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Health and Diet Changes My Experience

8 years 10 months ago - 8 years 10 months ago #29854 by vgau
I have just purchased two American Cancer Society books on Alternative cancer treatments. They go through all kinds of food, minerals, and vitamins and discusses what they can help. Just started looking at them, but would be willing to look up anything for anyone if you have questions.

Since it is from the cancer society, I have more faith in what it says.

What surprised me so far, was that cranberries were not in the index at all.

Vi

Dx 10/5 Non Invasive Papillary

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8 years 10 months ago - 8 years 10 months ago #29847 by Alan
Jack,

I never smoked but did eliminate and alcohol(was only beer drinker) and any carbonated drinks. Most of you have seen a dirty penny AFTER being in a soft drink. Makes ya wonder what it does to your insides. While the drinks may not cause BC, I believe it could have made it easier to host. I even remeber seeing a comment from Dr. Lamm (I think-and not studied) that he has observed BC survivors not drinking soft drinks seemed to have fewer re-occurrences. Also added pomegrante juice to drink. VERY high in anti-oxidants.

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.

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8 years 10 months ago #29836 by mmc
Jack,

All positive changes are positive changes.

It certainly makes sense to me that improving diet, exercise, and lifestyle in general would be a step in the right direction for anybody.

Even if it had no measurable effect on cancer recurrence (and I'm not saying that is the case because I don't know), it would certainly reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, and other potentially fatal conditions. Besides that, it's just common sense that being healthier (through diet and exercise and not smoking) is healthier. :)

As long as people don't try to cure themselves of muscle invasive bladder cancer by changing to a healthy diet and/or exercise alone...

Here's to hoping that you never have to worry about being healthy enough for an RC!

Jack, from the posts you put here and elsewhere I'll bet you have already been helping at least a person a day!

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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8 years 10 months ago #29833 by Moonerj
My History:
My original dx was TA Grade 1 with 2 recurrences. One dose of Mitomycin C after 3rd Turbt and 30 BCG treatments of which the 1st 12 treatments failed. No side effects on those first 12 treatments. A 2nd opinion at major cancer center as recommended by members here at ABLCS.
My goals in changing my lifestyle was to lose minimum of 25 pounds, and hopefully be cancer free.
Other Changes Since Being Cancer Free:
Things I have eliminated include cigs, diet drinks, most dairy products, meat portions no bigger than the palm of my hand, red meat only once a week, fast food, and sweeteners.
Things I have added include walnuts daily, fruit daily, acai berry juice daily, fish twice a week, broccoli raw daily, asparagus, 3-4 times week, spinach twice a week, brussel sprouts 2 times a week, and green beans, pop replaced by fruit juice, a beer or two. Supplements Vitamin D, baby aspirin, cranberry capsule, and a multi vitamin.
In the winter walk a min of 2 miles 3-4 times per week.
Summer is golf and since I walk, I get good amount of exercise and energy release(lol).
So What Have I Accomplished
Well I am still cancer free, I have lost 26 lbs (187-161)
feel better about myself, more energy, and got a new wardrobe(lol)
Now I do not know what has kept me cancer free, could have been the 1 dose of mitomycin C, could be BCG, could be diet and health changes, or could be a combination of the above.
I am no doc or an expert, and have learned nearly all of my lifestyle changes from fellow warriors.
What I do know for sure, if cancer does strike back, and if I ever need a RC, I am in much better shape physically and mentaly to take on that battle.
If this post helps just 1 person then I have accomplished another goal.
Thanks for reading and good health to all,
BCG = Bladder Cancer Gone (Well I think so)
Jack

TA Grade 1
3 Turbts
30 BCG Treatments
Cancer Free since Nov 2007

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