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Self-Care

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Self-care is vital during the cancer journey and after remission. Becoming active part of your own healing journey, and taking charge of your own health during this delicate and vulnerable time can bring huge healing and enhance well-being and quality of life.

Radical Remission

Dr. Kelly A. Turner, in her book “Radical Remission” uncovers 9 key factors that brought many terminally ill patients to total remission:

  1. Radically changing your dietBook Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner
  2. Taking control of your health
  3. Following your intuition
  4. Using herbs and supplements
  5. Releasing suppressed emotions
  6. Increasing positive emotions
  7. Embracing social support
  8. Deepening your spiritual connection
  9. Having strong reasons for living

Natural Healing Techniques

Below are some of the natural healing techniques that have been researched for their positive impact on the patient’s quality of life during and after remission. They can help release suppressed emotions and increase positive ones, deepen spiritual connection and find peace and relaxation in a gentle and supportive way.

These healing methods tackle such a complex illness like cancer on a cellular level, allowing a connection between the cancer patient and his/her body, mind and spirit.

VISUALISATION (GUIDED IMAGERY)
Guided imagery has been used by cancer patients for pain, fatigue, anxiety and nausea for decades, but it’s been only recently that oncology research has shown all it can do for both adults and children: not only does it help enormously with the side effects, fears and anxieties surrounding treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, bone narrow transplants, biopsies, medical procedures and surgery), but we now know it can also boost cancer-fighting abilities by heightening healing through increased immune activity from NK cells, T-cells and other cancer-fighting agents that exist naturally in the body. Similarly, hypnosis, yoga, affirmations and meditation have been shown to be highly effective in helping cancer patients manage distress and support their body’s self-healing abilities.

Information on guided imagery from Cancer Research UK

Guided imagery audio from University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
An Introduction to Guided Imagery (4:33)

Taking A Walk (12:59)


Guided imagery audio from Dr Miller’s Website
Free Anti-Cancer Guided Imagery Experience, Empowering Your Immune System(15:04)

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Trials have shown that mindfulness can increase calmness and well-being, lead to better sleep and less physical pain. Medical science is finally beginning to catch up, discovering the extent to which focusing the mind on the present moment can help treat a range of mental conditions associated with cancer recovery.

In the largest trial to date, published last year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, breast cancer survivors who practised mindfulness were found to have increased calm and well-being, better sleep and less physical pain. Clinical trials by Oxford University have shown that mindfulness is as effective as antidepressants, and in patients with multiple episodes of depression it can reduce the recurrence rate by 40-50% compared to usual care.

The Guardian: Mind over cancer: can meditation aid recovery?

DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES
Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which induces the relaxation response.

13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

Cancer Treatment & Breathing

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

CBT gives you a new way of understanding and thinking about your problem. It also provides you with the skills needed to deal with the issues that you are struggling with at the time being.

CBT treatment is often short-term and offered in both individual and group settings.

CBT can be done with a trained CBT therapist, or you can do it on your own.

Self Help – Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)