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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
An overview about Blood Cancer.
Bringing attention to the after-math of surviving cancer is extremely important, as more people than ever are surviving cancer. Dr. Puc offers some things to consider based off more than 20-years of experience in the clinical practice of adult hematology and medical oncology.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States.
A wide variety of dietary nutrients and herbs have been studied and found to be effective for both prevention of and therapy of established breast cancer. Here is a short list of top picks:
For those of you who attended our cancer conference , Who is in Control: You or Cancer? on Nov 7, 2015 at the Marriot Hotel and submitted a question for our panel, here are the answers submitted by Dr. Heidi Puc, as promised.
A groundbreaking study from 2000, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women undergoing high-dose chemotherapy for breast cancer who were getting acupuncture had 1/3 the number of emetic episodes (vomiting) compared to women receiving triple anti-emetic drug therapy alone.
We spoke with Dr. Puc about holistic treatments she feels are most beneficial for battling metastatic breast cancer and why.
Does that title surprise you? What goodness could possibly come from the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis? In my twenty plus years of clinical practice in adult oncology, I have seen the full spectrum of patient emotions and journeys—leaving some patients feeling defeated, yet others empowered.
I have learned, and witnessed, that curing may not always be possible, but tremendous healing can be.
Let me tell you about Mary. I met Mary when she was 60 years old.She sat in my office at our initial consultation, with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer.Mary was angry, bitter, frightened, and deflated—all at once.As a busy, “Type A”, highly successful real estate agent, she said, “I don’t have time for this #!%&* cancer!!”Her career was her life—unmarried, no children, no hobbies, no religious or spiritual support, and estranged from many family members.
As she cried, both sad and angry at the same time, I held her hand and told her I would do my best to get the cancer into remission.I tried but unsuccessfully fought off my gut instinct that was telling me I needed to take a “leap of faith” with her.I said, “Mary, I would like you to meditate on what gift this cancer is providing for you.”She was at once stunned, and then with a slightly nervous smile Mary said, “Ok I will do it.”
That was ten years ago.Mary had from that moment found her inner strength.She re-created the story of her life.She slowed down the intensity of her real estate work.She regularly meditated and journaled, and joined a meditation group.She ate healthier foods and exercised more, often taking walks in nature.Mary reunited with family members and friends whom she previously discarded—they could not believe her transformation.Her smiles and laughter melted away her angry brow.Mary’s cancer responded quite well to various hormones and chemotherapies, often with few if any side effects.
In late 2013, Mary’s cancer had become resistant to conventional therapies, and she weakened.She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, almost ten years since her diagnosis.
I remember that at my final visit with her, Mary had appeared withered and pale, yet she maintained a warm glimmer in her eyes and a welcoming smile.Mary said, “I want to thank you for asking me to look for the gift my cancer was giving me…I found it.”I asked, “What was the gift?”She responded, “The gift was the message to slow down, to see what really had value in my life, and to feel joy—joy I couldn’t feel before the cancer came.You know, I wasn’t really living before the cancer arrived.That cancer allowed me to truly live.”As my eyes filled with tears, I smiled, and I held her hand.
Integrative Oncology focuses on nutritional, herbal, and mind-body therapies that can complement standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation in order to strengthen the immune system, minimize side effects, and improve quality of life, encouraging the best overall outcome.