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A brighter outlook for breast Cancer

New research shows  that the environment in which cancer cells grow hasa greater impact on outcome or prognosis than chemotherapy or cancercells themselves.

“There’s a revolution in cancer care,” says Dr. Janice Wright, director of clinical services at Vancouver’s InspireHealth — a cancer care centre that integrates research-based natural approaches with conventional cancer treatment such as chemo and radiation.

Evidence shows that a healthy lifestyle is a powerful force in a positive breast cancer recovery.

Wright explains that most people think all the cells inside a tumour are tumour cells, yet new research reveals that up to 50 per cent of cells inside breast tumours are normal immune cells. These cells, called macrophages, either help the tumour grow or help the body fight cancer.

“We want do to everything we can to turn those macrophages on in a healthy way,” she says.

It is possible by our own behaviour to help move these cells into an anti-cancer role by following basic health behaviour: eating a diet high in omega-3s and low in bad fats and refined sugar; exercising regularly; reducing stress; cutting down on caffeine; cooking with turmeric; drinking green tea once a day; and limiting alcohol intake.

Therapies such as exercise, yoga, proper diet and group discussion used to be considered complementary. “Now we’re seeing patients living longer [as a result],” says Wright.

New research shows that the environment in which cancer cells grow has a greater impact on outcome or prognosis than chemotherapy or cancer cells themselves.

“The message is, there are many things you can do to support your immune system,” says Wright.

 
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