Rising Cancer in Greater Noida Villages

Rising Cancer in Greater Noida Villages

Cancer is looming large in 5 of Greater Noida villages. Media has been covering the story for last few months on same.

It is unfortunate that while authorities didn’t find any irregularities in water, cases of cancer continue to mount here claiming the lives of young and old men, women and children.

The villagers think that it is due to rise in factories around whereas the authorities are evaluating the exact reasons. The extremity of situation can be comprehended that there are people from same family suffered from Chest Tumor, Throat cancer. And there are cancer of many types.

Here are some reference links and reports from media –

  1. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/noida-57-dead-in-5-years-due-to-cancer-villagers-blame-water-quality/510159-3-242.html
  2. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/big-c-hepatitis-c-cancer-greater-noida/1/397649.html
  3. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/petition-to-ngt-over-rising-cancer-cases-in-greater-noida-villages/article6570183.ece
  4. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/greater-noida-central-pollution-control-board-to-probe-groundwater-pollution/article1-1283335.aspx
  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2826157/Government-affirms-cancer-surge-Greater-Noida-hamlets.html
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Usha Narang on Winning her Battle against Lung Cancer

Usha Narang on Winning her Battle against Lung Cancer

Usha Narang is a housewife in her mid-50’s who is a lung cancer survivor. She has been cancer-free for the last 4 years and still counting. Apart from medical interventions she went through, she discovered that some herbal supplements can also work wonders  as relief from chemotherapy side effects and also to boost her immune system, along with observing a  healthier and stress-free lifestyle.

According to Usha Narang, back in the last quarter of 2010 when a small lump was found in her lungs but she thought it was just benign and simple medications would suffice as it also seemed to decrease in size and eventually disappear for some time. But 2 months later, it came back and the doctor again run various tests and she was given confounding results.

Her mother, aunt and sister were all diagnosed with cancer and for that she didn’t want to take chances and so she decided to get checked at Manipal Hospital where she was admitted the nest day. The doctor told her that the lump must be removed along with some lymph nodes to prevent the spread of cancer cells. The removal of the lump and some lymph nodes also revealed that she was positive for stage 3 lung cancer and so another surgery was scheduled to remove all affected lymph nodes. After that, she had to take six chemo sessions and six weeks of radiations and numerous injections for a year, from November 2010 to November 2011.

A friend of Usha Narang’s brother shared to her some info about an herb that may possibly help recover her health, though she was advised that it was meant only as a supplement and not as a substitute for more sophisticated treatments required for such illness.

Usha Narang and her family then got in touched with  two retired professors Dr. Shyamasundar Joshi and Dr. Shanta Josh who have been actively cultivating the trees and conducting researches on the medicinal benefits of the Lakshmi Taru or Simarouba glauca, which is also known worldwide as the Paradise Tree.

She decided to give it a shot while she was also undergoing chemotherapy. She observed that when she was taking the simarouba herbal concoction, she didn’t feel so weak after chemo and her appetite also improved. She continued taking it also to maintain her hemoglobin level. She feels that the supplement somehow helped minimize the adverse affects of chemo and radiation therapy like hair loss or feeling of energy loss. She has been taking simarouba religiously for 4 years now and she’s glad that it has helped her immensely. Now, even after going for her chemo session in the morning, she can go back to her home or shop and continue with her daily routine. She also shared her experience and positive results with simarouba to her friends and other cancer patients. And hope that they too will reap the same healing benefits from the simarouba. She actually couldn’t think of any one who complained or had negative experience with it after she referred them to use it, so she’s somehow happy with the feedbacks from other people she knows and who has also tried it. She told them as advised, patients with serious illnesses must take it continuously, in her own experience, she sees no big deal in taking simarouba for lifetime, but for those who want to use it as preventive measure or as a health booster and if they have no serious condition, they may just have to take it for 15 consecutive days and have a gap of 3-6 months before they take it again.

Usha Narang also shared that those who are battling cancer or any form of disease must always keep a positive attitude. And in her case, she kept that 100% faith that the Lord and the treatments will help and cure her. As Usha said, “Just always be happy. It’s not the end of the world for those who have cancer. People die of heart attacks and etc. but there’s still hope for those suffering from cancer.”

Music Festival on National Cancer Survivor’s Day

National-Cancer-Survivors-Day

Guitarmonk Social, a CSR wing of guitarmonk is working actively on cancer for some time now and got some unique findings.

Cancer i.e. spreading like an epidemic is not the life or world we all want to be in. In order to create awareness, Guitarmonk launches Kayotsarg music festival on National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

It’s a platform that inspire in us the spirit to move above cancer and leave cancer behind. It is further creating awareness on natural therapies that include Simarouba medicine and other alternative therapies.

Teen and Young Adult Cancer Conference (TYACON)

 

An Initiative on Teen and Young Adult Cancers

In our billion strong nation, the young account for 32% or over 378 million.

Cancer among the young, 15-35 years, Teen and Young Adult Cancers (TYA Cancers) occur at a unique biological, psychological and sociological threshold in their lives.

Stepping out in the open world, starting a career or settling down with a life partner are major events, which suddenly get punctuated by cancer. The mind and the body are shattered with this unanticipated change.  The body is bustling with energy, the mind and intellect is vigorous but the ‘big C ‘terrorizes. There are no co-morbidities but the person is ill prepared for coping.

TYA cancer outcomes leave much to be desired, for a variety of reasons: poor access to care, delayed diagnosis, unclear guidelines as to who should treat, poor compliance with protocols, insufficient participation in clinical trials and lack of insurance or coverage opportunities.

Yet, if treated on appropriate multidisciplinary protocols, the number of quality life-years saved far outnumbered those in treating adult cancer.

Following upon the success of TYACON 2012, which was a concept building exercise to sensitize nation’s oncology community to the problems of TYA cancer. This event was organized by Oncology Healthcare Services (Organizing Secretary – Dr. Prakash Chitalkar – Head Oncology AIIMS – Faridabad, New Delhi), a multi disciplinary group dedicated to excellence in management of cancers of the young.

Guitarmonk social’s Music Salutation for Cancer Survivors – On the event, (20 April, 2013) Guitarmonk team also gave a scintillating music salutation to survivors of cancer disease at Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Guitarmonk social’s team performed various genres of music for cancer winners as Indi Pop, Western and Instrumental, including a non-stop acoustic guitar by Kapil (founder – guitarmonk). The other artists included singer Nitin, Gaurav, Rahul.

On the occasion guitarmonk also sponsored music therapy CD gift to eminent doctors and cancer survivors. The CD includes ‘selected ragas’ helps in healing stress.

It is said that physician is inside our body and when we feed the physician inside us with music, it gains strength and healing starts taking place from within. In cancer, this is very important as its expensive dents on mind and body can only be met with a strong will power and spirituality said Kapil Srivastava (Founder, Guitarmonk).

The Big C – Poem on Cancer

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The Big C

I was just like you
So carefree and lively
I used to travel here and there
Living the life as if I don’t care

I was a lost soul
Vicious and boisterous
I fear nothing
I was so bold

My health was not my priority
I have taken it for granted generally
My unhealthy lifestyle has finally taken its toll
It shattered me to hear the news
‘You’ve got cancer. Please be more careful.’

I started questioning what’s science for
Even blamed the gods thinking I’ve been cursed
I am now between life and death
I am indeed caught between a rock and a hard place
Oh, what am I to do?

It then dawned on me
How precious life is
The clock is now ticking on me
Battling a disease that is beyond my conceptuality
It rocked my world and drove me nuts
I’m losing my sleep because of it

The Big C as they often call it
For the word itself sounds even scary
Cancer is slowly eating up my energy
I have lost the zest for living
Because of the intolerable pain and suffering I’m in

Please don’t pity me because I want you to simply support me
As I go through hell with the pain overbearing me
If you can be my angel on earth to comfort me
Hold my hand and pray with me
Hoping for a miracle to cure me
I need a therapy not just for my body

For I also need to boost my faith and spirituality
Life must go on, I must not succumb to cancer that easy

I am a born fighter
I will make it through
Big C means big Challenge
That I will have to go through

Things happen for a reason
Of which we always hope we knew
But sometimes it’s the mystery of it
That enlightens us and makes us see the truth

Cancer, Big C or whatsoever
Is but a test to my physical strength
On my emotions and my thinking level
The battle is on with the big C
I can defeat it eventually
And if not, at least I bravely put up with it

I shall enjoy life to the fullest
Appreciating every little thing that can bring me happiness
Never to let Cancer steal every precious moment
Living each day as if it’s the last
Making lots of memories to cherish
To remind you that I gave my best fight and never gave up

~*~

 

By Hazel Delgado Planco

Get to know cancer

know about cancer

  • These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  • Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  • When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  • When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  •  To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

Source.. Johns Hopkins