Tag Archives: alternative therapies

Feeling better, getting worse

Things have gone more than a bit pear-shaped of late, on the cancer front at least. What were just small possible liver mets on a 22 Jan 2014 scan have rather taken off and are now causing my platelet count to drop, as well as my liver function. Last week I was switched from Letrozole …

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Sleep – I remember it well

One thing that I have struggled with over the last few months is the inability to sleep, or sleeping about 12 hours a day. Both problems come in cycles, with weeks of sleeping about 6 hours a day, or sleeping for about 12 hours. Both can be a problem. With sleeping about 6 hours, note …

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Mindfulness and Me

I don’t think that I have ever really written about the trial that I took part in which was to see how Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques could help those with Metastatic Breast Cancer deal with their diagnosis and the emotions and depression that frequently accompanies such a diagnosis. Although studies have been done …

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Treating the patient, not just the disease

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10464/3-reasons-mainstream-medicine-is-failing-you-what-to-do-about-it.html#comments I have just come across this in a daily newsletter I receive and it raises several important points. 1. Why do doctors not treat each patient as an individual, rather than as a walking disease? One medicine does not fit all. 2. Why are supplements and alternative treatments disregarded so much of the time, …

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Personalised Medicine

The promise of a treatment regime which is tailored to your exact cancer genotype and allowing the patient to have the drugs that will work best for them and their cancer type has been on the horizon for, well for those of us with Metastatic Cancer, almost a life time. It is always just around …

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Treatment moved on to Denosumab (AKA Xgeva)

I had my first dose of Denosumab (AKA Xgeva) early in May and everything seemed to be fine. I can’t tell you what a relief it is not to have to have a cannula put in every 4 weeks and then hooked up for the Zoledronic Acid (AKA Zometa, Zoledronate). Now instead of spending an …

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Choosing your treatments

I have now lived with Metastatic Breast Cancer for 5 years and 5 months. The hospital initially told me that I had six months, possibly a year and that my only treatment would be palliative and to try and slow the beast’s path of destruction. So here I am 65 months later. Each of us …

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Why are so many against Integrated Medicine?

http://healing.naturalnews.com/ All but one of the contributors to this series of talks is a M.D. so why do people not listen to what they have to say first and then make up their own minds. This series is running this week only (week beginning 20 May 2013), it is free (only on the day of …

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May is cancer research month

But where does all the money go? It certainly doesn’t get spent on trying to find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer. As with all metastatic cancers only a tiny percentage of the money goes to research the cancer once it has spread. In the case of breast cancer that is about 3%; and no, …

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Meditation is also an Advocacy Challenge

I have been doing Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge which is just coming to an end.  I freely admit that I am a few days behind because I just haven’t got around to it some days.  Sometimes this is because of fatigue and others I have just forgotten about it if I didn’t have the …

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