An Essential Childhood Cancer Present: Any Diagnosis, Any Stage

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A good all round, all-purpose cancer gift parcel for children with cancer.  Providing practical items for dealing with stress and therapy, fun items to give a little relief during these difficult times.

Description

An Essential Childhood Cancer Present

This gift is suitable for all children in any of the  following circumstances

  • Just diagnosed with cancer
  • Undergoing any type of treatment
  • Not undergoing cancer treatment (including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy)
  • Convalescing

 

What Is In The Essential Childhood Cancer Hamper?

 

For Comfort

Gloves:  For cold hands during and after chemo or just cold days, these gloves are soft and comfy with a feather touch.

Handwarmer:  This hand warmer is also to help with the feelings of cold but with the added element of fun. The warmer contains a re-usable click to heat gel pack, so it will never get old

 

Soothing

Emoji Pillow:  A fun emoji pillow for comfort and support during bed rest and journeys. Also, a friend to play with.

Peppermint Herbal Tea Pyramid Teabags:  Peppermint tea has properties to relieve radiotherapy and chemotherapy nausea. It also has health benefits. This naturally caffeine free drink, can be a soothing warm drink to add the diet of children with cancer. Parents can also benefit from the teas relaxing qualities.

 

For Fun

Catch-able Bubbles:  JUST FOR FUN: These catchable bubbles stay on your hands and clothes. A great distraction and just a lot of fun for all ages.

Glow Stick:   A Glowstick to brighten up hospital stays and when in bed at home (fun for under the covers).

 

Useful Items

Gold Earphones:  These spare gold earphones are handy to keep by the bedside or when travelling. They can be used with most phones, mp3 players and tablets. To be used for playing on devices and listening to music in bed/hospital or waiting for appointments.

Tiger Water Bottle:  Keeping hydrated is very important for a child with cancer. This children’s cancer present has a fun tiger water bottle which folds flat, so is easy to transport anywhere. The bottle is BPA free with a capacity of 380ml.

Yellow Portable Power Bank:  This yellow power bank is both light and ultra portable. Useful for making sure a tablet or MP3 doesn’t run out of battery, particularly when on hospital visits, overnight stays or convalescing.

Access to cancer resources: Created to support people affected by cancer (including parents, friends, family and carers

Luxury packaging

Your gift message can be included

Comfort, Fun And Useful Items Suitable For Any Child With Cancer

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Dimensions33.6 x 23.5 x 15 cm
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  1. Don’t Say It With Flowers: Why You Shouldn't Buy Flowers For Chemotherapy Patients

    Have you ever thought about buying flowers for chemotherapy patients?


    Don’t Say It With Flowers: Why You Shouldn't Buy Flowers For Chemotherapy PatientsFlowers can convey powerful messages like love, regret, sorrow without the need for words or just become a treat for your freshly cleaned room and your Instagram feed. As a universal means of communication, offering flowers for chemotherapy patients might seem like a good idea. Well, it is not! As a general rule, and reflected by many hospital policies, flowers in a cancer patient room or home is a bad idea. You might be thinking about allergies as a reason for refraining to order your lovely bouquet?

    Well, actually, allergies occur in people with a strong immune system and cancer patients have the opposite problem.

    Depressed Immune System


    Our immune system is a complex and delicate system that relies on many different types of immune cells and their extraordinary ability to recognize and fight threats. These threats can be external such as a bacteria or a virus (or pollens and fungal spores carried by flowers) or internal like a cancer cell itself. Many tumours have found ways to counteract the immune system to stay undetected and this might lead to a weakened immune response.

    Side effect of Chemotherapy


    Cancer treatment is actually the main reason why cancer patients lose their ability to fight infections. Chemotherapies affect fast dividing cells which is one of the hallmarks of cancer cells. But certain normal cells present in the blood, bone marrow, mouth, nose, intestinal tract, nail and hair are also fast dividing. This explains most of the nasty side effects a cancer patient will, unfortunately, suffer from following their cancer treatment. When the cells of the immune system (present in the blood and bone marrow) get destroyed, simple things like flowers become a threat simply because of the germs they carry.

    Alternative Gifts for Cancer Patients


    Some patient can also see a bunch of fresh cut flowers that are slowly losing their shape and scent as a reminder of how fragile life is. Not really the best way to communicate good wishes and positive vibes! Fortunately, alternatives now exist as more and more people are aware of the importance of supporting a loved one affected by this terrible disease. You can always consider hand-made paper or silk flowers as a good substitute. Even better: prepare a “bouquet” of fresh fruits or a gift voucher from their favourite grocery store or delivery service. As you may know that the best way to boost the immune system is to rest, exercise and most importantly to consume healthy, nutritious food.

    Any gesture that shows that you have paid attention to your loved one new and changing needs will show your love and support better than any flowers can.

    Further Readings


    I have a Friend with Cancer

    Chemotherapy Gift Hampers

    Gift for Special Occasions

     

     

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  2. How Cancer Brought About A Smile: By Brenda BurlingWhen asked to write for Cancer Care Parcel’s “Talking About Cancer Pages” it was only then I paused and reflected on the last couple of years.

    [caption id="attachment_25903" align="alignleft" width="197"]Might make you smile Might Make You Smile is available direct from Matthew James Publishing, Amazon and all good bookshops.[/caption]

    Having had family members and friends affected by cancer in its various forms I had seen the effects it had on all it touched. It was only when a particularly close friend was diagnosed and I accompanied her on some appointments for treatments and check-ups that I became actively involved in the lives of many people with cancer and subsequently wrote Might Make You Smile.

    What stuck out almost immediately when talking to people is that although ill, every single one of them was ready to smile, laugh and very often poke fun at themselves. I was also very much aware that sharing this mindset benefitted all. To be able to laugh in our darkest times is a human asset, an often underestimated one but yet a very reoccurring one.

    My friend in particular, prior to her illness was someone who ‘things’ just happened to, her regaling her mishaps, adventures and day to day life was always enjoyed and this never changed during her diagnosis or treatment. I actually came up with the idea for Might Make You Smile.on one particular visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with the aforementioned friend.

    We were sitting in a corridor, one of those artificially lit places, zero natural daylight, hard plastic chairs in the middle of what I think might have been a basement area. There were probably about ten people in the waiting area, all ages, both sexes and all very much there for the same reason. Each had an appointment with an oncologist consultant. Whilst we were waiting a very lovely nurse came round with bright purple carrier bags and handed one each to everyone sitting in the waiting area. Apparently, these were complimentary ‘goodie bags’ that had been donated by various companies, a lovely thought it was agreed by all. Everyone delved in and examined the contents.  I listened to their reactions to each of the items produced from the bags:-

    Small bottle of water – excellent, being thirsty or at least having a dry mouth was a common complaint and if you were unfortunate to suffer with mouth ulcers (which one particular gentleman had been only telling us about minutes before) a regular sip of water can help keep the mouth at least lubricated.

    Lip Slaves – Unanimous agreement, a great thing to always have to hand. Dry lips become cracked and sore very quickly, various treatments brought about this condition. One lady even mentioned she had used her lip salve on her hands to help with dry skin. Trying to keep skin supple and moisturized was again a common problem.

    Hard boiled sweets and chewing gum – A mixed reaction, dependent on how sore your mouth and throat were.

    A small comb – this brought about a lot of laughter as it was agreed if you were fortunate enough to keep your hair you might want to comb it but very, very carefully. A baby brush was suggested as an alternative as it is softer bristled.

    A snack packet of biscuits – again a nice idea if you were able to eat them.

    Small Suduko puzzle book – It was this that brought about a very animated conversation which included a few of the patients in the waiting room. You either loved or you hated it but it was the fact that there was nothing to read in that particular waiting room that caught my eye when we arrived. Therefore, if you loathed Suduko you were left with nothing. One gentleman mentioned wouldn’t it be good if there was some light reading included, a small book that wasn’t a mind-blowing novel but something you could pick up and put down as and when. He also mentioned, if sitting in an oncologist’s waiting room wasn’t one of the best places to have something that was amusing, light and uplifting to read.

    When I decided to write


    I listened to all the chatter going on and it was then I noticed a gentleman sitting on his own a little way from the others. He had said nothing and clearly was in his own thoughts. It was him that made me decide to write a book that was just that,  a light, uplifting read that could connect people who were in similar situations, experienced similar effects but that had a humorous edge. The hope was the book would touch even those they may not want to chat or talk (there is no right and wrong way to deal with cancer after all) and allow them to feel less isolated, connected and hopefully bring about a smile.

    I had spoken to a few other people I knew about their cancer experiences and each had an amusing tale to tell. Unfortunate incidences with hairpieces, makeup and a variety of prosthetic mishaps, to disastrous Nerf gun attacks by children and bemused medical staff to name but a very few.  I knew of a local support group that I could take my friend along to and it was there that I asked the ladies attending what they thought of my idea. I was amazed at the response. I suggested people drop me a line, I could meet for a chat or simply scribble down something on a scrap of paper there and then. Each option was taken and from what I was told I created a small story around the person’s experience. Some gave me pages to work with and others as little as a sentence, it didn’t matter. I am an author not a journalist, therefore I take the essence of what I am told, and create around it.

    That was almost two years ago, Might Make You Smile was published in April 2017, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are the benefactors. I am now working on a male orientated sequel with a male cancer charity to benefit. If you are or know of anyone who would like to contribute then please feel free to drop me a line at brendaburlingbooks@gmail.com Let’s continue to share the humour. Humour can be a weapon, shared humour is twice a strong. The more we talk, share positivity and awareness we take away the power from cancer.
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  3. New Breast Cancer Art Initiative Launched: The Breast Cancer Art Project

    New breast cancer art initiative just launchedA new cancer art initiative aimed at those affected by breast cancer has just launched


    ....and is already attracting artwork from across the world.

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    The Breast Cancer Art Project provides an online platform for those who have or had breast cancer to submit and share their artwork with others, so they can feel heard, understood and part of a community. The project hopes to inspire people to use art to express themselves and deal with the very difficult emotional and physical challenges of cancer. The online gallery can also help family and friends gain a better understanding of what those with cancer go through.

     All art forms are welcome


    Although the project is in its infancy, it has already attracted some powerful submissions, including paintings, drawings, poems, non-fiction writing and photography. All art forms are welcome, and with time there may be music, fiction and film as well. It’s all entirely free, it’s open to anyone regardless of ability or where they live, and the artwork is simply submitted online and added to the site. There’s also a mentoring system in place, where over the course of two months an established artist can give guidance and feedback remotely to those who would like help.

    How it all started


    The project was created by Adriana Ford, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 34 in July 2016. She launched the project last month, just 6 days after her breast reconstruction, whilst on bed rest:
     “We all deal with a cancer diagnosis in our own way. For me, I ploughed through active treatment – chemotherapy, mastectomy, radiotherapy and the rest – as if it would be defeatist of me to do anything but that. I was warned that most of the emotional impact may hit me later, and it sure did! As I process the last 16 months - the gruelling treatment, my changed body, my threatened fertility, and the fear of my own mortality - I have started to find things emotionally tough.

    A few months back, I just happened to get involved with a cancer research project led by Cardiff University, in which I was invited to create some artwork. I found it such an emotional, therapeutic experience, and it was probably the first time I truly expressed my feelings or experiences through painting. Creating art won’t fix everything, but it helps me somehow. And not only that, I enjoy it, rediscovering my creative side that had been completely neglected. It occurred to me that maybe others would benefit from this too – a place to submit our artwork and share our experiences in a different way, and encourage those with breast cancer to connect with their creativity. Art as therapy. And that’s how this project came about.”

    The project is always welcoming new submissions and is seeking art mentors too. As the project grows, Adriana is also interested in opportunities to exhibit some of the work.

    You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or directly via the website.

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  4. The Art Of Healthy Living Have Featured Our Breast Cancer HamperThe Art Of Healthy LivingEveryone seems to like our breast cancer hamper and we are A Luxury Breast Cancer Gift For Womendelighted to let you know that The Art Of Healthy Living has featured this cancer gift in their Health and Wellness Christmas guide.

    The Luxury Breast Cancer Gift For Women is one of our more popular gifts, probably because it is absolutely packed with goodies that are both useful and comforting, suitable for anyone with a breast cancer diagnosis

    What is in the breast cancer hamper?


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    Click here to find out more
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  5. Forkward Thinking Foodinista Featured Our Comfort For Cancer Hamper


    Forkward Thinking Foodinista has featured the Cancer Care Parcel Comfort Hamper in their Life Style and Food online Magazine.


    Their review can be found here


    https://forkwardthinkingfoodinista.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/cancer-care-parcel-cancer-gifts-review/



    "Giving back is a major focus for Dr Shara, using profit to support the community by donating to cancer charities and helps with their awareness campaigns. Cancer Care Parcel have a dedicated source of articles that provide insight and advice to benefit the Cancer community. Also, a Cancer resources list.  It was an honour to review the Cancer Care Parcel, such a worthwhile review to be involved in, and I hope many find them a great resource of help, information and advice"
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  6. Funding Cancer Research The Dragons Den WayThe Worldwide Cancer Reseach charities advisory board met last month in a Dragons Den Style manner with scientists pitching for the projects to the board.  The task for the charity was to find the most exciting and ground-breaking treatment and research proposals for the future.

    £4 million in funding was up for grabs and 27 high profile researchers were put to task to read hundred of proposals which were submitted from around the world.

    The winners have not been disclosed yet, but you can check up on this at their website - https://www.worldwidecancerresearch.org/

    To read the full article about the selection process go to

    https://www.worldwidecancerresearch.org/news/dragons-den/

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  7. Me And My Radiotherapy Treatment: What You Cant SeeBy a very tenuous connection, a friend of mine invited me to a garden party at Buckingham Palace just at the end of my radiotherapy treatment. I have never been before and will probably never go again.  Something I wasn't going to turn down.  But as it was nearing the end of my radiotherapy treatment it was definitely not a good time.

    Me And My Radiotherapy Treatment: What You Cant SeeThis image (the only picture I let my husband take) is of me in the grounds of Buckingham Palace,  they were setting up for a concert for the evening.  But there are three things that you don't see in this blurred smiling image.

    The Decision Of What To Wear


    Of course, the decision on what to wear was important, the invitation stressed smart. Over my (many) years I have built up a collection of some very smart, well-fitting (and I mean body hugging) flowery dresses which The dress I didnt wear because of my radiotherapy treatmentwere perfect for a garden party. Elegant, a bit sexy (not too much) and very smart.  I knew exactly which dress I was going to wear when I got the invitation.  The best image I could find to show you was this blue one here.

    The problem was my cancer surgery and my radiotherapy treatment.

    In the morning when I got dressed, the very tight dress that I had planned to wear didn't fit right.  Two months before this invitation I had a lumpectomy.  Only a small amount of breast was removed and after the surgery, I had been lounging about in casual clothes, so it didn't occur to me that my shape would change.  That morning I realised that one breast was significantly smaller now than the other.  Tight clothes were out (unless I used padding, but I wasn't prepared for that).  In later weeks I discussed this with my oncologist who said, that if I wanted I could have reconstruction surgery.  Although I wasn't too sure about more surgery I asked my breast cancer surgeon who said no!.  He said he had only taken away a small bit of breast and it shouldn't be noticeable.  I am not sure he realised just how tight my dresses were!  But that's a different story, four years on and my wardrobe has changed completely!  The shape change was only the start of my 'what to wear at Buckingham Palace' saga.  The other thing that hadn't occurred to me when I got the invitation, and no one warned me about, was the effect that my radiotherapy would have on my skin.

    How to deal with my radiotherapy blisters


    Radiotherapy is a bit like childbirth.  No one really talks about it and the only way you can understand what its like is to go through it.  Most of my radiotherapy was a breeze.  A short time in the radiotherapy clinic every day, a bit tired and then back to a normal day.  What no one tells you (unless you ask someone who has had radiotherapy) is that near the end (and a long time after) you start to develop burns and blisters.  The Buckingham Palace event was a few days before the end of my radiotherapy I recall, and the area by my armpit and side of the breast was beginning to ooze fluid and feel very sore.  It was in fact severely burned and oozing & scabbing from the effect of the burns.

    Advice for radiotherapy-induced "oozing of fluid" includes

    • Keep the treated area dry.

    • Do not use deodorants.

    • Wear loose-fitting clothing that does not rub on the skin in the treated area.

    • Avoid harsh fabrics over the treatment area, such as wool, corduroy, or starched cloth. Lightweight cotton is recommended.

    • Avoid sun exposure in the treated area.

    • Unless necessary, do not use adhesive tape, including band-aids and paper tape on the treated area.


    So logically it wasn't a good idea to wear something that covered my burns.  I had to quickly find a dress in my wardrobe that fulfilled all the above criteria.  A loose sleeveless dress (a bit frumpy) with a jacket was what was chosen (as in the picture).  This was my "fat" dress for those times when I had put on a few pounds or was bloated etc.  BUT, what about the oozing fluid?  Although I was given gauze by the hospital most of this had been used up already.  So I spend my day at Buckingham Palace stuffing toilet paper in my bra, to absorb the fluid and trying to tape toilet paper to the side of my body (which kept coming off).

    What to say about my radiotherapy treatment


    I wasn't invited to Buckingham Palace because I had cancer, but it just so happened that the friend who invited me was with a company promoting a machine that can detect cancer early.  So when I was with him his colleague proceeded in telling me about Angelina Jolie and her cancer and how his machine could help.  All I remember about this conversation was my thought process, I cannot remember what I actually said.

    My thought process was

    Do I just politely agree with him and ask questions about this machine?


    If I do this both my friend and husband who were with me and know I am having cancer treatment, might think that I am avoiding the subject and it may make them feel uneasy about talking to me about my cancer.

    Do I tell him I am having cancer treatment and understand how this machine can help?


    If I told him I could risk embarrassment and stop a conversation.  As during the cancer journey, I have discovered that I can stop the conversation dead by telling people of my diagnosis.  I didn't want to embarrass him or my friend.

    I can not remember what I said I suspect that whatever it was sounded rude (I have been called "that scary woman" before), but I did have a lovely time.

    The day was an experience that I won't forget and attending whilst at the end of one of my treatment enriched the experience.  It took my mind off my radiotherapy (in between stuffing toilet paper in and around my bra), it reminded me that there is life going on outside of hospitals and clinics and I am sure that the way I dealt with my day at Buckingham Palace was unique.

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  8. Of Beauty And Nothingness Featured Our Breast Cancer Hamper"Of Beauty And Nothingness" Featured Our Breast Cancer HamperFor Breast Cancer month the popular LifeStyle Blog "Of Beauty and Nothingness" has featured our Luxury Breast Cancer Hamper

    Their article "Breast Cancer Awareness Month + Care Hamper" highlights how we all know someone who's been affected by cancer and know how devastating it can be.  They show that it's important to raise awareness of the disease to help fundraise for research into finding better treatments and possibly a cure.

    You can see the full article at  http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk/2017/10/breast-cancer-awareness-month-care.html

     

    What Is In The Luxury Breast Cancer Hamper?


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    FIND  OUT  MORE  About The Luxury Breast Cancer Hamper Here

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  9. The Barnet And Potters Bar Times: Breast Cancer Survivor Launches BusinessBarnet & Potters Bar Times: Breast Cancer Survivor Launches BusinessWe are very happy to tell our readers/supporters that this week, we have a mention in the Barnet And Potters Bar Times

    They tell the story of how the business started and what we are up to now

    Breast Cancer Survivor Launches Business

    was published 19th Oct 2017

    and you can download the pdf here

    and see the online version here

    http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/15607835.Breast_cancer_survivor_launches_business/

    We do need to say though, that they got it a bit wrong.  We have gifts for all cancers and therapies.  Not Just Chemo!

    You can see our full range below

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  10. Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer: Tips For You & Your FriendYour friend has been told they have cancer.  They may be feeling fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, depression and stress amongst other things.  They could be facing many challenges, practical and emotional and will need care, help and support.  Here are eight ways you can support a friend with cancer.

    Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer: Tips For You & Your Friend

     

    Ask permission before visiting, calling, giving advice or asking questions.


    Before visiting, giving advice and asking questions, ask if it is welcome.  Be sure to make it clear that saying no is perfectly fine.  Start your visit by saying “It’s good to see you” rather than commenting on any physical change.  Make time for a check-in phone call. Let your friend know when you will be calling and also that it is ok not to answer the phone.

    Laugh together.  Be fun when appropriate and when fun is needed.


    Be humorous and fun when needed and appropriate.  A light conversation or a funny story can make a friend’s day.

    Allow for sadness.  Do not ignore uncomfortable feelings.


    Learning a friend has cancer can be difficult news to receive.  Process your own feelings and learn about the diagnosis before you see your friend as this way the focus will be on them.  Your friend may be experiencing a mixture of feelings.  Everybody reacts differently, but some of the emotions they may be feeling are shock, disbelief, avoidance, guilt, blame, loss of control, independence and confidence, withdrawal, loneliness and isolation.  Your friend may find that some feelings pass with time while others linger.  Sharing thoughts and feelings can often help.

     

    Make flexible plans.  This gives your friend something to look forward to.


    Make flexible plans that are easy to change in case your friend needs to cancel or reschedule.  Your friend may need something to look forward to and cancer treatments can be long and drawn out.

    Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer: Tips For You & Your FriendFollow through.  If you commit to help, it is important that you follow through on your promise.


    If you commit to help, it is important that you follow through on your promise as your friend may need people they can trust and rely on more than ever.

    Treat them the same.  Don’t let cancer get in the way of your friendship.


    Try not to let your friend’s condition get in the way of your friendship.  As much as possible, treat them the same way you always have.

    Offer to help them with specific tasks, such as preparing a meal, looking after a pet, looking after their children.


    Many people find it hard to ask for help.  However, your friend will almost certainly appreciate an offer of help.   You can offer to help with specific tasks, such as taking care of children, taking care of a pet, or preparing a meal.  However, if your friend declines an offer, don’t take it personally.

    Talk about topics other than cancer.  They may need a break from talking about the disease.


    Ask about interests, hobbies, and other topics not related to cancer.  People going through treatment sometimes need a break from talking about the disease.

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  11. Cancer Care Parcel's Woman's Hamper Is Featured In The Daily Express

    Cancer Care Parcel Breast Cancer Hamper In The Press


    We are delighted to let you know that our Woman's Ultimate Cancer Gift Parcel has been featured in Todays Daily Express

     

    This Hamper is suitable for any women at any stage of cancer:


     

    All the following apply

    *Just diagnosed

    *Currently Undergoing Cancer Therapy, Including, Chemotherapy,  Radiotherapy and/or Surgery

    *Just Finished Cancer Therapy

    *Convalescing

    *Not Having Treatment

     

     

    Appropriate Cancer Hampers


     

    What Is In The Women’s Ultimate Cancer Gift Parcel


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  12. How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 Article

    How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 ArticleThis month's Refinery29 has a very personal article from our founder about what to say and definitely what not to say to people with cancer.


    "When I Got Cancer, My Friend Said 'I Wish You Hadn't Told Me'" describes some awkward moments when she told friends about her diagnosis



    ......."A very close friend said: “I wish you hadn’t told me you have cancer. I don’t know how to treat you now.” And then we talked about how awkward my diagnosis made her feel".

    But there were good discussions too




    ......."Another thing that stuck in my mind was a friend saying “I’m sorry you have to go through this.” There was no pity or judgment. She was genuinely sorry for my experience, without feeling sorry for me".




    Cancer Care Parcel places a lot of emphasis in its articles on dealing with how to approach a friend or loved one who has a cancer diagnosis.  To find out more you can visit our Talking About Cancer section, or sign up for our eNewsletter.


    Article Source


    http://www.refinery29.uk/cancer-friends-how-to-deal

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  13. Ellie’s Friends: Freebies to adults (16+) living with cancer all over the UKEllie’s Friends is dedicated to improving the lives of adults (16+) living with cancer all around the UK. They provide frequent freebies from generous businesses and individuals, to offset some of the financial and psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis.

    Ellie's FriendsFour in five people are, on average, £570 a month worse off as the result of a cancer diagnosis (Macmillan)


    Giving up work, paying for trips to the hospital and healthier food all play a big part in building expenses. The psychological impacts of eternal boredom and depression that can set in during treatment and recovery from chemotherapy, are also so often overlooked.

    Ellies Friends want to change this by helping to reinstate treats, often the first thing sacrificed after diagnosis, and give our users a bit of a lift at a difficult time.

    They provide tickets for shows and events, most recently they have been given some tickets to this series of Celebrity Juice! Vicky who went  to the last series through Ellie’s Friends said this of her experience “The VIP experience was fantastic, and a much-needed treat after all the rounds of chemo and surgery.” Ellie’s Friends also have special packages that can be delivered in the post, book bundles, beauty bits and of course the care packages kindly donated by Cancer Care Parcel.

    Continuing the vision of Ellie JefferyEllie’s Friends


    Ellie Jeffery wanted to “Make the Big C Smaller”. Ellie’s Friends is an initiative established by the Eleanor Rose Foundation, which was set up by the fiancé and friends of Ellie Jeffery, who died of secondary breast cancer age 29.

    Ellie was born in Middlesbrough in 1983 and attended school locally in North Yorkshire before studying broadcast journalism at Leeds University. She was a determined and dedicated journalist and quickly progressed from reading the news on local radio to presenting for Tyne Tees Television and eventually working in London for Sky and ITN as both a reporter and producer.

    She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2010 and it was after her diagnosis of secondary metastases of the bone in May 2011 that Ellie started a blog, Written Off (https://writtenoff.net/author/elliejeffery/), in which she described her experiences and feelings as she underwent a number of debilitating treatments. Although Ellie passed away on May 18th 2012 she will never be forgotten by anyone who met her.

    Ellie's FriendsIf you are someone living with cancer, over the age of 16, who would like to sign up to Ellie’s Friends.


    Register here (https://www.elliesfriends.org/register/client), all they require is a photo of a recent medical letter. You can then visit their freebies page to apply for treats (https://www.elliesfriends.org/freebies), many of these are repeating offers which are posted each month, a winner is picked at random from all those that have applied.

    If you are a business, small or large, which wishes to donate your services to Ellie’s Friends


    Please email on info@eleanorrose.org . To get involved in fundraising or volunteer to help them source new freebies then please see our Get Involved page (https://www.elliesfriends.org/getInvolved). 

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  14. How Cancer Changed My Life: An Inspiring PerspectiveHow Cancer Changed My LifeIn 2007 I was running my own business and flying all over the world with it. My children were growing up and finalising their education and my wife had recently retired. Our lifestyle was great and we had no financial worries at all.

    Up to then, at the age of 51 I had perfect health, but within 6 months I had become a physical wreck. Finally, I went to the doctor, who did some very quick tests and sent me immediately to a specialist. My tonsils were removed and I returned to work feeling better.

    However, I was invited to return to hospital after a couple of weeks where I was informed I had stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare incurable blood cancer. If things didn’t go well I was given 6 months to live. I faced aggressive chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant.

    Having survived both of those processes, I am grateful to be alive,


    But my health is now unreliable and have endured many periods as an inpatient due to my treatment, making regular work an impossibility.

    My life has changed dramatically in terms of lack of income and unreliable health. I now have to think about everything I do, as my body becomes weaker. In my work I was used to solving business problems, and my cancer experience was showing me how poorly supported patients were, after their treatment.

    I felt that I needed to try and improve this for others


    I was invited to share my views at a charity conference. This led me to be invited to do more and more but my health was making that difficult. To increase my reach my friends started me a website, and I started to learn about social media.
    I wasn’t sure at first as this was entering a totally unknown area, readership expanded quickly, and I started winning awards for my work.

    Publicity increased and I was invited to speak at more conferences.


    This gave me the work focus I craved whilst being able to deal with my own health. Through my health issues I was able to continue getting the word out there, and now my site has become an international resource read by patients and clinicians around the world.

    My social media presence has also grown and I am now one of the biggest ‘influencers’ in the cancer sector in this country. This has led to me being a co-founder of ‘Your simPal’ registered charity, helping people affected by cancer, with the cost of keeping of keeping in touch by mobile devices. We support people and organisations across the country.

    The demand for my speaking services is increasing rapidly


    It is helping to improve cancer support services across the world. People affected by cancer now have a platform and voice to become heard throughout this very corporate world.
    I am delighted to be able to give something back from my own experiences, and can help others face the things I have dealt with myself.

    My own case has become a beacon for others, the fact that it may be possible to make something positive from a very negative situation.

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  15. Two Products Featured In The Stylist Magazine

    Cancer Care Parcel Is Featured In




     

    Cancer Care Parcel Featured In The Stylist


     

     

    We are delighted to let you know that our Chemo Hamper and Comfort For Cancer gift are featured in an article in the Stylist magazine


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  16. Cancer Care Parcel Will Donate Some Profit To "Solving Kids' Cancer"Until 30th November 2017, Cancer Care Parcel are donating £1 for each children's cancer gift parcel sold to the charity "Solving Kids' Cancer'

    Our children's gifts can be found at https://cancercareparcel.co.uk/product-category/children-with-cancer/

    About Solving Kids’ Cancer


    Solving Kids’ Cancer supports the lives of children affected by neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.

    Their Care and Connect team supports families affected by neuroblastoma with the unique challenges they face throughout their journeys.

    Their fundraising campaigns are for access to clinical trials not available in the UK; identifying and funding promising neuroblastoma research and advocating for children for the best treatment and care.



    Solving Kids’ Cancer also runs campaigns to fund treatment abroad for children who live in the UK. Their campaigns are organised into ‘Journeys’ and ‘Appeals’. Appeals are for families who have determined a treatment for their child abroad for which there is an associated cost to fundraise for. Journeys are less focused campaigns for funds for the eventuality that a child will need a costly treatment path abroad in the future.



    For more information, visit www.SolvingKidsCancer.org.uk.

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    Does Your Charity Want To Partner With Us


    When you partner with us, we can help your charity fundraising by donating £1 from each sale of specific gift boxes. Once we have selected the gift box that will promote the donations, we heavily promote this donation on all our social media networks and other appropriate channels.  We can also give you creatives to let your clients and followers know.

    To find out more about being a Cancer Care Parcel charity partner please see https://cancercareparcel.co.uk/charity-fundraising/
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  17. Cancer Care Parcel Donates Boxes To Support The CanSurvive ProjectCancer Care Parcel has donated some cancer gift hampers to the CanSurvive project to help them support people who are going through cancer treatment.




    Supporting The CanSurvive Project


    The Can Survive people are in process of making Pamper Packs.


    Can Survive Pamper Packs are given to people going through cancer treatment.  These are filled with toiletries for men and women to help make the person feel a bit better.

    They welcome any donations of toiletries and cosmetics to help fill up these packs.

     




    You can find out more from their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CanSurviveWigtownshire/

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  18. Cancer Care Parcel are donating to Ellie's FriendsEllies Friends

     

     

    Cancer Care Parcel donated  gift parcels to Ellies Friends, for October and November 2017

    Ellie's Friends improves the lives of adults in the UK living with cancer.

    They provide freebies from businesses and individuals, to offset some of the financial and psychological results of cancer

    Cancer Care Parcel will donate several of their adult parcels to those selected

    You can find all their freebies at https://www.elliesfriends.org/freebies

     

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  19. This Is Me, I Will Not Hide: A Personal Account From A Cancer SurvivorI wanted to share a portion of my journey with you.  I am a cancer survivor.

    I have had cancer, I went through all my treatments, chemo – a double mastectomy – radiation.

    My journey through cancer has given me many challenges and I have also received a few gifts.

    It has taken me awhile to get used to my new “look”.


    I have scars on both sides of my chest that are at least 8 inches long. One side is longer because I had emergency surgery.

    Recently I have started swimming. I am trying to build up my strength and my energy levels. I had no idea what it would be like to walk into the changing room at the pool for the first time.  People stare. They are not mean, they mean no harm, it is a lot to take in if you have never seen what a double mastectomy looks like. The kids stare with such wide eyes not really understanding what they are looking at. The women stare with such a look of shock on their faces.

    My first instinct was to run and hide.


    My breasts are gone. I nursed my children with them, they were a rite of passage as a young woman. I remember my mom taking me shopping for my first bra. It has been devastating to lose them. What consoles me is the knowledge that when I lost my breasts I also got rid of the cancer. I quickly decided though that I did not fight cancer and win, only to hide from life later.

    This is me I have changed. Like the caterpillar into the butterfly, I have transformed.
    I will not hide! We all have scars, some are inside, some are outside. It is not about our scars – it is about how we react to them. The scars we carry are from the battles we have fought. They give us character and build our strength.  I will not hide!

    I am gaining my strength through all of this.


    I want to swim to get better and be whole. If you see me in the change room, you can approach me, I will share my story with you. I will help you through your journey if I can. This is one of

    This is one of my hardest challenges, the strength and confidence I am gaining is incredible.  To the young girls who see me I am sorry they must learn at such an early age why I look different.  To the ladies who stare with aghast, thank you. For you are giving me the strength I need to push through the fear, insecurity and pain of my journey.

    I can now stand in my own power and be everything I need to be.


    I have no limits on who I am or where I am going. I am a warrior. I am sharing this part of my story so you will understand to take whatever life throws at you and let it make you stronger and better.
    Learn to feel your power of knowing you have faced down life’s challenges and won. Carry your scars – inside and out with pride. They are the affirmations that you are alive. You won!

    I also want to say I have a wonderful support team around me. They encourage me, protect me, and push me to stand tall.  Build your team – block out the negative and embrace those who support and lift you up.  I now hold my head high as I walk into the change room at the pool.

     

    Further Reading


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    Recognising Emotions Associated With Your Friend’s Cancer
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  20. Changing Eating Habits To Relieve Chemotherapy Nausea SymptomsChanging Eating Habits To Relieve Chemotherapy Nausea Symptoms

     

    Things to try to relieve chemotherapy nausea symptoms



    • Try to have cold or slightly warm food.

    • Have several small meals and snacks each day instead of large portions.

    • Chew food well.

    • Have small meals a few hours before treatment.

    • Eat light, bland foods, such as plain toast or crackers.

    • Eat before you get hungry.


    Dont..



    • Fill your stomach with a large amount of liquid before eating.

    • Have too much activity straight after eating.

    • Mix hot and cold foods.

    • Don't eat your favourite foods during the time you feel sick.


    We strongly advise you to talk with a health care professional about specific medical conditions and treatments. The information on our site is meant to be helpful and educational but is not a substitute for medical advice.

    Further Reading


    Understanding Chemotherapy Nausea Control

    Suggestions For An Optimal Cancer Diet: Hoaxes and Myths Not Discussed
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  21. Do You Want To Tell People About Your Cancer Experience?Cancer Care Parcel are looking for guest bloggers to tell our readers about their cancer experience.  Whether you have cancer now or were affected by cancer as a survivor, friend, loved one, professional or carer, we would like to hear from you.

    By letting people understand your cancer experience you could be helping people with their own journey.

    We prefer to publish articles which we believe either benefit people with cancer or are informative to people who do not have cancer.

    Examples could be


    • Tips on how to treat someone with cancer

    • Positive news items about cancer

    • Personal experiences with cancer, either as a patient, carer, relative or friend


    You will get full credit for your article and if you like we can put your picture and a biography.

     




     

    For further advice regarding what to submit please go to Submission Guidelines or contact editor [@] cancercareparcel.co.uk

    About Cancer Care Parcel


    Cancer Care Parcel: What We Do For People Affected By Cancer


     
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  22. Understanding Chemotherapy Nausea Control: What You Can Do To HelpUnfortunately, certain chemotherapy drugs can sometimes cause chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.  But as this is well documented there are many solutions to relieve these symptoms.

    Drugs From Your Doctor


    Your doctor can prescribe drugs which can prevent, lessen, or relieve the chemotherapy nausea and vomiting which may be associated with therapy.  Drugs won't always prescribe straight away as everyone has different symptoms. This anti-sickness or anti-emetics which control nausea and vomiting are given in different ways, depending on symptoms.  For example, if you are unable to keep anything down, the drugs can be given through an I.V. catheter, a patch, rectally or under the tongue.

    However, there are many things that patients with chemotherapy nausea and vomiting can do for themselves which can help them feel better.

    Chemotherapy Nausea Eating HabitsChanging Eating Habits Can Help With Chemotherapy Nausea


    Things To Try



    • If the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick, try to have cold or slightly warm food.

    • Several small meals and snacks each day instead of large portions can reduce the feeling of nausea.

    • Chewing food well can trick the stomach into thinking there is less in there and prevent nausea and vomiting.

    • You could try having small meals a few hours before treatment, but not just before.

    • Light, bland foods, such as plain toast or crackers, are better than rich food.

    • Eat before you get hungry.


    Things To Avoid



    • Try not to fill your stomach with a large amount of liquid before eating.

    • Too much activity straight after eating can increase nausea.

    • Mixing hot and cold foods is not good when you feel sick.


    We also recommend that you do not eat your favourite foods during the time you feel sick.  If you do, they will no longer be favourite foods as you could begin to associate them with nausea and vomiting.

    Additions To The Diet Can Help


    There are certain foods that can help with chemotherapy nausea:

    Ginger


    Crystallised stem ginger on its own or adding freshly ground ginger to your favourite dishes, or to hot water or tea to make a soothing drink and are all documents to relieve nausea symptoms.

    Sipping ginger ale can also help and has the double bonus of being a fizzy drink, which relieves symptoms also.

    Peppermint


    Peppermint is thought to slow down gut movement and therefore relieves nausea and vomiting.  That is why sucking mints or drinking peppermint tea can help.

    Pineapple


    Fresh or tinned pineapple chunks can help keep your mouth fresh and moist.

    Removing Certain Foods From The Diet Can Help


    It can help to avoid:

    • Fried and fatty foods.

    • Foods which smell strong.


    Drinking Well Can Help


    It's always important to try to drink plenty, even if you can't eat.  Small sips slowly through the day can help.

    Try drinking:

    • Clear, sweet liquids, like fizzy drinks or fruit juice.

    • Ice cold or clear fluids.

    • Prune juice and hot drinks, which can help to make your bowels work if you are constipated.


    Drinks to avoid include caffeine, orange and grapefruit juice, which may irritate your stomach.

    Controlling Cancer Sickness: Cancer Research UK 

    Nausea And Vomiting: Chemocare

    Chemotherapy Induced Vomiting and Nausea: Macmillan

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    Note:  We strongly encourage you to talk with your doctor about specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained in this website is meant to be helpful and educational.  It not a substitute for medical advice.

     
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  23. Recognising Emotions Associated With Your Friend’s Cancer

    Recognising normal emotions that you may feel associated with your friend’s cancer is important


    Acknowledge if you have any of these emotions and talk to someone about them if that helps.

    Recognising Emotions Associated With Your Friend’s Cancer

     

     Examples


    Guilt



    • because you don’t have cancer

    • because you feel in some way responsible

    • because you feel as though you are not doing enough


    Worry



    • about how your friend will cope

    • about how you will cope


    Anger



    • because of the injustice of cancer


    Scared



    • of what the future will hold


    Sad



    • because your friend life will change

    • because your life will change


    These emotions usually should not be shared with your friend who has cancer

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  24. Appropriate Breast Cancer Gifts for WomenAppropriate breast cancer gifts are hard to find. Not everyone with breast cancer has surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. It is also a common assumption that only women get breast cancer.  However, men can get it too (which is why we decided to put women in our title).  We will have another article about male breast cancer soon.

    So choosing ideal breast cancer gifts is not easy.  Added to the fact that everyone is different, the shopping experience can be a minefield.

    This article focuses on female breast cancer gifts and highlights what we have to offer for women with breast cancer.

    Suggestions for Getting Your Own Breast Cancer Gifts




    Not everyone with breast cancer has treatment, some just have surgery, others just have personalised drugs.  Radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy are not always the standard treatment anymore.  So before you buy a hat or scarf for someone with breast cancer you need to check whether they are having chemotherapy and whether their chemotherapy will or has affected their hair.  In some cases it is best to get general comforting gifts that wont offend, but can still be useful.


    Examples are




    • fancy water bottles to stay hydrated

    • hand cream for dry hands and for feeling pampered

    • peppermint tea for relaxation and nausea

    • a blanket can be just for comfort and convalescence or also warming if feeling chilly from therapy


    Suitable Gifts For Women With Breast Cancer


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    We provide several gift boxes which are suitable for women with breast cancer (only our "in stock" items are shown above).

    All our boxes have

    • Luxury pampering items.

    • Fun and motivational items.


    In addition
    Everyone who receives a parcel is given access to our increasing number of  resources, aimed for supporting all those affected by cancer.

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    Final thoughts


    If you have any suggestions for our gift boxes please contact us, we are always happy to hear from you and we love receiving suggestions for our cancer gifts.

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  25. Understanding Cancer Dehydration

    Cancer dehydration is a risk for people undergoing cancer


    Cancer dehydration is a risk for people undergoing cancer treatments and is a serious condition which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

    The excessive loss of body fluids, which is dehydration, occurs when your body’s fluid output exceeds its fluid intake.  Vomiting or diarrhoea, side effects of cancer treatments, can lead to dehydration, as can infections, high fever, bleeding or merely not drinking enough fluids.

    Avoiding Cancer Dehydration And Staying Hydrated


    The expert advice is to drink about 8-12 glasses of water a day. and whilst this figure is disputed by some researcher, scientists agree that most people don't drink enough. So, in general, if you aim to drink  8 glasses of water a say you should not get dehydrated.

    However, if you have cancer therapy side effects such as diarrhoea or vomiting, you would need to drink more than 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and avoid cancer dehydration

    Ways to make sure you stay hydrated include

    Drink a lot.


    Although it seems obvious it is not always easy to drink a lot if you feel sick.  A lot of small sips can help and keeping a water bottle with you at all times is a good reminder to drink.  Sucking on small pieces of ice works can help improve your fluid intake, but you will need a lot of ice.

    Avoid caffeine


    Yes you need to drink a lot, but only the right sort of fluids, water and juices are good but drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea and some fizzy drinks coke, acts as a diuretic.  They will flush water out of your system which is the opposite of what you want to achieve.

    Keeping track of your fluid intake and output


    It’s not easy to tell how much fluid you’re losing unless you measure it and you need to measure what is coming in and going out.  This is information useful for both you and your doctor.

    To measure what is coming out is not easy at all, but if you keep a note of how many times you’re having diarrhoea or vomiting that is a good indication of what is going on.   It is also important to measure how much fluid you’re taking in. If you use a water bottle or cup that contains a set amount of fluid you can track how many times you drink it dry.

    Eat food with a high water content


    Liquid in solid food counts toward your daily total.  So you can eat healthily and stay hydrated at the same time. Some fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water. Try watermelon, celery, cucumbers, grapefruit and tomatoes which are all 90 percent water

    Symptoms Of Cancer Dehydration


    To tell if you are dehydrated lightly pinch and pull up your skin.  If it stays standing up in a tent, this is a sign that you are dehydrated.

    The symptoms of mild dehydration are:



    • dry, sticky mouth

    • feeling sleepy

    • getting thirsty

    • decreased urine

    • few or no tears

    • headache

    • dizziness


    Severe dehydration, which is a medical emergency causes:



    • extreme thirst

    • irritability

    • extreme fatigue

    • confusion

    • lack of sweating

    • sunken eyes

    • low blood pressure

    • fever


    You need to talk to your doctor immediately if you have any of the symptoms of severe cancer dehydration. 

    What To Do If  You have Mild Dehydration



    • Don't drink a lot too at once. Sip fluids slowly, gradually drinking more and more.

    • Suck on ice cubes to keep your lips and mouth moist.

    • Eat foods that have a plenty of fluid, such as watermelon or cucumbers.

    • Use lip balm or salve if your lips are dry, and lotion on dry skin.

    • Fill a small cooler with clean ice and small bottles of fluid (water or juice) and keep it close by so to drink frequently




    Last thought


    We hope that this article has been useful and informative, if you have any additional comments on this article please do contact us.  If you have any concerns that you are dehydrated please do contact your doctor.


    Article Sources



    4 Things You Should Know About Cancer and Dehydration


    Dehydration: Breast Cancer Org

    Hydration in cancer patients.

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  26. Suggestions For An Optimal Cancer Diet: Hoaxes and Myths Not DiscussedThere are often stories in the media about certain foods or nutrients in the cancer diet that will


    • increase the risk of cancer

    • decrease the risk of cancer

    • feed cancer

    • cure cancer


    It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss fads, hoaxes, current research or scientific evidence.  Except to say the obvious, that not everything you read, especially on the internet is true.  The best way to avoid hoaxes and common cancer myths is to look at

    • Current official guidelines

    • Specific cancer treatments and their likely side effects on the cancer diet


    Official recommendations for the ideal cancer diet


    It is clear that having a healthy cancer diet can help people cope better with both treatment and the illness.  However, there is a caveat to this.  Both treatment and cancer symptoms can have nutrition related side effects, as discussed below.

    How cancer symptoms can affect a healthy diet


    Different people are diagnosed at different stages of cancer and different types of cancer can produce different symptoms.  Generally speaking, most people who have cancer are advised to eat a healthy diet.  In some cases, a high-calorie diet is recommended. This is because weight loss can be a problem and a high-calorie diet keeps energy levels up during treatment.  However, in the majority of cases, a normal healthy diet will be good enough.

    How treatment can directly affect the cancer diet


    It is important to recognise that some foods and supplements can counteract cancer treatments, so it is very wise to let your doctor or pharmacist know of any supplements you might be taking or any dietary changes.

    Examples,

    A common herbal remedy taken at times of stress can be St John’s wort, which is used as a complementary therapy for mild to moderate depression. But it also interacts with several cancer medicines, such as tamoxifen,  irinotecan, docetaxel and imatinib.

    Grapefruit, although often recommended for a healthy diet can increase and decrease the potency of many cancer drugs.

    How treatment can cause symptoms which affect the cancer diet


    Many of the diets issues that cancer patients have are due to the side effects of the therapy they are having.

    These may cause

    • loss of appetite

    • taste changes

    • mouth problems

    • diarrhoea and/or  constipation


    Suggestions to help with cancer-related diet issues


    Loss of appetite


    When cancer treatment causes a weight loss and loss of appetite there are a number of things to do

    • Don't fill your stomach with a large amount of liquid before eating.

    • Eat small amounts of high protein and calorie foods every 2 or 3 hours.

    • Ask friends and relatives to help prepare your meals.

    • Add extra calories and protein to the food that you eat such as using butter, milk, cream, sugar, honey and cheese.

    • Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooking puts you off eating.

    • Have small servings of your favourite foods prepared ahead of time.

    • Keep a stock of convenience foods in the cupboard.

    • Eat puddings and desserts.

    • Try new foods and tastes.

    • Avoid getting over tired.

    • Stay hydrated, drink a lot of water.


    Don't give yourself a hard time if you don't want to eat much for a few days after treatment.

    Diarrhoea


    Diarrhoea is a common side effect of some cancer treatments.  Here are some diet changes you can make to cope

    • Drink plenty of liquid (up to two litres a day) to replace fluid lost.

    • Avoid alcohol and coffee.

    • Small, frequent meals made from light foods such as dairy produce, white fish, poultry, well-cooked eggs, white bread, pasta or rice can help

    • Eat meals slowly.

    • Avoid greasy and fried food

    • Eat less fibre until the diarrhoea improves.

    • Avoid spicy food


    Sore Mouth


    Cool drinks may soothe a sore mouth, but avoid hot (spicy) or sharp foods, as these can sting your mouth.

    Nausea



    • Drink plenty of fluids using few but frequents sips

    • Have 5 or 6 small meals a day

    • Stay away from fried, spicy, sweet, or salty foods.

    • Peppermint and ginger can both help with nausea.  This can be in any form such as teas or sweets


    Constipation


    Some drugs can cause constipation, particularly painkillers, but also some chemotherapy drugs.  Mild laxatives which you can get from your doctor can help.  It can also help to drink plenty of fluids and eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can.

    Final thoughts


    Small diet changes can make a huge difference, and the above suggestions can help, but it is always important to let your doctor know if you have any symptoms which are bothering you and if you make any dietary changes or are thinking of taking supplements.

    Related articles about the cancer diet


    Advice on Diet and Eating for Cancer Patients

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  27. How To Talk To A Person With Cancer: What To Say And Not To SayGood And Bad Things To Say To Someone With Cancer

    It's not always easy to know how to talk to someone with cancer and the most important thing is to listen.

    In this article, we highlight some issues that you may find useful, but it is always the case that if they don’t feel like talking, let them know that’s OK, too, there is no rush.

    And remember that there is no right or wrong way for a cancer patient, or for you,  to behave.

    When to talk to a person with cancer


















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  28. Cancer Rehabilitation: What Every Cancer Survivor Should Know

    There is a good chance that a person who has had cancer will benefit from Cancer Rehabilitation.


    Dr. Julie Silver,  director of Cancer Rehabilitation,  at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. has written an article in this months Coping with Cancer highlighting the need for more information about how people can access cancer rehabilitation and what it can achieve.


    We have highlighted the main points below






    Many Survivors Need Rehabilitation. 


    Research suggests that many people with cancer who have finished their treatment would benefit from rehabilitation.  This is because some treatments can leave the person with pain or discomfort.

    Cancer Rehabilitation Should Start As Soon As Possible


    There is a critical window between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment called prehabilitation.  Prehabilitation is not common could be used effectively.

    How To Tell If You Need Cancer Rehabilitation



    So if you feel that you or a friend would benefit from rehabilitation do mention it to your doctor.  Prehabilitation and rehabilitation can help survivors function at a higher level and feel better.

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  29. Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancerWhen helping a friend with cancer it’s important to remember that there are no set rules and every friendship is different. Be sure to think about your unique relationship and let that guide you.

    Helping a friend with cancer starts with you


    Before focussing on your friend it could be useful to process your feelings.  Take time to acknowledge and cope with your feelings about the diagnosis, so that when you see your friend you can focus on them.

    It could also be useful for you to learn about the diagnosis, as it is possible that your friend won't want to talk about it and this can help with your approach.

    Your offers of help


    Many people find it hard to ask for help.

    If receiving practical help is difficult for your friend, you can gently remind them that you do not expect them to return the favour and you do it because you care. While not being pushy, try to suggest specific tasks. Asking “how can I help?” can be broad and overwhelming for your friend.

    Here are some suggestions to get you started:

     

    • prepare a meal

    • pick up prescriptions

    • do the shopping

    • organize doctor appointments

    • take them to appointments

    • make difficult phone calls

    • tidy the house

    • take care of children

    • talk to their partner

    • take care of a pet

    • do the washing up

    • arrange a night out (or at home with a movie)

    • arrange a simple day out

    • help research subjects as directed by your friend

    • read his or her emails/blog if they decide to write about their cancer

    • let them know that you are available if an unexpected need comes up

    • organize a phone chain/or support team to regularly check on your friend

    • offer to take notes during an appointment

    • offer to provide company during a treatment

    • go for a walk together


    Think about the little things your friend enjoys and what makes life “normal” for them. Offer to help make these activities easier.

     

    Last thoughts regarding helping a friend with cancer


    Please follow through. If you commit to helping, it is important that you follow through on your promise.

    And treat them the same. Try not to let your friend’s condition get in the way of your friendship. As much as possible, treat him or her the same way you always have.

    Continuing friendships and regular activities after a cancer diagnosis is a great way to further the healing process. But remember that friends also need encouragement and support after treatment has finished.  After their treatment, your friend will be trying to find his or her "new normal". Friendships are an important part of that. With the practical approach, your friendship can make a lasting difference to your friend with cancer.

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  30. What to give a woman with cancer? Hugs, gifts and a lot more discussed.

    A woman with cancer is different. Her type of cancer, personality and support network are all unique, so what you give her should be too.


    Basically, just because you know a woman with cancer doesn't mean you need to go out and buy her a hat or scarf for when her hair falls out, or that you need to give her lots of hugs and sympathy.


    We are all different and so is cancer.  Not everyone with cancer loses their hair and not everyone wants or needs a hug.


    From everything we have heard from women with cancer and from our own experiences the most important thing you can give women with cancer is time.




    • Time to talk

    • Time away from household chores

    • Time away from worrying about family life and kids


    and so forth


    Not everyone will need the same help and support, so you need to know the person that you are giving your time to, or work out from their circumstances what they may need.


    We have further articles on this site (some are listed below) about  practical steps you can make to help someone with cancer.



    To hug or not to hug a woman with cancer?


    Sometime cancer hurts and hugs can hurt. Sometimes, people don't need hugs as it reminds them of their vulnerability.  But sometimes, people need a hug, a bit of human warmth and contact to remind them that they are not alone.  So, if you would normally hug this person, simply ask before you hug.



    Final thoughts


    And lastly... this is not just about women with cancer, the men and the children in your lives and the women without cancer could all do with a bit more time and attention too, we all could!



    What do you think?


    Please do send us your comments, like and dislikes about this article, and if you would like to suggest an article or send something in, we would be very happy to hear from you.


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  31. Too Many Items To Pack Into Cancer Care Parcels Little Monkey Box

    We have had to take a break as there are just too many items to pack inside the Little Monkey Box!!


    We wanted to keep you updated on what we are up to in the Cancer Care Parcel office, where recently we have been packing up each of our different boxes to send off, including the Pink Parcel, the Deluxe Adult Boxes (Male and Female), and the Little Monkey Box. Today, we are having to think on our feet, as we have realized that our boxes simply are not large enough to fit all the wonderful monkey-themed products we have selected to make up our Little Monkey Box.

    Just too many items to squeeze into the box


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    These images show only the START of us trying to pack the Little Monkey Boxes, where it can be seen that the most problematic items are the larger ones which take up much more space. It is certainly proving a challenging task for everyone here at the CCP office!

    The big items are



    • The monkey pillow

    • The monkey rucksack

    • The picture rub art

    • The snuggly blanket

    • The bedside light


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    Smaller items such as the Powerseed Powerbank, the Jenier Peppermint Herbal Tea, and the Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Wrist Band, which we include in most of our parcels, are much less of an issue as they can simply be slotted in between the larger items.

    Despite using our Deluxe boxes, which are our biggest size, there is just too much to pack.

    After a much-needed thinking break, we will start again tomorrow!!

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  32. What Can I Do For My Friend With Cancer? Five Steps To HelpIt can be very daunting to find out that you have a colleague, loved one or friend with cancer.  Sometimes it can be hard to know what to say and do.

    Cancer Care Parcel staff are experts in providing help to all those affected by cancer, as we have all had first-hand experience.

    Here we set out 5 steps that you can do to help your colleague, loved one or friend with cancer.


    1. Talk and LISTEN to your friend with cancer


    The easy option is to avoid the friend or avoid the subject and this happens a lot.  It's not easy to know what to say.  The most important advise is not to avoid your friend when they may need you most and to pay attention to clues when you speak with them.  

    We have several in-depth articles on this site about talking to someone with cancer, and we have listed some below.

    2. Give your friend with cancer your time, by offering to help in specific ways


    Saying, "I am here if you need me" or "let me know if you need any help" might not be viewed as a sincere offer of help.  It is better to make concrete offers of help for

    Examples can be

    • drive them to appointments and take notes

    • do the laundry

    • wash the dishes

    • hire a cleaner

    • bring/cook them appropriate food


    3. Give an appropriate gift


    Cancer gifts can ease this stress and show that you care.  But there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to the right thing to give.  Not everyone having chemotherapy looses their hair for example, and a girly cancer hamper might not be suitable or the macho man with cancer.  A useful gift needs to be well thought out and appropriate for the person and the treatment.

    4. Remember their partner and children.



    • Offer to pick the children up and/or take them out

    • Give the  partner time off

    • Give the family  a treat

    • Let family and friends talk also


    5. Sign up to our newsletter


    When you sign up to our newsletter (you will find a link on this page), you will get our articles delivered to your inbox monthly, for no charge.  Our articles contain information for all those affected by cancer.  You will get tips on different aspects on how to help and also an insight into what your friend might be reading or experiencing.

     

    Finally, many people say that they find out who their friends really are when they have been diagnosed with cancer.

    Our tips above can be a starting point to ensure that the person you know with cancer,  who may need someone at this difficult time, has you to depend on.

    Further Reading


    What we do



    Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer



    Talking to someone with cancer



    For carers



    Advice  about cancer



    Appropriate gifts and giving



    Further resources



     

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  33. How To Choose The Right Cancer Gift: Four Tips To Guide You


    Choosing The Right Gift Doesn't Have To Be HardWhen you have just found out that your close friend has been diagnosed with cancer, or your loved one needs chemotherapy, getting the right cancer gift is probably the furthest from your mind.

    It's hard to know what to do or say and everyone is concerned about the outcome.

    Finding time to digest what is happening is important for all those concerned.  Quite often it's hard to find the peace required, the right information and the items needed that will help on the journey.

    Cancer gifts can ease this stress and show that you care.  But there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to the right thing to give.

    1. Think about the person when giving a cancer gift


    It may seem obvious, but a child wont necessarily want or need the same present as an adult.  A man wont always need what a teenager needs.  And some people just have colour preferences!

       Examples of getting the right cancer gift for the right person


    Adults may find they need certain items, such as a thermometer, to check whether they have an infection. This can be a useful gift for an adult, because a child would not appreciate it.

    We know this is sexist, but many men may not appreciate a face mask for pampering.  Women wont want a face-cream designed for men with dry skin which can be a side effect of treatment.

    Children may have a colour preference which will help them appreciate a gift, even if that Childhood Cancer Gift Box: The Little Monkey Deluxe Hampergift is more useful than fun, (presented in the right way, it can be both).

    ..and just because a child and adult are going through chemotherapy, does not mean that they would both appreciate bed socks for example.  An adult might find them comforting and helpful if they get cold due to treatment, a child might find them an annoyance.

    2. Think about the treatment when giving a cancer Chemo Gifts For People With Cancer From Cancer Care Parcelgift


    When people think of cancer many think of the devastating effects that therapy can bring: sickness, hair loss and so on. But with advances in cancer research, science and medicine this is no longer always the case.  These days not everyone needs to have chemotherapy or radiotherapy and if they do, these treatments no longer always give such harsh side effects.

    So, for example, a hat as a gift for someone who is having chemotherapy may not be suitable unless you know the hair is thinning,

       Examples of suitable items for different cancer therapies


    In our chemotherapy gift boxes we provide items such as

    • blankets: for during treatment or resting at home, whether they get cold from therapy or just need to snuggle,  a nice soft blanket can be a great comforter.

    • peppermint tea: you don't have to be going through chemotherapy to drink peppermint tea,  but if you are, it can help with any nausea which can be a side effect.


    For people undergoing radiotherapy, a good strong sunblock is always useful for after treatment

    3. Even when you don't know the treatment, it doesn't have to be hard to find the right cancer gift


    When you don't know the treatment regime,  or if there is no treatment, it does not mean you cannot get them an appropriate present.  There are many items gratefully received and useful throughout the cancer journey.Shop for Appropriate Cancer Gifts at Cancer Care Parcel

    For example

    • catchable bubbles can give some fun whilst taking the mind away from the day-to-day.

    • water bottles to stay hydrated are useful for everyone's general health.

    • an insulated food bag is useful,  for taking snacks to treatment or hospital. Equally handy to keep by the bed whilst convalescing or for picnics.


    4. Think about your budget


    When worrying what to buy someone who has cancer you can be bombarded by luxury and costly items.  This does not have to be the case.  If you search carefully you can find gift hampers and cancer gift packs at reasonable prices, or you can compile one yourself to cut your costs.  We suggest that when you find gift packages for cancer, check the retail prices of the contents before you buy.  Sometimes you can pay over the odds just for the compilation of goods.


    Our cancer gifts are created with the person, treatment, and budget in mind



    Last thoughts


    If you don't agree with our suggestions or you have other suggestions to make, please contact us, we are always happy to hear from you and we love receiving suggestions for our cancer gifts.

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  34. Treatment of prostate cancer may be monitored better by a new blood test



    The BBC reported this week on a new blood test which has been developed to help with prostate cancer treatment.

    A study found a blood test could detect who men new drug treatment.  Researchers analysed blood samples from nearly 50 men with advanced prostate cancer who were taking a  new trial drug (olaparib).

    They wanted to determine whether changes to tumour DNA in blood could show if olaparib treatment was working or not.

    They found that

    • Tumour DNA halved after four weeks of treatment in men who had the best progression-free survival.

    • The development of new gene mutations in men who initially responded to olaparib, can indicate when the tumour was becoming resistant to the drug and the treatment was no longer working.


    This work suggests that a blood test which looks at tumour DNA early enough in the course of olaparib treatment, may show for which men the treatment is working and which men would be better off trying an alternative treatment.

    Who did this work?


    This study was carried out by scientists at the UK Institute of Cancer Research, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Michigan, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

    Funding was provided by several sources, including the Movember Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK, and Cancer Research UK.

    About the olaparib study



    • The study included only 50 men..

    • All the men in the study had metastatic prostate cancer

    • None of the men in the study had responded to previous hormone treatment and chemotherapy.

    • All the men in the study were treated with the new drug olaparib.


    Blood samples were collected from the trial participants at the start of the study, then after 1, 4, 8 and 16 weeks of treatment, and at the time when the disease had progressed.

    The scientists analysed the circulating DNA in blood samples and looked at how the DNA changes were associated with specific responses responses.

    The Results


    There was a large (over 50%) reduction in circulating DNA concentration, measured by blood tests,  which was associated with improved progression-free survival by four weeks and overall survival by eight weeks.

    Conclusions


    The scientists concluded that their findings support the role of a new blood test as a predictive, prognostic, response, and resistance biomarker in metastatic prostate cancer.

    The findings also suggest that a decrease in circulating tumour DNA could suggest treatment is working.

    Important considerations


    Although these findings show promise, this study only looked at blood samples taken from a small sample of men. Therefore the study cannot say, at this stage, whether levels of circulating DNA have significance on disease outcome.

    Towards the future


    Although these findings need to be followed up by more studies of other men receiving olaparib for advanced prostate cancer.  The results do suggest that if a test were developed, this could allow treatment to be changed at an early stage if blood results indicate treatment isn't working.

    This could hopefully help men with advanced stage disease have the best quality of life by making sure they only receive treatment likely to bring benefits.




    The findings are a promising step forward in helping men with advanced prostate cancer receive the best treatment for them.


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  35. Six tips to help you talk about your cancer

    Six tips to help you talk about your cancer


    Six tips to help you talk about your cancer



    1.  Practising what you want to say can help you keep in control.


    Suggestions regarding what you might think about include


    *who do you want to tell?*


    *do you want to tell people how your treatment is going?


    *would you prefer a family member to tell people for you?


    *do you want to see people?


    *who do you want to see?


    *do you want to tell people the type of cancer you have?


    2.  Remember there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to the language you use to describe how you feel.  It can be useful to let others understand what works for you and that each day could be different.


    3.  Letting people know how you would like them to respond when you’re feeling a bit down can make it easier for you and them.  THis can also help you get the support you need when you need it.


    4.  It is a good idea to let your work and any social groups that you belong to know how you want to talk about your cancer.


    5.  Take the time you need to think about what the next phase of your life might look like.  Then, importantly, let your partner and loved ones know.


    6.  You might find comfort in speaking with other people who are going through the same thing, for example


    *A group of people at work who are living with or have had cancer.
    *A charity support group or a network of people with the same type of cancer and/or treatment as you.



    Download the pdf version here


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  36. Mood And Anxiety Issues Are Common Among Cancer Survivors

    In this months COPING WITH CANCER Dr Isabel Schuermeyer (past-president of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and a member of the psycho-oncology department at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH) discusses the mood and anxiety issues which are associated with surviving cancer


    Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders are common among cancer survivors, even those who have never experienced mental health issues before.



    Issues include


    Depression


    After a cancer diagnosis, people may say,
    "Of course you're depressed. You've just been diagnosed with cancer."

    However, people use the term "depression" to describe feelings of sadness, but feeling sad (which is common and normal after a cancer diagnosis) is not the same as experiencing depression.

    Major depression = medical condition that needs medical attention and treatment

    Sadness = a temporary emotion that subsides on its own.

    Major depression can affect both your quality of life and your ability to tolerate pain. It can even make it difficult for some survivors to stay with their course of cancer treatment.

    The symptoms of major depression

    • depressed mood

    • decreased interest in activities you previously enjoyed

    • poor concentration

    • low self-esteem

    • feelings of hopelessness

    • changes in sleep or appetite.


    While everyone feels down from time to time, in order for major depression to be diagnosed, your symptoms must last at least two weeks.


    Getting treatment for depression, results in improved quality of life, less pain, and less time in the hospital. So it is very important to discuss how you feel with your medical team.


    Mania


    Mania can be thought of as the opposite of depression. When this mood disorder develops, a person may experience

    • decreased need for sleep

    • impulsive behaviour

    • rapid speech

    • increased activity.


    Mania is treated with medicines that stabilise mood. Depending on the severity of the mania, admission to a hospital or mental health facility for psychiatric treatment may be necessary.

    Anxiety Issues


    Anxiety is prevalent among cancer survivors.

    Some people will have a specific phobia, which is a type of anxiety disorder.

    Generalised anxiety disorder is marked by

    • overwhelming and persistent worries

    • poor concentration

    • irritability

    • restlessness

    • sleep disturbances.


    Other anxiety disorders cancer survivors may experience can include post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder.

    How to cope


    Typically, coping strategies that have worked for you in the past will work again to help you during this stressful time.

    It is best to pick healthy coping mechanisms, such as

    • humour

    • exercise

    • spending time with friends

    • meditation, or mindfulness.

    • support groups


    Treatment


    The two main types of treatment for major depression and anxiety disorders are antidepressant medication and psychotherapy.

    • Antidepressants are medications are taken daily and require a few weeks before reaching their full effect.

    • Psychotherapy can alleviate depression and anxiety by helping you develop new approaches to managing symptoms and coping with general life problems. Psychotherapy can have long-term benefits, lasting even after completing the therapy.


    People without strong social support systems have a higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders after being diagnosed with cancer.

    If you develop symptoms of a mood or anxiety disorder, you should seek out proper treatment, talk to your doctor, friends family and mental health professionals. With the right treatment, mood and anxiety disorders can be overcome, and you can live well with cancer.
    To read the full article go to

    http://copingmag.com/cwc/index.php/rss_article/feeling_anxious_depressed

    Further Reading


    How to Embrace Surviving Cancer - A Cancer Survivors Guide

    Six tips from AXA PPP to help you talk about your cancer
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  37. Capture Cure 2017: Artists Against CancerCapture Cure 2017, are again supporting Breast Cancer Now by holding an auction of donated artwork; using art is a great initiative to save lives.

    About Breast Cancer Now


    Breast Cancer Now is a pioneering charity dedicated to the prevention, treatment and ultimate eradication of breast cancer. We fight on three fronts: research, campaigning and education.

    Capture Cure 2017 - HArtists Against Cancerow it works:


    Artists donate a piece of work to our Facebook page; this can be photography, paintings, or even sculptures. The top 30 works of art that receive the most (Likes) will be featured at a live event and auctioned to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

    https://www.facebook.com/CaptureCure/

    About Capture Cure


    Capture Cure was founded in 2009 by a group of individuals working in media.  Their aim is to raise funds auctioning art for Breast Cancer Now - so far they have raised over £6,000.


    Capture Cure 2017: Artists Against Cancer

     
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  38. A Lack Of Patient Support For Those Who Choose No Cancer Intervention.A recent study suggests that patients who ask for no cancer intervention face unsupported responses from doctors, family and friends.

    In a telephone interview with researchers, 12 of 18 study participants (with small, asymptomatic or suspected thyroid cancers) who had decided against cancer intervention, reported responses that were not supportive.

    Responses included being told by doctors, friends, and others that they were "being stupid," "were wrong," or were "crazy."

    One participant told the researchers that

    "Deciding not to have surgery in the world where I live is kind of like deciding to jump off a bridge…. I was making a decision against opposition from everyone."

    These responses would likely contribute to a patients’ anxiety about their cancer progression and can lead to feelings of isolation.   In addition, some could stop monitoring their cancers altogether.

    Why would patients ask for no cancer intervention?



    The worry of over diagnosis can prevent patients from follow-up cancer intervention to confirm disease or the disease status



    In recent years, concern has increased about the over diagnosis of cancer. These include prostate, breast, and thyroid cancers and can present challenges to both doctors and patients.

    Currently, doctors cannot reliably predict which cancers will progress.  This can lead to uncertainty for doctors and their patients.  The acknowledgment that unnecessary treatment of cancers, known as over treatment, may lead to harmful side effects could be preventing some patients from immediate biopsy and no further intervention.

    Mistrust of doctors or the pharmaceutical profession




    Big pharma's recent troubles have fostered consumer mistrust and a negative view of the industry.  However, it wasn't that long ago that the pharmaceutical industry was considered among the most respected industries.  It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss the pros and cons about the pharmaceutical industry.  We suggest that the first place you look, before reading about all the conspiracy theories is the comprehensive Wikipedia site about Pharmanoia 


    The requirement for a good quality of end of life can be greater than the need for cancer intervention


    The question of when to stop treatment for people with a cancer which continues to grow despite all efforts, is a very hard choice.  A study in 2015 suggested that many people have worse quality of life after receiving  end-of-life chemotherapy.  Therefore, guidance from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommends that palliative chemotherapy is not given to people diagnosed with growing disease who are very sick.  However, people diagnosed with growing cancer who are in relatively good health and self-sufficient, are recommended palliative chemotherapy to ease pain or help the person live longer.

    There is an assumption that cancer therapies at end of life can kill you


    There is no evidence that there is a difference in survival between the people who get palliative chemotherapy and people who don't.  So at the moment there is no proof for this hypothesis.

    But there are no hard and fast rules. Whilst some people prefer to receive treatment up until the last day of their lives, others will stop cancer intervention, preferring to spend the last weeks or months of their lives with their families without having to deal with being in treatment anymore.


    Wise decision-making


    Dr Charles Blanke, and Dr Erik  Fromme, M.D.both of Oregon Health and Science University said that




    "Even when oncologists communicate clearly about prognosis and are honest about the limitations of treatment, many patients feel immense pressure to continue treatment,"




    "Patients with end-stage cancer are encouraged by friends and family to keep fighting, but the battle analogy itself can portray the dying patient as a loser and should be discouraged. Costs aside, we feel the last 6 months of life are not best spent in an oncology treatment unit or at home suffering the toxic effects of largely ineffectual therapies for the majority of patients."







    Understanding the patient experience


    "These findings highlight the need to better understand external pressures that cancer patients may experience."

    said Ashley Wilder Smith, chief of NCI's Outcomes Research Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.


    "We need to better understand the patient experience, regardless of what people decide to do about treating their cancer."

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  39. A nanovaccine could be used as defense from mutliple cancersA unique nanovaccine which targets several different cancer types has been developed by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center

    This nanovaccine consists of cancer proteins that are recognized by the immune system.   The Nanoparticle vaccines delivers minuscule particulates to the body.  These small particles stimulate the immune system to create an immune response against any potential cancer. This helps people's own bodies fight cancer in just the same way that vaccines against viruses trigger the bodies immune system.

    Recent nanovaccine research


    The high profile journal, Nature Nanotechnology just published a study which reports a nanovaccine which has anti-cancer properties to multiple tumor types, in mice.

    A study outlining this research, published online in Nature Nanotechnology, reported that the nanovaccine had anti-tumor efficacy in multiple tumor types in mice.

    Dr Jinming Gao,  Professor of Pharmacology & Otolaryngology in UT Southwestern's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center who was part of this study said

    "What is unique about our design is the simplicity of the single-polymer composition that can precisely deliver tumor antigens to immune cells while stimulating innate immunity. These actions result in safe and robust production of tumor-specific T cells that kill cancer cells,"

    Why is this nanovaccine report important?


    Normal vaccines ask the immune system to pick up the cancer proteins and take them to lymph organs where they are processed and activate the immune system to fight against cancer.  Nanovaccine work slightly differently, they go straight to the lymph organs themselves to activate the immune system
    "For nanoparticle vaccines to work, they must deliver antigens to proper cellular compartments within specialized immune cells called antigen-presenting cells and stimulate innate immunity,"

    said Dr. Chen, who was also pat of the study and holder of the George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science.

    "Our nanovaccine did all of those things."

    A much more direct approach which could be more efficient

    Which cancer will this work for?


    The scientist looked at several cancers in mice

    • colorectal cancer

    • melanoma

    • cervical cancer

    • head cancer

    • neck cancer


    In most cases, the nanovaccine slowed growth of  their tumors  and extended the lives of the mice
    "Recent advances in understanding innate and adaptive immunity have also led to more collaborations between immunologists and nanotechnologists,"

    said Dr. Chen.
    "These partnerships are critical in propelling the rapid development of new generations of nanovaccines."

    The researchers are now working with clinicians at UT Southwestern to explore testing of these  nanovaccines in a variety of cancer indications. Combining nanovaccines with therapies could possibly further help their anti-tumor effectiveness.

    Who knows?,  there may be one vaccine against ALL cancers for our children, or grandchildren.

    Article sources



    1. Min Luo, Hua Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Haocheng Cai, Zhigang Lu, Yang Li, Mingjian Du, Gang Huang, Chensu Wang, Xiang Chen, Matthew R. Porembka, Jayanthi Lea, Arthur E. Frankel, Yang-Xin Fu, Zhijian J. Chen, Jinming Gao. A STING-activating nanovaccine for cancer immunotherapy. Nature Nanotechnology, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.52

    2. UT Southwestern Medical Center. "Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 April 2017.


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  40. How to Embrace Surviving Cancer - A Cancer Survivors GuideA lot has changed for cancer survivors in recent years and there is increasing knowledge about late and long-term effects of both cancer and its treatment. Indeed we even know more about how to prevent cancer from coming back and extend survivorship after treatment.

    However cancer survivors can still feel isolated or emotional



    • dealing with physical, emotional and cog­nitive changes

    • dreading follow-up appointments,

    • worrying about cancer coming back with every ache and pain.

    • frightened, vulnerable or sad because of what's happened to them

    • lost now that treatment is over and they are no longer getting as much support from a cancer care team

    • lonely because it's hard for friends and family to understand what they have been through

    • scared to be happy in case the cancer comes back

    • confused about how to fit back into the old life


    Cancer survivors can still have side effects


    Cancer-related side effects can show up late and last throughout life. Just know­ing that they may occur can add to existing anxiety.  For example there may be tighter skin from radiotherapy, loss of body parts, lack of sex drive and so on.

    So now, more than ever the cancer survivors need support and to know what to expect as they move forward.

    Self-help tips on coping after cancer




    • Be kind to yourself and recognise what you've been through and also recognise how well you have done.

    • Give permission to grieve for what has been lost.  You could  find someone you feel you can talk to about it, if it feels right for you.

    • You don't have to be positive all the time.  Be honest with family and friends and tell them how you are feeling.

    • Give yourself goals.  For example, the idea of going out is difficult, go out with a friend or partner for 10 minutes then increase how long and how often you go out gradually.

    • Build up your self-esteem:  focus on what you have achieved and take time to look at all the good things that you have done and have to offer.

    • Learn to trust your body again, eventually you will start to have confidence in yourself as a 'healthy person' like you did before.


    Cancer Survivors depression


    If you find you are unable to enjoy life in a meaningful way for a prolonged amount of time, don’t be afraid to talk to your GP. It can be common for cancer survivors to experience depression, and many need extra help in adjusting to life after cancer.

    And don't forget that its great that you have reached this far.

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    Article Sources



    • We took inspiration from an article written by Jolene Rowe: manager of Inpatient Social Work in the Department of Patient and Family Services at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Jolene supervises social workers in various disease site programs, she also oversees graduate student training, and develops and coordinates psycho-educational and thera­peutic programs for both patients and families.

    • Coping® with Cancer magazine, March/April 2017.

    • Life after cancer treatment


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  41. Scientist identify drugs that could stop melanoma spreading.



    Scientists at the University of Iowa have found a drug which can stop melanoma from metastasising under laboratory conditions.  To identify the drug they documented in real time how the skin cancer formed into tumours.

    A unique computer program was used to identify and log how both breast tissue cancer cells and melanoma cells form tumors and found the two cancers act the same when at the joining stages of making the tumor.  They then screened for antibodies that they had created in the lab, to see which would stop cancer spreading.  Two of the antibodies that they screened cold stop both skin and breast tissue cancer cells from growing.

    A past report had already shown that human breast cancer cells form tumors by extending cables between small groups of cancer cells.  This report shows that skin cancer behaves in a similar way.  The difference between the two types of cancer were that melanoma cells are on the go immediately and at all times; they appear to both divide into more cells and rush to join clusters simultaneously, but breast cancer cells are not.

    Professor David Soll said
    Melanoma cells are "fast as lightning," Soll says. "They don't sit still. They've got ants in their pants."

    "What's so cool is the same drug that stops breast cancer cells from undergoing coalescence also stops melanoma cells from undergoing coalescence, despite these cancers' whole history being different," Soll says. "That means there's a commonality despite the different origins. And that also means there might be a magic bullet (to stop tumor formation) for all cancers."

    Story Source


    "How melanoma tumors form: Team identifies drugs that halt skin cancer metastasis in lab tests." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 April 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170403123312.htm>.

    Deborah Wessels, Daniel F. Lusche, Edward Voss, Spencer Kuhl, Emma C. Buchele, Michael R. Klemme, Kanoe B. Russell, Joseph Ambrose, Benjamin A. Soll, Aaron Bossler, Mohammed Milhem, Charles Goldman, David R. Soll. Melanoma cells undergo aggressive coalescence in a 3D Matrigel model that is repressed by anti-CD44. PLOS ONE, 2017; 12 (3): e0173400 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173400

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  42. We are very grateful to Urban Veda for their donation of samplesThe very nice people atUrban Veda Rose + Botanics Reviving Body Lotion  Urban Veda have generously donated samples of their Rose + Botanics Reviving Body Lotion.  

    About Urban Veda Rose + Botanics Reviving Body Lotion.  


    This lotion is Omega-rich regenerative bio-oils improve and preserve hydration. Their Naturally formulated nutrient-rich flower waters are created to replenish tired skin.  Whilst geranium boasts healing properties.  Arjuna extract and repairing rosehip combine with hydrating rose damask to lock in moisture and nourish dry skin.

    Ideal for those whose skin is dry naturally or made dry from cancer therapies and is made with all natural and some organic ingredients.




    What are Urban Veda products?


    The Urban Veda products are designed to be suited to different skin types which in the principles of Ayurvedic medicine are associated with the physical and emotional tendencies in our mind and body.

    Which Boxes will these products be in?


    These will be placed in selected Cancer Care Deluxe Adult parcels.  We only have a few and will be received on a first come first served basis.  We will let you know when these boxes become available.



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  43. A New UK Initiative To Cut The Time Taken To Diagnose Cancer.After officials from Cwm Taf health board saw how the Danish health service had reduced its time to diagnose cancer and improved its cancer survival rates, a new pilot in Wales has been established which will focus on patients who GPs suspect may have cancer but do not show obvious or pressing symptoms.

    Denmark established a number of diagnostic centers in efforts to transform cancer care following concerns that the country was lagging behind the best in the world on survival rates.  In addition, they wanted to reduce the time it takes to diagnose cancer.

    Now 40 GPs in the Cynon Valley who might only have a gut feeling that something is wrong, can refer those patients directly to a new "one-stop" diagnostic centre at the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant within a week, based on the Denmark findings

    This is estimated to be about six patients each week, who will receive an examination and different tests,  all on the same day at the new clinic in Wales and a similar clinic may be established at Neath Port Talbot Hospital as part of a second trial run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board.

    Dr Gareth Davies, associate director of the Wales Cancer Network, said

    "If the GP sees a patient and is not exactly sure what's going on and has a sixth sense something is wrong, it will allow the GP to refer the patient straight into that clinic."

    If this is successful within the next six months, it will be rolled out across the rest of the health board area.

    To see the full report from the BBC


    Click here

    or go to

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39553971?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/583f320b-e25a-433c-ad39-b637a4f27866/cancer&link_location=live-reporting-story

     

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  44. Suggestions Welcome For Our New Cancer Resources PageThis month Cancer Care Parcel are focusing on building a comprehensive list of cancer resources for people with or with an interest in cancer.

    You can find the resources page at www.CancerCareParcel.co.uk/cancer-resource-list/

    The aim of our new Cancer Resources page


    The page aims to point people in the right direction when looking for further information about a specific cancer.

    Sites that have information on

    • Research

    • Fundraising

    • Treatment

    • Campaigning

    • Support

    • Awareness


    are all welcome

    If we have missed anything, or you have any suggestions (if you want us to change anything we are happy to),  please do contact us and let us know.

     




     

    *We reserve the right not to post sites which we do not feel suitable.  Our guidelines can be found here

     




     

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  45. Cancer Caregivers Need To Take Care Of Themselves Too!When people are diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to overlook the toll the disease also takes on the cancer caregivers.

    Cancer can dramatically alter relationships, it forces parents to depend on their children and independent people to rely on their loved ones. But those who support cancer patients -- such as spouses, partners, siblings, children or friends -- tend to put their own needs on the back burner.

    Across the UK today, 6.5 million people are carers.

    Carers UK is a charity which supports carers, many of whom are stretched to the limit. Carers UK are there to listen, to give expert information and advice tailored to the situation.  They champion the carers rights and support them in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever they are.

    Carers also need to  take care of themselves and here are some suggestions which can help



    • Don't feel guilty.


      Don't let the illness of the person you are caring for make you neglect your needs through guilt.  You can't help someone else if your levels of energy and patience are low.


    • Make a happy list.


      Write down some of the things that help you feel joy and make time to do them, such as

      • playing a good song

      • going for a walk

      • taking a bubble bath.






    • Relax.


       It's very important to keep up healthy sleep habits.


    • Don't be hard on yourself.


      Be sure to recognize your stress and take steps to help you ease this strain.


    • Ask for help.


      If you are finding it hard you could reach out to an oncology social worker. This is a professional who can devise a personalized plan to help you cope with your role as a caregiver.


    Source of article


    Helping Cancer Care-givers Help Themselves

    Carers UK

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    How to talk to your friend with cancer: Advice from a cancer patient

    Cancer Care Parcel: FAQ About Our Gifts

     
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  46. Scientists Have Made Tumour Cells More Susceptible To Cancer TreatmentScientists at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a way to make tumour cells more susceptible to certain types of cancer treatment.  They have done this by coating the cells with nanoparticles before delivering drugs.

    By putting hundreds of tiny particles on the surfaces of tumour cells, scientists were able to make the cells more vulnerable to attack by a drug that triggers cancer cells to commit suicide. It seemed as though the tethered nanoparticles increased forces exerted on the cells by flowing blood, which made the cells more likely to die.

    In tests on mice, the tethered nanoparticles made the cell-suicide-inducing drug 50 percent more effective, and this combination killed up to 90 percent of mouse tumour cells.

    The effect of the treatment appeared to be specific to the tumour cells and did not induce cell death in healthy cells, which is very good news and implies a new set of cancer treatment drugs could be on their way.

    Source of this news



    • Michael J. Mitchell, Jamie Webster, Amanda Chung, Pedro P. G. Guimarães, Omar F. Khan, Robert Langer. Polymeric mechanical amplifiers of immune cytokine-mediated apoptosis. Nature Communications, 2017; 8: 14179 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14179

    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Tethered nanoparticles make tumor cells more vulnerable: New strategy could improve the performance of some immune-based drugs." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 March 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170320081519.htm>.


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  47. Tips from AXA PPP to help you talk about your cancerAXA PPP healthcare has collected information from their clients regarding things people said to them that were difficult, upsetting or just annoying.  Also, things that were useful, kind, and got it just right.

    AXA PPP healthcare has collected information from their clients regarding things people said to them that were difficult, upsetting or just annoying.  Also, things that were useful, kind, and got it just right.

    In their booklet which can be downloaded at

    https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Widget_Content_(PB)/Health_information_landing_pages/Cancer/axa-speak-cancer-online-guide.pdf

    They have put together top tips to help talk about cancer.

    A summary of the AXA PPP booklet is below



    1. There is no right way when it comes to the language you use to describe how you feel.  Let others understand what works for you

    2. Let people know how you’d like them to respond when you’re feeling down. This can make it easier to get the support you need.

    3. Practising what you want to say can help you keep control.

    4. It’s also a good idea to let your work know how you want to talk about your cancer.

    5. Take the time you need to think about what the next phase of your life looks like. Then, importantly, let your partner and loved ones know.

    6. You might find comfort in speaking with other people going through the same thing for example

      • A group of people at work who are living with or have had cancer

      • A charity support group or a network of people with the same type of cancer as you that you meet at the hospital.




    To find out more please download their booklet

    Further Reading


    Talking to someone with cancer: Five point guide from Cancer Care Parcel

    Talking to someone with cancer

    How to talk to your friend with cancer: Advice from a cancer patient

    Cancer Care Parcel: What We Do For People Affected By Cancer

    How To Talk To A Person With Cancer: What To Say And Not To Say

    Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer

    Talking About Cancer - What not to say: A recent article from the Daily Mail
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  48. £1.5m pledge for UK children to beat cancer using personalised treatmentsA report by sky news today (26th March 2017) says that a £1.5m pledge for UK children who do not respond to traditional therapies will be spent on them receiving personalised treatments for the first time.

    'Children with Cancer UK' is providing £1.5M to support initial stages of a programme which will develop a precise and effective cancer treatment. As well as with low aggressive side effects for children.




    This will give the 300 children with cancer in the UK who don't respond to traditional therapies, including chemotherapy or radiotherapy, a more hopeful alternative treatment.

    Professor Paul Workman, Chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research, said:
    "This funding from Children with Cancer UK is fantastic; it's going to be transformative. It will allow us to do personalised, individualised treatment of cancer patients targeted at the actual DNA changes in the individual patient. This will be kinder to the body and more effective."

    This treatment is already available to adults, however, it has never before been available to children anywhere in the world.

    Professor Workman also said:
    "What we aim to do is be able to make the test systematically available throughout the UK. We hope that the NHS and pharmaceutical companies will embrace the new treatment and roll it out."

    For further information, please see:



    http://news.sky.com/story/uk-children-to-get-best-chances-at-beating-cancer-after-16315m-pledge-10814463

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  49. Physical exercise can help patients deal with gastrointestinal cancer therapy

    Physical exercise such as walking or jogging has been shown to help patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer cope with the side effects of chemotherapy.


    A joint initiative of the Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe University Frankfurt with the Gastrointestinal Centre of Agaplesion Markus Hospital in Frankfurt, shows that patients with an advanced gastrointestinal tumor can profit from physical exercise therapy.

    The study used participants who exercised at a pace which they considered to be “slightly strenuous” for three times a week for 50 minutes or five times a week for 30 minutes.

    Using this regime, it was shown that complementary exercise therapy proved valuable despite the need for occasional breaks by several patients.

    Physical exercise appeared to improve muscle mass and functional properties


    Such as

    • balance

    • walking

    • speed

    • leg strength.


    They also showed that toxicity of chemotherapy may also be reduced through moderate activity.

    Katrin Stücher one of the study participants said
    “I go walking every morning. It’s good for both my mind and my body and I’m sure it’s contributing to my recovery. I think that if you hadn’t encouraged me to continue exercising I would probably not have dared to push myself so far physically”,

    “We believe that it will make sense in future to offer patients opportunities for physical exercise during chemotherapy. To eliminate adversities through the weather, exercise rooms could be set up in hospitals. In addition, we should motivate patients to continue with the program after they have taken a break because of side effects”,

    sais Professor Winfried Banzer, Head of the Department of Sports Medicine at Goethe University Frankfurt.

    More information


    To see the full report please go to

    http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/65718841/006

    For further information contact Professor Dr. Winfried Banzer, Department of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital, Tel.: +49(0)69-798-24543, or Katrin Stücher, nutritionist, Katrin.Stuecher [@] erfolgreich-essen.de.

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  50. Scientists have cured prostate cancer in mice using the immune system

    By boosting the immune system, scientists at the University of Chicago Medical Center have cured prostate cancer in mice.


    A report in this week's Science Daily suggests that Cabozantinib, which is drug used to treat patients with certain types of thyroid or kidney cancer, has cured prostate cancer in mice by making the cancer cells produce chemicals that entice white blood cells to infiltrate the tumor, this would then trigger an immune response that led to tumor clearance.







    Dr. Akash Patnaik who was the  lead author stated
    "We saw dramatic anti-tumor responses,"

    "We used a difficult-to-treat, aggressive prostate cancer mouse model. We were very surprised to see complete eradication of the most invasive, poorly differentiated tumors within days."

    The most exciting development in cancer research recently have used the immune system to fight cancers, for example, drugs like ipilimumab, nivolumab and pembrolizumab enable the immune system to enter and attack tumors.

    These experiments that have enabled scientists to have cured prostate cancer adds to the promise of an immunotherapeutic cure not only prostate but other cancers also.

    Dr. Patnaik said
    "Our goal is to enhance long-term anti-cancer responses from activating both innate and adaptive immunotherapy."

    Potential good news for cancer patients and definitely good news for future generations.  We will keep an eye on developments and keep our cancer care parcel readers informed.

     


    Where we got our information from


    University of Chicago Medical Center. "By boosting innate immunity, researchers eradicate aggressive prostate cancer in mice: Drug activates neutrophils instead of T cells, leading to cancer clearance." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 March 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308162158.htm.
    Akash Patnaik, Kenneth D. Swanson, Eva Csizmadia, Aniruddh Solanki, Natalie Landon-Brace, Marina P. Gehring, Katja Helenius, Brian M. Olson, Athalia R. Pyzer, Lily C. Wang, Olivier Elemento, Jesse Novak, Thomas B. Thornley, John M. Asara, Laleh Montaser, Joshua J. Timmons, Todd M. Morgan, Yugang Wang, Elena Levantini, John G. Clohessy, Kathleen Kelly, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Jacalyn M. Rosenblatt, David E. Avigan, Huihui Ye, Jeffrey M. Karp, Sabina Signoretti, Steven P. Balk, Lewis C. Cantley. Cabozantinib Eradicates Advanced Murine Prostate Cancer by Activating Anti-Tumor Innate Immunity. Cancer Discovery, 2017; CD-16-0778 DOI: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-16-0778



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  51. How to talk to your friend with cancer: Advice from a cancer patientCancer FriendIn this months 'Coping with Cancer' Holly Bertone has written a very insightful article describing the how people may react when told they have a friend with cancer and suggests appropriate responses. Shes says that her friends need to know  that "While going through cancer treatment":


    • I may be needy;

    • I may push you away.

    • I might be depressed and angry about the diagnosis,

    • I’m probably obsessed with finding out everything I can about my disease."


    Although these all normal reactions and emotions, what needs from is for them to listen!Chemo Gifts For People With Cancer From Cancer Care Parcel

    How not to treat a cancer patient



    • Don’t offer advice unless asked specifically. Everyone’s diagnosis and treatment is different and the decisions made are personal

    • Don’t tell say they  will be fine. Those words belittle the severity of the treatment.

    • Don’t tell them you know what they are going through unless you’ve been through it too.


    What to do with your friend with cancerPractical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer



    1. Tell them you love them. Tell them you’re there if they need you. Tell them you’ll help take care of their family.

    2. Know that you can’t take the cancer away. You can’t take away the pain, the anger, the fear.

    3. Read our


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  52. Brain training reduces chemotherapy-induced nerve damage.Brain ImageAccording to a study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a type of functional brain training known as neurofeedback may be able to reduce symptoms of chemotherapy-induced nerve damage in cancer survivors.



    Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves that control sensation and movement in arms and legs. It is estimated to affect between 71 and 96 percent of patients one month after chemotherapy treatment
    "There is currently only one approved medication  and it has associated muscle aches and nausea,"

    said Prinsloo, lead investigator of the study. However
    "Neurofeedback has no known negative side effects, can be used in combinations with other treatments and is reasonably cost effective."

    In the report Prinsloo said
    "We observed clinically and statistically significant reductions in peripheral neuropathy following neurofeedback techniques,"

    "This research suggests that neurofeedback may be a valuable approach to reduce neuropathy symptoms and their impact on daily activities."

    To see the full article go to


    University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "Functional brain training alleviates chemotherapy-induced peripheral nerve damage in cancer survivor: Neurofeedback also results in measureable changes in targeted brain activity." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 March 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170303102858.htm.


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  53. Accepting Cancer And The Positive Change It Can Bring

    In 2011 Michael J. Russer was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In this months 'Coping with Cancer' he talks about accepting cancer and the positive changes that came with this.



    "Given that five other members of my immediate family have perished from various forms of cancer, I did not take this lightly"

    In his frank and heart-warming story, Michael talks about the difficult decisions that he had to make and how he found an intimacy that he had not known before his diagnosis.

    To read the full article please see

    http://copingmag.com/cwc/index.php/rss_article/the_power_of_acceptance

    You might also want to see Michael’s TEDx Talk, “Creating Extraordinary Intimacy in a Shutdown World,” at MichaelRusserTEDx.com.

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  54. How Diet Influences Your Risk Of CancerIt is estimated that 1 in 10 cancers in the UK are linked to diet. Being overweight may create about 7% of cancers in women. There are many reasons why people are overweight, but an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are often factors. It is very important to keep up a healthy diet.

    Here is a breakdown of the food categories which will increase or decrease your risk of cancer, as well as helpful tips on how to change your diet.

    Fruit and Vegetables


    Around 6% of cancers in men, particularly mouth, throat and lung cancer, are partly due to not enough fruit and vegetables in the diet. This is because eating fruit and vegetables helps you keep a healthy weight (reducing the risk of obesity, another contributing factor to cancer development), as well as providing you with essential vitamins and minerals.

    You can:

    • Add dried berries to your breakfast cereal

    • Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice with your meal

    • Swap out your usual snack for dried bananas or apricots.


    High Fibre Foods


    You can reduce your risk of bowel cancer by eating more foods which are high in fibre. These include fruits and vegetables, however, whole grains have been proven to be the most effective by studies. Scientists think that the amount of fibre in your diet may cause the bacteria in your gut to produce more helpful chemicals which alter bowel conditions, as well as keeping you regular.

    You can:

    • Try eating whole grain bread and cereal instead of your usual.

    • Add pulses to salads

    • Add prunes to your porridge, or eat them as a snack.


    Salty Foods


    Experts believe that an excess of salt increases the risk of stomach cancer. This could be for a number of reasons. Firstly, salt interacts with stomach bugs which are linked to cancer as well as stomach ulcers, increasing the risk of both. Secondly, salt causes damage to the lining of the stomach, causing inflammation.

    You can:

    • Refrain from adding table salt to your meal

    • Reduce your intake of salt-preserved foods such as pickled vegetables and cured meats

    • Choose foods which have a naturally strong flavour, so that more seasoning is not necessary.


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  55. Could the UK face delays getting new drugs after Brexit?

    Patients in the UK could face delays getting new drugs if the UK withdraws from the EU's medicines regulator, due to Brexit


    Former UK medicines regulator Sir Alasdair Breckenridge said on BBC Radio 4's Today program yesterday that. "The UK market compared to the European market, of course, is small and they may decide not to come to the United Kingdom.

    "So, therefore, there will be a delay in getting new drugs - important new drugs, anti-cancer drugs, anti-infective drugs - for patients in the UK."

    Let's hope that this is just scaremongering.

    For the full report of the interview please see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38922366

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    Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer
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  56. Talking About Cancer - What not to say: A recent article from the Daily MailSix women diagnosed with breast cancer were interviewed by a Psychology lecturer - Fiona Holland to find out what not to say to people with cancer.

    Talking About Cancer


    A brief summary of what not to say to people  with cancer (from the Daily Mail) is below

    • Don't tell them what to do, that you know of a good/better treatment and don't turn into their doctor

    • Don't get so upset that can't be supportive

    • Don't assume that they need help to do things

    • Don't offer statistics that you have found on the web about their cancer

    • Don't assume their whole life will change

    • Don't assume that when they go back to work everything is back to how it was


    To see the full article please go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4200378/What-NOT-say-cancer.html

    Other articles about what to say and what not to say to cancer patients


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  57. Latest Cancer Discussions From Cancer Research UKCancer Research UK has a page where you can see cancer discussions embracing a range of topics

    They discuss all aspects of cancer and have a very friendly team of moderators who are online all the time, every day of the year.

    Their moderators keep the forum safe, legal and supportive, in keeping with their community guidelines, but they are not nurses and do not have a clinical background.

    Topics include


    • Daily living

    • Diagnosis

    • Life after cancer

    • Getting involved


    And many more....

     
    To find out more or join the conversation go to

    https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-chat/

     

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  58. Five Inspirational Cancer Quotes





    We hope they can help brights up the day and give you strength










    We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa











    Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamon







    Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me. – Ingrid Bergman







    There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope. – Baruch Spinoza





    Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin










     
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  59. Our CEO Shara Cohen Is Now A Fellow Of The Royal Society Of BiologyOur news this week is that our founder - Shara, has just become a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

    This is a great achievement.  Congratulations Shara!

    About The Royal Society Of Biology


    The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies, and other organizations.

    Royal Society Of Biology Fellowships


    Fellows of The Royal Society Of Biology have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences.

    This could be in the practice and application of biological science; teaching biology and curriculum development; managing a team of professionally qualified biological scientists; or concerned with the senior management, direction or commercial activities of organizations in which the application, study, research or advancement of biological science is of major importance.

    About Shara Cohen


    Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer.  She has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, has contributed to several books and spoken at many international scientific conferences.

    She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

    In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel.  She sold Euroscicon Ltd in 2016 to focus on Cancer Care Parcel.  She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd.

    She founded Rare Care UK, which supports people with Rare Diseases and their families.

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  60. Cancer Support: Coping With The Stress Of CancerTheir 7 active ways to coping with the stress of cancer are discussed below

    1.Take action to get rid of the problem


    Basically, make sure that you are being looked after by the professionals.  your oncologist, surgeon, radiographer can all take away some of the burden.



    2.Plan how to deal with the problem


    If you have a plan in your minds its less stressful than the unknown, even if  the plan  doesn;t go  exactly how  you  would want.  Its something to think about instead of worrying



    3.Look for advice and information to deal with the problem


    Don't be afraid of getting advice.  The unknown can be more stressful than information. Cancer support is available online and via many support groups



    4. Look for sympathy and emotional support


    People may surprise you when you ask for help.  There is no shame in needing or taking help when you need it and I am sure you would offer help if it was the other way around!



    5.  Accept that the problem exists and decide what you can and cannot control


    If you can't accept that you have cancer you will be not be able to move forward and get the help and support that you need.  Take control of what you can and let people look after you.



    6.  Try to get a new perspective by making the best of the situation


    Everything has changed now, but you can still look forward.  Accept life with a new perspective and make the best of what you have



    7.  Become aware of your feelings about the problem and express them to others


    Let the people you trust know how you feel, including yourself.  By acknowledging your feelings you can reduce their impact.


    For more about the Cancer Support Communities advice about coping with stress see


    http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/managing-stress



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  61. Is cancer a death sentence? Simple answer- NO!

    Being diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2016 does not have to mean a death sentence.  Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years




    Cancer is not a Death SentenceThe latest statistics show that half of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive for at least ten years, which is much better than years ago.  This is because of developments of new treatments and also advances in detection (so cancers can be found and therefore treated much earlier).  So in general, on preliminary diagnosis, cancer is no longer a death sentence.  However, the type of cancer and the time when it is diagnosed do make a difference to survival rates

    Read more at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/survival#lBKIDyLfw6FTzpsa.99


    Cancer Research UK give the following statistics





    • Survival varies between cancer types, ranging from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer.

    • Many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers have ten-year survival of 50% or more (2010-11).

    • More than 80% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are easier to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more.

    • Less than 20% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are difficult to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more.



    Read more at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/survival#rkjem5v2gQML8iEI.99


    Even the treatments are not as harsh as they used to be.  The techniques for discovering the disease have improved tremendously and treatments are no longer damaging and unsophisticated.  Today we have improved keyhole surgery, highly targeted radiotherapy and  a wide range of  very sophisticated cancer drugs
    Read more at http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/06/03/celebrating-60-years-of-progress/#Jj1pJ0MBjSIBRVGp.99

    So the future may be brighter than you think.

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  62. Join Childhood Cancer Families, Researchers and Supporters Running, Walking and Riding One Million Miles During Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthOne for our American readers:

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, challenges supporters everywhere to go the distance in September for Alex’s Million Mile 2016 (AMM). Returning for its fourth year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, AMM participants will collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Last year, more than 15,000 participants logged over 963,000 miles in 24 different countries on 6 continents. Since its inception, AMM has raised over $1.8 million.

    Individuals and teams who participate can log as many or as few miles as their ability allows, with each mile contributing to the collective million miles goal. Miles can be logged manually or by using MapMyFitness, Fitbit or Strava apps. The event is free to participants, but fundraising is encouraged and can start as soon as participants register.

    Participants can create their own team or search the AMM website for a variety of teams to join, based on location, childhood cancer types or teams led by ALSF researchers. New this year, childhood cancer teams allow participants to join a team for a specific type of childhood cancer and the money raised on that team will fund research projects for that particular cancer. Again this year, ALSF researchers who lead their own teams can raise money for their own projects and have up to $25,000 matched by the Foundation. In 2016, there have been over 46 teams led by ALSF funded researchers.

     

    “I am currently supported by ALSF as a Young Investigator and want to ‘give back’ to the organization by contributing myself,” said Elliot Stieglitz, MD, of University of California San Francisco. “I also view it as a mechanism to incorporate my friends and family into the fight against cancer. Several people I know who might not otherwise have an outlet that allows them to directly contribute to pediatric cancer research have used this as an opportunity to get involved.”

     

    Participants can show support through social media utilizing #Journey2aMillion. To register for Alex’s Million Mile and get more ideas to help you reach your mileage and fundraising goals, visit AlexsMillionMile.org.
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  63. Cancer.Net Has Advice For Talking To Someone With CancerThe American website Cancer.net has some very relevant advice for talking to someone with cancer, which include how to choose your words carefully and what words and questions can be used and ones which shouldn’t.

    For example

    Unhelpful phrases you should avoid include when talking to someone with cancer



    • I know how you feel (because you probably don’t)

    • I know what you should do. (again, because you probably don’t, even if you think you do)

    • You will be fine (they may not be and this belittles their worries)

    • Don’t worry (its time to worry, don’t stop them worrying)

    • How long do you have? (no comment!)


    Phrases which show support when talking to someone with cancer



    • I'm sorry you are going through this.

    • If you feel like talking, I’m here to listen when it is a good time for you.

    • What will you do, and how can I help?

    • I care about you.


    For more information please see


    http://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/talking-with-family-and-friends/talking-about-cancer/talking-with-someone-who-has-cancer

    Further reading


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  64. When Its Difficult For Teens To Talk About Sex And CancerMacmillan cancer support has information on how teens can about sex and cancer with their doctor or nurse.

    How to talk about difficult subjects is addressed, together with what sort of questions to ask and even how to address a subject that you don’t want others to know about.

    To get more information


    http://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancerinformation/teensandyoungadults/relationshipssexandfertility/talkingaboutrelationships,sexandfertility/howtotalkaboutdifficultsubjects.aspx

    on the Macmillan website

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  65. Chatting To Someone With Breast Cancer From "Breast Cancer Care"















    Live Chat is a private chat room provided by BREAST CANCER CARE where you can talk about whatever’s on your mind. There are usually between four and 10 people at each session.  Someone from Breast Cancer Care is also on hand to point to sources of help and information.

    To find out more or to start your chat see

    https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/support-you/someone-talk/live-chat

    They have two live chat sessions, one for primary and one for secondary cancer.

    You will need to register before you chat, but once registered you can chat in confidence that what you say is confidential

    Chat times are as follows


    Breast Cancer Care Chat: Primary Breast Cancer


    Monthly themed sessions for people with a diagnosis of primary disease.

    There is a nurse on hand on the last Tuesday of the month, 3-4pm.

    Breast Cancer Care Chat: Secondary Breast Cancer


    Weekly sessions for people with a diagnosis of secondary cancer on Tuesday evenings, 8.30-9.30pm.

    There’s also a monthly themed chat for people with a diagnosis of secondary disease. A nurse present on the last Wednesday of each month, 1.30-2.30pm.

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  66. Talking to someone with cancer: Five point guide from Cancer Care Parcel


     It's sometimes not easy to know what to say to someone with cancer.  But its important for both you and them that you don't avoid them or the subject.  This can make things very difficult for you in the long run.



    Here are five pointers to get you "talking cancer"


    (your comments and suggestions are welcome)

    1. If you are not sure what to say or even whether they want to talk about it, let them take the lead. If they want to talk they will and you should be a good listener.  Some people want to talk about everything, some people don't want to talk about it at all.  There is no right or wrong way for a cancer patient to behave.

    2. It's ok to ask if they want to talk about it, you just need to respect their answer.  In fact, it may be best to ask, unless they start the conversation first and then let them take the conversation where they choose.

    3. Silence is sometimes better than noise.  It helps people think and they may have a lot going on in their minds. If there is silence its Ok to wait until something is said, if you have nothing to say.

    4. "Talking cancer" or about anything too much just because you think you should may be annoying,  it may suggest that you are not paying attention to the persons needs.

    5. Smiling, and warm looks can get past the barriers of the illness to the person you know and love, if you don't know them that well, silence, listening and showing understanding may be best.  Warm touches for comfort may or may not be welcome and you need think if you would do this to the person anyway if they were upset about something else.


    Six Starting Points When Talking To Someone With Cancer

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  67. All Set for Teapot Trust Fundraising Endurance FeatIn order to raise funds and awareness for Scotland based charity the Teapot Trust, four courageous men are setting out to endure the toughest challenge in Europe this month. The Enduroman’s Arch to Arc Event starts in London and finishes in Paris, connecting two of the world’s most beautiful cities.

    The Teapot Trust is an East Lothian-based charity that provides hospital-based art therapy to children with chronic illnesses. The charity’s co-founder, Dr John Young, 51, alongside his good friends Richard Hobson, 51, Stuart Macleod, 44, and Alan Cardwell, 49 are all taking part in this amazing challenge.

    Gullane resident John and his wife Laura founded the Teapot Trust in 2010 after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) and also cancer before her tragic death at the age of eight, in 2009.

    Beginning at Marble Arch, London John and the team will start the challenge with an 87 mile run to Dover, Kent. They will then complete the notoriously difficult 21 mile channel swim to France. Finally, the team will cycle 180 miles from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

    ‘The Teapotters’ team will be completing this challenge in the form of a relay, where each member competes in 60 minute durations. The event will be taking place in the last week of September 2016, with the team’s boat due to depart on Thursday 29 September 2016.

    John Young said,

    “We are incredibly proud of what the Teapot Trust has achieved over the years, and fundraising events like the Arch to Arc challenge are fantastic ways to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
    “Art therapy makes a huge difference to the lives of so many chronically ill children by helping them to relax, communicate or express themselves.

    “The Teapot Trust relies completely on donations to continue its operations and so we would like to use this opportunity to raise as much awareness and funds as possible through this tough challenge.”

    In 2015, the Teapot Trust provided over 3,000 hours of art therapy and interacted with 5,215 children. The Prime Minister, David Cameron in June 2015, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the community, named the couple as ‘Points of Lights’.

    The charity works across Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy and Melrose as well as in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

    The aim is to continue to provide the current services and to fundraise for a programme of research. The Teapot Trust also hopes to begin one-on-one work in the Borders and begin a group art therapy session in the outpatients department of St John’s Hospital, West Lothian.

    The Teapot Trust also hopes to raise enough funds to start providing art therapy to the remaining six NHS regions of the Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network (SPARN).

    The Team’s fundraising page can be found here:http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/f...
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  68. Complimentary Tickets - U&I Target Ovarian Cancer EventU&I Target Ovarian Cancer have offered 2 complimentary tickets when you purchase one to our Cancer Care Parcel followers.

    If you are interested in getting your hands on these tickets please contact ilana@cancercareparcel.com by the 16th May 2016.

     

    U&I Target Ovarian Cancer Flyer

    For more information click here

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  69. Montagne Jeunesse International LtdCancer Care Parcel are delighted to announce our new partnership with Montagne Jeunesse International Ltd.

    Montagne Jeunesse International Ltd have just donated Brazilian Mud Clay Spa for our cancer care parcels.

     

    Brazilian Mud Fabric Masque

    The lush vegetation of vibrant Brazil is the source for this natural beauty. Purple Brazilian Mud, rich in magnesium, cleanses & stimulates skin while pulped Acai Berries, high in antioxidants & vitamin enriched Avocado join forces to fight free radicals.


    Read more about Montagne Jeunesse International Ltd and Brazilian Mud Clay Spa here.


     

     
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  70. Thank you Equilibra for donating your Aloe Dermo-Gel[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Equilibra have generously donated some extra aloe dermo - gel for cancer care parcel to give to its clients

    Extra aloe dermo - gel has a high percentage of Aloe Vera (98%) contained in the product which is obtained from cold-processed and cold-stabilized Aloe Vera leaves and represents a precious ally for the skin.

    It gives relief to the skin in all cases of skin unbalance and ailment, like redness of the skin folds, relief after-sun and contact with heat sources, gum inflammation, tired and excessively stressed feet, redness from friction or sweat, epilation or shaving.

    Several trials have looked at using aloe vera gel directly on the skin to help prevent and lessen skin reactions from radiotherapy.

    To read more about the use of aloe in people with cancer please click here[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    We do advise that if there is any doubt regarding products supplied that you consult your doctor,  in case there is a contraindication with your treatment


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  71. Cancer Care Parcel, Euroscicon and RareCareUK in PartnershipYesterday Euroscicon Ltd facilitated a partnership between RareCareUK (www.rarecareuk.org) and Cancer Care Parcel (www.cancercareparcel.co.uk)

    Rare Care UK is a newly formed initiative to supply care for Rare Diseases when it can’t be found through standard channels.

    The Charity Chair - Charlene Blake met with staff at Cancer Care Parcel yesterday to set up a collaboration which will enable Rare Care UK to reach its aims much quicker.

    Jane Geiger and Karolina Dabrowska from Cancer Care Parcel are working hard with their founder Shara Cohen to officially launch Cancer Care Parcel  and pledged to give a large proportion of profit to RareCare UK

    Dr Shara Cohen from Euroscicon Ltd who initiated this meeting (and is a trustee for RareCareUK and founder of Cancer Care Parcel) said "I am very excited about this new partnership which brings together two initiatives that are very close to me"

    Cancer Care Parcel provides a monthly package of comfort, treats and practical items to help people through their cancer journey

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  72. Donation of Floradix and Kindervital Fruity for our parcels.

    Donation of Floradix and Kindervital Fruity for our parcels.


    Cancer Care Parcel are delighted to announce that Salus UK Ltd  has donated Floradix and Kindervital Fruity for our parcels.

    Floradix (for our adults parcels) contents contain Iron, vitamin B2, B6, B12 and C all obtained from herbal extracts and fruit juice concentrates and could reduce tiredness and fatigue caused by chemotherapy.

    Floradix-Kindervital fruity (for our children's parcels) is a delicious food supplement for children providing vital calcium and vitamin D which are needed for normal growth and bone development.

    These herbal and fruit concentrate supplements contain no alcohol, preservatives, colourings or artificial flavourings and are lactose-free and suitable for vegetarians.

    We are delighted to be able to supply these in our parcels, as they are not just for cancer patients and survivors, but are good for maintaining general good health.

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    do advise that if there is any doubt regarding products supplied that you consult your doctor,  in case there is a contraindication to your treatment
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  73. Cancer Care Parcel Supports Rare Care UKs Cinema DaySecret Life of Pets Flyer A5

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