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Immune boosting tips during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by MIOG support team on 19 March 2020
Immune boosting tips during the COVID-19 pandemic
Whilst there are no magic pills you can take to protect yourself from getting any virus, including COVID-19, there are a number of things you can do to support the strength of your immune system and body's ability to manage incoming pathogens and illnesses.
Eat fresh food Vibrant plant foods are the best sources of nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are essential for your immune system to work efficiently. Forget stocking up on frozen pizzas, and instead ...

Cancer Related Fatigue

Posted by Lauren Young on 12 September 2019
Cancer Related Fatigue
Of all the side effects of cancer treatment, some expected, some unexpected, cancer related fatigue is the most common and the most debilitating.   What is cancer related fatigue? Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a persistent lack of energy that is not significantly improved by sleep, and is not due to over exertion. CRF feels different to a tiredness you might feel at the end of a long day that is restored with a good nights' sleep. CRF can make it difficult to cope with the ...

Mama's Got a New Bag

Posted by MIOG Community on 29 August 2019
Mama's Got a New Bag
It may not be Luis Vuitton or Prada....but mama's got a new (ileostomy) bag.  Tales and experiences with a colostomy from one of our wonderful patients. Hi there, welcome to the club! If your experience was anything like mine, you were so beautifully cared for by the stoma nurses in hospital following your surgery. It felt like a safe little cocoon, and entering out into the world with your Colostomy bag (c-bag) on board felt a bit like leaving home. What I'd like to poin...

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...

Exercise Physiology for Patients with Cancer

Posted by Moving Beyond Cancer on 14 May 2019
Exercise Physiology for Patients with Cancer
  Should patients with cancer exercise? Historically patients with cancer were advised to rest, however these days we know better! Physical activity and targeted exercise are beneficial for cancer prevention, recovery and survival, and should be a part of every cancer management program. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Americal College of Sports Medicine, and the specialist journal Oncology all have published multiple studies and review articles confirming...

Mindfulness Meditation for Patients with Cancer

Posted by MIOG support team on 10 May 2019
Mindfulness Meditation for Patients with Cancer
  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 - ...

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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 lymp...
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