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Breast Cancer - It's Not All About The Oestrogen

Posted by Tanya Wells on 18 July 2019
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 t...

Prostate Cancer

Posted by Dr Shala Rasouli on 27 June 2019
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men. Presenting symptoms of prostate cancer: Some men have no symptoms at all this is called 'Asymptomatic presentation'. Frequent urination (especially at night) Difficulty holding back urine (dribbling) or starting urination Interrupted or weak flow of urine Burning or painful urination Painful ejaculation Blood in semen or urine In some cases, prostate cancer can present wit...

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Christine Lee on 24 May 2019
Peripheral Neuropathy is a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy: especially the taxanes (paclitaxel and docetaxel), the platins (cisplatin, carboplatin) and vinca alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine). It is the tingling or numb sensation in the hands and/or feet, and is caused by nerve damage that occurs from the treatment. It can be quite painful, and may significantly impact fine motor skills and daily function, such as handling utensils, writing, typing and, when affectin...

Mindfulness Meditation for Patients with Cancer

Posted by MIOG support team on 10 May 2019
  Meditation is no longer associated with highly spiritual people sitting cross legged under a tree. It is becoming increasingly popular even with us common folk, and is proving to be very effective for managing stress and anxiety. A cancer diagnosis is clearly one of the most stressful things that can happen, and clinical studies are showing that Meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction are very useful and should not be taken for granted. It is easy, safe and free - ...

Cancer at 22

Posted by Georgina McCormack on 3 May 2019
Twenty-two is such a strange age to endure a life threatening disease. I was almost twenty-three years old, and from down the other end of the phone, from a doctor who was almost not going to bother running tests because I was "so healthy", told me that it was cancer. A late stage, but curable, blood cancer. I was too young to have wisdom under my belt, as were any of my friends trying to comfort me. I was too old to adopt the method of my youth and excitedly stay home fr...

The Role of Functional Foods in Cancer

Posted by MIOG support team on 18 April 2019
What are functional foods? Functional foods are foods that have health benefits beyond providing basic nutrition. They have been researched and found to specifically influence health and reduce the risk of disease. Some people may call them superfoods, but there are many unsuspecting foods not labelled as 'super' which are also very beneficial and in fact very functional. A well-known example is the humble oat. Oats contain soluble fibre and beta-glucan which has been shown...

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Breast Cancer - It's Not All About The Oestrogen

Posted by Tanya Wells on 18 July 2019
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, they undergo a biopsy during which 3 receptivity markers are tested:...

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