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Two months short of two years after her initial cancer diagnosis I watched my wife Linnea, my love, take her last breath. I held her in my arms and I wept, and I told her that it was OK to let go. To please let go. The room filled with unimaginable wails and I was only scarcely aware that they were coming from me.
The idea of Inspired Cooking, a new cookbook featuring 21 of the nation's best chefs, was hers. She thought a cookbook with some of Canada's best-known chefs discussing what nutrition means to them and providing cancer-prevention recipes could change how future generations eat and think about food.
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Although most fruits and veggies have preventative effects against cancer, these 3 have shown beneficial effects against many cancers, and their low cost makes it easy to help you prevent cancer. Cabb...
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Turmeric milk, turmeric tea, even turmeric in smoothies! This golden spice seems to be adding brilliant colour and potential nutrition benefits to a wide variety of recipes. This versatile root has b...
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I have enjoyed living and working in Toronto for the past 35 years, calling Blue Jays games across our great country. But I have also enjoyed just as much sharing my story during the month of Movember in hopes of helping other men realize how valuable early detection is in fighting prostate cancer at the most treatable stages.
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There's an old saying: "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras." And in many cases, it's true: think straight and look for the obvious diagnosis. But for Jeanne Yee -- suffering from rare, hard-to-diagnose tumours for more than a decade -- someone had to look for the zebra.
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The toll will be about 5.5 million per year by 2030.
The Canadian Cancer Society is urging Canadians to get their children vaccinated against HPV -- a safe and effective way to prevent the cancer-causing infection. Despite many studies showing that the vaccine is safe and effective, a number of myths persist about HPV
Differing rates of breast cancer across the globe suggests lifestyle factors play an important role in shaping risk. Following this six-step breast healthy plan can help shape risk so as to prevent breast cancer.
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I am consoled by having the ability to share my story in the hopes that it can help others. Whether or not a fellow melanoma warrior speaks openly about their own diagnosis, I can give my perspective, and my new-found optimism, to those who may feel as isolated as I did when I found out I have stage 3b skin cancer.
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Little by little, I was feeling better, more able to get out of bed, more in control of my own emotions. I was, quite literally, drawing myself out of depression -- the deepest depression I've ever known. With these drawings, I was trying to make sense of how to live with cancer, but I was also trying to work out how to go on living with joy, wonder, and especially hope.
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Cancer diagnosis and treatment can cause physical changes that affect sexual desire. Cancer treatments can put women into permanent menopause and bring on a host of emotions and challenges for women on the cancer journey.
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The 4th National Forum on Patient Experience opens today in Toronto and my colleagues and I at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer are looking forward to learning from other health-care organizations who are on the same vital journey to improve patient experience.
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And they affect all parts of the body.
Planning for a return to work after time away for cancer treatment can be a daunting and stressful task. Occupational therapist Leslie Gibson says patients often come to her with concerns about the transition - from worries about fatigue to forgetfulness and concentration to anxiety about how colleagues will act around them once they return.
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The whole country came together. Not since Terry Fox have we seen such a strong example of how a Canadian could summon so much national camaraderie among the people.... All we had to do was sing along to songs we knew by heart, allow ourselves to feel the moment, let our tears express how we felt, let our fellow Canadians know we were all in this together, and then, as a nation, say goodbye to Gord Downie. The best part is we will never really say goodbye to The Tragically Hip. As long as we have kids, camping trips, road trips, backyard barbecues, headphones and private moments, we will never have to say goodbye.
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On the night of Friday, August 12th, at the Air Canada Centre, I saw one of my all-time favourite bands play for the last time ever. I warned my friend I would probably cry at the end of the show, but it only took the first song for my eyes to well up with tears. the feeling was very surreal, as the circumstances were not of your typical farewell tour.
While more fashionable bands have faded into musical footnotes, the Hip has enjoyed a 32-year career and domestic deification. But now the part of their name that has the most resonance as the Hip rocks its way across the nation one final time is "tragically." Not that you could tell from the surface euphoria onstage and in the stands as Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer took a backseat for a couple hours of communal rock catharsis during the band's 25-song concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
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Cocoa and dark chocolate contain compounds that may help prevent cancer by many ways, including preventing DNA damage, lowering inflammation, and inhibiting cell proliferation. Experimental evidence s...
My family and I essentially lived at the Grand River Hospital's ICU the last two weeks. We were there to give comfort to my mom as she fought a valiant but losing battle with cancer. As odd as this may sound, they were two of the most inspiring weeks of our lives.
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According to polls, most of us think of ourselves as healthy, despite the fact that the obesity crisis keeps growing and multiple diet- and lifestyle-related diseases continue to rise. While the exact...
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It's very hard to explain the feeling of shock and emptiness that accompanies losing a loved one. There's a certain awkwardness that accompanies loss that is difficult to navigate. After my mom passed, Alex's mere presence was a comfort to me and my family. She knew what that awkwardness was like.
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Exercise. It may seem like the opposite of what you should do if you have cancer and are suffering from pain, nausea or cancer-related fatigue. However, evidence-based research shows that people living with cancer can and should keep exercising or add some physical activity into their lives.
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You might want to skip happy hour.
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In the spring and summer, people are happier and spend more time outside, not only for the warm weather, but I believe, for the light. For me, there is nothing more energizing and uplifting than sunlight.When bright light enters our eyes, serotonin production is increased, and this makes us feel happy and alert.
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Antioxidants are touted for their health-promoting effects, and they mostly do have beneficial effects. However, a new study on the antidiabetic supplement alpha-lipoic acid shows that it can help to spread existing cancers. The diabetes drugs saxagliptin and sitagliptin were also shown to spread cancer.
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Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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Most women realize that it's important to see a physician regularly, get certain diagnostic tests if they are at risk, and seek medical attention when they are feeling unwell. But many men have been conditioned by social mores rewarding "toughing it out" to avoid that approach.
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When the results came back, the bacterium was found in 60 per cent of the prostate cancer cases, as opposed to 26 per cent of the controls. Although the team had hoped to see 100 per cent presence in tumours and zero in the controls, the results were still significant.
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Goodbye morning coffee? Not quite.
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My doctor led into it, not being awkward and beating around the bush. He used the medical platitudes often trotted out for chronic lymphomas in general, as in: "This is the good cancer," and "You will likely die with this cancer, but not from this cancer." I just stared at him.
With greeting cards featuring tableaus of fishing, golfing and barbecuing with Dad, I can't help missing my father-in-law and feeling the void of his absence. I try to look back with fondness at all the great memories he made with my family, but the pain stings and I'm left feeling bitter that he was taken too soon.