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sherpins
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Hello,
I am about to start 6 weeks of radiation and chemo for Stage 3 cervical cancer. Does anyone have any words of wisdom as to help my body cope with the shock it is about to get?

Thanks for listening. Sherry

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california_artist
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Joined: Jan 2009

I'm sorry I didn't respond earlier, but this was way down on the list. Here is some information I hope will help you

foods protect radiation treatment
These are the words I typed into google to get this article on foods that help to deal with radiation.
Eating curry may protect skin from radiation burns
09-Oct-2002
Related topics: Research
Cancer researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that cur***in, a substance in curry long believed to have health benefits, seems to protect skin during radiation therapy. Doctors say that while further study is needed, cancer patients could consider eating foods with curry during their radiation treatment.
Cur***in, the substance that gives turmeric its yellow colour, is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and scientists have already shown that it can suppress tumour blood vessel growth. This process, called anti-angiogenesis, can strangle tumours. Researchers at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center have now discovered through a study of mice that cur***in may protect skin from the burns and blisters that often occur during radiation treatment.
"This is significant because skin damage is a real problem for patients undergoing radiation to treat their tumours. If a non-toxic, natural substance can help prevent this damage and enhance the effectiveness of our radiation, that's a winning situation," said Dr Paul Okunieff, chief of radiation oncology at the Wilmot Cancer Center.
Scientists presented results of the pilot study at the 44th annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in New Orleans this week.
The team of researchers, led by Dr Ivan Ding, assistant professor of radiation oncology, studied the impact of various doses of cur***in on skin protection in mice given radiation therapy. The difference in skin damage was dramatic, according to the researchers.

"There were far fewer blisters or burns on the mice who had been given cur***in," Ding said.
In the study, 200 mice were given three different doses of cur***in for five to seven days. On the fifth day, mice were given a single dose of radiation and scientists waited 20 days to assess skin damage. The mice who received cur***in had minimal skin damage caused by radiation. Scientists also found the substance suppresses development of new cells in the area of tumour, thus furthering the effectiveness of radiation.
While doctors are not ready to say that cur***in is the answer to preventing skin damage, researchers believe the results demonstrate the need for more extensive study.
The team plans further scrutiny of cur***in and combinations with other anti-inflammatory compounds to determine what could be the best way to prevent skin damage, Ding said.
"Nearly all cancer patients who get radiation treatment experience some form of skin damage - from mild sunburn all the way to blisters - that is painful for many," Okunieff said. "If we can find a simple way to help prevent that, it would make treatment a bit easier."

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