Effects Of Chemotherapy
A month or two after chemotherapy ends, most people assume that their immune system has returned to normal.
New research suggests that the effects of chemotherapy can compromise part of the immune system for up to nine months after treatment, leaving patients vulnerable to infections – at least when it comes to early-stage breast cancer patients who have been treated with a certain type of chemotherapy.
In the clinical trial, the level of lymphocytes, which include various types of NK (natural killer cells), T cells and B cells, was shown to drop significantly after chemotherapy - but the impact was short-term. Nine months later, most of the immune cells were up and running at pre-chemo levels. However, when it comes to certain types of NK, T and B cells, the researchers found that chemotherapy had a long-term effect.
After nine months, B cells (important for creating antibodies) and CD4 T cells (also known as helper T cells) had only “partial recovery,” reaching only 69% and 60% of pre-chemo levels respectively, leaving patients potentially vulnerable.
Your immune system
Our immune systems are critical when it comes to immune surveillance, our body’s recognition of and response to cancer growth. Yet, they are increasingly weakened in today's day and age by modern diets high in sugar, grains, lectins, and artificial food dyes.
Modern diets are also typically low in nutrient-rich vegetables, and high in medications, resulting in dangerously low levels of the vitamins and minerals required for a healthy immune system.
By following our recommended diet, with the subsequent addition of MHG infusion and supplements to provide immune nutrients on a daily basis, as well as spending time out in nature, give your immune system what it needs to get back in the game.
Chemo recovery Tips from Miskawaan Health Group
We want our clients (and their loved ones) to be mindful that post-chemotherapy, the body’s immune system is still repairing itself. Thus, patients should be more cautious in taking care of their body and ensure that they are getting the appropriate preventive and follow-up care they need.
Here are some recovery tips from our doctors:
- Don’t ignore minor symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, contact your doctor and get it checked out right away.
- Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure that you’re up to date on all of your vaccines. Many cancer patients post-treatment should still be receiving many vaccines, including flu and pneumonia vaccines.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates. Fruits (only certain fruits with low glycemic index), vegetables, and protein are all important. The goal is to get sufficient doses of different nutrients to support your immune system and your body’s other natural defence systems.
- Intermittent fasting: Fasting helps to reset our circadian rhythm and helps to boost up cellular defences against genetic damage while increasing the body’s response to insulin. Periodic fasting, or at least eating within an eight-hour window during daylight hours can reduce the risk of cancer and has also been found to support weight loss.
- Exercise regularly and moderately.
- Manage stress: Daily stress is common in cancer, and evidently bad for your mind and body. It floods your body with chemicals that can affect your immune system, your digestive system, and even your mental health.
One way to lower it is to be conscious of making healthy lifestyle choices.
Here are some ways to ease stress in your daily life:
- Deep breathing
- Massage therapy
- Listening to music
- Getting adequate deep sleep
- Mind and body detox
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