✨Foodie Friday ✨Antioxidant-Rich Recipes


Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to harm cells. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and play an important role in many normal cellular processes.

At high concentrations, however, free radicals can be hazardous to the body and damage all major components of cells, including DNA, proteins, and cell membranes. The damage to cells caused by free radicals, especially the damage to DNA, may play a role in the development of cancer and other health conditions.

Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and neutralise free radicals, thus preventing them from causing damage. The body makes some of the antioxidants it uses to neutralise free radicals, but it also relies on external sources, primarily the diet, to obtain the rest of the antioxidants it needs. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are rich sources of dietary antioxidants.

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Can Antioxidant Supplements Prevent Cancer?


Antioxidants are substances that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, or unstable molecules. That damage, called “oxidative stress,” is linked to the kind of damage in DNA mutations that can contribute to the risk of certain cancers, as well as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

In most cases, you can find all the antioxidants you need in a healthy, plant-based diet.

To date, nine randomised controlled clinical trials of dietary antioxidant supplements for cancer prevention have been conducted worldwide to study the effects of antioxidant supplements and cancer. The different studies reached varying conclusions about the efficacy and safety of taking antioxidant supplements to help prevent cancer or taking them during cancer treatment.

Some studies have shown that taking antioxidant supplements – such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, and beta-carotene – might help reduce the risk for certain diseases related to oxidative stress, including cancer.

Additional large randomized controlled trials are needed to provide clear scientific evidence about the potential benefits or harms of taking antioxidant supplements during cancer treatment,” the National Cancer Institute (NCI), reports.

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What You Need to Know about Medical Marijuana for Cancer


Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.

Today, marijuana use can spark some serious debate, even when considered for medical use only. But regardless of how you feel about its use, more cancer patients are turning to marijuana for a number of reasons.

Marijuana is not legal for use everywhere and researchers have their own concerns about potential side effects. For some patients, however, the benefits can be invaluable as they go through treatment.

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Graft-Versus-Host Disease


Some individuals being treated for certain cancers may undergo a Stem Cell Transplant along with Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy. In Stem Cell Transplantation, healthy stem cells are taken either from themselves or a donor.

An allogeneic transplant is a procedure which involves using blood-forming stem cells (cells from which all blood cells develop) from a genetically similar, but not identical, cancer-free donor who matches the recipient’s tissue type. Most commonly, donors are a close relative, such as a sibling, but could also be an unrelated donor.

Using a donor for stem cell transplants offers what is called a graft-versus-cancer effect, in which the donor’s stem cells (graft) may attack any cancer cells found in the recipient (host).

Unfortunately, however, a stem cell transplant can also cause a condition called graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).

GVHD is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the donor cells attack the recipient’s healthy cells, causing a range of medical problems.

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Our New Office & Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe


I was unfortunately unable to go through to Paarl in the week of the 15th to help with the massive job of packing and moving premises as I was indisposed – thankfully the Little Fighters Trust is fortunate enough to have some wonderful supporters that arrived in spades to help.

Last Friday I went through for a meeting and I was astounded at how much had already been sorted out and how great the new premises looked. I really have to take my hat off to all the helpers, but most of all to Team LFCT – all 3 of the ladies who run the office and the shop – the place looks STUNNING!!!!

While a paint job on the outside is called for, that will have to wait until their is time and the funds for the paint. The signage will be put up this week and I know Mandie will post pics of that, but in the meantime here are some photos I took after our meeting.

Please click on the photos to go to gallery view for larger photos and captions.

 

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ Affordable, Nutritional Winter Warmers


Hola, Peeps! It is winter and the mountains are covered with snow making it absolutely f…f..f..frreeeeezing cold.

While we support our Children with Cancer and their Families by supplying them with warm blankets, winter clothing and food where possible, we understand that eating well is vital in the fight against cancer.

It is still difficult for most of these families to feed their child with cancer nutritional food that will warm them and build up their immune system due to financial as well as time-constraints, so here are some recipes to help make it a bit easier.

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✨Thankful Thursday ✨ 💞Mandela Day Gratitude 🙏


WOW! WOW! WOW! ✨ It is with the utmost humbleness and extreme gratitude 🙏 that we pen this post today.

While the Little Fighters Cancer Trust believes in making every day a Mandela Day, we usually do something extra every year on Mandela Day as well.

This year, due to unforseen circumstances, we ended up moving premises over this period and for the first time, we requested help for ourselves for Mandela Day – and we received  – it in heaps!!!

While most people believe that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a massive concern with many staff because we work Nationally, the truth is that there are only THREE permanent staff, all ladies, at our HO – everyone else Nationally is a volunteer….

We would firstly like to thank every one of our supporters that have supported us throughout the year, without you all we can do absolutely NOTHING. We are extremely grateful to each and every one of you, as are all of our Little Fighters and their Families.

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✨Wishlist Wednesday✨LFCT Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe


Good Afternoon from a chilly Western Cape to all our Supporters. We hope that you are all as comfy and warm as all of our Little Fighters who recently received soft, snuggly blankets compliments of all our Little Fighter Friends.

It is Wednesday again, which means that in this post we ask you for goodies that we need for our Little Fighters as well as other items on our Wishlist.

As most of you know by now, we moved premises (2 doors down) over the weekend, and are still busy getting everything sorted. Due to the fact that the new premises are much larger (YAY!), we have space for more goodies to sell and also need some Office & Shop Equipment etc.

We will give you more info on our move and our new premises as well as all the fantastic help that we had in tomorrow’s post – our supporters are ✨AWESOME ✨and deserve a post all to themselves…

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Cancer & Food Controversies


If you are anything like me, you have read many articles regarding various foods or nutrients that supposedly either increase or decrease the risk of cancer.

You will also find many articles that claim that certain foods are so-called ‘superfoods’ that can prevent or cure cancer merely by eating them.

While nature does contain certain natural remedies, and while eating or not eating certain foods may be good for one’s health, it is unlikely that specific ‘superfoods’, on their own, could directly affect the risk of cancer.

Unfortunately there are still those who insist on spreading stories about what is good, not good, what is carcinogenic, and what can/will or cannot/will not cause or cure cancer.

This article will hopefully bring you some clarity on some of the most talked-about foods or nutrients.

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Do Alternative/Complementary Treatments Work for Cancer Treatment Side-Effects?


These days, walking into any major cancer centre looks rather different to a few years ago, because you are likely to see not only ordinary examination rooms, equipment, and chemotherapy suites, but also massage rooms, yoga mats, and possibly even a music therapy room.

This is the world of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. More and more recent research now supports complementary treatments such as Acupuncture, Yoga, and some diet supplements as good ways to relieve some of the side-effects of Chemotherapy Treatments.

Treatment centres that offer complementary options, as well as the amount of individuals taking advantage of them, have increased dramatically across the globe in recent years, with some studies showing that around 50% of all people undergoing cancer treatment use some kind of complementary option.

Most of the complementary treatments recommended by medical  doctors have few or no side-effects, according to the director of medical content at the American Cancer Society, Ted Gansler, MD, who states that it is fine to try Music Therapy or Meditation, for example, while you follow your standard treatment plan.

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Foodie Friday: The Nutritional Egg


Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition in a handy little round package. These little guys are packed with many nutrients – they’re an excellent source of choline and selenium, and a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorous and riboflavin. In addition, eggs are rich in the essential amino acid, leucine.

Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar. That means you can eat a well-rounded breakfast during the week without feeling round yourself. Eggs are also naturally gluten free!

Many individuals avoid eating egg yolks due to the bad rap they’ve been given through the years for their cholesterol content, but the latest studies have found that an egg yolk a day has no effect on cholesterol levels, even for people with elevated numbers.

Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are found in the yolk. The white of an egg contains about 60% of the egg’s total protein, with the remaining 40% found in the yolk. Additionally, fat and cholesterol in the egg yolk have fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin D, E, A, choline, and the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin. Read the rest of this entry

Thankful Thursday: Get WRAPPED Project


Team Little Fighters Cancer Trust would just like to send out a bit (or a lot) of love to all of our Supporters across the Globe – we would not be able to do any of what we do without all of YOUR help.

Today we would especially like to thank each and every one of our supporters who donated to our annual Get WRAPPED Project – you will NEVER know how much those blankets that you donated mean to our Little Fighters and their Families.

Your donations mean that our Little Fighters will not get cold, either in hospital or at home while they are undergoing treatment, which is critical as they cannot afford to get a cold or even worse, the flu, due to their impaired immune systems from the cancer and the cancer treatments like Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy. Thank You!

Your donations also help keep our Little Fighters’ bedside-carers warm while the spend hours and hours sitting (and often sleeping) in a chair next to their child’s bed in hospital. Thank You!

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Wishlist Wednesday: Office/Shop Equipment


Most of you know by now that we are moving the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Office & Pre-Loved Goods Charity shop  just up the road on the Saturday 15th July – and because the premises to which we are moving are quite a bit bigger (YAY!!) so that we can fit everything in comfortably, it DOES mean that we need some Furniture & Fittings for our new space (see list lower down).

While we usually do our bit for our Little Fighters and their Families on Mandela Day via our Mandela Day Project, this year it is US who need help. If any of you in the Paarl area are still looking for something to do as your Mandela Day Activity (67 minutes for Mandela), we are in need of your help!

 

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New Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Centre Opened at Huntsman Cancer Institute


A new world-class facility dedicated to advancing research in cancer, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, officially opened at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah last month. At the opening, Jon M. Huntsman also announced a commitment from the Huntsman family and Huntsman Cancer Foundation to give $120 million to HCI.

The new centre was opened to expand research in cancers that affect children and families and to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies.

The 225,000 square-foot expansion doubles HCI’s research capacity. Research enhancements include a biotechnology centre with the latest advanced genetic sequencing and imaging equipment. Scientists and researchers at the centre will leverage the additional space and technology to study the leading disease killer of children, to trace familial cancers, to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies, and to enhance training programs for the next generation of cancer researchers.

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New Method Means Stem Cell Transplantation is Reaching More Populations


Stem cell transplantation has drastically evolved, not only moving into different types of haematologic malignancies, but also into patient populations of different ethnicities, according to associate director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Tsiporah B. Shore, M.D.

We live in a very multi-ethnic world, and it is more and more vital that all ethnic and racial groups needs can be accommodated.

With the addition of novel approaches such as haplo-cord and haploidentical transplants, an increasing number of patients are able to receive this necessary treatment.

Stem cell transplantation is a very important procedure that should be available for everyone. Looking at the unrelated registry, or even within families, there are very limited donors for many ethnic populations. It is vital that something is done about that so that transplants are available to everyone, even when donors are not available in the registry.

Shore’s centre has pioneered a new method called the haplo-cord transplant and also do cord transplantations and haploidentical transplantations – options which are fairly new and different to what was available five years ago thus enabling the entre to find donors for almost everyone.

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