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 booksWe highlight research, resources from around the World which improve our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of cancer, well-being and reduce the risk of relapse after treatments.  


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 Follow us on Twitter E -cigarettes linked to teenage smoking

Use of e-cigarettes may not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among US adolescents. This was the conclusion of a cross-sectional analysis of survey data from a representative sample of 30,000 middle and high school students who completed the National Youth Tobacco Survey. The results were reported in JAMA Pediatrics by the Center for Tobacco Research and Education at the University of California  - read more 

 Follow us on Twitter Sexual dysfunction common after lung cancer treatments as well
kissing The sexual expression and intimacy problems are usually reported amoung patients treated for pelvic tumours but research presented at the 4th European Lung Cancer Conference  in Geneva, Switzerland have reported these problems effect patients with other tumours. They found that sexual dysfunction affects between the majority of patients with lung cancer who undergo cancer treatment. Studies have shown that these problems can persist as time passes, rather than improving. - read more
Follow us on Twitter Pomi-T study - fully paper published

pomi-t-green The final results of the landmark double blind RCT Pomi-T study have been published this week in the Nature journal Prostate cancer and Prostate Diseases. It found a significant effect on the rate of PSA progression and  men were 30% more likely to stay on surveillance compared to placebo. MRI images of disease tended to correlate with PSA levels and there was no effect on testosterone.

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Follow us on Twitter New iphone app make it easier 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. 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 New evidence for the importance of vitamin Vitamin D and breast cancer  

sunbathingA recent overview of five international studies has added credibility to those who believe vitamin D deficiency is important contributing factor for breast cancer. They found that women with higher serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] at diagnosis were associated with longer survival.  Specifically, patients in the highest quintile of 25(OH)D had approximately half the death rate from breast cancer as those in the lowest. Authors concluded that all patients with breast cancer should be restored to the normal range (30-80 ng/ml), with appropriate monitoring. - measure your vitamin D levels


 Ref: Mohr et al Anticancer Research March 2014 vol. 34 no. 3 1163-1166  

  Follow us on Twitter Broccoli positively effects your genetic expression 


Study shows that the healthy polyphenols and phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables alters the way our genes are expressed - damping down the genes that promote cancer and promoting the genes that fight it - see a video about the trial

 Follow us on Twitter Free Gym membership reduces aromatase inhibitor associated joint pains

exerciseThe HOPE study enrolled 121 breast cancer who were taking aromatase inhibitors for an average of 1.5 years and experiencing at least mild arthralgias. Women who were randomised to a year long program of exercise had significantly less joint pain. Morever, a dose-response relationship was seen with exercise. That is, the more adherent patients had more improvement in joint pain. Those also given a free gym membership had even greater effect - read  more


Follow us on Twitter More evidence that Yoga after breast cancer eases pain and fatigue

depressedA randomised study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, involving 191 women with breast cancer  found that, after radiation treatment,  yoga and stretching groups experienced decreases in pain and  fatigue, compared  controls. Additionally, months after the radiation treatment, the yoga group self-reported higher general health, and were also more likely than the other two groups to say that they found some kind of meaning of life from their cancer experience. Women in the yoga group had the greatest reduction in cortisol levels across the day, which reflected the ability of yoga to help regulate stress hormones. - read more about exercise after cancer

Follow us on Twitter  MRI and Ultrasound fusion leads to more precise biopsy for early prostate cancer
Consultant Urologist Mr Christof Kastner has lead the 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. 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 Mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy help insomnia  
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A study 111 cancer patients with insomnia were randomly assigned to a cognitive-behavioral therapy program consisting of eight weekly 90-minute sessions or a mindfulness-based stress reduction program consisting of eight weekly 90-minute sessions and a 6-hour weekend silent retreat - The results showed a significant improvement in sleep patterns in both groups  - read more


  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.

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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