Tag: cancer

The cancer industrial complex; The hype vs. the facts.

The cancer industrial complex; The hype vs. the facts. Being told you have cancer by your physician is one of the scariest things a person can hear. Images of tests, surgeries, and treatments that will make you feel ill and lose your hair go through your head.   Will you survive this and will cancer go into remission allowing you to live a normal life.   Will your insurance allow you to see the best healthcare providers and cover the cost? Then there is the periodic testing and monitoring for years after to make sure cancer does not return. What about alternatives Read More »

What are Cruciferous vegetables and can they prevent or fight cancer?

What are Cruciferous vegetables and can they prevent or fight cancer? Broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale and arugula are known as Cruciferous vegetables. They are  fiber rich, low in calories and full of  nutrients such as vitamins C, E and K, folate and minerals. Animal studies have confirmed that these vegetables protect DNA and reduce inflammation, a major cause of disease in animals.   According to a recent article in the NY Times. The act of cooking, chopping and other food prep methods unlock biologically active compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. These substances in animals reduce the risk of cancers of the Read More »

Obesity increases cancer risk according to the NY Times.

Obesity increases cancer risk according to the NY Times. More younger American’s are overweight resulting in future costly health problems.  True, many children do not get the same level of activity many adults once had.  This may be partially due to how we bring up our children, what we allow them to eat and how we use food as a method to keep them busy when they are very young. Snacking habits are part of the problem in the USA, since many of the snacks our children have eaten have poor nutritional value. When these habits visit countries like Brazil, Read More »

Do cancer screenings prevent cancer or can they cause other problems? Check out this recent NY Times article.

Do cancer screenings prevent cancer or can they cause other problems?  Check out this recent NY Times article. Years ago, the American Cancer Society used most of their resources to teach us that early self-diagnosis is the best way to prevent cancer.   Years later, the data collected over years of patients visiting their doctors either for screenings or by self-screening led to harmful interventions, unnecessary tests, and in some cases, treatment for a disease that wasn’t. For years, we have been led to believe that annual mammograms, colonoscopies past a certain age, and prostate evaluations and treatment were helpful in Read More »

A new cancer drug uses precision medicine to cure almost everyone who took it; is an affordable cure almost here?

A new cancer drug uses precision medicine to cure almost everyone who took it; is an affordable cure almost here? There has been a lot of buzz lately about the use of precision medicine in the treatment of cancer.  In a previous blog, we talked about the article in Popular Science that discussed the process of how using genetics to match up the tumor to the drug may be the answer but it is not without its caveat’s. A new drug that uses a different precision approach may be the answer since its cure rates are so high. Loxo Oncology, Read More »