Multivitamins Can Help Lessen Neuropathy

    Contrary to supplement naysayers, a study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute demonstrated that taking certain multivitamins before breast cancer diagnosis is linked to a significant 40% reduction in peripheral neuropathy, painful damage to the nerves in hands and/or feet that can be caused by a chemo drug Taxol (paclitaxel). Further findings were that … Continued

Tips for Improving Sleep Quality

Restful, restorative sleep is the foundation for your mental and physical well-being. But for many cancer patients, anxious, sleepless nights (followed by lethargic days) are all too common. Read on for tips to help you replace those nights with restful sleep and healthful activity. Don’t lose sleep over losing sleep! What has long been considered … Continued

The Gluten-Free Diet and Cardiovascular Risk?

Why is it imperative that people diagnosed with Celiac Disease avoid all gluten? One key reason – eating gluten foods multiples their risk of serious heart disease. For celiac sufferers any food with gluten produces severe intestinal inflammation and, in turn, antibodies that disable enzymes throughout the vascular system (transglutaminase). This chain of events causes … Continued

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.  Though family history can increase one’s risk of colon cancer, the majority of people who are diagnosed have no family history of the disease.  Here are steps … Continued

Caring For Your Heart

What’s more likely to cause mortality in older breast cancer patients — breast cancer itself or heart disease? The assumption might be that breast cancer itself is the more likely culprit. But that’s not correct. It turns out that older breast cancer patients are more likely to die from heart disease than from their cancers! … Continued

To Soy or Not to Soy for Breast Cancer Patients?

New soy research may be causing unnecessary worry among breast cancer patients – for example, even hesitating to eat tofu at their next meal. It had seemed that questions of whether phytoestrogens — a plant chemical that can sometimes have estrogen-like effects — in soy might stimulate breast cancer growth had been resolved. Over the … Continued

Preventing Melanoma: Not Just a Summertime Thing

Melanoma, is one cancer we usually associate with summer habits: sunbathing and beach time with inadequate sunscreen, playing day-long golf without a hat, sun exposure and burns from hours spent gardening, or even if not outside, becoming a tanning booth fan. But a recent study shows that some activities that raise melanoma risks can occur … Continued

Nutritional Ideas to Combat Chemo-Brain

“Chemo-brain” – a sense of reduced cognitive function that seems the unwanted after-effect of chemotherapy — plagues many cancer patients during and after treatment. It’s been recognized for 30 years that this problem crops up for many chemo-treated patients. But the causes are not entirely known. Certainly one issue which might contribute to it is … Continued

The Block Program’s New Year’s Resolutions for Cancer Patients

2017 has arrived, so it’s time to get going and keep going with good, uncomplicated New Year’s resolutions. But facing several helpful lifestyle changes that can produce better health for cancer patients, it might be hard to decide what to work on first. We’ll address that problem by suggesting three major priorities for cancer patients … Continued

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