I have cancer
A scary time...
So you've been diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe your loved one has.
You're probably feeling completely unprepared for what's to come. And there's no time to lose! The doctor tells you that you must undergo chemo, radiation and/or surgery as soon as possible.
You have some idea that cancer can be a death sentence, but that some do survive with treatment, especially if it's caught early.
Chemo, radiation, surgery are about as hardcore as medicine gets. It's heavy artillery for a particularly belligerant enemy, and, at least in the case of chemo and radiation, can't be targetted only upon the cancer.
Treatments for cancer can cause significant side-effects, heavily damage healthy cells and also your immune system. Some treatments are also carcinogenic in their own right. In some cases, the treatment designed to kill the cancer can end up killing the patient.
Or something else?
You suspect that maybe there's an alternative, right? Google "alternative cancer treatments", and you're likely to experience a mixture of relief, skepticism and bewilderment as you read about the many protocols that claim to have the answer to all cancers.
There's information on diet and lifestyle changes you can make, supplements you can take, psychological approaches like meditation, affirmations, hypnosis.
But the "alternatives" suffer from some big problems. They can be expensive and your doctor might not support your decision. But most importantly, how do you know what works?
Maybe all those claimed natural cures work, or maybe only some, or maybe none. But how would you know? Do you have the time and energy to find out what works?
Wouldn't it be good to know?
Imagine if you came to our website and found detailed records of thousands of patients who had already tried hundreds of natural therapies, and carefully documented their progress and experiences.
Not short, written testamonials on a supplement supplier's website, but systematically documented data from patients that shows you their successes AND the failures.
What if CHART and its researchers could identify patterns, such as that breast cancer sufferers responded significantly to a particular supplement, or bowel cancer sufferers responded to a certain diet?
Introducing the CHART Medical Log, a patient-driven way to systematically collect and share patient experiences and outcomes with natural therapies.
But we're not quite ready yet
We don't yet have enough data to publish in a way that will be meaningful to you. Unfortunately you caught us too early in our project.
But our database is growing every day, and soon we hope to publish patients' anonymous Medical Logs, so you and other cancer sufferers may benefit.
Help us help others like you
You can help us now by sharing your story with other sufferers.
No patient experience is too insignificant. Everyone has a different story to tell, and our Medical Log makes your story easily comparable to others' stories, and ideal for researchers to analyse.
Find out more about the CHART Medical Log. Or if you're ready to go, you can
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Avoiding cancer naturally
Some of you may have found our site because you are interested in finding out more about reducing your cancer risk.
The great news is that there are lots of things you can do to reduce your chances of getting cancer. We've put together a list of some common things to avoid and other positive actions to take.
There are many lists of known carcinogens, and this list is just one. We have compiled a simpler list of everyday items that can be carcinogenic.
- Alcohol, including alcohol-based mouthwashes
- Super-hot drinks (eg tea, coffee, mate) that can cause mouth cancer
- Acrylamide, found in baked and fried carbohydrates like chips, bread crusts, coffee, biscuits
- Charred meat
- Glyphosate weed killer ("Roundup"), found in many non-organic foods, especially in most genetically modified crops
- BPA (canned food, PVC shower curtains, certain plastics including the ones numbered 3 and 7 in the recycling triangle symbol usually located on the bottom of the bottle)
- Formaldehyde, eg in some dishwashing detergents
- Unsafe UV exposure, eg sunburn or high intensity tanning beds
- Contraceptive pill
- Regular use of Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen)
- HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
- X-ray radiation, including from PET scans, and airport full body x-ray scanners, and cancer radiation treatment
- Many chemotherapy drugs, eg tamoxifen, cyclophosphamide, thiotepa...
Here are some lifestyle choices proven to reduce cancer risk
- Diet high in fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, especially raw
- Diet low in processed foods
- Diet low in sugars
- Adequate Vitamin D (from sunlight, yes, but don't burn yourself!)
- Diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Green tea
- Not smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
- Avoid non-natural hormones
- Maintaining healthy weight