Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center hosted an informative event yesterday at West Loop restaurant Little Goat Diner. Three medical experts at CTCA- Dr. Dennis Citrin, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist, Christina Shannon, ND, FABNO, Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine, and Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LSCW, National Director of Mind-Body Medicine- gathered amongst reporters to discuss one of the most common killers amongst women everywhere- breast cancer.
Dr. Citrin started the discussion by giving a presentation on the latest scientific advancements in breast cancer treatment. He delivered very interesting insight into the fact that more women are delaying getting diagnosed and treated for this disease. He showed a case within the medical facility during a 12 month period in which, 591 patients were diagnosed with breast cancer. A review of their medical records showed that 66 (11%) patients delayed diagnosis and/or treatment for at least 6 months.
What are the reasons behind this revelation? Some common reasons involve fear of cancer, the treatments, being in denial or misinformed. But he shared that scientific advancements have greatly increased our knowledge about cancer. “As a result, modern treatment is much more effective and less invasive/toxic for patients,” he says. “Surgery is often not the first treatment.”
He also mentioned this new advanced treatment has made a difference amongst African-American women as well. “Survivorship has greatly improved amongst African-American women,” he says.
Dr. Shannon discussed the effects that natural, non-toxic therapies have on the patient. She states that 83.3% of women have used at least one CAM therapy concurrent with their conventional treatment. She also stressed the importance of exercising even during treatment. “30 minutes each day for 5 days a week of exercise really is beneficial during treatment,” she says.
These therapies certainly provide a benefit for those on their road to recovery. “Scientifically based natural therapies can help woman achieve a higher quality of life, manage side effects and help to prevent recurrence,” she says.
The last presentation belonged to Dr. Puckett and she discussed how we can conquer our fears of getting diagnosed or treated. Stress of cancer can cause 1,400 chemical changes in the body and affect our relationships with others.
How do we deal? She outlined three ways to do so. “Caring relationship support, keeping breast cancer in perspective and knowledge and communication helps in managing our fears,” she says. “Therapy also helps.”
For more information on these three esteemed professionals or about this educational event, visit CTCA at www.cancercenter.com.