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5 Breast Cancer Fighting Foods

When you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it takes a toll on your emotional and physical health. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and by exercising, and eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, you can help save your body from harmful toxins. If you’re currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have been treated in the past, eating healthy is particularly important for you. The following foods may increase prevention and help fight breast cancer:

Salmon

bc salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B12 and D, and can provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs to regulate cell growth and aide as a part of a breast cancer prevention diet.

Hormone Drugs and Bone Loss: Beware Hidden Damage

  • Did you know hormone therapy can lead to bone loss? Here’s how to approach this serious issue.

    Breast cancer treatment can be a long process – if you’ve been through it, I’m preaching to the choir here, right?

    Not only does treatment feel long, with surgery and its aftermath, radiation and/or chemotherapy, and dealing with potentially devastating side effects. It ISlong – add hormone therapy to the mix, and you’re talking years of active treatment.

    And that’s just if everything goes right.

    By the time you get to the long,

Eat To Live: 10 Things To Know About Breast Cancer And Nutrition

Antioxidants
Antioxidants

Without taking a deep dive into molecular biology, antioxidants help prevent your body’s cells from being damaged.  Damaged cells often grow out of control, which can lead to cancer. Therefore, consuming antioxidants can help prevent cancer. Some of the best sources for antioxidants are: berries (blueberries), fruits (apples), vegetables (spinach), beans, nuts and herbs.

Soy
Soy

Research seems to go back and forth on the supposed benefits of soy.  Some research studies find that soy promotes tumor growth while others find the opposite.

Skin Care

Treatments for breast cancer also can affect your skin at times, leaving it dry or flaky and more sensitive to exposure to sun, wind, and other elements.

Chemotherapy and skin care

Chemotherapy can affect your skin’s natural moisture because it reduces the amount of oil your glands secrete. You can help your skin by using moisturizer more frequently, or using a heavier weight moisturizer than you did before treatment. During the day, use a product that protects your skin from the sun, blocking UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to use a gentle, moisturizing soap or cleansing cream,

Cold Caps

Cold caps — tightly fitting, strap-on hats filled with gel that’s chilled to between -15 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit — may help some women keep some or quite a bit of their hair during chemotherapy. Because the caps are so cold, they narrow the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. With less chemotherapy medicine in the follicles, the hair may be less likely to fall out.

During each chemotherapy session, you wear the caps for:

  • 20 to 50 minutes before
  • during
  • after

each chemotherapy session (the amount of time you wear the cap after the chemotherapy session depends on the type of chemotherapy you’re getting)

There are several brands of cold caps.

Teens Who Eat Lot of Fruits May Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Teenage girls who consume large amounts of fruit may lower their future risk for breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Conversely, women who drink more alcohol over time might increase their breast cancer risk, although they could also lower their chances of heart disease, a second report found.

In the fruit study, consumption of apples, bananas and grapes during adolescence was strongly associated with a drop in breast cancer risk. Roughly three daily servings of such fruits was linked to a 25 percent drop in risk by middle age,

Breast Cancer: Dealing With Sleep Issues

  • sleep can prove elusive when you’re going through breast cancer. From worry-induced insomnia, to disruptions in your normal routine, to menopausal side effects, there are many reasons you might be lying awake staring into the dark at 2 a.m. Looking for solutions to sleeplessness? Check out our five-part series detailing sleep issues and breast cancer. 

    Why can’t I sleep?

    While one-quarter of African report having sleep issues, studies show that up to 90% of cancer patients in active treatment have trouble sleeping. And for some, that sleeplessness ultimately stretches way beyond the end of treatment.

Weight Changes

The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, the disruption of your life, getting through and beyond treatment, the strain of relationships at home and at work, financial stress, and less physical activity all can contribute to weight gain or loss during treatment. While it’s more common for people to gain weight during and after treatment, some people lose weight.

Gaining or losing a few pounds is normal, but a considerable weight change — say 5% to 10% of your total body weight — could have an effect on your health.

Breast cancer treatments that are associated with weight gain or loss:

Eating When You Have Nausea And Vomitting

Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some people never have nausea or vomiting, while others experience it frequently. Many people describe having “stomach awareness,” a type of discomfort in which a person is not interested in eating, but does not feel nauseated. Some people have nausea that lingers more than a week beyond chemotherapy. Thankfully, these side effects can almost always be controlled, or at least substantially reduced, by a variety of medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the causes and ways to relieve nausea and vomiting.

Don’t force yourself to drink or eat if you’re nauseated or vomiting.

11 Tips for Better Nail Care During Chemotherapy

Clip your nails short. Imperfections show up less in short nails

Don’t cut your cuticles.Use cuticle remover cream or gels and push your nails back gently.

Don’t bite your nails or cuticles, particularly on the hand on the same side as your affected breast. If you have a hard time stopping, consider wearing thin white cotton gloves around the house to help you break this habit.

Massage cuticle cream into the cuticle area daily to prevent dryness, splitting, and hangnails

Wear gloves while doing chores such as washing dishes.