At The Cancer Wellness Center, located in Austin, Texas, We offer complementary care for cancer pati
Wishing you a happy lunar new year for this year of the water tiger 🐯
We at CWC are so grateful for each other and for all of you. On this day, while some sit down with loved ones to enjoy a meal full of Indigenous American foods and feel grateful for many reasons, we should all take the time to better understand where this tradition came from.
National Day of Mourning is an opportunity to remember and learn about the land we live on and the people who came before us, whose descendants are still fighting to have true history recognized.
Join the live stream of National Day of Mourning from Plymouth, MA at http://www.uaine.org/default.htm
Explore Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo’s map of First Nations poetry at https://www.loc.gov/ghe/cascade/index.html?appid=be31c5cfc7614d6680e6fa47be888dc3&bookmark=Introduction
🍫 Happy National Chocolate Day!!
Did you know that studies have shown that some types of chocolate may actually be beneficial to your health. Chocolate contains a phytochemical compound called flavonoids found in cocoa beans. A flavonoids is an antioxidant that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by oxidative stress, in turn possibly acting as a cancer preventative.
The American Cancer Society recommends a high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa and without any added ingredients such as caramel, peanut butter, marshmallow, etc. 🤎
Did you know?
• 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all new cancer diagnoses among women will be breast cancer.
• 63% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5 year survival rate is 99%.
• Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.
• In recent years, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
Have you scheduled your annual mammogram yet?
October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s the perfect time to:
✔ Perform a self examination (this should be done every month.)
✔ Schedule your annual mammogram!
✔ Encourage your friends to get checked!
Have you scheduled your check up yet?
Oncofertility bridges the studies of oncology and reproductive medicine to expand fertility options for cancer survivors. Many cancer treatments effect the ability to conceive, but there are options.
Whether you're looking for help figuring out your path, looking for support while undergoing cancer treatments, or are in remission and ready to get pregnant, The Cancer Wellness Center and its sister clinic, Sage Acupuncture are able to help guide you through the process. We work integratively with your physicians to give you the best care possible.
Acupuncture benefits cancer and fertility patients by relieving side effects of treatments, like nausea, headaches, pain relief, and stress management as well as helping to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and prepare the body to support a healthy pregnancy.
Interested in learning more? Visit our website, www.austincanceracupuncture.com and check out Sage Acupuncture
While it can sometimes feel like an endless, exhausting struggle while treating cancer, it’s important to remember to let yourself have those moments of down time and self-care. Slow down and try some of these tips to let your mind and body have a healthy break.
❤️ Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a hug and let go of self-critical thoughts.
❤️ Get some acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture can help relieve many symptoms that occur with cancer therapies.
❤️ Eat a plant based, organic diet. It will help clean your system of unwanted additives and chemicals, so your body can focus on healing.
❤️ Get outside for a few minutes each day. Fresh air and nature have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and give your mental health a good boost.
❤️ Meditation can be a wonderful stress reducer and promotes healthy, deep breathing.
❤️ Try journaling. Getting your thoughts out on paper can help you work through them.
Learn more at www.austincanceracupuncture.com
Hey everyone - here's a great (live, in-person)event - a Radical Remission workshop coming up with my friends and colleagues, the Health Navigators. There's a live on-line info session TODAY!
"This information session will give you a chance to learn more about the upcoming Radical Remission workshop and retreat at Harmony Hill in Union, Washington, August 13-15. You will hear about the history of Radical Remission, the background on the 10 Healing Factors derived from Dr. Turner's research, and you will learn how attending this in-person workshop will guide you on a holisitic approach to your healing."
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Free Info Session for Radical Remission Retreat | Healthnavigators Tuesday. Learn about the in-person retreat & workshop on the 10 healing factors of Radical Remission and find out how it can benefit your health and wellness journey.
Along with regular physical exams with your doctor and mammograms, regular breast self-examination is a helpful tool we can use to screen for breast cancer.
When and how often should self-exams be done?
Once a month, about a week after your period has ended and your breasts are no longer tender or swollen. If you don’t have a period, pick one day per month, and mark it in your calendar. Over time, a monthly check will help you get familiar with your breasts, so you’ll recognize when something is different.
When to call the doctor:
Most breasts have some lumps, however if you find any suspicious lumps or changes described above, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
Have you done your self-exam this month?
This week (and every week!) we celebrate everyone who is part of the endless spectrum of non-binary individuals. We see you and celebrate who you know you are.
If you identify as non-binary and are looking for support or community or if you are an ally, The Trevor Project has some great resources.
Drop a heart to celebrate your non-binary loved ones 🖤💜💛
News to consider...
COVID Vaccine Protects Cancer Patients -- Second Dose Key Study reinforces need to prioritize these patients for vaccination, authors say
When meeting with your cancer care providers, it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what questions to ask and then remembering all of those questions while at your appointment and answers afterwards.
We suggest bringing a list of questions so you don’t forget them and write down the answers your given, so you can review them at a later time as well. If you are able to, bring someone with you to your appointment and assign them with taking notes and listening to the doctor. They may be able to help clarify or catch things you may miss.
What questions to ask is another matter. These are some questions that may be helpful to you…
• How do I contact my doctor, and who should I call first if I need something?
• What type of cancer do I have? Is it common in people my age?
• What are my treatment options?
• What clinical trials are available for me?
• What changes should I expect in my body because of the cancer? Are any of these changes permanent? And how can I cope with these changes?
• How will cancer treatment affect how I feel or look?
• How can I feel better, or avoid feeling worse?
• Will I be able to work during treatment? Or should I plan to take time off?
• Should I consider taking a medical leave from work?
• Will I be able to go back to work after treatment?
• Are there any restrictions or limitations once I go back to work?
What questions would you ask?
Does cancer run in your family? Hereditary cancer means that a person was born with a genetic mutation, or change, which makes this person at a greater risk of a cancer diagnosis. Hereditary cancer may also be called familial cancer or cancer in the family.
Information from your family’s cancer history may help your doctor determine whether you or others in your family may benefit from genetic counseling and testing. You should always share your health history with your doctors and re-review it with them at different stages of cancer treatment.
Have you collected your family cancer history yet?
June is Cancer Survivors Month and today is National Cancer Survivors Day!
How are you celebrating life today? 🎉💃🕺🏽🧁
You made it to Friday, now keep going ❤️
Happy LGBTQIA Pride month!
We’re proud to walk with you ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
For those of you suffering from chemo-related nausea, here are a few tips to get through it.
✅ Have a light snack every few hours. You may think eating makes it worse, but having and empty stomach can actually cause nausea to get worse. Try food like fruit or oatmeal, which are easier to digest.
✅ Avoid strong odors. Even if they are good ones, strong odors can trigger nausea.
✅ If it gets really bad, ask your doctor about anti-nausea medication. It could make the difference.
✅ Have acupuncture treatments. Research has shown that acupuncture can alleviate nausea and stimulate appetite.
Do you have any good nausea tips? Share them in the comments.
I have been awarded the Oncology Acupuncture Certificate Issued by the TCM Academy for graduates of the Oncology Acupuncture Program
It’s ice cream season and we have a delicious version that happens to be free from dairy, gluten and added sugar. It’s super easy to make and provides a cool, creamy option for those who may be having mouth sores, nausea, and other cancer treatment related issues. Bon appétit! 🍌🍦
🍌5 slightly overripe bananas (about one banana per person)
🥜2-4 tbsp nut butter (optional)
🍦Slice the bananas and place them in the freezer until frozen, at least 2 hours.
🍦Place frozen banana slices in a heavy duty blender or food processor. Blend, scraping down the sides as needed until it’s a creamy texture.
🍦If adding a nut butter do that now and blend until incorporated. Alternatively, you could gently stir the nut butter into the “ice cream” to create a ripple or swirl effect.
For soft serve style, serve immediately. For a harder “ice cream,” place in a covered container and freeze. Let sit out for a few minutes to soften slightly before serving.
It’s ok to not be ok!
Did you know that the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is well documented to treat depression and anxiety? In addition, The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Cancer Institute lists many ailments that are successfully treated with acupuncture by releasing proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, in this way, acupuncture affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body’s natural pain killers, such as endorphins, to be released.
If you’re curious about how acupuncture may benefit your mental and physical health, visit CWC’s website at https://austincanceracupuncture.com/
At The Cancer Wellness Center, located in Austin, Texas, we believe that receiving complementary care is an important approach for cancer patients and survivors. We strive to offer the best cancer acupuncture care in a comforting and compassionate environment. There are many disciplines that offer increased wellness and support during and after conventional care. We offer some of those here so that you can feel confident in knowing that you are being cared for by people with expertise in their fields, specific to the cancer patient and survivor.
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