Synchronistic things seem to happen to me - by chance or for a reason - almost every day.
For instance yesterday, my step-mother said that she'd had very a good response to a new supplement called L-theanine. She too, suffers from sleeplessness and is always on the lookout for something natural that works. She, like me, has been through the whole gambit of potions and lotions largely without success until now. She said - do your research - look it up and see if it is suitable for you.
I Googled L-theanine and what was the first thing to appear? "L-Theanine Chemotherapy and Side-Effects". A publication known as Cancer Letters and Toxicology Letters reported that l-theanine enhances the effects of doxorubicin - which is a common chemotherapeudic used in ovarian cancer treatment and other cancers. It appears to increase the amount of drug getting into the cancer cells without harming healthy ones. L-theanine is an amino acid derived from green tea - which, we know, has a multitude of other health benefits.
Several human studies have been performed using name-brand l-theanine products with positive results. Dr. Daniel Armstrong, Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State Universtity said that " the only material that proved to be pure L-theanine was the Suntheanine® brand, produced via biofermentation, which had more than 99.95 per cent L-theanine, our current detection limit."
Read more at Suite101: GABA, Insomnia, and L-Theanine: An Amino Acid Aids Sleep Without Side Effects or Next Day Fatigue | Suite101.com and http://laura-owens.suite101.com/ltheanine-improves-sleep-and-a65390#ixzz1eXOQjp40
So ladies - a two for one! Sleep and chemo enhancer.
Speaking of chemo, my latest foray is into the world of Topotecan. It's a brand new chemo drug for me with an onerous delivery schedule - 5 days of a 1/2 hour infusion followed by two weeks off. Today is day 3 of the first of the 5 day cycles and I can report to you that I know that I've had chemo - meaning that when you have experienced side effects in the past, you have a heightened sense of awareness of what to look for. I have nothing overt to comment on thus far...I'm just mildly "aware". The metronomic schedule is meant to be less toxic and have the drug remain in your system longer.
And finally - I bet you thought I'd forget - Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Sunflower Sisters south of the border! Our very own webmaster is participating in the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day along with her husband and my brother-in-law. My southern sister and her daughter will be ambling along in either the 5K Turkey Trot, or the Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop! I kind of like the name of that last event and only hope that their noses don't land in it afterwards (family joke)!! Good luck to all!
N.B. our readership needs pictures!!
23 Nov 2011
9 Nov 2011
November 11th is Veterans Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada. These four women are true examples of cancer veterans, my sisters, and most worthy of remembrance.
4 Nov 2011
A very moving speech was made by a survivor. She was diagnosed 2 years ago being BRCA positive, has gone through two clinical trials and has had three recurrences. Has she still got hope? You bet.
The Run/Walk is unique in that they are not raising funds for a national charity but for a local, highly sophisticated ovarian cancer research team. The team's focus is advanced ovarian cancer. Not prevention. Not detection. The are no awareness committees nor excess administration.
The highlight of the evening came when we were invited to tour the research facilities with one of the chief scientists. When you picture researchers - you envision scientists holed up in some dark basement doing wild and wonderful experiments. To the contrary, these scientists work in a very bright, professional environment and perform what is known as translational research - meaning working in close relationship with gynecological oncologists, gyn/onc surgeons and medical oncologists. An example of this "live" interaction is OvCa tumour material being sent directly from the operating theatre to their labs for analysis to test and determine what kind of chemo would be most effective for that patient. This is revolutionary. It wasn't available four years ago. Co-operative effort is the key to progress - not isolation.
Although you needed a dictionary to follow what was being said, the gist of it was that cancer treatment needs to evolve to a personalized basis - tumour by tumour - gene by gene. Clearly no two patients are alike. It was extremely fascinating - complex - powerful.
We took his message to heart with re-newed enthusiasm to activate everyone we can reach to help with this extremely worthwhile work.
Save the date for this coming year's event:
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Run, walk or just send money. We'll be onto you!