Managing Side Effects
Do you have chemo or radiation induced side effects from cancer treatments?
The Health Restoration Action Plan is ONLY for patients who have NOT been participants in one of my Survivorship Action Plans.
My Plan was designed for people like you based on more than 4 decades helping patients to improve their wellbeing after conventional cancer treatments..
Successful conventional cancer treatment can be harsh with long-term consequences that include problems with mobility, hearing, taste, balance, bone health & more.
For example; chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), affects roughly 50% people undergoing chemo, according to a report from 2018. Happily there are solutions to chemo-induced joint pain and nerve damage to hands and feet.
Health Restoration after cancer treatments
Treating cancer is just the beginning of the journey.
This is a time where lifestyle changes can still be effective and assist with your health restoration. Dr Hannah Wardill recently said: “Treatment-related mortality is something that is often swept under the carpet because people don’t want to think about a life-saving treatment being potentially deadly. But in reality, while highly effective at killing tumour cells, chemotherapy is very toxic and causes severe side effects which can result in death.”
Dr Hannah Wardill: NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Research Fellow Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group University of Adelaide
Health Restoration Action Plan
Your plan includes video consultations, regular email support, prescriptive complementary medicines, and specific resources.
If you are feeling lost in the post cancer treatment maze this highly personalised Plan is ideal for you.
The following chronic side effects from your treatment will be specifically addressed throughout your care plan.
Your plan provides 6 hours of services over 6 months. Video calls as required of any duration.
Possible cancer treatment side-effects
Brain and chemo fog:
One of the well-known long-term side effects of chemotherapy is cotton ball thinking or chemo fog. This needs to be addressed for long-term life quality. It can lead to depression, memory issues and hearing loss. The Grace Gawler institute has specialised on solutions to these problems.
Ageing and the impact of hormone treatment on breast cancer: Although hormone treatments have a major role in controlling some cancers, their impact can cause accelerated ageing and interference with the bodies natural repair mechanisms. This is also related to psychological issues post cancer treatment.
Exercise should be specifically tailored to your needs taking into account any damage to joints and nerve that you may have sustained during your treatment. We provide you with tailor-made exercise plans all geared at increasing your well-being.
Dealing with long-term effects of radiation therapy:
Dry and damaged skin, irritation and redness can be experienced long after radiation treatment has finished. Attention to skin care and regeneration is essential as a part of long term well-being. Don’t suffer in silence; there are solutions.
Digestion Issues - Post chemo?
Malabsorption syndrome? When bowel bacteria and other microbiome that live in the upper gastrointestinal tract have been impacted by chemotherapy or even targeted treatments, nutritional absorption can be compromised.
According to research I consider restoring your resident gut bacteria, without the use of potentially harmful probiotic supplements, to be essential.
As well; there are other adjustments that you can make to your diet and lifestyle that can assist with your long-term health restoration.
My Institute’s solution to this issue is to take advantage of the new gene sciences. No more guesswork.
This testing is non-invasive and uses a mouth swab to analyse the genes you were born with and how you metabolise.
It is particularly important to test for lactose and gluten intolerance.
Restore your gut bacteria
Health restoration of bowel function is imperative for long-term well-being. Standard probiotics are often inadequate & NOT recommended. Methods of rebuilding healthy resident gut bacteria has been a focus of my Institute’s research.
In terms of prevention, researchers state that harmful alterations in gut bacteria can cause susceptibility to cancer, as well as enhancing progression for patients already diagnosed. Healthy gut bacteria can modulate inflammation in the gut and reduce DNA damage.
I refer you to a validated Australia laboratory for a Gut Microbiome Genome Test. The test provides a benchmark by which we can measure changes to your gut microbiome as we move through your plan.