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Boosting Immune System of Cancer Patients

  • Date : 2009-07-02 : Rev. 2018-03-16
  • Sharon Bell
  • Synopsis : If you have cancer you must aim to strengthen your body immune system.

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If you have cancer, you must understand that once you go ahead with the cancer treatment, you must also aim to strengthen your immune system. You simply can not neglect either one; otherwise, your battle with a deadly disease will be for naught. By following three approaches that will help you nurture your immune system in the face of a disease like cancer; you increase your chances of getting back to your normal healthy life.

People struck with cancer can be in a very tight spot, a Catch 22 situation actually.

You see, in order for medical doctors to deal with cancer, they have to eradicate the cells that are already stricken with the disease; but in the process called chemotherapy, even the good cells are also damaged and this eventually leads to weaker immune system. In short, cancer patients have to deal with both cancer cells and the risk of being infected by various other diseases.

If you have cancer, you must understand that once you go ahead with the cancer treatment, you must also aim to strengthen your immune system. You simply can not neglect either one; otherwise, your battle with a deadly disease will be for naught. By following three approaches that will help you nurture your immune system in the face of a disease like cancer; you increase your chances of getting back to your normal healthy life.

Food That You Eat:

Above anything else, you must keep in mind that the food that you eat can either improve or break your immune system. Choosing to eat a healthy diet that is rich in substances that boost your immune system will enable you to fight off infection even if a treatment process like chemotherapy continues to wreak havoc on your entire body.

Diets that lean to a more vegetarian approach and to a significantly reduced fat intake have always been found to be effective in boosting the immune system and in prevention of cancerous growths in your body. Experts believe that a largely vegetarian diet combined with all the other approaches below can significantly strengthen your body's defense system.

Level Of Physical Exercise:

Cancer experts have long been studying the effects of doing regular exercise to the strength of your immune system. In a study, results have been observed where increased physical activity or exercise has boosted the number of immune cells in women who are in the process of breast cancer treatment. The results are encouraging that exercise has a lot to do with defeating cancer cells and, more importantly, increasing your level of immune system.

Reduced Stress Levels:

Stress hormones, like adrenaline, have been found to significantly suppress the immune system; in other words, being in a constant state of stress can surely defeat your immune system and jeopardize the way you defend your body against infections. That's not all; stress can also damage your body's ability to repair itself. This doesn't look good for a patient who is already combating cancer.

If you really want to survive cancer and other infections, you must learn how to battle stress. This can not be easy. The mere fact that you are already suffering from cancer can be a source of stress on its own. But then again, it all boils down to how motivated you are in fighting this disease and preventing other complications from happening.

In this regard, many cancer hospitals and support groups have started providing therapeutic procedures that directly target stress levels in patients. On your own, you can try yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques to lower, or totally eradicate, your stress levels.

When you have cancer, you will be in an uphill battle. As your energy is zapped and your good cells are damaged during your treatment, you may encounter problems that are linked to a weak immune system. You have to prevent this after-effect so that you do not get infected with other diseases.



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