Living in Cancer’s Shadow: Taking Back Control
For the last year, my family has been living with a cancer diagnosis, my father has stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Our family is in no way unusual; it’s difficult to find anyone whose life hasn’t been touched in some way by this disease. However until cancer happens to you, or someone you love, it feels like something that happens to other people.
My background as a Biomedical Scientist and as a Clinical Science Writer & Editor means that I have a particularly thorough understanding of current cancer research. Many of you will be aware that we are on the cusp of a new era in regards to our knowledge of cancer and its treatment – new scientific breakthroughs are reported in the media almost every week.
If you have cancer, you will be treated with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, you may also have a surgical option. The ability of the medical profession to cure cancer, or significantly prolong life with these treatments, is better than ever and is extremely valuable.
A lot of cancer research is funded by the big pharmaceutical companies which are trying to develop drugs that will cure cancer, or at least prolong the survival of cancer sufferers. There are great strides being taken in the field of immunotherapy, using a patient’s own immune system to target and kill cancer. There is also a whole field of study involving how compounds found in our food can be used to treat or prevent cancer.
Most importantly, as our understanding of cancer increases, so does our ability to help fight it on our own terms. We can use this current scientific knowledge to help complement medical treatments, in our own homes, giving back vital control to the people who are living with cancer.
I founded The Green Apple Club on the basis that improving our diet can help to significantly improve our health. Over the next month I will be publishing a series of articles, blog posts and recipes based on what current scientific research tells us about how to complement cancer treatments with cancer fighting foods.
If you are affected by cancer, or you know someone who is, then please keep checking the website for this new content. You can also become a free member of The Green Apple Club and receive our twice monthly newsletter, A Slice of Green Apple, with the latest articles and recipes delivered directly to your inbox.
I’m going to show you how to take back some control following a cancer diagnosis.
Update: This feature has now finished. For more detailed information on the cancer fighting foods, the book ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You’, is now available to purchase on Amazon.
About the author:
Sonia Nicholas is a Biomedical Scientist and Freelance Clinical Science Writer & Editor. She has been working in the field of clinical science for fifteen years.
Sonia believes that everyone can improve their health by eating a clean diet – a claim that scientific research increasingly supports. Sonia also believes that healthy, clean eating is accessible to all and doesn’t have to be an expensive lifestyle choice.
All of the information on The Green Apple Club website is in line with current, recommended Government guidelines. All of the articles are evidence based and fully scientifically referenced.
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