Recurrent cancer starts with cancer cells that the first treatment didn’t fully remove or destroy. This doesn’t mean that the treatment you received was wrong. It just means that a small number of cancer cells survived the treatment and were too small to show up in follow-up tests. Over time, these cells grew into tumors or cancer that your doctor can now detect.
• Be aware of your genetic lineage: risk of cancer increases upon heredity. The first place to look is within your own DNA or family history. Many cancers tend to travel down generations. It can also have the tendency to skip one generation and appear in the next one.
• Periodic Checking of your body for any anomalies like lumps, bumps, discolored bruises or growths. Self-checking is the first base. Also stay on top of unusual feelings like frequent headaches, unique pains and strains- anything that feels out of the ordinary. Take nothing for granted when it comes to your body.
• Know your environment: Many health issues are known to be caused by environmental toxins. Where you sleep, eat and work could be affecting how you feel later. Some health hazards are fairly visible and apparent while others may need some historical research in your area where there may have been potential chemical wastes or spills in the past. If you know of such issues, further research, demographic studies, protective measures and targeted checkups may be your next step.
Some of the main tips to Recurrence Prevention include:
Eat a healthy diet
Maintain healthy weight
Get enough vitamin D
Get regular screening
VIGILANT PREVENTION FROM A 3X CANCER SURVIVOR By: Vanessa Silva
What was confusing to me was that this time, I was so diligent about prevention- not having any meat, and constant juicing and exercising. I feel as if my body produces cancer cells much faster than a regular person. I just have to be more vigilant with checking myself.
I try to make sure that I'm stress-free, that I don't put myself in situations that would make my immune system just crash. My doctor and I are both very diligent about checkups and often do sonograms at the slightest concern. I see my breast surgeon every six months. And now, she's finally pushed it to a year, so I'm so happy with that. I think, meat plays a huge part in all of this because of the hormones that are being injected into them. I do my best to buy products that say Non-Hormones, No Antibiotics, etc., however, how much of that is true. I was convinced that I needed to stop eating meats all together and to stop putting all of these processed products into my body and start eating a much healthier diet.
As my reality has been defined to stay proactive, I continue thinking HEALTHY every way possible. I know cancer is lurking, seeking the next opportunity to return and with a life plan of ABSOLUTE VIGILANCE, I'm fighting harder each day!
Through a battery of testing, it was unnerving to find out how fast it went from being non-present in my body to being everywhere- in my lungs and in my spine. Basically, I was looking at a six week period where I went from clear lungs, clear scans and within six weeks, my, my lungs lit up like Christmas trees.
I think that what people can learn from this is that you should never take the changes in your body lightly. Do self exams. And if you find something that is unusual, go have it checked out. It's $50 for a doctor visit and that's $50 well spent rather than buying a coffin. If your body has propensity to turn on those cancer cells, flip that switch, then (my thinking is that) it's likely that it is going to come back in some other form. And I hope that it doesn't. When someone is designated cancer free, I would love for them to think that that's it. But they do need to be diligent. And they do need to be cognizant and aware of the fact that the possibility will always exist.
2) Prevention of Recurrence After Recovery From a Major Depressive Episode With Antidepressant Medication Alone or in Combination With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2756320
Grace dedicated her life's work to intense reporting and data analyses of Cancer-related environmental issues. In addition to content work Grace is also a public advocate for health and safety projects in professional areas and support programs for Infection Prevention branches of health care. Grace launched her career as a researcher/reporter by pioneering collaborative lab projects in the New York waterways by providing public awareness about contaminants and leaching into county and state aquifer. She combined this experience with 4+ years working with oncologists and cancer immunologists as an editor in medical education. Today, Grace is one of the editors and co-publishers of health related publcations, websites, newsletters and journals including prevention101.org and ImmunologyFirst.org
CHERI AMBROSE, Co-editor/outreach coordinator for NYCRA
Cheri is the associate editor for various publications such as PinkSmart News, the Journal for Modern Healing and First Responders Cancer News. She is a patient advocate for many cancer-related programs and often contributes her time in cancer research fundraising events. As the communications director for the NY Cancer Resource Alliance, she manages community outreach, partnership missions with other cancer foundations and research organizations and attends educational functions for cancer awareness. Her latest public projects include the launch of ImplantScan.org. She stands as the current President of the male Breast Cancer Coalition (MaleBreastCancerCoalition.org).