"Winning the war on Cancer" a new book by Sylvie Beljanski

“Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been used for many years to fight cancer, but the success of these treatments is low at best. Research studies have discovered possible natural alternatives that may help find a cancer cure.”

Sylvie Beljanski

December 28, 2018
Cancer stem cells are the key to understanding metastasis

Cancer Stem Cells and Metastasis

Cancer tumors are made up of different types of cells. The primary tumor is made up of “regular cancer cells”, once healthy cells whose cell growth regulation gene were altered and damaged by toxins. This alteration causes the unregulated division of cell growth which forms into a tumor. The other type of cell in a tumor are cancer stem cells. Much like regular stem cells, cancer stem cells are capable of resisting treatments and proliferating from the original tumor to metastasize in other parts of the body. Chemotherapy and other available treatments target the primary tumor; however, the cancer stem cells can remain and eventually cause a relapse.  Once the cancer metastizes, it is incredibly difficult to treat due to its increased resistance. Metastatic cancer is responsible for 90% of cancer patient deaths, a statistic which has not improved for over fifty years. Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells Current cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy are capable of killing cancer tumors, but that only leads to remission. None of the current treatments available can effectively kill cancer stem cells, which is what causes the relapse. While these treatments may be able to kill a relapsed tumor, the remission […]
December 28, 2018
Extensive research is compiled from clinical trials.

Who Should Participate in Clinical Trials?

The evolution of oncology treatments can be attributed to the extensive research and data compilation from clinical trials. These research studies are used to determine newer and more effective ways to treat cancer. They expand treatment options for all cancer patients. The more people participate, the faster the research can become legitimized as anti-cancer therapies.  Clinical trials provide patients with new and emerging therapies which may actually be better than current cancer treatments. It offers patients the chance to help others by improving treatments for other cancer patients. According to data, the implementation of clinical trials has an overall benefit of increasing the survival rate of cancer patients. However, there are only about 5% of cancer patients that actually participate, particularly within the demographic of adolescents and young adults. What Are Clinical Trials? A clinical trial takes two groups of patients and divides them into two groups. One is an experimental group and the other is the control group. The group that has been selected for the experiment will receive the new drug while the control group is given standard treatment. Researchers then compare the two groups depending on specific criteria, such as how well the cancer is affected and […]
December 28, 2018
All cancer treatments have serious side effects

Coping with Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Cancer treatment is difficult. Each of the current treatments available have many side effects which can be debilitating and interrupt daily life. These side effects occur due to the treatments effecting healthy organs and tissue. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy all have their host of issues. While these treatments are ultimately designed to help rid patients of their cancer, they can be just as difficult to deal with. This is why oncology teams provide complementary care alongside cancer treatment to help patients cope with the side effects. Complementary therapies can range from drugs, such as anti-emetics, to holistic therapies like acupuncture. Integrating the best complementary and alternative care can help manage side effects and cancer symptoms. What are Complementary and Alternative Therapies? Complementary and alternative medicines are types of methods used to help ease symptoms of cancer and treatments to improve the quality of life for patients. Patients should consult with their doctors to see what kind of complementary therapies are offered alongside their mainstream cancer treatments. Depending on the side effect, there can be a multitude of different therapies. These therapies are not meant to cure or treat any disease and should not be used to replace any medication […]
December 28, 2018
Chemotherapy can help treat your cancer, but it has many side effects.

Dealing with the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is one of the most well-known and commonly used treatments to fight against cancer. Chemotherapy is actually an umbrella term for several different types of drugs which fall under three different treatments. There is the standard treatment, traditional treatment and cytotoxic treatment. Usually chemotherapy is used in combination with other treatments, such as surgery or with radiation therapy, but it can be used on its own. Because it can be used to kill localized cancer as well as metastasized cancer, chemotherapy is considered ideal. However, the drugs used are very toxic and do not focus solely on cancer cells. They kill healthy cells and tissues as well, which causes the associated side effects. The treatment is effectively poisoning the body to get rid of the cancer. The side effects can severely impact the daily life of cancer patients. What Are the Side Effects? Side effects to chemotherapy depend on several different factors. The treatment can be administered differently depending on the cancer that is being treated. Patients may receive chemo in different ways including orally, intravenously, through intra-muscular injections and sub-cutaneous injections. Side effects are also affected by the type of drugs being used as well as the health […]