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An Opportunity I Never Saw Coming

Posted by Dr Katrina Caine on 6 August 2020
An Opportunity I Never Saw Coming

Hello, my name is Kate Caine. I've been a patient at MIOG as part of my treatment for breast cancer. In my regular world, I am an Osteopath with my own practice here in Melbourne. I have also been a Medical Scientist and Lecturer to student Osteopaths and Massage Therapists. I've been used to making a diagnosis for my patients and guiding their recoveries but recently, I've had to sit on the other side of the desk and receive a diagnosis myself. And then listen to others...

Brassica vegetables and broccoli sprouts and their benefit for cancer management

Posted by Vivian Klaver on 4 June 2020
Brassica vegetables and broccoli sprouts and their benefit for cancer management
If you have ever come in for a consultation here at MIOG, you will have heard our Naturopaths and Nutritionists talk about Brassicas. This humble family of vegetables is of particular interest in the Integrative Oncology world, as they contain valuable little plant compounds that have an incredible benefit for health. "Brassicas are also known as Cruciferous Vegetables, as they grow in the shape of a cross. Turn over a cauliflower or brussel sprout and have a look at the leaf formati...

What is Lymphoedema?

Posted by Sachini Ganhewa on 1 April 2020
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition where there is an excessive build-up of protein rich fluid in a part of the lymphatic system, which causes localised swelling. Lymphoedema can occur as a result of cancer treatment where lymph nodes that are normally responsible for filtering the lymph fluid are either removed by surgery or affected by the use of radiation therapy. Approximately 20% of patients treated for breast, melanoma, gynaecological or prostate cancer will develop secondary lymphoe...

Breast cancer - a story of love, loss and transformation.

Posted by MIOG Community on 12 March 2020
Breast cancer - a story of love, loss and transformation.
My story is one of love, loss and transformation. It began four years ago with my husband's suicide.
I responded to his death the only way I knew how: I was stoic and resilient. After taking a couple of months off work, I went back to my executive role. I went back to competitive running. I saw a counsellor each Wednesday to "schedule" my grief, but otherwise soldiered on with life and thought I was coping really well.
Two and a half years later, in November 2018, I found a...

Dietary approaches in cancer

Posted by Vivian Klaver on 30 January 2020
Dietary approaches in cancer
Vegan, paleo, keto, low carb, mediterranean, intermittent fasting..... 
There are so many buzz words when it comes to diet these days, and most people are left confused and frustrated, not knowing what to put into their bodies. Particulary when managing or preventing cancer, diet and nutrition are incredibly important. Unfortunately, "dietary trends" don't take into account the individual needs of a person, their health status, and physical and emotional coping abilit...

Breast Cancer - It's Not All About The Oestrogen

Posted by Tanya Wells on 18 July 2019
Breast Cancer - It's Not All About The Oestrogen
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, they undergo a biopsy during which 3 receptivity markers are tested: ER (oestrogen), PR (progesterone) and HER2 (human epidermal growth factor). Each of these can be positive or negative, suggesting whether cancer cells are receptive to these hormones. This defines the type of breast cancer present. Most common types of breast cancer are: ER/PR+ve HER2 -ve (70-80%) ER/PR-ve HER2 +ve (20%) Triple negative (meaning all the three above...

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Herbal Spotlight: Withania

Posted by MIOG support team on 17 September 2020
Herbal Spotlight: Withania
What is Withania? You may have heard of the herb called Withania: also known as Withania Somnifera, Winter Cherry...
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