Preventing Chemotherapy Side effects
Dr Hannah Wardill recently said: “Gut injury is a common complication of cancer therapy, causing pain, bleeding and diarrhea, but new findings could improve the wellbeing of chemotherapy patients.
A new study by University of Adelaide researchers has found fasting before chemotherapy drastically increases the number and diversity of bacteria found in the gut and can improve treatment outcomes.
The side effects of cancer therapy had long been considered an unavoidable aspect of undergoing otherwise lifesaving treatment, but these findings could reduce pain in chemotherapy patients and even save lives. Dr Hannah Wardill: NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Research Fellow Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group University of Adelaide. Click Here
Common cancer treatment side-effects
Health Restoration Care Plan
Effectively alleviate treatment side-effects
Your health Restoration plan includes video consultations, regular email support, prescriptive complementary medicines and recommendations for nutritional Gene testing.
The plan will be highly personalised according to your needs.
The following chronic side effects from your treatment will be specifically addressed throughout your care plan.
If you are feeling lost in the post cancer treatment maze this care plan is ideal for you.
Common 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.
Conventional cancer treatments can alter 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 Grace Gawler 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.
Gut bacteria can also be manipulated for improving cancer treatment outcomes. Restoring your resident gut bacteria is included in Health Restoration After Cancer Care Plan.
This is pivotal in preventing cancer recurrence.
Digestion - Post chemo malabsorption syndrome
When bowel bacteria and other microbiomes that live in the upper gastrointestinal tract have been impacted by chemotherapy or even targeted treatments, nutritional absorption can be compromised.
One remedy for this is to restore your resident gut bacteria; however, there are also many other adjustments that you can make to your diet that can greatly assist with your long-term health restoration.
The Grace Gawler Institute’s solution to this issue is to take advantage of the new science of Nutritional Gene Analysis – No more guesswork.
Gene analysis testing is non-invasive and uses a mouth swab to analyse the genes you were born with and how you metabolise and absorb nutrients.
It is particularly important to test for lactose and gluten intolerance.