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Nutrition

Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., Radiation while destroying cancer cells also damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus.. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. . Some supplements build up the immune system (anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.

Emotional Support

Diagnosis of cancer has its effects on the patient emotionally and physically.It is very important to keep the spirits of patient high at the time of diagnosis,treatment and post therapy.

It is very important to have cancer support groups to keep oneself updated about various supportive therapies and experience sharing. Talking to cancer survivors and sharing their experience immensely help the patients to maintain their morale during and post therapy.

Constant Support from the family members and relatives is very important during the recovery period.regular interaction with oncology team is essential to keep the patient updated regarding the upcoming therapies and the possible side effects and better ways to deal with them.

Psychologist support should be taken as and when needed since the diagnosis of cancer can have devastating effect on patients morale.regular counselling helps patient to cope up with the treatment more effectively

Excercise and Rehabilitation

Regular exercise which can be modified to the patients requirements is very essential during and post therapy to maintain patient strength and immunity.Simple stretching and yoga will be helpful to preserve patients organ functioning effectively post surgery and radiation. Physiotherapy should be continued for a prescribed period of time as suggested by the therapist post surgery.

Healthy living with regular walking and maintaining adequate body weight is essential to have healthier and normal life post treatment.

Head and neck cancer patients must adapt to changes in facial structure and dysfunctions associated with breathing, eating, sensing, and movement following treatment.Reconstruction surgeries along with physiotherapy will help the patients cope up with the challenges.

Regular physiotherapy and exercise will prevent arm oedema in breast cancer patients post surgery.

Palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care: provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms; affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; intends neither to hasten or postpone death; integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care; offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death; offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement; uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated; will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness; is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

Cosmetic care

Skin Care

radiation and chemotherapy introduce the additional challenge to the patients appearance when they are faced with loss of hair and dry skin. For cancer patients, caring for skin is especially key, since treatment can leave it dry, reddened, or with a new gray or yellow cast.

Soothing face washes are recommended, and moisturizing your face twice a day can help fight dryness, soothe irritation and keep it healthy. Avoid long, hot showers or baths.Use gentle, fragrance-free soaps and laundry detergent.Use moisturizers, preferably creams or ointments rather than lotions because the thicker consistency is better at preventing skin dehydration.Apply the cream or ointment within 15 minutes of showering. Reapply moisturizer at night and moisturize your hands regularly

Some chemotherapy drugs make skin more susceptible to sunburn. Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30, and make sure that it

protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Eyebrow kits including brushes, powder, wax and nonstick stencils — can help overcome hair loss and restore the appearance of your face. If you experience one particular side effect of chemotherapy drugs, darkened fingernails, choose a nail polish to cover them.

Hair Care During Chemotherapy

Many of the drugs work by attacking the rapidly dividing cells in the body, including cancer cells and normal cells. Because hair follicles divide fast, they are also susceptible.once a person takes steps such as wearing a wig or cap to feel more attractive, self-esteem may improve. cut your hair short. It eases the inconvenience of shedding lots of hair, but it also can reduce the emotional impact of watching your hair fall out.

It is not recommended to color your hair during chemotherapy since the chemicals can enhance loss of hair. Once the chemo treatments are done the hair will grow backWith chemotherapy, hair loss is almost always temporary. But when it grows back, it may be a different color or texture. In older adults who still had hair color before chemotherapy, the new growth may be completely gray.

Nail Care During Chemotherapy

During chemotherapy, nails become brittle and dry and may develop lines and ridges. Nails can also darken with certain chemo drugs.The effects are temporary, but can last for months.Certain chemo drugs called taxanes, which are frequently used to treat breast, prostate, and lung cancer, are commonly associated with nail problems. The nail can actually separate from its bed,. To minimize the effect of taxanes on their nails and the flow of blood to their hands and feet, some patients cool their hands and feet with special cooling gloves during the infusion of the drugs.

Any nail inflammation that becomes open or produces discharge should be a warning sign. It could be infected and should be treated with antibiotics.For home care, patients with signs of infection in separated nails can soak their fingers or toes in a solution of white vinegar and water for 15 minutes every night. It kills the bacteria and dries the areas out.

Holistic approach

Meditation

A five year study conducted by Harvard scientists revealed that meditation affects DNA and brain activity. According to John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School who was leading the study,There is a true biological effect. The kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.

His research concluded that these mind and body techniques could have such power to switch on and off genes linked to stress and immune function. People practise meditation to help their minds and bodies become calm and relaxed. Regular meditation can give clarity, insight, and peace of mind, which may improve your wellbeing and health.

The trials have shown that meditation can help to reduce anxiety, depression, tiredness, stress, chronic pain and sleep problems. It can also help to lower blood pressure and boost immunity .In June 2005 a review looked at the research evidence about using meditation in cancer care. The reviewers found that when practiced alongside cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, mindfulness meditation may help people with cancer to feel more positive and optimistic

Visualisation
In visualisation you create specific images in your mind. You focus your imagination to create pictures or images for a specific reason, such as to relieve symptoms of cancer or help yourself relax.

Pranic Healing

Cancer could be physical, etheric, emotional or karmic in origin or a combination of them. Negative emotions such as anger, resentment, or hatred overactive the Solar Plexus chakra. The overactived Solar Plexus chakra in turns activates the Meng Mein and Basic Chakras. This is in the long run may manifest as cancer. ~ GMCKS, Advanced Pranic Healing

Here are a few tips on helping the body heal from Cancer.Each step is equally important.

  • -Avoid wearing any crystals while cancer is present in the body. These crystals, whether in the form of jewelry or in the home, should be wrapped in silk and placed away until the body is completed healed. 1
  • -Proper Diet: Avoid eating pork, catfish and eel. These foods are energetically dirty and should be avoided at this time. Having a proper diet will help accelerate the healing process. If possible become vegetarian and avoid foods that create heat in the body.
  • -Proper Emotion: Avoid long-standing anger, resentment and hatred. Forgiveness, peace, joy, warmth, love, kindness should all be encouraged. Regularly practicing Meditation on Twin Hearts can assist with this. This meditation flushes out dirty emotional energy and produces inner peace, harmony and happiness when practiced regularly.
  • -Drink a high quality Rose Oil. This oil has cleansing effects on the body. It transmutes dirty energy. This allows life force to flow smoothly through the meridians and chakras helping the body to normalize itself. Due to the pink prana present in Rose Oil it also encourages emotions of love, joy, forgiveness. The Rose Oil must be of a high grade. Put 1 drop of rose oil in 1 L of water.
  • -Practice Forgiveness. This has a powerful healing effect on the body. It is important to forgive all those who have hurt you, and anyone you may have hurt. Online Forgiveness Meditation
  • -Neutralize the negative Karma. Find an organization that you would like to donate and/or volunteer at regularly. Talk to your Pranic Healer about how doing service can neutralize negative karma and improve the quality of one’s life. -Receive proper medical and proper Pranic Healing treatment.

Sudarshan Kriya

  • Sudarshan Kriya® and its accompanying practices (SK&P) are time-honored stress management/health promotion techniques whose health benefits are being validated by modern medical science.
  • Independent research has shown that SK&P significantly:
  • Reduce levels of stress (reduce cortisol – the “stress” hormone)
  • Support the immune system
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Relieve anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe)
  • Increase anti-oxidant protection
  • Enhance brain function (increased mental focus, calmness and recovery from stressful stimuli) Enhance well-being and peace of mind
  • These simple, yet powerful breathing practices have a unique advantage over many other forms of treatment: they are free from unwanted side-effects, can cut health care costs, and are easy to learn and practice in daily life.
  • The Art of Living International Research and Health Promotion Center aims to promote timely and scholarly investigation of the SK&P as they relate to physical, social, and emotional well-being.Ongoing studies at AIIMS suggest that these processes help cancer patients also. It also helps in controlling the urge to consume tobacco."