Jonno11 saidSo my Dad, who Im very close to, who's been supportive of me my whole life, who's taught me everything from how to change a tire to carpentry and tile setting is facing Cancer. He went in this week for a physical, and came out with an order to go to the hospital for blood work. Now he has a biopsy and an MRI scheduled next week, and surgery scheduled the following week. I haven't seen him cry in years, but he broke down when he was telling us. I have lost several family members to cancer, but this is in my own home, you know? He is the strong silent type, he didn't say anything about being in pain, he just assumed it was normal and left it. And now it might be too late. He's the type who won't accept help from anyone, and its almost like he's resigned himself that hes going to die, so being healthy is pointless. I'm asking for help from any survivors of cancer. What are some things I can do for him, or information I can give him. How can I help?
I'm a survivor of advanced stage prostate cancer. Less than 30% chance of survival.
Your dad needs to find a support group...for his kind of cancer, preferably...or some cancer support group. The support group is not to hold your dad's hand and say "there, there, all will be fine." It's so he can talk to people who have experience as patients. They will tell your dad what to expect and what he can do. His drs wont tell him everything....they'll be afraid of the power of suggestion. FTS. It's better, in my opinion, to know so you can handle it when it comes, rather than wonder WTF is happening and be surprised.
What kind of cancer does your dad have? How advanced?
I blogged my cancer experience here on RJ. It is just one guy's story as I went thru it. Check out the diet in Jan 2007. HA!http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/150050
Eating well is always good when your sick....but not to take the place of his cancer treatment.Broccoli and Cancer Prevention
The unique combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components in broccoli make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention. Connections between cancer development and oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and inadequate detoxification are so well-documented in the research that any food improving all three of these metabolic problems would be highly likely to lower our risk of cancer. In the case of broccoli, the research is strongest in showing decreased risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. We expect that risk of other cancer types will also eventually be shown to undergo reduction from regular consumption of broccoli. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9Look to Whole Foods, Not Supplements, for Cancer Protection
According to experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), the research indicates whole foods, and not dietary supplements, lower cancer risk. Citing a huge and comprehensive AICR report—Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective—the panel of experts cautioned: "Dietary supplements are not recommended for cancer prevention."
The AICR panel examined over 7,000 studies on all aspects of diet, physical activity, weight and cancer risk. The accumulated evidence from almost 50 different supplement trials, cohort studies and case-control studies showed that, under certain conditions, some high-dose supplements might be protective at specific doses, some did nothing, and some actually increased the risk of cancer. The results were too inconsistent to justify using supplements to protect against cancer.
In contrast, when the AICR experts examined over 440 studies on cancer risk and foods that contain specific vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, the research was much more consistent.
The panel judged several categories of foods as protective against a variety of cancers, including:
Folate-containing foods, protective against pancreatic cancer
Carotenoid-containing foods, protective against cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and lung. (Convincing evidence indicates, however, that beta-carotene supplements promote lung cancer in current smokers.)
Beta-carotene containing foods, protective against esophageal cancer.
Lycopene-containing foods, protective against prostate cancer.
Vitamin C-containing foods, protective against esophageal cancer.
Selenium-containing foods, protective against prostate cancer. (Selenium supplements may also be helpful, but the research outcomes have been mixed, and the potential for unfavorable side effects is real.)
Non-starchy vegetables, allium vegetables (onions, leeks, garlic, etc.) and fruits, protective against 7 different kinds of cancer. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=btnews&dbid=20