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christmas tree We highlight research, resources from around the World which improve our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of cancer, well-being and reduction in the risk of relapse after treatments.  


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Follow us on Twitter New iphone app launched to calculate and display PSA doubling time 
The rate of rise of PSA (potential PSA doubling time - PSAdt) is a much more sensitive measure of disease progression over a single level. The trouble, is it is difficult to calculate especially with varying time points between assays. This novel iphone app calculates the PSAdt within seconds. Not only that it produces an easily readable graph of both the PSA and PSAdt so you can easily see if an intervention is working - you can then email the graph to a computer to print out or physician to aid discussion - read more
Follow us on Twitter Pomi-T study given prominent exposure on Channel 5 news after NCRI conference

pomi-t-green A further analysis of the double blind RCT Pomi-T study presented at the NCRI conference last week again generated strong interest from the media


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This new data showed that men on the polyphenol rich whole food supplement  were 30% more likely to stay on surveillance compared to placebo ..More about study 

Follow us on Twitter Gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer risk
teeth plaque Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involved
the examination of stool samples of 47 people with colorectal cancer and 94 healthy people. Those with cancer had more Fusobacteria and Porphyromanas bacteria - linked with dental caries and mouth inflammation - than the healthy people. They were also more likely to be depleted of the beneficial bacteria Clostridia and butyrate - see mouth care guidelines
Follow us on Twitter Smoking after cancer diagnosis substantially increases death risk
quit smokingResearch published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention looked at  1,600 participants had been diagnosed with cancer. They found that compared to men who did not smoke after a cancer diagnosis, those who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent higher risk of death from all causes. The association for lung cancer but was also seen in those with stomach cancer, colorectal and bladder cancer - help to quit
Follow us on Twitter Revolutionary targeted image biopsy system investigated at Cambridge
Consultant Urologist Mr Christof Kastner is leading the investigation and implementation of a novel new biopsy system to detect early prostate cancer at Cambridge. This technique involves the integration of MRI scan and biopsy ultrasound.  Under a short general anaesthesia  the patient's prostate and potentially cancerous lesion is then visualised much more clearly to allow a precise biopsy through the perineum, known as a trans-perineal biopsy read more


Follow us on Twitter Obesity and smoking linked to breast implant failure
breast pain Research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons showed that women who were obese or smoked had a three fold higher rate of failure following breast reconstructive surgery. What's more, the study  involving15,000 women, aged 40 to 60, showed that this failure rate occurred soon after surgery requiring implant loss and re-surgery. Authors suggest it is very important that all women stop smoking before surgery particularly those who are overweight. - Lifestyle tips to loose weight


Follow us on Twitter Should we take vitamin D in the Winter - the debate continues
calcium vit d Most of us are Vitamin D deficient especially in the Winter. We also know that deficiency is linked to a number of chronic diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease. The trouble is, the evidence that taking a supplement to correct this deficiency and hence the disease is debatable. For example, research published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reviewed of 290 observational studies and 172 randomized controlled trials suggested that vitamin D supplements did not help prevent chronic health conditions. On the other hand, Prof Holick, from Boston University Medical Center disagrees. He feels these studies did not use the right dose and still recommends that everyone should be on 600 IU of vitamin D, and to treat vitamin D deficiency, you probably need 2,000 to 3,000 IU of vitamin D per day. - tips to increase your Vitamin D


  Follow us on Twitter Could broccoli help restore joint health? 


sts on mice and cells showed that a chemical present not just in broccoli but also in Brussels sprout and cabbage called glucoraphanin is taken by our body and turns it into sulforaphane, a compound that can protect our joints. Researchers will ask 20 volunteers to eat super-dosed broccoli, a cross between a regular broccoli and a wild relative from Sicily, everyday before surgeons will repair their badly arthritic knees.

Follow us on Twitter Chemo brain - now it's hormone brain!

depressed A number of men and women on hormone therapies report mental fogginess despite never having chemo. A study reported in Neuroscience has revealed the  biological basis for "hormone brain". Mice brain cells which produce the protective myelin sheaths (oligodendrocyte-type 2 astrocyte progenitor cells) were seen to be damaged by hormones. Fortunately, Dr. Noble's found that a new agent selumetinib protects normal cells but not cancer cells - further research will show whether his can be used in men and women on hormone therapies - In the mean time tips to improve brain power 

Follow us on Twitter Cancer partners UK Oncology units embrace survivorship rehabilitation

The csp programme The UK's largest private provider of radiotherapy is branching out to other aspects of cancer care including chemotherapy and survivorship rehabilitation. They have established formal links with the Penny Brohn centre's out reach programme and appointed Professor Thomas in an advisory capacity. The aim is to ensure that all patients are given bespoke self help information which will empower them to make the best lifestyle choices during and after cancer treatments - more about lifestyle after cancer

Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
nutritional testsMost top athletes measure their body's essential micro-nutrients to ensure they have the correct nutritional balance for optimal performance. These tests are now available for everyone especially those concerned about or who have survived cancer. A online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes (read evidence base).  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke advice programme which empowers the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which corrects deficiencies and lowers excesses to restore optimal nutritional status - read more about micro-nutrient testing
Lifestyle and Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after Cancer The 2011 edition of Lifestyle and Cancer dispells the myths by providing clear evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovey and reduce the risk of relapse after cancer  Order online


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Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe Free Chapter - Avoiding carcinogens