Frequently Asked Questions About Cancer

What Is a Cancer Coach?

Hearing the words “You have cancer” changes you forever. You go through a roller coaster of emotions and feel completely overwhelmed with the diagnosis, the amount of information you have to process and the plans ahead. The Cancer Coach will 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.

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What Should I Eat When I Have Cancer?

Clients often ask “What should I eat when I have cancer?”, “What should I eat during cancer treatment?”, and “Is there a particular diet I need to follow to avoid cancer recurrence?”.

Eating a nutrient dense diet adapted to every phase of your cancer journey makes a huge difference in your recovery and wellbeing, but there is so much conflicting information out there that most feel confused and overwhelmed.

We will break it down for you. Together we will establish comprehensive and easy to implement guidelines: how to shop for groceries, how to get organized in the kitchen, and how to follow simple recipes.

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. The Cancer Coach helps cancer patients and those affected by cancer to develop the right nutritional plan for each individual circumstance.

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Should I Take Any Vitamins or Supplements?

Clients often ask “Should I take any vitamins or supplements?”, “How do I know which supplements are right for me?”, “How do I know what dosage is right for me?”, “Will supplements interact with the medications I am taking?”, and “Will supplements protect me from recurrence?”

We believe that the use of supplements should always be individualized to your specific needs at a specific moment in time, ideally using your most recent blood test results.

Self-supplementing can be a real problem especially if you are going through treatment, you always need to consider safety and possible interactions.

The quality of a supplement as well as the adequate dosage play a crucial role in their efficacy and proper guidance is required here too.

For those reasons we work with qualified health professionals that are trained in supplements and will give you individualized recommendations based on your needs and priorities.

Why Is Sleep Important to a Cancer Patient?

Clients often say “I can’t sleep”, “My sleep has deteriorated”, “I am exhausted”, and “I always wake up during the night”.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 mental and physical wellbeing, and might even influence the outcome.

Sleep deprivation does damage and should be addressed in the very early stages of a cancer diagnosis.

Lack of sleep impairs your ability to make 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.

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How Do I Manage Stress and Emotions?

Studies have linked cancer progression to chronic stress, depression, and social isolation. People who use effective coping strategies to deal with stress have been shown to have lower levels of depression, anxiety and other symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.

We will introduce you to coping strategies to help you better deal with stress and anxiety. By implementing relaxation techniques in your daily life, you will be able to enjoy some well-deserved moments of disconnect.

I Know I Should Stay Active, but I Don’t Feel Motivated

Clients often say “I know I should stay active, but I don’t feel motivated”, “What type of exercise should I do?”, “I’m scared of starting exercising again”, “I feel insecure around exercise”, and “How can I introduce exercise in between all my treatments?”

Studies show that staying active reduces your chances of getting cancer and cancer recurrence, while improving survival rates.

We understand that exercising can feel intimidating at a time when you may feel unwell and vulnerable. We will guide you on safe movements to do, while being mindful of your abilities and energy levels. Together, we will find ways to incorporate movement into your daily life in a way that feels good to you.

Can a Positive and Constructive Mindset Help Cancer?

A positive and constructive mindset is crucial, but sometimes easier said than done. There will always be ups and downs. We will support you in difficult moments while teaching you techniques to cope with stress, fear, and anxiety.

Many studies have demonstrated that cancer patients who feel supported have faster recovery, less side effects, better chances of avoiding recurrence, and increased survival rates. Our first priority is to make you feel supported, heard, and understood. Many of our coaches have been cancer patients themselves and we know exactly how it feels.

We firmly believe, and our experience coaching cancer patients confirms, that true healing can’t be attained without addressing emotional health. Our minds need to heal, too.

Negative emotions – like anger, resentment, unforgiveness, and sadness – are toxic, not only for our spirit but also for our physical health. We will guide you on how to foster positive and constructive thoughts. As pragmatic and science-based thinkers, we realize the importance of this. Addressing emotional wellbeing is a fundamental part of our coaching.

Is It Important to Reduce Toxins?

Our bodies are very smart; all of our organs are meant to work together to keep us healthy. However, when our immune system is compromised, our bodies can certainly benefit from additional help to cope with environmental pollutants and toxic exposures.

We will advise you on easy ways to create the healthiest possible living environment. We will talk about clean water and air, safe food containers and cooking utensils, electromagnetic waves and more.

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?’

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What Can I Do to Restore My Body and Self-confidence?

Restoring your body image and self-confidence can be addressed too. As many of our coaches are former cancer patients, they remember the first time they went to work with no hair, having to take a deep breath before stepping out of their car.

For many, learning how to wear a wig in the right way, use hair accessories, some make up, and dressing in a way that gave them more confidence was a real game changer.

Too many cancer patients retreat from their daily activities because they feel uncomfortable or even ashamed of the physical changes they are experiencing during treatment including hair loss, eyebrows loss, weight loss and gray complexion. It can impact your confidence and ultimately your quality of life. You become less active, have less social interactions, feel more isolated and a vicious circle begins; the less active you become, the less energy you have, the less motivation you have and all this can affect your state of mind and sometimes even your willingness to fight.

Our professional oncology aestheticians and make-up artists will guide you through easy tips to help you look and feel better.

How Do I Reduce the Risk of Cancer Recurrence?

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 recurrence of cancer.

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Support for Family and Caregivers

Cancer not only affects cancer patients, but also the people surrounding them. Your family and friends also feel disorientated, scared, and unsure about the best way to help you. 

Family members often need a secure space to talk about their feelings and how it affects them. We have seen far too often family members or caregivers being truly affected by the experience but not daring to talk about it as they feel that it is not a priority.

We believe that everybody affected by the situation would do better with adequate emotional and practical support.

Guidance and practical tips will also make your loved ones feel more confident and better equipped to support you.

Pocket Companion Cancer App. Take Your Health Plan and Coach Anywhere

Pocket Companion Cancer App. Take Your Health Plan and Coach Anywhere…

The app gives you access to our team including medical doctors, nutritional therapists, dietitians, psychologists, and health coaches with a range of expertise in nutrition, gut health, stress management and emotional wellbeing, sleep, exercise and movement, and detoxification.

The Anticancer Super 6

Through targeted lifestyle changes, everyone can achieve improved health outcomes by reducing side effects and complications associated with treatment, enhance recovery after treatment and provide a long term life plan that reduces the risk of recurrence.

For over 10 years we have combined these six health fundamentals to create and deliver personalized cancer wellness plans.

Nutrition

Eat a nutrient dense, anti-cancer diet personalized to every phase of your healing

Detoxification

Improve your body’s natural ability to detoxify to enhance recovery and promote long term health

Exercise and Movement

Incorporate movement into your daily life to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing, regardless of your fitness levels

The Anticancer Super 6

Gut Health

Develop the gut microbiome environment to support optimal immune health

Stress Management and Emotional Wellbeing

Have the right tools and techniques to reduce chronic stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation

Sleep

Minimize insomnia and improve your sleep to give your body the best chance to rest and fully heal

The Anticancer Super 6

Nutrition

Eat a nutrient dense, anti-cancer diet personalized to every phase of your healing

Sleep

Minimize insomnia and improve your sleep to give your body the best chance to rest and fully heal

Gut Health

Develop the gut microbiome environment to support optimal immune health

Exercise and Movement

Incorporate movement into your daily life to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing, regardless of your fitness levels

Stress Management and Emotional Wellbeing

Have the right tools and techniques to reduce chronic stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation

Detoxification

Improve your body’s natural ability to detoxify to enhance recovery and promote long term health

Testimonials, Quotes, and Cancer Stories

"My coach provided constant and caring support to myself and family through a very stressful and still surreal time in our lives. Now post-surgery and treatments, I am feeling well and confident that I can maintain good health for many years ahead with the help of the lifestyle advice and tools provided."
Nicole

52

"Ever since I was diagnosed with cancer, I felt really isolated. Sharing my story with my cancer coach, who went through a similar journey, made a real difference; for the first time I felt that somebody truly understood what I was going through. The very practical advice in terms of nutrition and lifestyle gave back a sense of confidence and hope."
Juliette

42

"I am so happy that I came across The Cancer Coach, it made me a better caregiver for my mother and helped me stay emotionally and physically strong during the process."
Linda

37

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