Cancer & Health

Cancer & Health

Be Proactive!
Proactive vs Reactive Medicine ~ (Submitted By Cathie)

As an RN who has worked in a chemotherapy unit and continues to do so occasionally now through a home health agency, there is information I believe that could help save lives and it is not being stressed enough to all of us . So I purpose this question, what is the difference between proactive and reactive medicine?

Reactive medicine is our interventions to deal with an existing disease process, what antibiotics do we give to help clear up the infection you have. Healthcare professionals reacting to the problem. "Well I only go to the doctor when I am sick" This is where the problem lays and the mind set that needs to change that I believe will help save lives.

With Cancer, as well as some other diseases, by the time you have symptoms it can be too late to save your life. So our reactive medical interventions are too little too late. We can only provide treatment that will help with the symptoms at best.

Now with proactive medicine we are looking for and monitoring the health of the patient to catch a change as soon as possible. A simple yearly physical exam can help save your life and if there is a family history, checking more often.

We do not like to go to the doctor, we don't have time to go have the tests run, life is way too busy, but how busy will you be when your time has run out? Family medical history is valuable information that can be passed to your children as well. We can save their lives by knowing what happened to you and you relatives. Think of it as investing in your self and your family by just setting aside the time to talk with your physician about your medical history and how best to protect it.

You will find that not only with big health issues does proactive medicine help, but with the small ones as well. Adding years on to your life is not such a bad thing and does not take an excessive amount of time in an already busy schedule. Think about it and call your physician today. Your family will appreciate you longer for it.

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Nancy Tuttle

Posted with permission from:, 2009.

Count it all joy when ye fall into various trials, knowing this, that the testing of your faith worketh patience.
(James 1:2-3)

One in three Americans will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, which is why we all know someone who has had it, if we have not had it ourselves. I'd like to share my story with you about how I've found peace and joy as a breast cancer survivor. And I hope that what I have learned will help you cope with the trials in your life, reach out to someone going through cancer, or maybe even change your life altogether.    ~Nancy Tuttle~

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Byron Smith

Posted at Byron Smith's website:

A young Christian man who has suffered from a carcinoma in the chest, Byron has many helpful insights for those who are affected by cancer:

"there are things that are worse than death. There are things more important than simply staying alive. And so while I have always wanted to do things that help me survive, I don't want that effort to dominate my life and thought.

Why do I think there are things worse than death, things better than life? Because Jesus seems to have thought so too. He loved life as God's good gift, but for Jesus, trusting and obeying the giver came before preserving the gift. When faced with the choice of obedience or survival, he prayed 'not my will but yours be done'. He could have run. He could have kept his head down. He didn't have a death-wish - he knew that death sucks. But he also knew there was something worse than death: a life that failed to trust God.

Death is bad, but untrusting anxiety, apathetic lethargy, bitter regret, faithless betrayal: these are the real enemies of God and humanity. These will blunt and bleed the soul, poison the spirit, and stop the heart more surely and grievously than the cessation of brainwaves and breath."

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"

From a talk given by Lionel Windsor at a Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea on 31 May, 2007, at the home of Keith and Pam Gregory posted at Lionel said in reference to the above scripture:

Do you notice how Jesus reacts to the sickness and death of his friend here? He doesn't avoid it, does he? He wanted to see where Lazarus was laid. He doesn't try to minimize the enormity of it.

Why are you here at this morning tea? I suspect it's because you know that cancer is dreadful. You know that to deal with it, we need to do more than just change the subject, or close our eyes, or escape into entertainment. You’re here because you want to help to face up to it, and deal with it. Well, Jesus faces up, fair and square, to the dreadfulness of disease and death. He doesn't try to sweep it under the carpet. And he doesn't offer empty words of comfort. No, he is deeply moved in spirit and troubled, he weeps. The words are even stronger in the original language: it's not that Jesus just felt a bit disturbed and shed a little tear. He's furious and stirred up! When asked to come and see the grave, he bursts into sobbing tears! Jesus knows that sickness and death, including cancer, is dreadful.

But why does he think it is so dreadful? Part of the answer comes in that last sentence:

'See how he loved him!'

Jesus wept Because of his love for his friend Lazarus.

When we are touched by cancer and other drawn-out illnesses, it often clarifies and crystallises our priorities, doesn't it? Cancer can give us the opportunity to ask ourselves what is truly important. Just recently, a colleague of mine called Byron Smith was writing about his own experience of cancer. He wrote of the shock, the sadness, the pain; but also those moments of insight, and joy at the love of family and friends. What makes life worthwhile? So often, the answer is love: relationships, friendships. They make life worthwhile. And when we realize that, it can really give us deep joy in relationships, as friends and family gather around and we express true care for each other. But sadly, it can also deepen the grief; as broken or neglected relationships in our lives make us sad beyond measure. And even more acutely, we face the possibility of our good relationships being broken by death. That's why Jesus' love caused him to burst into tears in the face of death.


Cancer Can Not

List of Things Cancer Can Not Do (Submitted by Cat)
Cancer is limited, it can not:

  • cripple love,
  • shatter hope,
  • corrode faith,
  • eat away peace,
  • destroy confidence,
  • kill friendship,
  • shut out memories,
  • silence courage,
  • invade the soul,
  • reduce eternal life,
  • quench the spirit,
  • lesson the power of resurrection.
  • If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch your spirit. Your body can be severely affected and you may have great struggles, but if you keep trusting God your spirit will remain strong.

    "Why must I bear this pain I can not tell; I only know my God does all things well,and so I trust in God my all in all, for he will bring me through what ever befall."

    Our greatest enemy is not disease but despair!


    Cancer Resources

  • Association of Cancer Online Resources:

    ACOR is invested in researching medical online communities and has helped to produce some of the most important and groundbreaking projects designed to understand how the Internet helps people to become informed patients, able to maximize the quality of medical care they receive.

  • American Cancer Society:

    With chartered divisions throughout the country and over 3,400 local offices, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation. Select one of the areas below to learn more about ACS, our history, and our progress over time.

  • National Cancer Institute:
        Financial Assistance and Other Resources for People With

    For more help, contact:
    NCI's Cancer Information Service
    Telephone (toll-free): 1-800-4-CANCER

    TTY (toll-free): 1-800-332-8615

  • Lustgarten Foundation:

    To advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer by:

  • Increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer;

  • Facilitating and enhancing the dialogue among members of the medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts that relate to pancreatic cancer;

  • Heightening public awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and providing informational support for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and friends.


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