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Cancer and Sugar

Jean LaMantia

Photo by Diana Nazareth

by Jean LaMantia, Living with Cancer

 

When I was 27 years old something happened to me that changed my life. At the time, it felt like the rug was pulled out from under me and I wasn’t sure I would survive it. Now, looking back, I can appreciate the experience for the gift that it has given me.

 

When I was 27 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer that originates in the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and spreads to the lymph nodes. I had masses in my neck, under my arms, and a 15 cm tumour in my chest. By the time I reached the cancer centre, after all the preliminary staging tests, my lungs were so full of lymphatic fluid, I felt like I was drowning in my own body. Following my diagnosis I endured 6 and a half months of chemotherapy and a month of daily radiation. One of the biggest turning points in my relationship with my cancer came after my last radiation treatment.

 

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Recipes for Health: The Science of Epigenetic Nutritional Oncology

NutritionalOncologyby Stephen. M. Sagar MD, Professor of Oncology, McMaster University, Juravinski Cancer Centre, CKN Integrative Oncology Editor

 

The term epigenetics refers to modifications made on genetic material that change ways in which genes are switched on and off, but don’t alter the underlying genes. This means that our fate is not entirely predetermined from the genes received from our parents, but can be modified by the environment.

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