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Many people seem to have a distorted and incorrect definition of the word "remission," as it is used in relation to cancer patients. Most commonly people seem to believe that going into remission means that the patient is successfully treated and safe.

However, according to the American Cancer Society, cancer remission is a "period of time when the cancer is responding to treatment or is under control. In a complete cancer remission, all the signs and symptoms of the disease disappear...Complete cancer remissions may continue for several years and be considered cures."

So, someone who goes into cancer remission is not showing signs or symptoms of the cancer. It doesn't matter how many cancer cells are still going strong and growing in the body of the patient, for any time frame that it isn't causing "signs and symptoms," the patient is said to be in remission.

Oddly enough, there isn't much discussion in the advertisements for traditional cancer treatments regarding the extension in the length of life for the patient. And there aren't many discussions about the quality of life for the patient.

These two concepts are not factored in when talking about "cancer remission" in a patient.Typically speaking, cancer remission refers to shrinkage in the size of a tumor or to the change in some of the tumor markers. Tumor markers are substances, usually proteins, which are produced by the body in response to cancerous growth or tissues. However, a lot of the markers are also found in non-cancerous conditions so they aren't really a good diagnostic tool for cancer.

Traditional cancer therapies are successful in shrinking tumors and reducing tumor markers. For this reason, cancer remission is used as the indication of "successful" cancer treatment.

Cancer remission doesn't necessarily mean the patient doesn't die. For example, a patient is said to have been successfully treated for cancer if the therapies put them into remission, even if they die from pneumonia. Despite the fact that the pneumonia was only fatal because of the cancer therapies, because cancer remission existed, it was successful treatment.

To most people, no treatment that still results in death should be considered successful. However, when it comes to cancer remission, that's exactly what can happen when they pursue only traditional cancer treatment options.

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From the office of Dr. Laurence Magne, author of http://www.cancer-free-for-life.com

There is a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance to win the fight against cancer. Staying nutritionally fortified is one positive way to take control of your life and your well-being. Optimal nutrition allows your body to function at its best. Maintaining optimal nutrition can provide several benefits for people living with cancer, including:

  • Support immune function
  • Preserve lean body cell mass
  • Rebuild body tissue
  • Decrease your risk of infection
  • Improve strength and increase energy
  • Improve your tolerance to treatment
  • Help you recuperate faster after treatment
  • Improve quality of life

Good nutrition is essential to keep you strong—to increase the chance that your cancer treatment goes uninterrupted. Your body needs more "fuel" than normal during this time, because it needs to repair from the effects of cancer treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. If you are unable to consume the fuel you need, your body will soon draw upon what it has stored—fat and protein. When your body uses stored protein, malnutrition and impaired functioning of your immune system may result.

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According to the National Cancer Institute, about one-third of all cancer deaths are related to malnutrition. Therefore, it is important to give your body a constant supply of nutrients to use as fuel during the healing process. This supply of nutrients includes calories from all macronutrients, including carbohydrates, protein and fat.

Dietitians can help by making recommendations for how to keep you nourished with healthful foods and a well-balanced diet. Dietitians are health professionals with extensive training in nutrition who help with dietary choices.

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