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Reflexology as the leading touch therapy in cancer
04/04/2017
Grounding beneficial effect
02/02/2017
Probiotics improves immunotherapy
01/02/2017
Soy might reduce breast cancer risk for recurrence
31/01/2017
Acupuncture and arthralgia due to aromatase inhibi
30/01/2017
Acupuncture helpful in cancer related fatigue
27/01/2017
Additive homeopathic treatment in cancer
05/07/2016
Stress reduction- Does it affect survival?
01/07/2016
Exceptional patients- updated link
29/06/2016
Acupuncture in cancer care
31/05/2016
Stress reduction can affect genes
31/05/2016
Acupuncture in cancer related pain
30/04/2016
Fish oil and breast cancer
31/03/2016
Fatigue affected by Biofield Healing
29/02/2016
Fasting and chemotherapy
12/11/2015
Meat consumption and breast cancer risk
15/09/2015
The evolving field of integrative oncology
02/06/2015
Do cancer survivors use CAM?
30/05/2015
Ginger might have a role in Colon Cancer
28/05/2015
Acupuncture is helpful with hot flushe in patients
06/05/2015
Chemobrain and complementary therapies
01/04/2015
The Value of Presence
01/04/2015
Homeopathic remedies affect breast cancer cells
04/03/2015
Fish oil may prevent weight loss during cancer tx
04/03/2015
Integrative Medicine in cancer care
02/06/2014
Lack of sleep and breast cancer
27/05/2014
Soy might reduce lung cancer risk
18/04/2014
Hot flushes relieved with magnesium
01/01/2014
Integrating Dietary Supplements into Cancer Care
24/12/2013
Social isolation can affect mortality
21/06/2013
Nutrition and reducing risk of death
08/05/2013
Social environment can affect survival
07/05/2013
Nutrition and reduced risk of breast cancer
03/01/2013
Stress reduction affect genes
02/01/2013
Exercise can reduce prostate cancer death
30/11/2012
Protective effects of control beliefs
30/11/2012
Does diet affect colorectal cancer?
06/11/2012
Ginseng eases cancer related fatigue
20/07/2012
Selenium and prostate cancer
15/06/2012
Additional studies show effect of homeopathy on ca
05/06/2012
Guidelines for nutrition - physical activity 2012
15/04/2012
Mindfulness and stress in cancer
08/03/2012
The Benefit of Exercise
20/01/2012
Massage in cancer care
15/01/2012
Mindfulness and stress reduction in breast cancer
19/11/2011
Stress and cancer progression
28/09/2011
Qigong, cognitive function and quality of life
29/08/2011
Phone consultation is helpful in managing symptoms
24/04/2011
Rye and breast cancer
21/04/2011
Mindfulness in cancer care
13/04/2011
Omega-3 Formulation Has Antineoplastic Activity
31/03/2011
Long term effects of acupuncture on hot flushes
07/01/2011
Guidelines for Integrative Oncology
28/07/2010
Is sugar and soft drinks good for you?
25/07/2010
Broccoli and bladder cancer
17/07/2010
Nutrition in the prevention of colorectal cancer
15/07/2010
Managing Radiation Therapy Side effects
Mind-Body and Soul - Achieving Balance

The importance of the role of the mind, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors in health and well-being is central to many traditional ancient health systems as well as recent scientific studies.

What we think, feel, and believe in can influence our health and healing and is well known among the general population. In recent years, there is an increased number of scientific research that supports this statement. This influence can be positive or negative.

Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can cause additional suffering , weakened adherence to perscribed treatments as well as threaten a patient’s return to health. Extensive research has documented that mind body interventions can help address these problems.

Another issue that is commonly encountered by people touched by cancer and their families is high stress levels. In addition to the fact that stress is induced by the disease and its treatments, many cancer patients believe that stress plays a role in the cause and progression of their disease. Even though, this belief remains controversial, there is substantial evidence showing the negative health consequences of sustained stress on health and well-being. Chronic stress plays a role in disease progression and there are clues that it may contribute to overall mortality.

A review study published in the reputable Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals the strong link between stress and cancer progression. Whereas evidence for the role of psychosocial factors in cancer initiation has been equivocal, support continues to grow for links between psychological factors such as stress, depression, and  social isolation and progression of cancer. In vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies show that stress related  processes can impact pathways implicated in cancer progression, including immunoregulation, angiogenesis, and invasion.   More in this link

Decreasing distress and maintaining the functional integrity of the immune system and other physiologic systems are therefore extremely important in helping patients adjust to cancer treatment, recovery, treatment complications, and possibly metastatic growth. Utilizing various stress reduction techniques that are individualized to each person can be an essential tool that patient can use to address this issue.


Psychologic Stress and Cancer- NCI FactSheet

How to make stress your friend


Placebo- Nocebo


Important article on the value of mind body medicine in cancer care is included in the following link.

Some of the approaches that can address these issues include:

Soft Belly Meditation

(open the above link)

4-7-8 Breathing Exercise


The key to this exercise is to remember the numbers 4, 7 and 8. It’s not important to focus on how much time you spend in each phase of the breathing activity, but rather that you get the ratio correct.

Here’s how it’s done:

Sit up straight
Place the tip of your tongue up against the back of your front teeth. Keep it there through the entire breathing process
Breathe in silently through your nose to the count of four
Hold your breath to the count of seven
Exhale through your mouth to the count of eight, making an audible “woosh” sound
That completes one full breath. Repeat the cycle another three times, for a total of four breaths
You can do this exercise as frequently as you want throughout the day, but it’s recommended you don’t do more than four full breaths during the first month or so of practice. Later you may work your way up to eight full breath cycles at a time.

The benefits of this simple practice are enormous and work as a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system.

MIND BODY MEDICINE-  The Samuelli Link

 

 
 

 

Mindfulness in cancer care
 
Humor
Laughter really can be the best medicine. Laughter and humor can and does enhance our overall well-being. Humor is the ability to find joy and amusement in life, while laughter is the body’s way of expressing what is found humorous. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. Humor and laughter are a state of the mind, body and soul. They can encourage a positive and hopeful attitude, give a sense of perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. As Bill Cosby says, "If you can laugh at it, you can survive it".
Open this link to Humor and Laughter
 
Stress Reduction

Stress occurs when a demand is placed upon your body and mind that exceeds your coping abilities. A demand can range from actual physical danger to the excitement of buying a home. Even day-to-day living can lead to stressful situations, such a disagreement with a loved one or the commute home. Stress is a response which includes both physical and mental components.
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Optimism
   Open this link to Optimism 

Another important link relates to Positive Pschology:
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. 
Journaling

When facing a serious illness, people often find it difficult to express their feelings to others. Journaling provides a safe and private way for you to express these difficult feelings. Journaling, or keeping a diary is the personal record of your thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences, reflections and memories put into written words. Writing in a journal is an effective way to handle the emotions caused by the cancer experience.
Open this link to Journaling

 
Social support

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A hand to hold

 
Helping others and giving

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Giving is another way to help yourself... 
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Sex
 
Vulnerability
 
Meaning of life
 
Using all your senses

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