Reducing the risk of cancer occurrence and recurrence

What is a Cancer Coach?
Hearing the words “You have cancer” changes you forever. You go through a rollercoaster of emotions and feel completely overwhelmed with the diagnosis, the amount of information you have to process and the plans ahead. A Cancer Coach can guide you through your test results and advise you on questions to ask your medical team. Having a better understanding of your condition and treatment options will make you feel more confident and empowered. Getting organized really makes a difference it gives you back a sense of control.

My Cancer Treatment is over, now what do I do?
Finishing treatment for cancer is truly a remarkable moment, but surprisingly, it can actually leave behind a kind of emptiness and uncertainty in what to do next. Some ask themselves, ‘why did I get cancer in the first place?’ and ‘what can I do to make sure it doesn’t come back?’

How do I reduce the risk of cancer recurrance?
Being told that you are free from cancer and you are in remission is amazing but sometimes it can be overshadowed by doubts and fears of cancer returning. Cancer is predominantly a lifestyle disease, very few cancers are caused by genetics and by making some committed lifestyle changes we can dramatically reduce the risk of a reoccurrence of cancer.

What should I eat during cancer treatment?
Many cancer patients worry about their diet and whether they are getting the correct nutrients to help them fight cancer. Isabel Galiano is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach as well as a Functional Medical Practitioner who helps cancer patients and those affected by cancer to develop the right nutritional plan for their individual circumstances.

Why is sleep important to a cancer patient?
Up to​ ​75 percent of cancer patients suffer from sleep disturbances; sleep disorders can continue for years after cancer treatments have ended. Yet, sleep issues in the context of cancer are still largely underestimated and under-treated.

In the face of the seriousness of the disease, lack of sleep may seem like an insignificant side effect. The reality is that short-term and long-term effects have detrimental consequences on a cancer patient’s quality of life, on their mental and physical wellbeing and might even influence the outcome.
Sleep deprivation does damage and should be addressed in the very early stages of the diagnosis.

Lack of sleep impairs your ability to take decisions and worsens many cancer-related conditions and symptoms.

Stress levels and anxiety worsen when sleep deprived. Physically, symptoms like nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, fatigue and dizziness can also be exacerbated. Lack of sleep also strongly intensifies the sensation of pain.

Inadequate sleep drastically weakens the immune system​ resulting in elevated blood sugar levels, to increased inflammation, to the body taking longer to heal and recover from injuries. These are all aggravating factors for cancer patients. Simply put, the body’s ability to fight off any disease is highly debilitated due to lack of sleep.

Adequate sleep can be a powerful tool in your healing journey, if you are worried about your own sleep or that of someone close to you who is on their own cancer journey then talk to us and see how we can help.

How do you Treat Cancer Naturally?
Natural, alternative or complementary medicine as a direct replacement for doctor recommended medical treatment is not a strategy that we recommend.

There is, however, a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that an integrative approach to cancer treatment and recovery can have a real impact on a cancer diagnosis. Some of the natural treatments that functional medicine and integrative oncologists are using include: IV metabolic treatments, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and diet, physical therapy and exercise, emotional wellbeing and stress management. Worked in as a comprehensive lifestyle medical plan, these natural therapies have shown to reduce the side affects of conventional treatments, reduce the recovery time between sessions, reduce the medical complications associated with treatments and reduce the risk of cancer recurring after treatment.

What are the Most Successful Alternative Cancer Treatments?
The phrase alternative cancer treatment is being used by some practitioners to say that doctor recommended medical treatment is not required and instead alternative therapies like extreme diets, herbs, vitamins, unproven adjunctive therapies can be used as a replacement, an alternative. We have not seen any conclusive and sustained evidence that this is the case. However, what we have seen is that we can greatly reduce the risk of cancer occurrence and recurrence by working with the patient to reduce the core issues of chronic physical inflammation, systemic toxic overload and a compromised immune system. More and more traditional oncologists accept that creating a comprehensive lifestyle plan to tackle these root causes of cancer can greatly benefit a patient during and after treatment. We are also seeing the rise of aggravating conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity – left untreated at their root cause, these conditions often lead to a cancer diagnosis. Adopting lifestyle change is one of the most effective cancer prevention treatments people can do.
How Does Integrative Cancer Treatment Work?
Integrative practitioners practice medicine in a way that selectively incorporates elements of complementary and alternative medicine into comprehensive treatment plans alongside solidly orthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment. We believe that an integrative approach to cancer prevention, treatment and recovery is the best approach for everyone.
What are the Alternatives to Chemotherapy?
Searching for direct alternatives to chemotherapy is not something that we recommend. Many patients look in desperation for alternatives, however, they may be better looking towards a total health plan that enables the chemotherapy to do its job whist minimising the side effects and possible complications. We refer to this as integrative medicine and there is tangible research and evidence that supports adopting lifestyle change into a program to aid in the treatment and speed up the recovery.