Karen Anderson

About Karen Anderson

Karen completed her BAppSc in 2003 and started her first chronic disease studio.

Cancer affects more than just your health

1 in 4 South Africans will be affected by cancer. Despite how widespread cancer is, a diagnosis always comes as a shock. When you have a family to think about, it brings up a lot of questions. How will it affect them? How will it change you? How much [...] Click here to view [...]

Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

Herbal compounds such as garlic, ginger and ginseng can delay the healing of skin wounds Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-11-14T10:37:08-05:00November 14th, 2019|Cancer, Dietary, News & Latest Research|0 Comments

Physical Activity After Cancer Diagnosis Improves Survival

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — At least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with lower all-cause mortality among postmenopausal breast cancer patients, regardless of their levels of physical activity before diagnosis, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in Breast Cancer Research [...] Click here to view [...]

Music as medicine: Therapeutic drumming group for cancer patients

'Creating a beat and following it will slow down your metabolism, your heart rate (and) your blood pressure' A group of cancer patients and survivors hit the drum and hit out all the frustrations that come with having cancer. "Playing those drums, I could just get it all out," [...] Click here to view [...]

Combine these two foods to protect against lung cancer

It probably comes as little surprise that fiber—a prebiotic, and yogurt—a probiotic, protect against heart disease and gastrointestinal cancers. However, researchers have now found that this two-fer could also protect against lung cancer. Their results are published in JAMA Oncology . Importantly, the associations of fiber and yogurt intake [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-11-13T16:18:18-05:00November 13th, 2019|Cancer, Dietary, News & Latest Research|0 Comments

What if Art Is the Best Way to Tell a Cancer Story?

Transformation As part of the Brushes With Cancer program, cancer survivor Janine Kirby partnered with pop artist Perry Milou to create a painting that speaks to her cancer journey. Twist Out Cancer’s Brushes With Cancer program pairs cancer survivors and artists to tell cancer stories through an artistic lens. [...] Click here to view [...]

5 Things No One Tells You About Living With Lung Cancer

Given that lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, you’d think we’d talk about it more. While you might see stories (like this one) about the condition around this time of year, since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, there are so many [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-11-12T11:03:04-05:00November 12th, 2019|Cancer, News & Latest Research|0 Comments

Heart disease and cancer risk may be linked

Heart attack survivors may have an increased risk of developing cancer compared to people without cardiovascular disease, according to research to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2019 -- November 16-18 in Philadelphia. People with more risk factors for cardiovascular diseases were also at higher risk [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-11-11T14:13:48-05:00November 11th, 2019|Cancer, News & Latest Research|0 Comments

Psychological impact of cancer can be ‘devastating’, says Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan: ‘I am still here and I am still looking for change,’ she told the Psychological Society of Ireland’s annual conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times The psychological impact of accidents or cancer is traumatising, but there is little psychological support for the person involved and [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-11-10T09:52:08-05:00November 10th, 2019|Cancer, Psychology, Radiotherapy|0 Comments