Weekly News - Wednesday 19 September 2018

Cancer time bomb is ready to explode

THOUSANDS of cancer patients could miss out on life-saving treatment as a pioneering drug to help beat the disease will only be available for a limited time. Patients on "game-changing" immunotherapy drugs face having to stop the life-saving treatment because of rules about how long they are allowed to take it.  Read more...




Research Findings Prove Massage Therapy Improves Pain


I work as an oncology/mastectomy massage therapist at Cornerstone Spa and Integrative Wellness. I have the opportunity to meet people at one of, if not the most challenging time of their lives. Clients come to me at various times in their treatment seeking relief for various complaints and complications of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

I have spent the past three months following eight specific clients. This is for a research project I needed to complete for my Board Certification renewal. The majority of thediagnoses are breast cancer with bilateral mastectomy, one lumpectomy, all but one with lymph node removal. One brain cancer diagnosis with radiation and significant scar tissue. One anal cancer with radiation burn.


5 of the 8 clients heard me speak at the Cancer Fit program that Doylestown Hospital sponsors with Sabrina Willard at Cornerstone. One client was referred to me by the breast cancer nurse navigator at Doylestown Hospital and two through word of mouth. 

I gave each client a brief questionnaire with the following questions:

What led you to seek oncology massage for your diagnosis?
What were your expectations from your treatment?
Are your expectations being met with your massage sessions?Have you received any other unexpected benefits from treatment?
Is there anything that has not been beneficial from your treatment?

Pain relief was the number one reason for seeking oncology massage. The primary source of pain was secondary to scar tissue and radiation. The second most common reason was limited mobility of arm and shoulder post surgery and radiation (for mastectomy clients). Other reasons included relief from the fatigue and nausea often experienced as side effects from chemotherapy.  Read more....



A mild touch of the cancer: In which David has a denouement

David back in a sunnier Boston for a check-up.

Author and comedian David Downs shares his experience with cancer in this series 'A mild touch of the cancer'.

In high school English I learned a number of words that have stuck with me through my adult life, despite my never having had a real chance to use them.

'Mimesis' is one (life imitating art), 'Apostrophe' (in the sense of appealing to a higher power for God's sake), and 'Denouement'. 

I remember the teacher telling us about the literary device called the 'Denouement'. She described it as a part of a story that occurs much later, with the author reflecting on the story overall and filling in any last facts. 

* READ MORE: A mild touch of the cancer - all columns

It was, she said, the story following the story. I always thought it smacked of lazy writing and an inability to edit. Read more...



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