal has published a large analysis demonstrating that, in recent years, stage still matters in terms of how long women are likely to live after a breast cancer diagnosis. The population-based study involved nearly 174,000 Dutch women.
The findings run counter to a press-popular view that early breast cancer detection has little value in the modern oncology era."
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What if I decide to just do nothing?
This article and companion video take a look into the decision to wait, and give an overview of new options considered both measured and radical, depending on who you ask.
"As with all the hardest decisions we have to make about our health, it comes down to the impossible calculus of what level of uncertainty can I live with?"
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time for learning. A time for community. A time for action. A time to learn your normal and know your risk. A time to remember. 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, with 40,290 breast cancer deaths. Knowledge is power, and The Peony Project arms women and families with education in order to touch their lives and fight women's cancers.
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Members of the Peony Project gathered on Wednesday April 29th for a conversation with Dr. Anna Wu, cancer epidemiologist, researcher, Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, USC, and co-head of the Cancer Control Research Program at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gathering consisted of daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends, all interested in healthy living and cancer prevention. Dr. Wu presented the latest research on dietary intake of soy foods and green tea in relation to cancer prevention and treatment.
Dr. Wu Recommends
The End of Illness
"In this brilliant book, David Argus introduces a whole new way of looking at illness and health. Taking a cue from physics, he views the body as a complex system and helps us see how everything from cancer to nutrition fits into one whole picture. The result is both a useful guide on how to stay healthy and a fascinating analysis of the latest in medical science."
-Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
"Dr. David Agus has given us a remarkable peek into our health- and the impact will be profound. I've made it my mission in life to live strong and help others do the same. The End of Illness is one more empowering piece to the puzzle of knowing how to do just that. This book will prevent illness, revolutionize treatments, and lengthen people's lives. A tour de force in its delivery and message."
-Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour de France winner and Founder of LIVESTRONG