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Reduce Cancer Side Effects With These Popular Products – Lots To Live For, Inc.

Lots To Live For, Inc. Delivers Comfort During Cancer. We carefully select products for cancer patients that help to reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and offer them for sale on our website: www.LotsToLiveFor.com

With the start of the new year, we thought it would be helpful to review some of the most interesting products that we added to our selection in 2016, and also to recognize those tried and true products which our customers love.

Here are the most popular new products to battle cancer side effects which were added to our website selection during 2016:
PiperWai All Natural Deodorant
https://www.lotstolivefor.com/piperwai-natural-deodorant/
GingerPro capsules to reduce nausea https://www.lotstolivefor.com/ginger-pro/
Manuka Healing Cream https://www.lotstolivefor.com/manuka-healing-cream/
Chemotherapy Goody Bag
(great cancer gift) https://www.lotstolivefor.com/chemotherapy-goody-bag/

We also give a shout out to our all time favorites which customers rave about and continue to reorder and recommend to other patients:
RADX Radiation Therapy (best seller)
https://www.lotstolivefor.com/radx-radiation-therapy/
CoolMagic Gel Sheets (best seller) https://www.lotstolivefor.com/coolmagic-hydrogel-dressing-box-of-10/
My Girls Cream: https://www.lotstolivefor.com/my-girls-cream/
Comfort Slings: https://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/Comfort-Slings.html

Lots To Live For, Inc. Products

 

We thank you for allowing us to deliver comfort to cancer patients since our launch in 2002. Here is a link to a recent article in the Daily Voice that talks about the inspiration behind the launch of our business and some of our most popular products (click on the link below):
Upper Saddle River Woman Sells Products That Comfort Cancer Patients

 

Descriptions and links for all of the products follow.

PiperWai Deodorant

  • PiperWai is a charcoal creme deodorant that works completely naturally.
  • PiperWai has no artificial ingredients and most importantly contains NO aluminum and NO parabens.
  • PiperWai DOES contain natural ingredients that you don’t mind putting on your body!
  • PiperWai is the first creme deodorant to contain super-absorbant activated charcoal.
  • PiperWai rubs in clear and won’t discolor your clothes.

GingerPro 

GingerProGingerPro (manufactured by Thorne Research) promotes healthy peristalsis.* Studies also indicate that ginger can provide benefit for pregnancy-induced nausea, motion sickness, post-surgical nausea and vomiting, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), and gastroprotection from potentially irritating agents.* Studies also indicate ginger can provide benefit for menstrual discomfort and post-exercise muscle soreness.*

Manuka Healing Cream

Manuka Healing Cream (manufactured by EcoNatura) is blended with soothing and nourishing certified organic botanicals such as aloe gel, carrot and pumpkin to help protect and soothe skin by providing both vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and anti-bacterial properties. It makes a wonderful addition to any skin care regiment as well as first choice to help restore skin to it’s natural health.

Chemotherapy Goody Bag

This is a Great Gift for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. All of these items will enhance comfort during chemo. Chemo Goody Bag

  •  PiperWai Natural Deodorant – 2 oz. jar – stay dry and odor free naturally with an all natural deodorant with no parabens and no aluminum
  •  My Girls Cream – 1.7 oz. tube – calming hydration for skincare
  •  Bombas Socks – cozy, warm and comfortable. A treat for your feet!
  •  Queasy Drops – 21 lozenges, assorted flavors – the natural way to ease a queasy stomach. They  are effective due to their special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method.
The products below are customer favorites, and are ordered many times by the same customer, recommended by oncology professionals, and also recommended by patients to other patients (which is the best form of endorsement!).

RADX Radiation Therapy

RĀDX Radiation Therapy is made with a freshly ground, organic aloe base and lidocaine and several other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. RĀDX Radiation Therapy numbs pain, helps heal burning, irritation, redness and general skin breakdown, replenishes moisture and contributes to the skin’s regeneration process. RĀDX is metal-free and contains no ingredients that interfere with radiation treatments. Customers find this product extremely helpful and reorder throughout the course of their treatments.

Gel Sheets for Radiation Burn Care – Cool Magic Gel Sheets

Hydrogel sheets are a handy and noninvasive product that can be used for radiation burn care. They help to soothe and calm radiation burns. Some of our customers tell us they provide incredible relief from pain and itching and that allows them to continue with daily chores and especially to sleep at night! The great thing about gel sheets is that they can be left on for long periods of time (for some people, up to 3 days) and they provide continuous relief. You can also put the gel sheets over radiation creams such as the RADX radiation therapy cream or My Girls Cream. Cool Magic gel sheets receive rave customer reviews on cancer blogs.

CoolMagic comes in boxes of 10 sheets each.
Sizes are either: 3.75 inch square sheets or 6 x 8 inch sheets

My Girls Cream

My Girls Cream has a creamy texture that spreads easily over delicate skin and helps maintain the healthy appearance of the skin without staining clothes.

The new tube format preserves cream and dispenses just the right amount every time!  my girls 5 oz tube

Plant-based, calendula and rosemary skin care cream made with natural oils including coconut, olive, jojoba and avocado oil plus Vitamin E and Vitamin B5 (known for its benefits of plumping mature skin). It is free of parabens, fragrance or dyes for people who need to maintain the natural moisture balance of healthy skin after over-exposure to the elements or medical treatments such as radiation therapy.

ComfortSlings (R) and Pads for Radiation Therapy

ComfortSlings and inserts are designed to bring relief to painful and uncomfortable skin under the breast. The cushions prevent chafing, wick away perspiration and help prevent bacterial growth.  The Comfort Single Sling, designed especially for women receiving radiation for breast cancer, is worn when one is not wearing a bra. The strap is completely adjustable and will fit most everyone. Women have found that wearing a ComfortSling from the onset of radiation therapy, even before any side effects have begun to appear, is the most effective way to minimize uncomfortable side effects to the skin. Wearing the sling as many hours as possible throughout the day, will provide the most comfortable results. Many women also choose to wear the sling while sleeping.

We always welcome inquiries from entrepreneurs who have developed products that will help cancer patients.

We also welcome customer feedback.

Best wishes for health and happiness in the year ahead.

 

 

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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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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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Tips to Improve Comfort During Cancer Treatment / How To Combat Cancer Side Effects

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

 

Starting either chemotherapy or radiation oncology treatment can feel overwhelming. There are logistics and arrangements to consider, medical research and treatment options to review, as well as getting through daily tasks.  Patients often forget to explore how they can reduce cancer treatment side effects.  Reducing unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects is important because the more comfortable you feel during treatment, the more likely you will be to continue through treatments uninterrupted, and the better your overall frame of mind will be.  We will give you an overview of some simple ways you can combat the side effects of cancer treatment.

 

Lots to Live For, Inc.  offers a variety of products to help you reduce and relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  Many of the products have been developed by cancer survivors and thrivers who saw an unmet need when they went through treatment and decided to “pay it forward” by developing a solution. Many of these products are manufactured by small, innovative and entrepreneurial companies without a “national marketing machine” so they may not have recognizable brand names.

 

Radiation Skin Care

Radiation can cause many different skin reactions – including but not limited to dryness, redness, tenderness, burns, radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis. Some lotions and creams can be very effective at reducing these side effects. Highly effective brands include RADX radiation therapy, My Girls Skin Care (all natural) and 7 Cream (homeopathic). Gel sheets and pads such as CoolMagic hydro gel sheets or the Lind Skin Cooler Roll can be cooling and soothing, and can be applied directly, or over a radiation cream, providing intense relief. Explore products to help heal and soothe radiation burns at Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

Oral Care

It is a good idea to have your teeth cleaned, or other dental work performed before starting chemotherapy or radiation to your chest and neck area. Many medications will affect your mouth.  Use a gentle toothpaste, such as Biotene, and keep your mouth fresh and lubricated with gentle products such as Biotene or MouthKote Oral Balance can help to soothe mouth sores and enhance hydration.

 

Hair Care

Many chemotherapy medications can cause hair to fall out, and they can also make the scalp feel itchy and tingly. Explore the newly introduced Penguin Cold Cap to help hair retention during chemotherapy treatment. Thymuskin hair care topical products can help reduce hair loss and accelerate hair regrowth.  Alra shampoo and DermaQOL hair products can help ease an itchy scalp.

 

Nausea

Ginger is a natural product that can help nausea.  Biobands are acupressure wristbands that can also help.  Try Queasy Pops and Queasy Drops for added comfort.

 

Cancer Gifts

All of the products mentioned also make excellent gifts for cancer patients. If you are a friend, relative, caregiver, or co-worker consider a “gift of comfort” as an expression of your concern and support. Click here to find a collection of cancer gifts.

gift_of_comfort

Beyond personal care products that can help maintain comfort during cancer treatment we also share additional lifestyle suggestions.

 

Nutrition

There is a wealth of information dedicated to healthy eating during cancer treatment. One suggestion is: The American Cancer Society Complete Guide To Nutrition for Cancer Survivors.   There are many articles about superfoods, and the importance of reducing sugar in the diet. Remember to stay well hydrated! We suggest searching the internet for additional information.   The Anti-Cancer Club provides additional suggestions about nutrition.

 

Exercise

Research is increasingly proving that gentle exercise has many benefits. Physical activity can decrease depression and anxiety. Additional benefits from exercise may include the reduction of stress, increased confidence and reinforcement of other positive health habits. Exercise can also help the patient gain endurance, increase energy level and decrease fatigue, which may be caused by treatments. Studies have recently shown that exercise may in fact help prevent reoccurrence.

 

Items to Take to Treatment

Taking these items to treatment with you can help pass the time and keep you warm and comfortable.  Find a cheery and colorful bag to carry: a pen and pad so you can jot down medical questions, a journal if you like to write, an ipod or tablet computer, warm booties, a blanket, a meditation or breathing CD or phone app, a book, warm booties, Queasy Drops to keep your mouth hydrated and water or green tea for additional hydration. Remember to ask your oncology nurse whether these items can be used during your specific therapy.  Remember to dress comfortably too!

 

This article has offered tips to enhance your comfort during cancer treatment. If you find it helpful, please share it with others traveling a parallel journey.

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