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Bone Health and Cancer – Never an Easy Answer

By Margot Malin, Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer and are evaluating treatment options? Have you completed cancer treatment and have learned that you have developed osteopenia or osteoporosis? If you are at any stage of the cancer journey then this blog post is for you. Bone Health and Cancer – there are no easy answers. But that doesn’t mean that you should not ask the right questions. Learn about risks and research your options.

Chemotherapy, steroid medications, or hormonal therapy may cause osteoporosis, or the thinning of the bones, which makes them weak and fragile, and puts them at risk of fracture. “Accelerated bone loss is a real issue in cancer care,” says Kenneth W. Lyles, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of Medicine Site-Based Research at Duke University Medical Center. Therefore, it is important to have an open discussion with one’s health care provider and/or oncology team to learn about the side effects that can be caused by specific cancer treatments and how they can be mitigated. You are your own health advocate and it is helpful to educate yourself and participate in decision making about your treatment plan. Knowing the risks to bone health before starting treatment, and how you can to maximize bone health is important. “Marked improvements in survival for many cancers mean that strategies to limit bone loss and reduce fracture risk must be incorporated into the care plans for nearly all patients with cancer.” (NIH.gov Osteoporosis and Cancer, in references)

What is Osteoporosis?

Bone Comparison

Bone Comparison

“Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to thin and weaken. It can cause bones to easily break. A risk factor is anything that increases your chances for a disease. Risk factors for osteoporosis include being female, family history, advanced age, low body weight, sedentary lifestyle choices, and low calcium and vitamin D levels. More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and as many as 40 million more have low bone mass and are at high risk of developing the disease.” (refer to the first reference at the end of this post)

“People undergoing cancer treatment are more at risk for osteoporosis. “Treatments including radiation, chemotherapy, and medications may pose a bone health risk,” says Richard Theriault, DO, MBA, professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. “Radiation may have direct toxic effects on bone but remains a mainstay of treatment for bone metastases and local therapy post primary breast surgery. Radiation techniques have been designed to minimize risks to bone health,” he says. (see – first reference)

Chemotherapy, says Dr. Theriault, has a major effect on bone health by shutting down the ovaries and causing early menopause in premenopausal women. “This results in a hypoestrogen state with negative impact on bone density.” Further, Dr. Theriault explains that some medications, such as steroids, used to prevent nausea and vomiting may also have a negative impact on bone health. “In postmenopausal women, aromatase inhibitor agents used for adjuvant therapy to reduce the risks of cancer recurrence result in profound hypoestrogen states and thereby increase risks of osteopenia/osteoporosis and fractures,” Dr. Theriault says.” (see – first reference)

Be Proactive: How to Enhance Your Bone Health and Reduce The Risk of Osteoporosis

There are some positive and proactive things that everyone, including cancer patients and survivors can do to improve bone health. All of the following are within your control and are important to focus on and try to incorporate into your lifestyle.

Nutrition

In addition to foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, there are other supplements and nutrients that the body needs to increase bone formation and strength. These include but are not limited to: Magnesium, Vitamin K, Collagen, Essential minerals, and according to some sources progesterone (preferably bio-identical). To learn more, visit: Good For Your Bones Foods.

Exercise can build bone strength.

Exercise can build bone strength.

Exercise

Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health.  Better balance helps to prevent falls and related fractures.

Bone is living tissue and responds to exercise by becoming stronger. There are two types of osteoporosis exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. Some examples of weight-bearing exercises include weight training, walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis, jumping and dancing. Resistance exercises include free weights, weight machines and elastic bands. Yoga and Pilates are excellent exercises for balance, strength and flexibility (accommodations should be made in certain yoga and pilates movements if you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis so be sure to work with an educated instructor).  Exercise should be individually tailored to your needs and capabilities. Overall, most people should aim to exercise for 30 to 40 minutes three to four times each week, with some weight-bearing and resistance exercises included in the program. Studies have shown people with a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to have a hip fracture than those who are more active. Weight-bearing exercises force your body to resist gravity and stimulate cells in the body that make new bone. Strength training causes the muscles to pull on the bone.

The Flamingo Study: Balancing on one leg  3x per day can help prevent falls.

The Flamingo Study: Balancing on one leg 3x per day can help prevent falls.

Numerous studies have proven that people with better posture, better balance, and greater muscle power are less likely to fall and are therefore less likely to be injured or experience a fracture. An interesting study performed in Japan, sometimes referred to as the “Flamingo Study” showed that standing on 1 foot to balance 3 times per day for 1 minute each (6 minutes in total – 3 times on each foot for 1 minute each per day) was effective in helping improve balance and prevent falls. This is called the unipedal balance exercise and the study is entitled: Effects of unipedal standing balance exercise on the prevention of falls and hip fracture among clinically defined high-risk elderly individuals: a randomized controlled trial. According to the principal author, K. Sakamoto, “Unipedal standing captures the 2.75 times weight load to the femoral head. Unipedal standing for one minute is equivalent to the amount of integral load gained through walking for approximately 53 minutes.  Unipedal standing balance exercise in one minute 3 times per one day is useful to create the proximal femoral bone density and to prevent falls.”  This “Dynamic Flamingo Therapy” seems like an obvious exercise for anyone to do because the benefits are significant, it is easy to do, it doesn’t take much time, and it is free! There is no downside to trying it daily. You can stand on one foot when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Create a reminder for yourself, such as placing an hourglass or egg timer near your sinks.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Several research studies have identified smoking as a risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fracture.  To learn more read this WebMD article about: The Effects of Smoking on Bone Health

Limit Alcohol Consumption

High levels of cortisol seen in people with alcoholism can decrease bone formation and increase bone breakdown. Chronic alcohol consumption also increases parathyroid hormone, which leaches calcium from the bone, she says. Also, excess alcohol kills osteoblasts, the bone-making cells. See more in this WebMD article about: The Effects of Alcohol on Bone Health

Prescription Pharmaceuticals

Although prescription pharmaceuticals are outside the scope of this article, it is important to mention that there are a number of drugs that are frequently prescribed to help rebuild bones. Many women have refused treatment of these drugs due to reports of debilitating side effects such as osteonecrosis of the jaw (rotted jawbones) and atypical femoral fractures (snapped thigh bones). Please click here to read: “Fearing Drugs’ Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis” an informative article from the NY Times about this topic. A more scientific review of bisphosphonate drugs can be found in this article from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Adverse Effects of Bisphosphonates: Implications for Osteoporosis Management

Forewarned is Forearmed

If you are beginning cancer treatment, be sure to ask about how the recommended treatment protocol will affect your bones. If you know that you are at risk for developing osteopenia or osteoporosis you can take the positive and proactive steps outlined above. If you are diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis it is important to consult with your medical professionals to evaluate all the options and create a program that you are comfortable with. Consider a multifaceted approach to bone health including lifestyle modification, exercise and possibly natural supplements and/or pharmaceutical products.

References:

National Comprehensive Cancer Treatment (www.nccn.org) – Bone Health

https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/treatment/bone_health.aspx

Safirstein Research – Osteoporosis

http://fromcancertohealth.com/osteoporosis/

Fearing Drugs’ Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/health/osteoporosis-drugs-bones.html

Adverse Effects of Bisphosphonates: Implications for Osteoporosis Management

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2704135/

Atypical femoral fractures and bisphosphonate use: current evidence and clinical implications

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4480549/

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center

http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/Bone_Health/Exercise/default.asp

International Osteoporosis Foundation Exercise Guidelines

http://www.iofbonehealth.org/exercise

Effects of unipedal standing balance exercise on the prevention of falls and hip fracture among clinically defined high-risk elderly individuals: a randomized controlled trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17013734

http://ebm.cgh.org.tw/gongzuofang/revman-material/literature-fall-prevention-cochrane2010/sakamoto%202006.pdf

The Effects of Smoking on Bone Health

http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/smoking-cigarettes

The Effects of Alcohol on Bone Health

http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/alcohol

Good For Your Bones Foods

https://www.nof.org/patients/treatment/nutrition/

Osteoporosis and Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3783531/

To read about one patient’s experience with Bone Health and Cancer please read “I Am Furious: Learn From My Cancer Story About Why You Must Become Your Own Medical Advocate” by Pat Wetzel, Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club.

About the author:

Margot Malin is the Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.  After receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, she joined a major New York City investment management firm as a managing director and equity portfolio manager. She enjoyed analyzing companies and industries, investing, and earning competitive returns for her clients for almost twenty years. Lots To Live For was founded in tribute to her mother and grandmother who both fought courageous battles against cancer. Becoming involved in the cancer community allows her to give back to people in need by helping them through a difficult time in their lives. Margot enjoys mentoring other entrepreneurs and is also an angel investor.

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What is a PICC Line and What is it Used For?

By Chat Razdan, Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear

We often get asked, what is a PICC line? Why is it important? So many people wonder why we created Care+Wear and what our products do to help patients. I wanted to write this blog post to share a bit more on PICC lines and what our PICC line covers do.

I am always glad to share more on the topic. Often times, patients are given a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line to help access the blood stream. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters refer to the fact the catheter is placed peripherally (in an arm vein) with the tip of the catheter located centrally, as in a central vein in the body.  Access to the blood stream is required for a number of treatments including treatments for Cancer, Diabetes, Lyme Disease and TPN (total parenteral nutrition). PICC lines allow patients to receive IV treatments such as antibiotics, chemotherapy and pain medications.

To get a little more technical…a PICC line is inserted in a peripheral vein in the arm, like the cephalic vein, basilic vein or brachial vein, and then advanced proximally toward the heart through increasingly larger veins, until the tip rests in the distalsuperior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.

PICC lines are usually inserted by physicians, physician assistants (in the US), radiologist assistants (in the US,) respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, or specially trained certified registered nurses like vascular access nurses and radiologic technologists using ultrasound, chest radiographs, and fluoroscopy to aid in their insertion and to confirm the placement of the line.

PICC Catheter diagram

PICC Catheter diagram

The insertable portion of a PICC varies from 25 to 60 cm in length, that being adequate to reach the desired tip position in most patients. Some lines are designed to be trimmed to the desired length before insertion; others are simply inserted to the needed depth with the excess left outside.

PICC lines can remain in position for extended periods of time, from several days to years on end.

They are used for both in patient and out-patient scenarios. The versatility of PICC lines has led to their increased use (e.g., administering antibiotics, drawing blood/blood transfusions, chemotherapy, prolonged IV antibiotic treatment, and TPN nutrition). In fact, over 6 million patients have a PICC line installed annually and that number continues to increase every year!

Before using a PICC line, it is important to understand the key benefits and risks!

What are some of the benefits of using a PICC line?

  • A PICC is more comfortable compared with the many “needle sticks” that would have been needed for giving medications and drawing blood. The goal is to spare your veins from these frequent “needle sticks.”
  • A PICC can also spare your veins and blood vessels from the irritating effects of IV medications.
  • A PICC can be used in the hospital setting, nursing facility, or at home and can stay in place for weeks, months or years if needed.
  • A PICC can be used for many types of IV treatments.
  • A PICC can be used to draw blood for the majority of blood tests.

There are a number of risks of using a PICC line.

  • There may be slight discomfort during the procedure.
  • Bleeding may occur at the insertion site.
  • Leakage can occur due to skin elasticity, outward line migration, or line rupture.
  • It is sometimes necessary to attempt the PICC line placement more than once and it may not be possible to insert the entire length of the PICC.
  • During insertion of a PICC, accidental puncture of an artery, nerve, or tendon can occur near the insertion site. However, this is a rare event.
  • A clot may form around the catheter in the vein (thrombosis), which can cause swelling and pain in the arm.
  • Inflammation in a vein (phlebitis) can develop from the use of all types of IVs, including PICCs.
  • An infection may occur at the insertion site or in the bloodstream. An estimated 8-25% of all PICC lines that are installed become infected and can lead to complications and increased mortality rates.
  • The PICC can come out, partially or completely, if not well-secured and completely covered.
  • The PICC can move out of position in the vein and may need to be removed or repositioned.
  • The PICC may become blocked. Medication may need to be used to clear it.
PICC Cover - Care & Wear

PICC Cover – Care & Wear

If you have a PICC line, you want to watch for several signs, including:

  • Swelling, redness, red streaking, hot or hard area in PICC line arm
  • Pain in PICC line arm
  • Fever or chills
  • Swelling of the hand, arm and/ or neck on the same side as the PICC line.
  • Leaking of fluid when you flush the catheter

Call your healthcare provider or PICC line care provider right away if you notice these signs or if you are worried or concerned.

We created the Care+Wear Ultra-Soft PICC line cover to help patients who have a PICC line. Our PICC line covers are made of anti-microbial fabric, are machine washable, and provide a unique, breathable mesh window to allow air circulation over the PICC line and visibility to the insertion site. Our PICC line covers help eliminate some of the challenges of having a PICC line by making it easier to securely and healthily cover the line without having to worry about exposure to outside agents or low quality materials. Let’s get back to living!

Interested in learning more? Here’s some other links as well.

Feel free to check out our website at www.careandwear.com and join our community as we help patients get back to living their lives!

About the Author:

Chat Razdan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear. They started Care+Wear after having friends and family diagnosed with cancer and told to wear tube socks on their arms. They felt that there was an incredible opportunity to help patients get back to living their lives.

Chat is a proud University of Virginia alum with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business who spent time as a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Nicknamed “Smiley” in middle school basketball camp, he has tried to bring a smile wherever he goes. A die-hard Baltimore fan, he continues to cheer for the Orioles and Ravens and can often be found running up the West Side Highway in the mornings. In his spare time, he helps to plan his class reunions for UVA and Booth and serves on young alumni boards for UVA

 

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Improve Comfort Beneath the Breast During Radiation Therapy with a ComfortSling®

By Elizabeth Silver

 

My personal journey began when I was faced with radiotherapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer.  I created a cushioned sling to minimize the burning side effects on the skin beneath my breast. It was remarkably effective.  I realize that skin types vary, but other than my skin becoming slightly darkened, I had virtually no other side effects. No burns, no chafing.  The wicking fabric prevented accumulation of perspiration and the soft cushions protected my skin from the abrasion of skin to skin contact.  With the support of my doctors, I tested this device with several other women undergoing radiation, and they too reported significantly minimized and/or delayed skin reactions.

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Encouraged by this success, I determined to develop the products further to bring them to market so more women could find relief and protection while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  We found the softest fabrics to provide the most effective cushion to cradle and protect the skin; we found equally soft straps and made them fully adjustable so there would be no undue pressure on sore areas beneath the breast.  We are very proud of the results.

 

Our product was launched in the fall of 2014, and the feedback we have received has exceeded our expectations with women reporting to us that “The sling saved the day.” and   “I found instant relief where I didn’t even realize that I needed it”.

 

Exciting news!   BreastComfort is delighted to announce that we have begun 2016 with a new partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation –the highest-rated breast cancer charity in the nation.  We are proud to donate 5% of every sale to the BRCF. The BreastComfort logo will be featured on BCRF’s  website at:  www.bcrfcure.org/partners.  It is deeply gratifying to be associated with such an outstanding organization in the fight against this terrible disease.

 

You can view our products on the Lots To Live For, Inc. website by clicking here.

About the author:

Elizabeth Silver is a cancer survivor, and founder of BreastComfort, Cushioned Slings for Sensitive Skin.

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Of Mice and Women: Investigating the Breast Cancer Virus

By Vera Gruessner

Dr. Kathleen Ruddy

Dr. Kathleen Ruddy

Have you heard about the breast cancer virus in mice? There is significant evidence that this virus is linked to human breast cancers. Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy, a New Jersey-based breast cancer surgeon and Founder of the Breast Health and Healing Foundation, released her executive summary about her soon-to-be-published book “Of Mice and Women:  Unraveling the Mystery of the Breast Cancer Virus.” By June 2015, the book will be published and available in both print and digital formats. To learn more about the upcoming book, you can read the executive summary on the Breast Health and Healing website by clicking here.

In your free time, take a minute to download the executive summary (which is completely free) and share on your social networks! Let your close ones know about the innovative and intriguing book. Over the last eight years, Dr. Kathleen Ruddy wrote and revised this book and is now ready to finish publishing it in paper and electronic formats. Want to know the best part of it all? The digital version will be free to the public at large!

Of Mice and Women

Of Mice and Women (new book)

Did you know that 40 percent of human breast cancers have gene sequences that are analogous to a retrovirus known to cause breast cancer in mice? The retrovirus found in mice is called the mouse mammary tumor virus. Further research on the breast cancer virus is necessary to determine strategies that would prevent this serious medical condition. The researchers Drs. Pogo, Etkind, and Melena have spent decades studying the Pink Virus and its role in human breast cancer.

If we can prove that a virus causes up to 40 percent of human breast cancers, the scientific community can work toward creating a vaccine that would prevent this disease in men and women around the world. This would be an amazing opportunity to eradicate the disease once and for all!

Does the human mammary tumor virus cause breast cancer in women? If so, we need to develop vaccines that can prevent the disease.

Any and all donations that the Breast Health and Healing Foundation gains from the release of the executive summary and the book will be put toward funding the full-length documentary film, “A Pox On Us,” co-produced with Soap Box Media. The profits from the film will be used to directly fund research on the breast cancer virus.

We hope the executive summary and the book will spread like wildfire through the breast cancer community. To achieve this goal, we need your help! Please share it on Facebook. Share it on Twitter. Share it on Google+. Share it on LinkedIn. Let your friends and family know about this revolutionary work!

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COPING WITH NEUROPATHY AND HOW TOPRICIN SUPPORTS THE HEALING JOURNEY

–By Lou Paradise

Patients who are valiantly coping with cancer, supported by the love and assistance of family and friends, have to deal with the significant and often extremely painful side effects of their treatment protocols.

One of the most common and debilitating side effects of chemotherapy is chemo-induced neuropathy:  the excruciatingly intense tingling and burning in the hands and feet can be unbearable.  The nerve pain can be so relentlessly agonizing that is the number one reason that cancer patients prematurely stop their treatments.

I can so appreciate the discomfort, agony, and frustration of what pain sufferers endure because I have personally suffered from debilitating nerve pain.  And as the president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., I am humbled by the fact that Topricin—our company’s propriety healing technology uniquely formulated with cellular biomedicines—is helping to support cancer patients on their healing journey, especially with the nerve pain (neuropathy)

I invented Topricin following two tours of active duty serving as a decorated Marine Corps helicopter combat/rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  As a result of the physical demands of my missions, I suffered from cumulative trauma injuries that felt like a severe case of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).   Because of my nerve-related injuries, I experienced burning pain from the tips of my fingers to my elbows in both hands and arms.  When the pain was at its worst, I was lucky to get two or three hours of sleep, and had to rest sitting up in a chair in order to maintain circulation and offset the excruciating pain.

I was determined to find a cure for my war injuries, as I knew that the chemical pain pills couldn’t help and that the surgery for this condition would not be an option either.  Drawing on my years of research in how the body heals and that natural medicines stimulate healing, I began to self-experiment. Herbal medicines had little effect and single-ingredient homeopathic medicines produced some relief but not what I was looking for.   Not deterred, I deduced that maybe a combination of homeopathic medicines in a cream base applied locally to the specific pain site might be the answer.

I’ve been blessed with a strong intuition and from the 3,000 homeopathic choices was able to use a specific combination of homeopathic biomedicines and created a formula that had a measurable effect and the pain began to ease in just a few weeks. I was able to get four hours of sleep, then five, then six.  This was a wonderful achievement as sleep is crucial to the healing process since the body does its primary repair while we are resting.

I had created the prototype Topricin® formula…And now, more than 25 years later, I am happy to report that I’ve been pain free, symptom free, and medication free, enjoying a complete restoration of full function, mobility, and range of motion.  

Topricin is an innovative healing technology that is bridging the gap between well-researched natural medicine and conventional care, and is in fact used at major medical facilities around the country.  My goal in creating Topricin was to make sure no one else would ever have to suffer the way I did. Enhancing the body’s miraculous innate ability to heal itself is the answer to all painful conditions.

Why homeopathy?  Because it is a 200-year-old natural medical model that emphasizes healing as a cornerstone of why it works.  This federally-regulated medical system utilizes micro dosed natural medicines from herb, mineral and animal sources that stimulate the body’s natural healing and defense processes to achieve homeostasis and maximum healing. Healing is the ultimate form of pain relief. This non-chemical, non-toxic form of medicine is safe, produces no known side effects, and is not contra-indicated with any other medication or treatment.

Topricin Products

Collection of Topricin Products

Here’s a bit more detail.  The biomedicines in Topricin are molecular complete natural cellular compounds that are nearly identical to the body’s natural healing chemistries. Topricin has a proprietary delivery system that penetrates to deepest recesses of where we feel the pain. Topricin’s biomedicines stimulate detoxifying the lymphatic system locally, relaxing the microcapillaries to restore oxygen-rich blood to damaged cells. The relief realized is the body’s healing of the cells that cause the pain.

Patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with neuropathy and fibromyalgia, Topricin has helped hundreds of thousands of patients experiencing chemo-induced neuropathy experience the healing relief needed to overcome the side effects of chemo-therapy…reducing or even eliminating the need for oral pain pills. In the case of Rx opioids, the risks are even greater because they are highly addictive, and like all chemical pain pills they have no curative power and literally shut down the healing process, and never treat the cause of the pain. Moreover, the side effects of oral pain medication can lead to worse medical conditions then the pain you were trying to treat.

When it comes to neuropathic pain, especially in the feet and legs, our Topricin Foot Therapy Cream offers maximum benefits.  This is because it’s formulated with additional biomedicines that help reduce excess pressure inside the foot.  It also treats cracking and dry skin and supports circulation, providing needed oxygen and nutrients to repair the cells causing the pain. Apply odorless greaseless Topricin 3-4 times a day initially, for best results before bed and in the morning.

I believe it is everyone’s birthright to experience a vibrant, joyful quality of life, doing the things they love with those they love best.  The Topricin mission is not just about the end of pain; it’s about the beginning of relief.  I am honored to have an opportunity to support your healing journey.

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Founder of Topical Biomedics

Lou Paradise, Founder of Topical Biomedics

 

Lou Paradise is president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY.  A decorated US Marine Corps veteran, he frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, conducts pain management seminars, and is a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists.  Mr. Paradise invented Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream to safely and effectively address the injuries he sustained as a result of serving two tours of duty as a helicopter medevac rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  He regularly addresses clinical audiences on the use of his company’s proprietary topical technologies in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and trauma injury including post-surgical trauma as a compliment to primary care, bridging the gap between natural medicines and the conventional medical community.  His formulas are patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and both chemo-induced and diabetic neuropathy.  www.topricin.com

 

You can purchase Topricin Pain Relief Cream and Topricin Foot Therapy cream at www.LotsToLiveFor.com where you will also find additional products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment.

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Donate Your Data – Share your Cancer Story to Help Yourself While Helping Others

By Sarah Stanley

A decade ago, Internet entrepreneur Marty Tenenbaum was diagnosed with melanoma. He visited several local oncologists, but each doctor recommended a different treatment strategy. With no clear solution, he decided to enroll in a clinical trial that was testing a melanoma vaccine.

The vaccine failed the trial. But, for reasons unknown, it saved Tenenbaum’s life.

Inspired by the difficulty of navigating his options, and the need for better ways to figure out which treatments will work for which patients, Tenenbaum founded Cancer Commons—the first & only open access nonprofit collecting and learning from real patient experiences to give patients the information they need.

Please watch this short video to learn more about Donating Your Data

 

 

 

“Everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer has felt the fright and anguish of having to make life and death decisions without adequate information, data, or time,” Tenenbaum says. “I vowed to do something to spare patients from this agony.”

To support this mission, Cancer Commons has now launched its new Donate Your Data (DYD) Program, an online registry that empowers people with cancer to anonymously share their cancer experiences to advance research and, in return, inform their own clinical care.

Through DYD, each patient records and updates information about his or her cancer experience in a private profile. This information may include stage, treatments, molecular test results, treatment responses, side effects, and more. All data will be de-identified and made freely available, giving doctors, researchers, and patients themselves an unprecedented resource to determine the best approaches to cancer care, according to each patient’s unique clinical history.

 

Donate Your Data Dashboards from Cancer Commons

Donate Your Data Dashboards from Cancer Commons

Based on the data they provide, patients receive customized news feeds and alerts to relevant clinical studies and trials, reports on any research that uses their data, and notifications concerning important research findings, all delivered through each patient’s personal DYD dashboard. Each patient can graphically track his or her cancer journey on a timeline, and will be able to selectively share it with physicians and other patients.

 

 

 

 

 

DYD does not focus solely on figuring out which treatments are most effective at shrinking or eradicating tumors for which patients. DYD aims to capture information on how patients approach every aspect of their cancer journey—including dealing with side effects and overall well-being—so that patients can learn from similar patients about what might work best for them.

For now, DYD is available only to lung cancer and melanoma patients, but Cancer Commons will soon be expanding to cover most cancers. If you have or have had melanoma or lung cancer, please consider joining Cancer Commons in making the dream of personalized cancer treatment a reality for everyone. Donate Your Data now.

For more information, visit http://www.cancercommons.org. Follow Cancer Commons on Facebook and Twitter.

Sarah Stanley is Associate Editor at Cancer Commons, where she helps translate cancer research into useful insights for patients.

 

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CureLauncher – Personalized Clinical Trial Matching

 

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CureLauncher – Information is Empowerment! – Testimonial 

By Barb  Hollingsworth, guest blogger

Over the holidays of 2012, I knew I wasn’t feeling myself but it wasn’t until I had jaundiced two days after Christmas that I knew it was time to do something about it.  Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, I was quickly rushed through to be seen by a Doctor who immediately ordered a CT scan of my abdomen.  Several hours later I heard the words that would instill fear in the toughest of men – that there was a “mass” in my Pancreas.  The next morning I was sent to surgery to have a stent placed in my bile duct and a biopsy of the mass was taken. Two days later it was confirmed that I have Pancreatic Cancer.  The tumor was nearly 5cm in size in the head of my Pancreas and was quite aggressive.  I met with the Oncologist prior to being discharged from the hospital where I was left feeling there was absolutely no hope for a better tomorrow for me. 

 

I have always been a strong woman and after the initial shock and disbelief that I was likely facing the end of my days, that fight in me started to return. I was not convinced that this was the end and I just knew that dying was not an option for me! So I started researching every possible avenue of information about Pancreatic Cancer and Cancer in General.  I reached out to my family and friends on social media where the compassion, love and support I receive is astounding! Through them and the Cancer Center where I started chemotherapy treatments, I kept hearing about Clinical Trials. I had a basic knowledge of clinical trials only and was afraid to deter from a “proven” method of treatment.

 

I soon realized that information is empowerment and that most “proven” treatment methods used today were developed and recognized because of Clinical Trials. The very chemotherapy regiment I am on was founded just a few short years ago in Clinical Trials. That’s when I knew I had to change my thinking and participate – if not to cure myself, but to help find a cure for future generations.

 

One day, a very dear friend recommended I contact CureLauncher since my Oncologist had not found any Clinical Trials that I would qualify for. Amy contacted me the very same day I requested information from them and went to work right away to search for a match to a Clinical Trial for me. Within days she had located several options for me. I found out in the mean time that my treatments were working so well that my tumor had gone from “unresectable” to virtually “undetectable” on the CT scans! This meant I no longer qualified for the Clinical Trials and was unable to participate.  I am in remission and looking forward to a long healthy future – and I know that somewhere, some people faced with the same “death sentence” that I was – took part in the Clinical Trials that ultimately led to my own cure! I can’t say enough about CureLauncher.

 

 If you have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, take charge of your future and remember – information is EMPOWERMENT!


 

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