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Cancer is a formidable disease that affects millions of lives worldwide. In 2020 alone, over 40,000 cancer diagnoses were made in Malaysia. Chemotherapy, one of the most common treatments for cancer, plays a crucial role in combating this illness. While chemotherapy can be effective, it often brings about various side effects that can significantly impact a patient's quality of life.

However, advancements in medical research have paved the way for complementary therapies such as hydrogen therapy, which holds promise in improving the chemotherapy experience. In this article, we will delve into what to expect before, during, and after chemotherapy, and explore how hydrogen therapy can enhance this process, providing patients with a more comfortable and supportive journey.

What is Chemotherapy?

Before we can understand how Hydrogen can help you, let’s dive into what chemotherapy is and how it helps you fight cancer.

Coming from the words Chemical and Therapy, Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment that involves the use of drugs to target and destroy cancer cells. A systemic treatment is a type of treatment that travels through the bloodstream to reach all parts of your body.

What Comes Before Chemotherapy?

After a cancer diagnosis is made, medical professionals may recommend chemotherapy as a means to treat the cancer. There are a few types of chemotherapy which are considered:

Curative chemotherapy is a treatment that is administered with the goal of completely neutralising the cancer and preventing the recurrence of cancer.

Also known as preoperative chemotherapy, neoadjuvant chemotherapy refers to chemotherapy drugs that are administered before operations to remove a tumour. This is usually to shrink the tumour to make it more operable.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy is administered after primary treatment programs to prevent or reduce the risk of the return of cancer.

Palliative Chemotherapy is administered when the cancer is spread throughout the body and the goal behind the treatment is not to cure the patient but to improve their quality of life.

Before beginning chemotherapy, patients undergo thorough assessments and consultations with medical professionals to determine the best treatment plan. This includes:

During Chemotherapy

During chemotherapy, patients receive medications through different methods, such as oral pills, injections, or intravenous infusions.

The treatment works by interfering with the growth and division of cancer cells, but it can also affect healthy cells, leading to side effects like hair loss, nausea, fatigue, and a weakened immune system.

After Chemotherapy

After completing a chemotherapy session, patients undergo regular follow-ups and assessments to monitor the progress of the treatment and manage any ongoing side effects. The duration and frequency of chemotherapy sessions vary depending on the type and stage of cancer, as well as the individual patient's response to treatment.

Palliative Care

Palliative care aims to enhance the quality of life for patients facing serious illnesses, including cancer. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatments, as well as addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of the patient's journey. Palliative care can be offered alongside curative treatments like chemotherapy, providing support and comfort to patients and their families.

Hydrogen Therapy and its Benefits for Chemotherapy Patients

Hydrogen therapy, also known as hydrogen gas therapy or molecular hydrogen therapy, involves the administration of hydrogen gas to the body. This emerging field of research has shown potential in mitigating the side effects of chemotherapy and improving overall well-being.

Studies suggest that hydrogen gas possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help counteract the oxidative stress and inflammation induced by chemotherapy. This, in turn, may reduce the severity of side effects and improve the overall tolerance of treatment.

Moreover, hydrogen therapy has demonstrated the potential in supporting the immune system, promote tissue repair, and enhance overall recovery. By providing a protective effect on healthy cells, hydrogen therapy may help reduce damage caused by chemotherapy, allowing patients to better withstand their treatment regimen.

If you or a loved one is currently undergoing chemotherapy, you can consider Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy as a complementary treatment program to improve your quality of life during your cancer treatment and a means to expedite your road to recovery.

If you are interested in trying out our Hydrogen Therapy, feel free to visit our branches at:

Bangsar Shopping Center

Lot F115C, First Floor,

Bangsar Shopping Centre,

285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya,

59000 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +6012-687 8922

Starling Mall

S212 Level 2, The Starling Mall,

No 6 Jalan SS 21 /37, Damansara Uptown

47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Contact: +6012-716 8729

Jalan Macalister, Penang

No. 133, Macalister Road

10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Contact: +6012-637 8729

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Every 12 minutes, a person is diagnosed with cancer in Malaysia. It is statistically very likely for you to develop cancer in your body. Let's learn some quick facts and statistics about cancer and how you can protect yourself from it .

Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy are incredibly effective in killing cancer cells. However, these treatments also cause the development of Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals) and inhibits the development of antioxidants. The free radical build up is because of the cytotoxic nature of chemotherapy and the ionizing radiation of radiotherapy.

Normally, the human body can manage free radicals on its own. However, excess free radicals can cause the body to lose its natural balance.

While being treated for cancer, patients often face many side-effects because of the free radical build-up in their body.  This includes:
• Nausea
• Pain
• Insomnia
• Vomiting
• Hair-Loss

These side effects cause a significant drop in the patient’s quality of life. But what if there was a way for patients to reclaim their lives?

Hydrogen Therapy helps to stabilize the body’s free radical production through redox homeostasis. This process increases antioxidant enzyme production and neutralizes free radicals without affecting the normal cells.

Hydrogen Therapy also reduces apoptosis (programmed cell death) and damage to the DNA. This results in a reduction of tumor growth.

Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy patients normally find that after Hydrogen Therapy their condition improves, and the side effects of their treatments become more manageable. This includes:
• Improvement of Quality of Sleep
• Reduction of Pain
• Increase in Appetite

Overall, patients find that hydrogen therapy has improved their quality of life. Furthermore, this is all done without compromising on the efficacy of their ongoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

There are so many more benefits that Hydrogen can provide and not just for cancer patients. If you want a chance to reclaim your life from the dangers of free radicals, you can consider making an appointment with us at: https://hi-bliss.com/specialised-care-plans/

Risk factors

It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another does not. But research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person's chances of developing cancer. In many cases, cancer is something that develops because of certain lifestyle choices. Of course, smoking or excessively sunning yourself can lead to cancer. So can exposure to certain toxins and just in general an unhealthy lifestyle. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent cancer. This doesn't mean you won't ever get some form of cancer as sometimes you are just predisposed to cancer, but, it means that you are doing all you can to stay healthy.

The common risk factors for cancer that can be prevented can be referred to as Modifiable Risk Factors such as tobacco, sun exposure, radiation exposure, chemicals, and other substances. Whereas there are other causes of cancer that is not preventable (referred to as Non-Modifiable Risk Factors) such as family history or aging.

Modifiable Risk Factors

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors

Common Signs of Cancer: Symptoms You Can't Ignore

Women are usually more diligent than men when it comes to their own health care. But many women ignore symptoms that may be indicative of cancer. If a new health problem arises, do get it checked out soonest possible as the sooner a problem is explained the sooner treatment can be begun. Many forms of cancer can be cured if they are found early.

How You Can Prevent Cancer from Happening to You

If you do have a family history of cancer, then you probably don't want to do things which raise your chances even higher of getting cancer. Here's what you can do to hopefully prevent it.

  1. Reduce your sugar intake. It has been proven that cancer develops in an environment that is rich in glucose. Less oxygen and more sugar increases your risk of getting cancer.
  1. Maintain a proper pH (potential Hydrogen) in your body. A balanced pH level is more oxygen rich and an environment which cancers do not do well in. To do this, drink a lot of water, eliminate soda, reduce the amount of meat you eat, minimize your consumption of sweets, and eat a lot of raw vegetables.
  1. Avoid risky behavior which can lead to infections. This means practice safe sex and don't share needles. HIV or AIDS increases a person's chance of getting cancer of the anus, liver, or lungs. HPV like mentioned above is associated with cervical cancer. This is a sexually transmitted disease. Sharing needles increases your chances of Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.

These ten things are just some ways you can take cancer into your own hands and reduce your risk of getting it.  Of course, be pro-active and stay on top of your medical care. Seeing your doctor regularly and screening for cancers will help you diagnose a problem early, possibly preventing it from turning into cancer.

Cancer is a disease that touches on a lot of individuals. Many cancer-causing agents have been discovered by researchers. Most forms of cancer can be prevented by making a few primary life-style alterations, such as exercising and eating healthy, averting sun exposure and refraining from tobacco use.

Preventing cancer, the leading killer worldwide, isn't as easy as popping a pill or getting a vaccination. All the same, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than thirty percent of all cancer deaths can be prevented. Tobacco use is the single biggest factor when determining cancer risk. You are able to incorporate all these strategies in your fight against cancer or to prevent it and help prolong your life. Nothing is guaranteed in life, but you will feel much better if you follow these tips.

Learn more how Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy and Hydrogen Water can help improve the Quality of Life of Cancer patients here: https://wordpress-851564-2937612.cloudwaysapps.com/treatment-services-detox-wellness/

Source: National Cancer Society Malaysia

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National Cancer Burden

Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2012, globally there were 14.1 million new cases and more than 8.2 million deaths in the same year. According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), by 2030, the global cancer burden is expected to grow to 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths. The expected rise is mainly due to the increase in elderly population and adoption of unhealthy lifestyles.

Between 2007-2011, 103,570 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Malaysia and a total of 64,275 medically certified and non-medically certified cancer deaths were reported by the National Cancer Registry during the same period. One in four Malaysians face a lifetime risk of getting cancer. Every 12 minutes, a person is diagnosed with cancer in Peninsular Malaysia (extract from InfoMed Oct 2013).

Like most developed and advanced developing countries, Malaysia is experiencing an epidemiological transition, where diseases related to lifestyle particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers have progressively become more prevalent.

Cancer represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Besides the financial cost of disease, cancer has important psychosocial repercussions for patients and their families and remains, in many parts of the world, a stigmatizing disease. Cancer is a complex group of diseases representing more than 100 distinct diseases with different causes and requiring different treatments or interventions. There is no single cause or cure for cancer and everyone is at risk.

The trend of malignant neoplasm in terms of absolute numbers has escalated and remains as one of the five principal causes of national mortality for the past 20 years. In 2015, cancer contributed 13.6 % of all deaths in Ministry of Health hospitals compared with 8.9% in 1996.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is the umbrella name given to hundreds of diseases and disorders. Though talked about as lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancers are many more, the disease does not really affect the organ but affects the cell of the organ. The name of the cancer comes from the organ affected. Each organ produces a specific kind of cell. For example, with the colon (a major organ in your intestine), is made up of cells and when those cells become cancerous, colon cancer is diagnosed.

The cells will become cancerous if they begin to divide without controller function. This will cause damage to other cells as the dividing cells vie for space and dominancy. The normal function of the cells is to divide to replace old cells. When the cancerous cells divide without control, the other cells have little chance competing with them. The uncontrolled dividing cells take up more and more space until they become a mass of cells and become tumor or growth. Once large enough, the tumor can cause discomfort or even pain. The tumor, if not removed, will grow big enough so that you can actually see or feel the affected area. In short, cancer development is caused by the continuous and unregulated proliferation of cells. Instead of responding appropriately to the signals that regulate normal cell behaviour, these cancer cells grow and divide out of control and invades normal tissues and organs, eventually spreading throughout the body.

There are two different kinds of tumors. The first type of tumor is the benign and is not life threatening. It usually does not spread. They are akin to a wart or growth you might see on your skin. A doctor may choose to remove the benign tumor are just to leave it because to disturb the tumor might cause the cancer to become malignant. When the tumor cells do become malignant, the tumor now is cancerous.

These cancerous cells can spread throughout the body and invade each cell, tissue, or organ. If the cancer is spread too much, it can even enter the blood stream and cause blood cancer. This is the most

serious type of cancer because the cancer cells now are incorporated to all parts of your body. As the cancer spreads throughout your body, the new cancer cells will invade healthy cells and cause them to become cancerous. A simple tumor can spread cancerous cells into all the organ systems of the body and eventually one will succumb and die.

There are more than 200 types of cancer, and each warrants more research to find a cure. Hence, we shall focus on cancers common in our part of the world, on Asian genetics. Here are the top 5 cancers in Year 2020, afflicting Male and Female Malaysians as per the latest report by Global Cancer Observatory (published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO) published in March 2021.

Source: The Global Cancer Observatory – International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO). March 2021

Most Common Types of Cancer Found in Men

Cancer affects men and women, but there are some cancers which affect men more than women. Also, many times these cancers are more deadly in men than they are in women. Here are the Top 5 Cancers that are most prevalent in Men in Malaysia:

  1. Lung Cancer – Lung cancers typically start in the cells lining the bronchi and parts of the lung such as the bronchioles or alveoli and can affect any part of the respiratory system. Lung cancer often spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body, such as the brain and the bones. Once lung cancer has spread beyond the lungs, it is generally not curable. The number of new cases in 2020 are 17.0% (3,925).

Most Common Types of Cancer Found in Women

The cancers that only women get are gynecological cancers of the reproductive organs. Here are the Top 5 Cancers that are most prevalent in Women in Malaysia:

  1. Breast Cancer - the most common cancer in women in almost every country, In 2018, 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The number of Asian women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next 30 years will nearly double that of everyone else. The incidence was highest among Chinese followed by Indian and Malay. Most of the cases were presented at the age of 45-69 years and reduced after the age of 70 years. The number of new cases in 2020 are 32.9% (8,418).

What is Cancer Staging and the Importance of Cancer Staging?

Cancer staging: It is a way to describe the size of a cancer and how far it has grown and spread throughout the body. It is important as it is to determine the best treatment to treat the patient.

Stage 1: the cancer is relatively small and contained within the organ it started in.

Stage 2: usually means that the tumour is larger than in stage 1, but the cancer has not started to spread into the surrounding tissues. Sometimes stage 2 means that cancer cells have spread into lymph nodes close to the tumour. This depends on the particular type of cancer.

Stage 3: usually means the cancer is larger. It may have started to spread into surrounding tissues and there are cancer cells in the lymph nodes in the area.

Stage 4: means the cancer has spread from where it started to another body organ. This also called secondary or metastatic cancer.

We shall learn more on the Risk factors, common signs and symptoms, of cancer in the next blog.

Learn more how Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy and Hydrogen Water can help improve the Quality of Life of Cancer patients here: https://wordpress-851564-2937612.cloudwaysapps.com/treatment-services-detox-wellness/

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