Cancer in my estimation is a catch 22 in that the cancer has to be eradicated but while doing so healthy cells are also killed. Some chemotherapeutic drugs are so toxic that their effects can show up many years after treatment in: secondary cancers, learning and cognitive deficits, heart disease, and infertility. This is just a short list of the plethora of lasting effects that chemo can cause. Particularly harmful are the class of chemotherapy agents known as alkylating agents because these can cause leukemia and many other problems in patients who have been treated with them.
This link gives you the names of all the alkylating agents currently in use. http://www.cancerrd.com/FAQs/faq54.htm
Personally, I do not like surprises. I like to be armed with as much information as possible so that I can prevent any unseen consequences. Of course I cannot foresee everything but at least I have tried to be aware and have taken reasonable steps to avoid/mitigate the known pitfalls. Hopefully you will feel the same after becoming educated through these pages.
Wake Up Call
When Kayla, my seven-year-old-daughter, was started on Doxorubicin, an alkylating agent, I was told that she would undergo sonograms for her heart, every third dose. My internal alarm bells rang. Research into this medication led to the realization that heart disease is a very real side effect. The answer was to find medical studies for supplements proven in mitigating this effect. Co-Q10 has approximately sixteen thousand pages of information through medical literature. Presenting some of this information for her oncologist, resulted in approval of her daily use of CO-Q10. The key medical studies were then put together for this website so that you too could print out the page for doctor consultation.
Become More Healthy
There are thousands of pages on the Internet pushing/educating people to become more healthy. All of this is available to you and is NOT difficult to implement. It is imperative for any patient undergoing treatment of any kind to implement healthy strategies. More and more Television shows are also pushing this message. The main problem that I have encountered with people is the refusal to look because of being brainwashed from many years of marketing propaganda pushing packaged, fast, no-effort-foods.
The next misconception is the idea that alternatives/complementary cannot be used with medicine. This is totally false! What do I mean by alternatives and complimentary medicine? This broad title includes; nutrition, supplements, meditation, visual therapy, exercise, Tai Chi, chiropractic, Chinese medicine, Reflexology and so much more. Medical along with APPROVED alternative/complementary medicine, used together are a powerful combination of tools providing far more immediate benefits to the patient. My view was to increase the odds in our favor by including and using as many of these therapies as our medical team allowed. Food
If food is processed so that it does not look like food then it is not food. Then on the other hand you have packaged food that look great but have many ingredients that are very bad for you such as Aspartame and MSG. Food by definition is designed to give the body energy and vitality. There is no quick fix! Health takes dedication, effort and time. Once your health routine has become established all of the effort gets very easy. It is the learning curve that can be daunting. Start by Learning how to cook simple meals with home made ingredients. Elliminate one bad item every couple of weeks. For instance donuts, if your addicted to them, give them up and after a couple of weeks look at what eles you can get rid of and replace it with something healthy. It generally takes approximately three days to change your sence of taste. That is not too long to suffer through withdrawal from your favorite junk foods.
During your treatment your doctor may not approve of supplements as these could interfere with your medical regimen, but exercise, water, lite vegetable juicing and cooking with natural ingredients should never be negated. Once you are off treatment you can then supplement with doctor approval. Your goal should be in an effort to attain the highest level of health attainable. The main point I am trying to make is that you can grab the reins and start. Each step taken is in the right direction. Before you know it, you will have achieved a healthier life style.
I have tried to cover all of these points on this site. If you see anything missing or would like something specifically covered, please contact me through the email address below.
Best Wishes to You.