In the previous two issues of Avenues, we reported on the use of antioxidants along with chemotherapy as it applies to prostate and breast cancer patients. In this issue, we turn our focus to small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.
The past year has seen significant forward movement in the breast cancer field. It is very exciting to see high-quality research on alternative medicine techniques as well as allopathic (conventional) ones.
Chemotherapy is standard care for many women with breast cancer. While this treatment is often beneficial, there are some notable drawbacks, including the fact that breast cancer cells can become resistant to chemotherapy and that side effects can be debilitating and intolerable.
It has been commonly assumed that all chemotherapy drugs are incompatible with all antioxidants, but there is a growing body of evidence that suggests this might not always be the case (Lamson and Brignall 1999).
In the Winter 2005 issue of Avenues, we discussed the important issue of how the mind can be negatively impacted by various conventional cancer treatments. Commonly referred to as “chemo brain” or “chemo fog,” patients often experience adverse effects in cognitive function. The original article, which provides general information on this topic, is available by clicking here.
Spending time in the hospital, either as an inpatient or outpatient, is a side effect of a diagnosis of cancer and it is helpful to learn what to expect, who to contact, and how to ask questions.
You have just received a diagnosis of cancer. You probably tell your husband or wife and your closest friend, but when do you tell your children? And what do you tell them? You are feeling stunned and shaken…how can you possibly help them deal with what is clearly going to be a life-changing event? Explaining cancer to a child is difficult and requires thoughtfulness, compassion, and some understanding of how children of different ages deal with trauma.