I know, I know, it seems ludicrous to put the words ‘healthy’ and ‘cancer patient’ in the same sentence. The fact is that any patient that has undergone cancer treatment actually does know how important it is to concentrate on their overall health, aside of course from the cancer itself. A healthy mind and body will only help beat this disease that does not discriminate, is not biased, and does in fact not care who or how many it devastates. Being healthy, whether you have cancer or not, is your best defense against cancer. This is something that every doctor should be telling their cancer patients – if not they’d better hope that their malpractice insurance is completely and totally up to date.
Cancer Doesn’t Care If You’re A Celebrity
More and more celebrities are coming to the rescue when it comes to getting the word out on cancer, its treatments, and just general education about the disease and its effects. Just lately, the world heard from Valerie Harper (who played the role of Rhoda on a 1970s TV show and has very recently appeared on Dancing With The Stars) regarding her lung/brain cancer. What started out as lung cancer in this non-smoker was treated inadequately (though not technically so in the day and age that it was detected) which led to the cancer spreading. It has now developed in her brain through metastasis from the original cancer not being treated with radiation or chemotherapy. The lung tumor was simply removed at the time. Fortunately we know better these days, but that doesn’t help Ms. Harper much. She among many others has joined the crusade of celebrities against cancer. They will hopefully enlighten us all.
Keeping Your Body Healthy
In order to beat cancer you have to try to keep the rest of your body as healthy as possible. There are certain foods that can assist you in your endeavor. Some of these foods in fact are reputed to actually fight cancer: navy and black beans, garlic, walnuts, tomatoes, berries and broccoli. So of course there would have to be foods that you should stay away from if you’re interested in fighting cancer. In order to help you even further here are just a few of those: alcohol, meats that are processed and animal fats.
Finally, here are a few ways to stay mentally healthy: concentrate on moving in a forward direction, exercise, use your creative juices for something – a hobby maybe, and find either a reliable friend or professional to whom you can talk without worry. Above all else, hang in there baby!