Sunday, February 9, 2014

PART XIX: What I have learned about cancer: what do we do now?

Fireballs, indeed
I am often sent books to review. This one has been very helpful for me.
I wanted to understand a bit more about cancer cells.

Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 

From the publicist:

Dr. Pinzone quickly figured out she meant to say, “I have fibroids in my uterus.” In this moment of sudden clarity, he had another: Patients are dangerously uneducated and misinformed when it comes to the confusing and complex topic of cancer and its treatment.
There are several illustrations that demonstrate the difference between normal (benign) and cancerous (malignant) cells.

We are confronting cancer at my house. The cells are currently being examined and the pathology should come back soon.
The first chapters in this book explain the difference between benign and malignant cell growth.
The type of cancer depends upon where the cancer cells grow in the body. What happens is that cells mutate and rather than our bodies dividing and replenishing lost cells, fast-growing organs create fast-growing malignant cells. It's in the nature of the DNA, and the damaging malignant cells reproduce, spread (metastasize) break off and spread to lymph nodes or other organs.

The reason that skin, lung and colon cancers are common is that these organs grow more quickly than other organs in our body. Another issue with these three cancers, is that these are the parts of our bodies that are exposed to toxins more frequently than others. 
  1. Skin cells can be sun-damaged (Ultra Violet Rays).
  2. Lung cancer arises from smoking and breathing in other toxins (radiation, tobacco, air pollution).
  3. Colon cancers can be caused by any toxic substances that we eat, in our non-organic foods.
Some predisposition is passed down through our DNA, inherited from family members. Our immune system is supposed to protect us from toxins, but cancer cells evade our immune cells and avoid detection. Stress, as we know, creates that fight or flight response. Cortisol and nor-epinephrine are added to the body- stress causing hormones. When this happens, you no longer are able to create those stress-relieving hormones (sertonins, dopamine). You're too busy creating adrenalin, to fight your battles. This is why, firstly, we have to begin to use positive language. 

Do not say, we 'fight' cancer, but that we are confronting our cancer, as if it were a difficult situation which must be managed.
Stress can cause us pain, as well, which further exacerbates our cancer.

What are the solutions to stress?

This we know: exercise, yoga, massage, walking, Reiki, meditation, are all fabulous practices. Diet, good nutrition, all should be used as complimentary therapies.

How do you manage and self-advocate?

  1. Create a team to help you manage your jobs.
  2. Create a plan and management strategy.
  3. Find a team leader to conduct the plan.

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