Music Heals The Soul, But Can It Heal The Body Too?
Posted to our Facebook page – February 9, 2017
Cancer patients often experience a depressed or anxious mood, as well as pain, and decreased quality of life. An exciting and very non-invasive area of medicine is music therapy. This article explores the merits of music therapy and its beneficial effects on anxiety, pain, depressed mood, fatigue, and even heart rate and blood pressure. Music Therapy may be another undervalued, under-appreciated, and under-studied area of complementary medicine for cancer patients. We suggest cancer patients ask their healthcare providers about music therapy!
Want to know more? Click here: http://www.cochrane.org/CD006911/GYNAECA_can-music-interventions-benefit-cancer-patients
Gallbladder Cancer: What You Need To Know.
Posted to our Facebook page – February 6, 2017
Here you can find all about bile duct cancer including risk factors, symptoms, detection, diagnosis and how it is treated.
Cancer Prevention 101
Posted to our Facebook page – February 2, 2017
Check out these 7 tips to reduce your risk.
Cervical Cancer: How to Treat It
Posted to our Facebook page – January 25, 2017
Treatment choice is one of the most important stages for someone with cervical cancer.
But other factors can also affect your treatment options, including the location of the cancer within the cervix, the exact type of cancer, your age and overall health, and whether you want to have children. This article talks about treatment options for cervical cancer, stage by stage.
Cervical Cancer: How To Detect It
Posted to our Facebook page – January 21, 2017
Cervical cancer, a common cause of cancer-related deaths in low and middle income countries, is easily treated if detected early.
To help detect the cancer at early stage, Nimmi Ramanujam, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health and Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, has developed a device called a POCkeT (Point Of Care Tampon) colposcope. This article talks about developing, testing and researching the uses of the POCkeT colposcope.
Cervical Cancer: What To Know
Posted to our Facebook page – January 17, 2017
This educational video from the Foundation for Women's Cancer features a board certified Gynecologic Oncologist answering questions such as: What is cervical cancer? What is HPV? How can I find out if I have HPV? When should I get my first pap test? How can I lessen my chances of getting cervical cancer?
Interested? Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aeKuzPwSSU
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Posted to our Facebook page – January 9, 2017
So we want to provide you with information on what cervical cancer is along with the conventional and complementary treatments use to treat it. This week, we focus on Cervical Cancer (the types, the symptoms and the risk factors).
Make Sure You're In The Know!
Posted to our Facebook page – December 28, 2016
The majority of breast cancer patients use complementary and/or integrative therapies during and beyond cancer treatment to manage symptoms, prevent toxicities, and improve quality of life. Practice guidelines are needed to inform clinicians and patients about safe and effective therapies.
Read more here: Clinical Practice Guidelines
Can Acupuncture Help Those Post-Mastectomy Side Effects?
Posted to our Facebook page – December 16, 2016
This study published in the Oncology Nursing Forum assesses acupuncture and symptom relief in women who have had mastectomies. Results showed significant reduction in pain, nausea, anxiety, and an increase in the ability to cope after the operation in the group receiving acupuncture. And that's just poking the surface!
Health Is Just a ZAP Away!
Posted to our Facebook page – December 8, 2016
Side effects like joint pain, depression, and anxiety, are so troubling in Breast Cancer that almost 50 percent of women stop taking the drugs, which increases the risk of cancer returning. But now, Penn researchers have found a new way to zap away these side effects.
When TV Meets Reality
Posted to our Facebook page – November 22, 2016
'American Greed' just had an episode about Bay Medical and Dr. Fata whom ran one of the nation’s largest cancer facilities. He purposefully over treated and misdiagnosed patients for years with many locations.
Looking For Some Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes?
Posted to our Facebook page – November 20, 2016
We got your back! And just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to stray from your plant-based diet. Here are some awesome dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner that are good for your body too.
Get Your Notebooks Out!
Posted to our Facebook page – November 18, 2016
Watch this riveting video courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute on Integrative Oncology:
Lean, Green Health-Machine!
Posted to our Facebook page – November 10, 2016
This study shows positive evidence in favor of plant-based diets, helping cancer patients and survivors lead healthier lifestyles.
Immunotherapy To The Rescue??
Posted to our Facebook page – November 6, 2016
New studies showed that the medications, which marshal the body’s own immune defenses, are now having some effect against 'difficult-to-treat' head and neck cancer and even an extremely lethal skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma.
Interested in reading more? Visit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/04/19/breakthrough-cancer-therapy-shows-growing-promise/?utm_term=.5b44d61ff5f0
T Cell Therapy
Posted to our Facebook page – October 26, 2016
This article describes some of the most recent and promising advances in engineered T cell therapy, specifically related to what the next generation of T cell therapy is likely to entail.
For more, read: http://www.nature.com/nrc/journal/v16/n9/full/nrc.2016.97.html
Nanorobot's to the Rescue!
Posted to our Facebook page – October 18, 2016
Researchers from Canadian institutions have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to target cancerous cells of tumours and reduce drug toxicity in heathy tissues.
Posted to our Facebook page – October 14, 2016
Hummus is a huge component of the Mediterranean diet. And other than being a tasty treat, research has shown Hummus has many benefits in reducing the risk of cancer. Sounds too good to be true? Watch this video and learn how to make this power-food in 3 minutes!
Time To Get Physical Before Your Next Physical?
Posted to our Facebook page – October 6, 2016
New research shows a link between physical activity and increased cognitive brain function. Even a few minutes of activity can have years of positive impact!!
Complementary Approaches on Cancer Treatment
Posted to our Facebook page – September 26, 2016
This article provides an introductory overview of complementary health approaches that have been studied for cancer prevention, treatment of the disease, or symptom management, their efficacy and safety. Complementary health approaches include natural products, such as herbs (botanicals) and other dietary supplements, and also mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
Acupuncture Can Help with Hot Flashes
Posted to our Facebook page – September 20, 2016
Hot flashes (HFs) are a particularly common and distressing symptom in breast cancer survivors (BCS). Treatment of HFs in BCS has proven difficult due to the limitations and side effects of conventional therapies.
Estrogen replacement, the most effective treatment for HFs has been found to cause new cancer events in BCS and is now generally avoided. This study seeks to identify attitudes and beliefs about using acupuncture for HFs by BCS as an alternative therapy.
Get Into Healthy Grilling!
Posted to our Facebook page – September 8, 2016
Lighten up your next barbecue by applying the principles of the Mediterranean diet to any type of cuisine, with recipes and tips from Nancy Harmon Jenkins.
The key to healthy grilling is simple: Mediterranean diet uses lots of vegetables, lots of legumes, lots of carbohydrates, and very restrictive amounts of meat with zero hours of fussy preparations.
How To Eat When You Have Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – August 1, 2016
Check out this article on what to eat when you have cancer. Eating healthy before starting your treatment will keep your body strong lower your risk of infection. Once you begin treatment, you should focus on eating lots of lean protein, vegetables, and fruits on your good days. This will help your body to repair any damage from your treatments.
Physical Activity and Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – July 27, 2016
There have been many studies that have consistently found that those who increase their physical activity can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent compared to those who are sedentary. Let’s get moving!!
IT'S HOT!!!! How about six healthy popsicles for a hot summer’s day?
Posted to our Facebook page – July 24, 2016
From Vegan Black Bean Fudge Pops, which provides a good dose of fiber in every pop to Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Popsicles, which give you a protein punch that’ll satisfy your hunger! Try one (or all) of these recipes to cool you down on a hot summer’s day.
Acupuncture Can Help with Hot Flashes
Posted to our Facebook page – July 21, 2016
Acupuncture and hot flashes in breast cancer patients
In a new study, real and fake acupuncture helped women more than the real drugs designed to reduce hot flashes with fewer side effects. Check out the article below, which has a link to an actual study!
Physical Exercise & Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – June 29, 2016
There are many studies in the United States and around the world that have consistently found if you increase your physical activity, you can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent relative to those who remain sedentary. Check out this article on the impact of physical activity on different types of cancer.
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – June 19, 2016
Happy Father’s Day to all of our supporters! On this Father’s Day, think about talking to your dad about prostate cancer and see if screening is right for him. Did you know aging is the biggest risk factor for prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men besides skin cancer and often has no early symptoms. Check out the common risk factors for prostate cancer and talk to your dad about screening today!
Integrative Oncology & Stress
Posted to our Facebook page – June 17, 2016
Integrative oncology can help cancer patients manage their stress along with their mental and physical health. Check out this video and learn how physical exercise, acupuncture and nutrition can help with fatigue, atrophy and peripheral neuropathy.
Hot Flashes, Breast Cancer & Acupuncture
Posted to our Facebook page – June 11, 2016
Hot flashes are a fact of life for many women with breast cancer but acupuncture may be able to help. This article highlights an Italian study that found that receiving acupuncture weekly dramatically improved the women’s quality of life.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana By State
Posted to our Facebook page – May 16, 2016
By 2015, 23 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized access to marijuana to treat various health ailments, and another 16 states permit cannabidiol oil (a chemical compound of marijuana) for the treatment of epilepsy and other seizure disorders. However, the federal government continues to classify marijuana as illegal with no medicinal benefits. Read the following essay on how we can move to a more sensible marijuana policy.
Positive Benefits of Yoga
Posted to our Facebook page – May 12, 2016
Yoga has been shown to provide positive benefits to cancer survivors from improved energy levels to increase muscle strength. Check out this video and ask your doctor if yoga would be a safe option for you!
Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
Posted to our Facebook page – May 6, 2016
On April 17, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Implementation should take between 18 to 24 months before patients under a physician’s care for a serious medical condition will be able to access medical marijuana through state designated dispensaries. This will also allow for the necessary research to begin on how medical marijuana can help cancer patients. The BUCK Cancer Foundation plans to make its first grant in the Fall 2016 and could be one of the first organizations to fund a medical marijuana research study in Pennsylvania!
Relief from Symptoms of Cancer and Conventional Treatments
Posted to our Facebook page – April 27, 2016
This article outlines how certain evidence-based complementary (and alternative) treatments may help relieve many of the symptoms associated with your cancer and conventional treatments. With an easy to reference table, you can use this article to begin having a discussion with your doctor on the right balance for you!
Integrative Oncology: Eating Well
Posted to our Facebook page – April 19, 2016
This video will help you understand the importance of eating well and how it can deprive cancer cells of the fuel they need to grow.
Complementary Treatments for Breast Cancer Patients
Posted to our Facebook page – April 11, 2016
This informative article provides a good overview of various complementary treatments for patients with breast cancer. It covers acupuncture, tai chi, qigong, reiki, yoga, herbal supplements and other holistic treatments. Check it out!
Stop Throwing Away Avocado Seeds: They're Potent Cancer Fighters!
Posted to our Facebook page – April 7, 2016
In this article, we learn 10 good reasons why we should eat the avocado seed…that’s right EAT THEM! Avocado seeds are packed with antioxidants and soluble fibers. They contain flavonol, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent or reduce tumor growth and are good for your heart, immune system and may slow down the aging process!! So don’t throw that avocado seed away, drop it in your smoothie instead!
Limits On Immune System's Ability to Fight Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – March 22, 2016
“Clearly there are limits on the immune system’s ability to fight cancer on its own, because many people with healthy immune systems still develop cancer. Sometimes the immune system doesn’t see the cancer cells as foreign because the cells aren’t different enough from normal cells. Sometimes the immune system recognizes the cancer cells, but the response might not be strong enough to destroy the cancer. Cancer cells themselves can also give off substances that keep the immune system in check.
To overcome this, researchers have found ways to help the immune system recognize cancer cells and strengthen its response so that it will destroy them.”
Click here to learn more about immunotherapy from the American Cancer Society:
What is CBD?
Posted to our Facebook page – March 18, 2016
Curious about what CBD is, how it’s different from marijuana, and how it can benefit patients? Check out this short video from CNN’s
Dr. Gupta that explains how cannabis works.
Wondering how acupuncture treatments can help cancer patients?
Posted to our Facebook page – March 16, 2016
The National Cancer Institute has a great website where they outline some of the top benefits of acupuncture. Click around to learn more about other Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments that you may have heard about.
Clinical Trials High On The List
Posted to our Facebook page – February 23, 2016
It’s a common theme that we see our European comrades are ahead of the curve on many aspects of Marijuana research. I guess it’s starting to annoy them as well that the US has not put forth much in the way of scientific studies on the promise of Marijuana and CBD in the medical community.
Can We Eat To Starve Cancer?
Posted to our Facebook page – February 15, 2016
Can we eat to starve cancer?
Watch this fascinating TED talk by William Li. Here he teaches us about anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor, and the idea that eating cancer-fighting foods can cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. VERY Interesting!
21 Health Benefits of Marijuana
Posted to our Facebook page – February 11, 2016
This week, we found an MSN presentation highlighting 21 benefits from marijuana usage. Not exactly scientific journal material, but variety is the spice of life!
Bureaucracy Too Often Block Breakthroughs
Posted to our Facebook page – February 9, 2016
This article from WSJ is referring to how companies are poring back over prior studies as they find that biomarkers sometimes lead to extremely high success rates in subsets of the population. For example, a product may only have a 10% success rate, but after finding a genetic biomarker for the successful patients, there is a conditional probability of 90% of those patients being treated successfully. Open access to data is one of the initiatives that we hope the FDA and regulators loosen the grip on with the movement to digitalization of records.
Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Posted to our Facebook page – January 24, 2016
National Cancer Institute has quietly confirmed what we’ve all suspected! Bringing together much of the information we’ve passed on about recent cannabis research is a great article from the National Cancer Institute. They highlight potential successes in the research, such as its proven success with pain mitigation and stimulating appetite. They also talk to the research on cannabis killing cancer cells directly, while maintaining healthy cells. Hopefully the chatter is starting to gain momentum!
Oncology Massage: The Benefits
Posted to our Facebook page – January 11, 2016
7ABC in California reported in 2015 that “Oncology massage helps patients manage their experience with cancer, both physically and mentally. Benefits include improved relaxation as well as relieving pain, anxiety and depression.”
Click the link to watch the full report and learn more about the nonprofit Angie's Spa Cancer Foundation
Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
Posted to our Facebook page – January 7, 2016
As a group that has fought for reforming marijuana laws for many, many years, NORML has collected much literature around the effects of marijuana on the human body. One of our members recently ran across this summary article explaining the endocannabinoid system and its role in the human body.
Celery & Parsley & Breast Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – December 30, 2015
Chemical in celery & parsley may hold promise for treating breast cancer:
In a recent clinical trial University of Missouri researchers found that Apigenin, a chemical compound found in celery and parsley which slowed the progression of a certain type of aggressive breast cancer. Apigenin is the compound which is expected to hold the promise in this line of study. It’s often much easier for science to look to nature as a source of inspiration in fighting disease instead of trying to create an entire new mechanism from scratch.
Acupuncture for Cancer?
Posted to our Facebook page – December 14, 2015
CNN reports on acupuncture as complementary cancer treatment.
Click the video link below to watch a short story produced by CNN explaining how acupuncture can be utilized as a complementary cancer treatment.
CHOICE at Penn Medicine
Posted to our Facebook page – December 10, 2015
Clinical trial under way at Penn Medicine is currently looking for participants in the clinical trial:
One of our medical directors brought a clinical study to the attention of our board. Dr. Jun Mao at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital is heading up a study on alternative medicine for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and have trouble falling or staying asleep. Please spread the word about CHOICE (Choosing Options for Insomnia in Cancer Effectively) and help them by joining this clinical trial if you are interested!
The Power of Meditation
Posted to our Facebook page – December 8, 2015
The power of meditation described by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America®.
This week, the BUCK Cancer Foundation has found a blog post giving a general overview on meditation and its interactions with the body. The post highlights physical functions, such as improving immune system function, and general quality of life improvements while going through treatment.
Secret to Top Notch Health Care
Posted to our Facebook page – November 28, 2015
The secret to getting million dollar medical care, without the price tag!
The BUCK Foundation recently came across a video, released by CNN, emphasizing that the secret to top notch healthcare is not the money you spend, but the questions you ask. Some doctors are even interviewed and refer to his favorite patients being the ones who are inquisitive and question the status quo.
Sloan Kettering Offers Integrative Medicine Workshops
Posted to our Facebook page – November 12, 2015
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers Integrative Medicine Workshops.To promote the organizations that are open to discussing and integrating holistic and western medicine, we saw Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was offering workshops and group classes. Additionally, they share their view on herbs, diet, and other avenues to helping with wellbeing. Let’s keep the conversation going!
Medical Marijuana Inc.
Posted to our Facebook page – November 4, 2015
Medical Marijuana companies opening gate to commercial interest in CBD?A piece we came across from a stock feed on Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), is trying to publicize components of Marijuana that seem to show promise on cancer. Specifically, this article hints that it’s not just breast, but that “many kinds of aggressive cancers” show promise from CBD specifically. Maybe with legalization and commercialism on the way, there will be another avenue to offer hope to cancer patients.
UK Lends Guidance on Diet
Posted to our Facebook page – October 31, 2015
Across the pond and leaps ahead in understanding, the UK lends guidance on diet.
Historically, international cancer organizations are considered more open to holistic styles of treatment than their American counterparts. Perhaps their less litigious environment allows for a more open dialogue on the topic. Here are some good bullet points with linked research papers on various diets and their potential interactions with cancer.
Great Mediterranean Diet Recipe!
Posted to our Facebook page – October 23, 2015
Looking for a great Mediterranean diet recipe to try? Need a little more help than a cookbook can provide? Here’s a link to a video that shows you how to make a yummy Greek version of BBQ chicken. Pair it with a fresh salad and you’re good to go!
Immunotherapy Subclasses Explained
Posted to our Facebook page – October 15, 2015
Immunotherapy subclasses explained. The devil is in the details...how many times have we heard that saying?
In the case of cancer, the details can be all-important. With immunotherapy becoming more popular, we found some definitions from the American Cancer Society on many of the sub-classifications.
Glimpses of Hope
Posted to our Facebook page – October 7, 2015
Government organization offers glimpses of hope!!...after three pages of disclosure.
Although it’s easy to occasionally lose faith in the government when it comes to complementary care, we’ve found this useful piece highlighting potentials coming from the National Institutes of Health. On page 4 of this pamphlet, they start to get into a good listing of everything from acupuncture to dieting (ginger, vitamins, minerals). We think it’s helpful that they also include warning...s on certain complementary health approaches that they say have not been proven effective to directly treat cancer. They point out some are even potentially harmful, such as laetrile. With all the information on the web, it’s important to keep in mind both the good and the bad when syphoning the troves of data.
Cannabidoil (CBD) and Cancer Cells
Posted to our Facebook page – September 25, 2015
The BUCK Cancer Foundation finds it amazing to see research articles dating back to 2011 that allude to CBD (Cannabidiol) and the connections with cancer cell death. We find it amazing to see the contributions, but sad to see the lack of main stream progress being made since then.
Here is a tribute to some of the earlier papers coming out about CBD’s potential at enabling essential signaling within cells. Check it out!
Mediterranean Diet Explained
Posted to our Facebook page – September 17, 2015
BCF talks a lot about the Mediterranean diet and the health benefits it may have (especially to those with cancer). Check out this great informative video we found that gives a detailed explanation of what the Mediterranean diet is and what you need to do to start adopting this diet and start living a healthier lifestyle.
Diet and the 'Eternal' Mechanism in Cancer Cells
Posted to our Facebook page – September 9, 2015
BCF found this interesting article that talks about how compounds in the diet may turn off the ‘eternal’ mechanism in cancer cells. In healthy cells, they go through a life and death cycle to allow new cells to grow. In cancer cells, the death component is turned off and the unhealthy cells multiply. We found this article after seeing a scholarly article from PubMed on the promise of the Mediterranean diet. This article (along with the PubMed article) continues to show the symbiotic connection between eastern and western methods.
Advances in Immunotherapy
Posted to our Facebook page – September 1, 2015
In this week’s post, BCF wants you to check out this article that describes recent advances in immunotherapy research. In our fight to attack cancer from all angles, this alternative approach is showing promise as a standalone approach, but also as complementary to more established treatments. This is why the BUCK Cancer Foundation strongly supports immunotherapy research!
To see more about this, please click here:
Dietary Supplements and Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – August 28, 2015
Here is an interesting article on taking dietary supplements during your conventional cancer treatment. It is recommended that you should always discuss any treatments or supplements that you are taking with your oncologist beforehand to ensure it will not interfere with your conventional treatments.
Immunotherapy Extends Lives
Posted to our Facebook page – August 20, 2015
Here is an encouraging video on Immunotherapy and how it is extending the lives of cancer patients. Immunotherapy helps boost the immune system to help fight the cancer. This is why BCF is a big supporter of immunotherapy.
Bringing Patients Hope
Posted to our Facebook page – August 12, 2015
Immunotherapy is bringing cancer patients hope. Check out this encouraging story about CAR T-cell therapy and how it is “supercharging the immune system”. This is why BCF is supportive of immunotherapy and its related research.
What is Immunotherapy?
Posted to our Facebook page – August 3, 2015
Check out this short but informative article on what immunotherapy is. You can also see what the immune system does and check out types of immunotherapies that are used to fight cancer.
Systemic Review of Integrative Oncology Programs
Posted to our Facebook page – July 31, 2015
Here is an article on the “Systemic Review of Integrative Oncology Programs” such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine (diet and supplements). “Studies suggest that at least half of all cancer patients use some type of complementary therapy during their experience with cancer.” BCF is a strong supporter of integrative oncology.
Video on Acupuncture Benefits
Posted to our Facebook page – July 23, 2015
Here is a video on Acupuncture and how it can alleviate some of the side effects from your conventional care treatment. Acupuncture is one of BCF’s key funding priorities.
More on Complementary Cancer Treatments
Posted to our Facebook page – July 15, 2015
Do you want to know more about what complementary treatments are and why you would want to consider them if you are diagnosed with cancer? Check out this easy to read article on the different types of complementary treatments and what you should consider and discuss with your health care provider.
Understanding Complementary Cancer Treatments
Posted to our Facebook page – July 7, 2015
Check out this informative article on complementary cancer treatments from the National Institute of Health. BCF would like to eventually eradicate the statement that not enough research has been done to determine the efficacy of complementary treatments such as acupuncture, diet and medical marijuana on cancer, its symptoms and the side effects from conventional treatments. One day we will with your help!!
NCI's PDQ on Acupuncture & Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – June 25, 2015
Review the below PDQ from The National Cancer Institute (NCI) on acupuncture to better understand its benefits and see why acupuncture is one of BCF’s key funding priorities.
Benefits of Dietary Considerations
Posted to our Facebook page – June 17, 2015
Diet is one of BCF’s key funding priorities because it seemed to help Buck feel better, stronger. Check out this informative article from the National Institute of Health on dietary considerations (and how they can help reduce your risk of cancer.)
Mediterranean Diet and Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – June 9, 2015
By the third week of June 2014, Buck’s overall pain levels were more manageable, his mood and overall well-being seemed to have improved. Besides adding acupuncture twice a week to his routine and increasing his hydration, he also changed to a more whole food, plant-based diet. A whole food, plant based diet (or Mediterranean-style diet) removes processed foods from your diet and increases your intake of fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts. BCF found this video on a Mediterranean-style diet and the benefits for those fighting cancer to be really informative. Check it out!!
Benefits of Increased Hydration
Posted to our Facebook page – June 1, 2015
June was an enlightening month for our brother Buck. It was June of 2014 that Buck increased his hydration, changed to a more whole food plant-based diet and started receiving acupuncture twice a week. Buck found that once he started acupuncture the cancer-related pain he had was more manageable with his conventional pain medications. His overall suffering seemed to be lessened. Check out this informative article on the benefits of increased hydration on the human body and see why diet is one of the BUCK Cancer Foundation’s key funding priorities.
National Institute of Cancer's PDQ on Acupuncture
Posted to our Facebook page – May 28, 2015
Acupuncture is one of BCF’s key funding priorities because it provided great comfort to our brother Buck in pain relief and overall “less suffering”. Check out this informative PDQ from the National Institute of Cancer on acupuncture (and how it can help complement conventional treatments for cancer.)
Video on CBD and Breast Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – May 20, 2015
BCF found this short video on medical marijuana and breast cancer really informative and inspiring, check it out. We hope you find it informative and inspiring too!!
British Study on CBD
Posted to our Facebook page – May 12, 2015
Check out this encouraging article on cannabinoids (including CBD), which notes that a British study “showed the chemicals displayed ‘potent anti-cancer activity’ and, significantly, ‘target and switch off’ pathways that allow cancers to grow.” CBD is one of the BUCK Cancer Foundation’s key funding priorities.
National Cancer Institute’s PDQ on CBD
Posted to our Facebook page – May 4, 2015
CBD is one of BCF’s key funding priorities and the below PDQ from The National Cancer Institute (NCI) helps you to understand why.
A Big Healthy Mediterranean Salad
Posted to our Facebook page – April 30, 2015
If you’re considering adopting a Mediterranean diet, check out this delicious Mediterranean salad recipe and have a “big salad” with your dinner tonight, just like Buck did. Yum!!
Mediterranean Diet and Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – April 27, 2015
When our brother Buck changed to a more whole food, plant-based diet, he started eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (and ancient grains), and increased his use of olive oil. The below article provides you with information on a Mediterranean Diet. Remember to talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes.
Acupuncture and Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
Posted to our Facebook page – April 12, 2015
Acupuncture is one of BCF’s key funding priorities because our brother Buck reported that it provided pain relief and eased his suffering during his battle with cancer. There are clinical trials now in progress to assess whether acupuncture may help relieve chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. Check out the link below to find out more about clinical trials available.
What is Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?
Posted to our Facebook page – April 6, 2015
Below is an informative article on chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. Our brother Buck experienced a tingling or burning sensation in his hands, and his feet tended to feel numb. He found it difficult at times to work with his hands. Learn more about chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy at:
Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum
Posted to our Facebook page – March 28, 2015
BCF’s key funding priorities are CBD, Acupuncture, and Diet. CBD is a cannabinoid from the cannabis sativa (“marijuana”) plant. Our brother Buck started taking CBD in March 2014 after hearing some positive news on how CBD might be able to help fight cancer.
Check out this encouraging article on a medical marijuana bill recently introduced in the House that could increase research into medical marijuana.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Posted to our Facebook page – March 14, 2015
Our brother Buck had rectal cancer that went undetected until he started having symptoms. A couple of months later, he was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer that metastasized to his liver. If he had known more about colorectal cancer earlier in his life, he might have taken some simple actions to help reduce his risk. Get educated!
Below is a great slideshow that explains that colorectal cancer “happens when abnormal cells grow in the lining of the large intestine (also called the colon) or rectum. This is a common cancer in both men and women. It has the second highest rate of cancer deaths in the U.S.”
You will also learn how polyps can turn cancerous and how removing them early can help prevent the disease. It also gives you some simple actions that you can take TODAY to help reduce your risk or help control your colorectal cancer. These simple actions can “prevent 45% of colorectal cancers” and are definitely worth checking out!
Let us know what you think about this easy-to-understand overview!
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Posted to our Facebook page – March 7, 2015
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the BUCK Cancer Foundation has several posts planned in March to help you better understand what colorectal cancer is and how you can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. But first a message from our President, Lori Nonnemaker on the importance of getting screened.
In August 2012, our brother Buck was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer. He was 51 years of age. He never had any symptoms until a couple of months prior to his diagnosis. He never had a colonoscopy. Why should he? We never had any family history of cancer. Wrong! After his diagnosis, Buck’s doctors encouraged all of his family members to get a colonoscopy. We did. I was 48 at the time. They found four polyps, of which two were large, and the doctor told me they could have turned cancerous… I was told to return in two years for a checkup. It has been two years, and I am now 50. When I went in for my checkup colonoscopy, they again found four polyps, of which two were large and could have turned cancerous… If my brother wasn’t diagnosed with cancer when I was 48, I never would have gotten a colonoscopy when I was 50. It doesn’t matter if you have a family history, on your 50th birthday, talk with your doctor about getting a colonoscopy. Give yourself the gift of life!!
According to the article below, “March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and if you’re 50 or older (45 for African Americans) or have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, it’s show time. March 6 is National Colon Cancer Screening Day and your colonoscopy is a must-see for the year!!” Check out the link below and find out where you can get screened TODAY.
Acupuncture and Cancer Patients
Posted to our Facebook page – March 5, 2015
To continue BCF’s Acupuncture Awareness Week, we wanted to ensure everyone knew what acupuncture was and how it is being used by cancer patients. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that is thousands of years old. However, the studies to show how it can help complement conventional treatments for cancer (and other diseases) are still in their infancy… The BUCK Cancer Foundation would like to change that forever! There have been some reliable studies to date that suggests that acupuncture may help cancer patients by:
- Easing chemo-induced nausea
- Pain from cancer and surgery
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Improving sleep quality
- Enhancing immune function
- Reducing nerve pain in the hands and feet (a side effect of chemo)
However, the article goes on to say, “It’s hard to really assess how helpful acupuncture is for people with cancer, since it hasn’t been studied to the degree that other treatments have. Clinical trials are in progress studying possible roles, such as the effect of acupuncture on chronic post-chemotherapy fatigue, a possible benefit for people with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, and as a useful tool for sleep disruption in cancer survivors.”
Acupuncture is a key funding priority of BCF and we plan to raise funds for further research on acupuncture as a complementary treatment for cancer patients.
Acupuncture Awareness Week
Posted March 3, 2015
The week of March 2 is Acupuncture Awareness week in the United Kingdom but the BUCK Cancer Foundation thought it should be Acupuncture Awareness week in America too! So with that thought in mind, we here at BCF decided to bring you another article on Acupuncture. This time it is from the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA). The AAMA is a professional society of physicians (MDs and DOs) in North America who have incorporated acupuncture into their traditional medical practice.
The article notes that “At the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, a well-controlled study completed over two years ago, the authors of the published paper reported significant reduction of nausea and vomiting when pre-treated with acupuncture. It is now routinely administered before, after and in between chemotherapy treatment sessions for control of nausea and emesis. Such treatments are relatively simple and easily executed in an outpatient setting. Its effectiveness helps in minimizing the use of standard, expensive multi-drug anti-nausea regimens with their attendant side effects, given along with the chemotherapeutic agents.”
“Nutritional support as an aid in boosting immune response in cancer patients, along with minimizing the immune and white blood cell suppression that occurs with most chemotherapeutic agents, has been receiving greater attention and funding for research. Kenneth Conklin, M.D., Ph.D., an anesthesiologist at UCLA working with the Oncology Department, reports gratifying results utilizing nutrition and supplements combined with energetic acupuncture.”
Integrating acupuncture into a patient’s conventional cancer care can provide greater comfort to the cancer patient, which is why Acupuncture is one of BCF’s key funding priorities.
The Mediterranean Diet and Reduced Cancer Risk
Posted on our Facebook page – Feb 17, 2015
Diet and its impact on cancer is one of BCF’s key funding priorities. The article below from ScienceDaily.com highlights the results of a 2013 research study conducted by Ohio State University. The article states, “New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells' 'superpower' to escape death. By altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled. One way that cancer cells thrive is by inhibiting a process that would cause them to die on a regular cycle that is subject to strict programming. This study in cells, led by Ohio State University researchers, found that a compound in certain plant-based foods, called apigenin, could stop breast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death.”
CBD Linked with Fighting Cancer
Posted to our Facebook page – Feb 9, 2015
CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol, which is one of at least 85 active cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant. CBD is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than its sister cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has been linked with fighting cancer; however, the clinical trials and studies are still in their infancy. These are the types of clinical trials that BCF will want to support and fund going forward. Buck started taking CBD in March 2014 after hearing some positive news on how CBD might be able to help fight cancer. For Buck, it was a little too late, but please read more of 3-year-old Landon Riddle in this January 2014 CNN article, which inspired us at BCF.
Cancer Q&A - Questions to Ask Your Oncologist
Posted to our Facebook page – Feb 5, 2015
Each month, BCF will post a different set of “Questions & Answers” for those fighting cancer. This month, we focus on “Questions to Ask Your Oncologist.” The last thing any of us want to hear from our doctor is, “You have cancer.” But asking questions about your cancer care can help you become better informed and may help you cope with your diagnosis. Think about how much information you would like to know about your type of cancer, and let your doctor know your preferences. Below is a list of five questions that can be used to generate ideas and add to your own list of questions for your oncologist. Consider writing down your questions before the appointment so you don’t forget them!
- Why are you recommending this therapy or treatment?
- What are the risks and side effects of this treatment?
- Are there other ways to treat the cancer?
- Are there natural or holistic treatments that could complement the conventional therapy being recommended (increase its effectiveness or lessen its side-effects)?
- What should I avoid during treatment? Should I change my diet or lifestyle?
If you are a primary care giver, you may have different needs. Please ensure you speak to your loved one’s oncologist in private about the amount of information you will require.
Remember, you're never alone. BCF is here to support you. If you need help or have a question, ask us!
Integrative Oncology May Help Extend Lives
Posted to our Facebook page – Jan 26, 2015
BCF’s mission is to support and fund opportunities and endeavors that build a bridge between ALL viable forms of cancer research and treatments (natural, holistic AND conventional). Integrative oncology does just that!!
As noted in this October 2013 Medscape article, “Integrative Oncology might be helping to extend the lives of patients with advanced cancer, new research indicates. Although the outcomes data are far from conclusive, they are nevertheless interesting and promising. However, controlled studies are needed.” Exactly!
Read more at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/813217
Increasing Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Posted on our Facebook page - Jan 18, 2015
Increasing Colorectal Cancer Awareness is very important to the Buck Cancer Foundation. Buck was diagnosed with rectal cancer when he was 51. He did not have a colonoscopy until he started having symptoms. At that point, his cancer was stage 4. CDC's Screen For Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.
Screening tests can help find precancerous polyps so they can be removed BEFORE they have a chance to turn into cancer. This may prevent the disease and save lives. Screening also can find this cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective.
If you are 50 or over, or feel you may be at risk for colorectal cancer, call your doctor TODAY to schedule a screening. It could save your life.
Read more at: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl