During this month of October, which is Brain Tumour Awareness month in Canada, and this final week of the month, which marks International Brain Tumour Awareness week, I am reflecting back on my experiences since my brain tumour diagnosis in 2012. When I interact with other cancer patients, one of the most common shared experiences is the sense of loss of control and a fundamental sense that our own bodies have betrayed us in some way. That really resonates with me, because I considered myself a very healthy 37 year-old when I was first diagnosed. I felt like I was doing everything right. I’d never had a significant health issue in my life, and lived a low risk lifestyle.
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by Dr. Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC
Joanne, a Radiation Therapist, seems especially calm today. Her dark eyes shine and her voice is soft yet confident. We’re working together in the CVsim where we take x-rays of patients in preparation for their treatments. As we work, we share stories about our kids, laughing about how work is the only place where people actually listen to what we’re saying.
Author Commentary: The potential role for acupuncture for treating symptoms in patients with lung cancer: an observational longitudinal study
We recently wrote a paper called: “The potential role for acupuncture for treating symptoms in patients with lung cancer: an observational longitudinal study” and discussed whether acupuncture is useful for symptom improvement in lung cancer patients.
Discovering that you have cancer is a life-changing event. There are undoubtedly a host of questions, emotional challenges, and anxieties that will develop, in addition to the physical challenges that cancer treatment may bring. By understanding yourself as a complex being, as an interplay of body, mind and spirit, you open yourself up to an increasing number of healing modalities that can assist you along your new and unexpected journey. Modern research is confirming that by engaging in mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga and breathing techniques, we can activate our natural healing abilities and reverse the underlying background in which cancer has developed. These practices also allow us to become more responsive to treatments and to minimize the potential side effects of modern cancer treatments. In addition, by allowing us to focus on the present moment, these practices interrupt our internal chatter and bring about a sense of calm and balance amid the turmoil. By accessing all of these therapeutic options available to us, we can maximize our full healing potential.
Glenn Sabin Series, Part 2: Yoga Milestone – First CME-Approved Conference Supports Therapeutic Value
by Glenn Sabin
The Mountain Pose Medicine & Yoga Symposium took place in gorgeous Copper Mountain, Colorado August 22—26, 2012. The seminal gathering marked the first CME (continuing medical education) accredited program for yoga in the United States.
The annual Mountain Pose Medicine & Yoga Symposium is the brainchild of Satkirin Khalsa, MD, a longtime yoga instructor, integrative medicine physician and scientific program chair of the conference. Khalsa is deeply concerned about the sobering statistics surrounding physician health, burnout and suicide rates, which are twice that of the general public. Thus, the primary educational objective of the symposium is to bring practitioners together across disciplines to review the medical literature and provide sensible tools to address the causation of chronic stress, fatigue and burnout—essentially a Heal Thy Docs, Heal Thy Patients approach.