Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event that can fill a person with feelings of shock and uncertainty. Anyone who has experienced cancer personally may have a well-founded fear of the disease, its treatment and its possible outcome.
However despite the scary ‘cancer statistics’ we hear about, the survival rate for many common cancers has improved significantly as a result of earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments. The importance of minimising therapy-related side effects and illnesses, as well as reducing the risk of recurrence, has seen more and more people use a combination of pharmaceutical and complementary medicine in their cancer treatment.
In fact, statistics show that 70% of people with cancer will seek the help of complementary medicine at some stage of their treatment process.
Combining the healing methods of both complementary and pharmaceutical medicines plays an integral role in getting the best possible outcome for individuals in the midst of cancer treatment, healing and recovery.
Building a strong foundation of a healthy diet, positive lifestyle choices and appropriate nutritional supplementation plays an important part in both preventing and treating cancer. These strategies can help reduce or alleviate the negative side effects from cancer treatments, enhance your quality of life during and after treatment, and in some cases, even enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
Open and respectful communication between the patient, doctor, oncologist and other healthcare practitioners about the use of these strategies is also critical to achieving optimal wellness for the patient.
More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates advised, “Let your food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Current research also supports this ancient wisdom. Good nutrition stimulates the important anti-cancer systems in our body and is a powerful first line of defence!
Many foods contain essential nutrients for maintaining body weight, strengthening the immune system, increasing energy and muscular strength, and assisting the body to heal and recover. However, there are times during cancer treatment and recovery when it is just not possible to eat all the nutrients your body needs, and supplementation is required to help fill in the gaps. Growing evidence also supports lifestyle activities such as exercise, movement and meditation as positively influencing cancer treatment.
Having experienced the effects of cancer on a personal level, I have become passionate about helping people to enhance their quality of life and wellbeing while undertaking cancer treatment.
As a Naturopath treating people with cancer, I focus on educating and empowering my patients to make positive food and lifestyle choices whilst supporting them with whatever treatment process they choose for their own cancer-specific needs.
I have found that a common desire of people with cancer is to connect with other cancer patients and share personal stories and experiences. If you or a loved one are undergoing treatment for cancer, please join me at Mojo Health for a Cancer & Natural Medicine interactive group where I will be facilitating a number of sessions discussing how complementary therapies can help your cancer journey.
If you are interested in learning more about natural medicine or simply want to make some positive connections with others, please contact us on 4023 5320 or check out our Event Page at www.mojohealth.com.au