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Cancer and Mental Health – What’s Really Going On? Part 1

Published by on April 14, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Why does cancer affect your mental health? And, is there anything you can do for your mental health with cancer to make life a little bit less stressful in the meantime? You may or may not know this, but… I’ve been a professional counsellor for the last 30+ years. And I’ve helped thousands of folks through incredibly hard times. Without tooting my own horn too much, it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about mental health! 🙂 Working so closely with cancer patients and their loved ones during the past decade, since CTOAM began, has made me realize, even more deeply, how crucial it is to have awareness about what you’re going through emotionally… How Cancer and Mental Health Affect You You...
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Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment?

Published by on April 7, 2021 | Share your thoughts

We get asked this question a lot from our patients and readers. It makes sense… Since diet is one of things you can have control over during your cancer care! Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, made a video to explain which foods you should be avoiding when you’re on cancer treatment: 👉 Watch here Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment With chemo, Alex says you definitely want to avoid eating foods that are involved in inflammation. These include… Saturated fats – often found in cheeses, meats, and junk food Acrylamides – a byproduct of barbecuing, cooking, and used in the food industry Bisphenols – a compound found in water bottles and in the lining of tin cans. (Bisphenols are what Alex calls an ‘endocrine effector’,...
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2 Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care

Published by on February 24, 2021 | Share your thoughts

When it comes to lifestyle changes for cancer care, almost every patient I talk to asks this question: What should I be eating to help me beat cancer?  But less than half will ask about other self-care aspects, like exercise – and this is actually just as important… So here’s the skinny on both for you! See what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about the best diet and exercise plan for cancer patients: Watch here 👇 Important Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care First up…diet! In a nutshell, cancer patients will generally want to follow a longevity diet: ✅ Intermittent fasting✅ Reduced caloric intake✅ Mostly vegetarian diet (especially after 50 years old)✅ Foods that are easily digested✅ Wide variety of plant-based foods Dietary...
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Can Meditation Help with Cancer?

Published by on February 10, 2021 | Share your thoughts

CTOAM’s Cancer Expert Explores the Connection Between Meditation and Cancer… “When I was going through treatment, I started meditating every day. I’d never done that before but Alex suggested it and some other friends of mine did, too. It definitely helped. That was years ago…as I started to feel better and my life went back to normal, I stopped. Life just got busy. And yeah, I’d like to get back into it…it was really beneficial.” – Annette That’s what one of our patients, Annette, shared with me when we talked a few months ago about how she was feeling being in long-term remission, and reflecting on her journey with cancer and CTOAM. We helped Annette go from stage IV to long-term remission with our Precision...
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7 Ways to Accept Support When You Have Cancer

Published by on January 20, 2021 1 Comment

It took a while – 3 years, to be exact – but Barbara finally learned to accept help from others.  Who was her teacher? Cancer.  Now, I’m the first to say that having cancer is just crap. It sucks. (To put it mildly.) Period. AND…having cancer also forces you to grow in ways you could’ve never imagined. You see, Barbara was diagnosed 6 years ago with cervical cancer.  She’s doing fine now, thanks to a second opinion from Alex and our team at CTOAM!  But back then – before she reached out to us – things were not going well.  She was still only using standard care at that time, which meant chemo.  On her best days, she felt a bit weak and fatigued…and on...
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Does Green Tea Help with Cancer?

Published by on January 13, 2021 | Share your thoughts

What’s one super simple thing you can do every day to feel better? The answer is steeping in your favorite mug… Green tea! Yes, that’s right. Drinking green tea does so much goodness for your body, like…controlling certain genes in cancers. 🧬 How?  Here’s what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about green tea…Watch here ⬇️ Green tea has an active ingredient called ECGC (aka ‘epigallocatechin gallate’…phew, what a mouthful!). ECGC is pretty powerful. 👊 In fact, it’s capable of: ✅ Binding to & activating control regions of certain tumor suppressors ✅ Reducing angiogenesis (as in, when tumors recruit your blood vessels for their own malicious intent.)  But… All green teas are not created equal. Here’s a handy reference chart to see which ones...
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Emotional Support for Cancer Patients: A Simple Way to Get More!

Published by on December 30, 2020 1 Comment

Susan will never forget the day when she was recovering from breast cancer surgery in the hospital. (Who is Susan, you ask? That’s psychologist Susan Silk – and through her experience with breast cancer, she’s learned a LOT…not just about cancer, but about the dos and don’ts of emotional support for cancer patients.) But back to that time in the hospital… Understandably, Susan didn’t feel like having any visitors that day. She was exhausted and just wanted to be alone to rest and recharge. So when a colleague unexpectedly came to visit her, Susan explained to him how she felt. Guess what he said to Susan? “Well, this isn’t about you!”  Hmm… I think you’ll probably agree that this is not the best way he...
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Cancer Patient Advocacy: How to Be the Squeaky Wheel

Published by on December 16, 2020 | Share your thoughts

“Be the squeaky wheel.” That’s what Annette kept hearing people tell her when she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She and her husband were ready to do anything.  They wanted to squeak…but as Annette shared: “How are we supposed to be the squeaky wheel when we have no idea what to squeak about?” She’s right. It’s a chicken and egg situation. It’s impossible to advocate for yourself when you don’t even know what to advocate for! You know there are probably way better diagnostics and treatments than you’ve been offered through standard care. But you don’t know what they are… And if even you did, you still don’t know how to ask for them, or whom to ask… So you’re stuck feeling confused about...
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Join our Cancer Advocacy and Education Facebook Group!

Published by on November 30, 2020 1 Comment

👉 Join our new Cancer Advocacy and Education Facebook group We can all agree: having cancer is really hard! When you get a diagnosis of cancer, everything – and nothing – changes.  I mean…life still goes on around you: you still need to pay the bills, weed the garden, make dinner, do the dishes and call your sister.  But inside, your life is forever changed. You will never again take life for granted.  You’re being forced to go on a mission you did not ask for, a journey you’d much prefer not to take. But here you are.  And while you might not be sure just what to do, you are sure that how you handle this next phase of your life – how you...
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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Microbiome

Published by on September 9, 2020 2 Comments

Can the health of your gut microbiome affect your treatment outcome? The short answer is…yes! It turns out that having a diverse gut microbiome is actually really important when it comes to cancer care.  For example, a recent study shows that having a healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved treatment outcomes for patients with metastatic kidney cancer. (You can read more about the study here.) But no matter what type of cancer you have, a good rule of thumb is to keep your gut microbiome as healthy as possible.In fact, it’s so important that CTOAM’s cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made an entire Ask Alex episode about it! Watch here ⬇️ Want to Diversify Your Gut Microbiome? Here are 3 simple ways:...
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