I wrote about off-label drugs a few posts ago. This article in today’s Times is very encouraging:
I keep having to remind myself that I am coming up to my 5 year anniversary of being diagnosed with Stage 1V Breast Cancer. It is not something to wildly celebrate but it is something to acknowledge with huge gratefulness, along with a feeling of un-realness, since 80% of people diagnosed with Stage 1V breast cancer die within 5 years. That is quite a sobering statistic. My condition at best is described as “treatable” and at worst “terminal”. When my oncologist told me recently that I was only one of a handful of his patients alive with Stage 4 after 5 years – he really meant it – you could count them on one hand.I have journeyed through all the mental and psychological “sorting out” of preparing for an early death, and now I don’t think about it too often (perhaps because I have come to terms with the possibility). Yet, when I do think about it, again, it feels really surreal, almost dreamlike. It comes and goes, fleeting across my radar from time to time- times like now – a 5 year marker.I have tried very hard to not define myself by my cancer, and take new steps every day. I have been having treatment every 3 weeks at my clinic in London. This month we have been able to make the rather momentus decision to have 2 out of my 3 treatments at home. My home treatments will be given by a 5 minute injection in my leg (it stings like a bee!) – instead of intravenously, as before. To put it simply – instead of having 18 treatments per year at my clinic, I will now have only 6, and the […]
My great friend Camilla Charnock Illustration (you can find her on FB) has very kindly drawn in her wonderful style a diagram to show you how to examine your breasts for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, and it is important to learn how to get to know changes in your breasts. Most changes won’t turn out to be breast cancer, but if they are, then the sooner it is diagnosed, the less treatment you will need, and the more effective it will be.
1 year ago today I was at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan for the launch of my book, “Cancer Is My Teacher” in Arabic, under the patronage of Princess Ghida Talal and Princes Dina Mired. It was an incredibly moving experience.
I have been feeling really rotten for the last few months – and I just have not been able to work it out. As I have Stage 4 Cancer, I am on many different medications, such as Tamoxifen (which we all know is vile!), Herceptin, Bisphosphonates, Statins, and Metformin to name a few. I also take a lot of carefully selected supplements to help counteract the side effects of all these drugs. When you have to take a lot of medication, it can deplete you in other essential nutrients that you would normally take for granted. So when it comes to feeling rubbish, sometimes it is difficult to work out what is making you feel that way.Numerous blood tests and investigative processes later and I am still in the dark. But, a word of caution, when it comes to blood tests it is easy to think that if your bloods come back perfectly fine (like mine always do) that you are well. But that is not the case. When I was diagnosed in 2001 with metastisised breast cancer my bloods had been perfectly fine and all within normal ranges. (Granted they hadn’t tested for Vitamin D which was extremely low – but that is whole nother story and rant!!)Last week I had a light bulb moment! I think I know what this ghastly malaise could be. Apart from feeling a complete weakling and tired all the time, I have been having really intense gastrointestinal problems, know as GERD: – bloating, reflux, swelling, stomach pains, runny tummy, nausea and even nasty full throttle vomiting – all for no reason. Whilst wracking my brains and going for all these endless check-ups, I suddenly remembered that, for […]
As you know, Bone Broth soup (see previous post for recipe) is immensely nourishing for you, but if truth be known, it does taste a little bland. So I add a couple of table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and it tastes absolutely yummy. Lets go over the good things about ACV:Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) lead to a lack of energy, heartburn, and higher incidences of infection and illness.As part of balancing the body’s pH, ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. This miracle vinegar also helps to break up mucus throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that ACV can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucus and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches. ACV is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida, which is often referred to as the culprit for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings and yeast infections.
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There is vast potential of using “off label” medications to enhance the treatment of many forms of cancer. I have Stage 1V Breast Cancer, thus I am focusing on what I have found out about this. Extensive research has discovered the vast potential of using “off-label” medications and focusing on specific low-toxic non-cancer drugs that have been “re-purposed” for use by breast cancer patients, to reduce their risks of recurrence and mortality.Today, I am concentrating on one of these common and inexpensive drugs – Beta Blockers. The data these two researchers present on Beta Blockers (normally used for hypertension) is nothing short of mind-boggling and they have manageable and generally minimal side effects. The findings incredibly show that taking Beta Blockers can reduce mortality and cancer relapse. The older type Beta Blocker namely Propranolol (with the brand name Inderal) blocks both Beta-1 and Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptors, which is key – because many of the new Beta Blockers only block Beta-1 – which is clearly insufficient for stopping cancer. In other words, it is only the old style beta blocker Propranolol because it also blocks Beta-2, which is the linchpin for stopping breast cancer growth., (Please note that Atenolol – one of the new Beta Blockers that only inhibits Beta-1, has not reliably been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality.)The effects are incredible, as has been shown in cell studies; animal studies, and – most importantly – human population studies in which researchers looked back at who took Propranolol for blood pressure to see how they fared compared to the rest of the patients. The most remarkable study drew from research on 5,333 breast cancer patients from the Irish National Registry; the researchers found that 590 of […]
Studies show only 42% of women who have a mastectomy will undergo breast reconstruction surgery because it can be traumatic and have unpredictable results. LIFE AFTER BREAST CANCER FUND believe women deserve better. It want to see the same dedication and resolve going into breast reconstruction surgery as there has been in fighting breast cancer itself. With 40% of women suffering from depression after a mastectomy, this matters. Please help them change lives. All proceeds from my book on this website will go to this fund:Life After Breast Cancer Fund
One of the many easy and inexpensive recipes for immune boosting nutrition I am always trying to give myself a varied yet healthy diet that boosts my immune system and is easy to prepare, which leads me to bone broth. Bone broth is a giant leap ahead of what we know as stock. Lets not get confused. Stock is made from animal carcasses and simmered for a couple of hours. But bone broth is in an entirely different league all together and is now being recognized for it’s incredible health benefits. And the best of all – it is so easy and inexpensive to make – you just need to have a butcher nearby!They say chicken soup is good for the soul, and bone broth is just that with the addition of being good for the body too. It helps with many health issues and the following are just a few of them: – overcomes food intolerances and allergies (including asthma) – good at improving joint health – reduces inflammation, arthiritis – reduces cellulite – boosts the immune system That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost healing. Gently simering the bones – not boiling – causes the bones and ligaments to release magical healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine. And with the minerals it contains are easily absorbed by your body. Minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. It also contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine – which are compounds in expensive supplements bought to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. Crucially, convenience store bought “broth” is often not real broth at all. It is literally chemically produced meat flavouring and preservatives with […]