The Good Life Magazines

Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 8 of 27

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'd like to pay special tribute to the women and families who have battled breast cancer. Come by and see us today! Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (706) 259-0668 054000199729 054000199918 Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 9 a more fringe option, they've moved into the mainstream in the last decade, Pearman says. Some of that is attributable to more studies being funded on these therapies, while the larger portion is that patients are seeking it out more often. "The breast cancer patients that I see are interested in natural therapies to help reduce their side effects during treatment and to help prevent breast cancer recurrence," Deneen says. Beyond assisting in their own recovery, Pearman notes that utilizing complementary therapies gives breast cancer patients a hand in their own treatment plan, alleviating some of the feelings of powerlessness that come with the diagnosis. Additionally, more patients are realizing that eradicating cancer requires whole body support. Nutritional guidance is of particular importance here as Deneen notes that the treatments for cancer as well as the cancer itself can affect a patient's appetite, digestion, and absorption, causing fatigue, weakness and possibly stalling treatments as patients have a tougher time recovering from cycle to cycle. Additionally, Pearman points out that while it may seem that treatments cause significant weight loss, in the case of breast cancer treatments, weight gain can be a common side effect. Several reasons may account for this, primarily lessened physical activity combined with hormonal changes that prevent weight loss. Working closely with nutrition experts that specialize in breast cancer can help manage and prevent complications that may accompany treatment. The mind-body connection should also not be ignored when discussing complementary therapies. Counseling, support groups, meditation, and yoga are just a few ways that patients can center the brain in support of healing. "High levels of stress can negatively impact the immune system," Deneen says. Stress reduction is essential during treatment and recovery. Many cancer centers now offer these integrative services and cancer- research organizations, including the American Cancer Society, provide information on their web sites, including how to find providers, illustrating the usefulness of these therapies as well as their place in mainstream medicine. In addition to combatting the effects of breast cancer and its treatment, the simple act of researching, seeking out and utilizing complementary therapies can give patients a psychological boost. There is great value in a patient's sense of empowerment, which may be the most complementary therapy of all. © CTW Features

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of The Good Life Magazines - Breast Cancer Awareness 2015