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The Healing Circle

Written by Dr. Rob Rutledge MD, an Oncologist / Associate Profesor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and Dr. Timothy Walker PhD.

The Healing Circle includes inspiring true stories and teachings from the ‘Skills for Healing’ Cancer Weekend Retreats. Its intimate examination of the cancer journey provides a practical and fresh perspective on how to heal at the levels of body, mind and spirit.
Your purchase of The Healing Circle can also help support active youth! Help raise funds for the Halifax Hawks Peewee AAA team. Here’s how:

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  3. Press the "Add to cart" button just below this box - and follow the instructions ie ’check out’ etc. The total cost of the book plus shipping (taxes included) is $27.95 - of which $10 will be donatd to the Halifax Hawks Peewee AAA team.

About The Healing and Cancer Foundation
The Healing and Cancer Foundation helps people affected by cancer with a practical, integrated approach to their diagnosis. We offer life skills training and a unique perspective on mind, body and spirit that, when combined with conventional medical care, can transform the experience of illness into a journey toward wholeness.

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Positive Options for Colorectal Cancer: Self-Help and Treatment

Colorectal cancer develops slowly over a period of several years, undetected, usually as polyps. It is a preventable and treatable disease if caught in time, yet most know little about how to read its symptoms. Written for the layperson, this book covers all the uncomfortable questions and answers about the disease, from prevention and warning signs, to screening and diagnosis techniques, to making decisions and developing treatment plans. Also included are positive stories about life after cancer by 12 survivors.

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What to Eat During Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients have unique nutritional needs, and a person’s appetite may change daily based on the type of treatment they are receiving. Although nutrition is critical to getting well from cancer, eating is often one of the hardest things cancer patients have to face due to treatment side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, mouth sores, swallowing problems, and unexpected weight loss. The American Cancer Society’s new cookbook, What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, helps cancer patients and their caregivers by providing great recipes and useful, comforting advice about cancer nutrition.

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The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook Book

By Kimberly Mathai, MS, RD and Ginny Smith.

One frustrating aspect of certain cancer treatments is how they impact the ability to eat. Symptoms such as dry mouth, lack of appetite, nausea, weight loss, fatigue, changes in taste and smell, mouth sores, constipation, and diarrhea make sitting down to a big meal with family and friends unappealing.

The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook is designed to help people in just this situation. Kimberly Mathai, a registered dietitian, and Ginny Smith, a freelance health journalist worked together to create this resource.

01.Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies Book Review

2nd Edition. By The American Cancer Society.

The Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies (2nd Edition), by The American Cancer Society, addresses health care approaches outside of mainstream medicine. The book focuses on these therapies particularly as they relate to cancer treatment.

Complementary medicine is used along with or "to complement" conventional medical care. Alternative medicine is used in place of or as an alternative to conventional medicine.

The End of Overeating

David A. Kessler, MD,

Conditioned hypereating is a biological challenge, not a character flaw, says Kessler, former FDA commissioner under presidents Bush and Clinton). Here Kessler (A Question of Intent) describes how, since the 1980s, the food industry, in collusion with the advertising industry, and lifestyle changes have short-circuited the body’s self-regulating mechanisms, leaving many at the mercy of reward-driven eating. Through the evidence of research, personal stories (including candid accounts of his own struggles) and examinations of specific foods produced by giant food corporations and restaurant chains, Kessler explains how the desire to eat—as distinct from eating itself—is stimulated in the brain by an almost infinite variety of diabolical combinations of salt, fat and sugar. Although not everyone succumbs, more people of all ages are being set up for a lifetime of food obsession due to the ever-present availability of foods laden with salt, fat and sugar. A gentle though urgent plea for reform, Kessler’s book provides a simple food rehab program to fight back against the industry’s relentless quest for profits while an entire country of people gain weight and get sick. According to Kessler, persistence is all that is needed to make the perceptual shifts and find new sources of rewards to regain control.

Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing And Treating Cancer Through Diet

From the Publisher
The stunning bestseller from Quebec, coming in English in May. Over 138,000 French-language copies sold! "Within this book is the perfect recipe for success: An author who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the groundbreaking area of how food chemistry can fight cancer. A highly accessible and practical text. A beautifully designed package accompanied by full-colour illustrations.

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Picking Up the Pieces
Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer

Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo
Practical, reassuring and informative, Picking Up the Pieces is based on 4 years of research and interviews with hundreds of survivors. Magee and Scalzo guide survivors through a unique process with daily practices that build a bridge from hospital to home, and beyond.

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Colorectal Cancer: Multimodality Management

Leonard Saltz, MD, has brought together a team of leading clinical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, as well as those specialists involved in pain management, diagnostic imaging, and complementary medicine, to create a unified vision of the many new possibilities for managing colorectal cancer. Here the practicing clinician will find cutting-edge reviews on advances in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology and the surgical aspects of treating colorectal cancer.

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Gastrointestinal and Colorectal Anesthesia

This resource stands as the only authoritative text to specifically focus on developments and best practices in anesthesiology for procedures affecting the gastrointestinal tract and related appendages. This book provides in-depth coverage of topics such as risk assessment, stress response, and scoring, as well as spans anesthetic trends and practices for endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures, as well as a variety of invasive procedures including hepatobiliary, pancreatic, colorectal, colonic, and abdominal surgeries.

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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition

Maria Hewitt, Sheldon Greenfield, and Ellen Stovall (Editors)
Improving Care and Quality of Life, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council

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Dare to Hope
My Triumph Over Cancer

By Barbara McIntyre

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Gabriel’s Dragon

By Antony Gabriel

Available at: St. George’s Antiochan Othodox Church
Tel: 514 276-8533
Fax: 514 276-6740

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
Colorectal Cancer

By Mark Bennett Pochapin

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