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Half of the cancers arising can be prevented based on what we know today. Cancer formation takes anywhere from ten to thirty years. It is a slow process. Quite a lot of times there’s presence of chronic inflammation which is linked to cancer formation. Inflammation per se is your body’s response to injury, infection or irritation. When it is acute, it is protective in nature. When it gets chronic, that’s when it gives rise to a number of medical conditions, including cancer. Certain chronic inflammatory conditions like hepatitis is linked to liver cancer, pancreatitis to pancreas cancer, gastro-esophageal reflux disease to cancer of the esophagus and so on. Most studies indicate that an anti-inflammatory lifestyle could play an important role in both prevention and treatment of cancer. Let's learn more about inflammation.

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What is Inflammation & What Causes it?

Inflammation is our body's natural defense mechanism. It happens in response to an injury, irritation, or infection occurring to us. When we cut our hand, or we injure it, the inflammatory process sets in and there's presence of redness, swelling, loss of function and pain present at the site of injury. This type of inflammation is called Acute Inflammation. Acute inflammation is healthy and important to promote healing. When inflammation is present for a long time, and our body's immune system is unable to clear it, that's when inflammation gets unhealthy, giving rise to a large number of diseases, like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This long-standing inflammation is called Chronic Inflammation. Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world. WHO ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Smoking, drinking, obesity and wrong foods promote chronic inflammatory processes. Exposure to radiation, environmental pollution and certain infections, like hepatitis, H. Pylori, HIV also promotes inflammation and subsequent cancer formation. Lack of physical activity, stress, depression, isolation and lack of sleep are additional factors that promote inflammation.

How to recognize Chronic Inflammation?

t is hard to recognize presence of inflammation in our body. In fact obesity is considered as an inflammatory state. The symptoms and signs are mostly ill-defined and vague. Presence of fatigue, low energy levels, stress, ongoing pain, allergies, asthma and digestive problems like bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, acid reflux, or changes in bowel habit is suggestive of presence of inflammation.

Factors that promote inflammation include:

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Anti-inflammatory Diet and Lifestyle

Choosing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is crucial to achieving optimum helth, and happiness too

An anti-inflammatory diet has the power to inhibit several events that lead to cancer development. Fruits and vegetables have hundreds of anti-inflammatory agents. It’s best we eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables across the entire spectrum. Eat foods that are rich in omega 3 fats, like fish and flax-seeds, and the specific anti-inflammatory foods like avocados, olive oil, walnuts and almonds. Fish is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods, however it is crucial to consume fish with low mercury and toxin levels. Reduce whites like salt, white flour, white sugar and white rice. Highly processed foods, frozen and canned foods and meats are pro-inflammatory. Eat in moderation foods like whole grains, legumes, beans and seeds. They increase fiber intake and help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, but are also known to promote inflammation in increased amounts.
Exercise is a useful tool to reduce inflammation. So is stress management. It is a good practice to find ways to reduce or manage stress, using techniques like meditation, prayers, yoga or whatever suits you best. Chronic stress is linked to chronic inflammation.

Look out for cancer- causing agents. Protect yourself and your family from these agents.

Choose an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Be informed of the warning signs and symptoms of cancer for early detection.

Get regular health checkups and participate in screening programs.

Talk about cancer among family and friends. It helps

If you have an inflammatory condition it’s best you pay attention now. Consult your doctor and get yourself treated. There are specific medicines to reduce it. Chances are you may be reducing your risk of getting cancer.

Stress & Sleep

Sleep & rest to fight stress and inflammation

Regularly sleeping less than eight hours exposes your body to chronic stress that will result in an increased abdominal fat. Obesity and diabetes develop if we regularly cut your night's sleep short. By sleeping well, we reduce stress and inflammation, which in turn prevents a number of diseases.

Be physically active, preferably every day
Learn a relaxation technique
Strengthen your social network: create some time for family, friends and colleagues
Deal positively with stressful situations rather than ignoring them
Hold family reunions and create a happy home
Prioritise your sleep (see next column)
Take short breaks and give your body chance to breathe out and relax

Get up at the same time every morning, even when you go to bed a bit later and at weekends
Do not have an afternoon nap, when you are already having problems to sleep at night
Get out of bed if you can't sleep and do something quiet instead
Don't consume coffee, tea, cola or chocolate in the last few hours before bed- the caffeine will keep you awake Don't go to bed hungry
Do not allow your children and animals in your bed

Lifestyle habits, can raise the risk for sleep problems. Not getting enough daily physical activity, being around lots of noise, taking longer naps, falling asleep outside the bedroom, watching long hours of television or having long hours of other types of screen time, using tobacco products, drinking alcohol and caffeine, and not taking in enough nutrients can all affect sleep. Reduce these if you want to sleep well.

Dr. Sharmin Yaqin

Cancer is rising to epidemic proportions. Unless we change the rules of treating cancer, we cannot make progress in bringing cures. Cancer prevention is one way of reducing the suffering and mortality in this disease. The other way is early diagnosis along with a comprehensive treatment plan.

or a very long time, we have seen patients struggle with cancer. We also know cancer needs a different approach in order to find respite, and that we need to move fast. Thankfully, Immunotherapy has come up in a big way, bringing not just hope but also cures in this disease. We are fortunate to have pioneered this work in India when the word "Immunotherapy" was almost unheard of. We hope to create history by bringing the best possible treatment in cancer, that is not just safe, but also affordable and easy to access in all parts of our country. We are thankful to our patients who have put so much trust in us and given us a chance to prove the worthiness of this treatment. Here's wishing everyone health and happiness!

“We have the largest experience of 18+ years in treating various cancers using Dendritic cells. From our clinical experience, we find that Denvax helps most cancer patients in varying degrees. The majority of the patients respond favourably in some form or the other, A minority may show no response at all, whereas a small group may even enter into a cure. At, The Denvax Clinics, we keep making endeavours and progress to better the clinical outcomes and help our patients achieve long and disease-free life."

Dr. Sharmin Yaqin

Dr. Sharmin Yaqin

MBBS MD (Clinical Biochemistry)
Cancer Immunotherapy Specialist

Denvax and Nutrition

A very often asked question, from a lot of our patients, is 'What do we Eat'?

Below are the current guidelines on what to eat during cancer treatment

Good nutrition is important for cancer patients. Eating the right kinds of foods can help the patient feel better and stay stronger. A healthy diet includes eating and drinking enough of the foods and liquids that have important nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and water) the body needs.
Overall, try to make food choices that provide you enough calories to maintain your weight, protein to help rebuild tissues that cancer treatment may harm, nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and fluids essential for your body's functioning. Also, exercise can help with appetite and digestion issues related to treatment.

Avoid skipping meals and eating fatty, greasy or spicy foods. Light, bland foods seem to work best. Some examples of choices are: Plain or Fruited yogurt Fresh fruit and cottage cheese (Paneer) Boiled egg and toast Toasted bread with a small amount of butter Cereal and milk or Soy milk, if lactose intolerant Vegetable or Chicken rice soup with saltine crackers.

A diet to protect against heart disease, stroke, and other common diseases is what we need to eat - with or without cancer. It consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, and low-fat dairy products rather than refined or processed foods, red meats, high concentrated sweets, and unhealthy oils.

The Denvax R&D Center

Sohna, Haryana

The Denvax Research and Development center is for manufacturing of Denvax Cancer Immunotherapy, the customized cell-based protocol on cancer. The R&D center is designed as per the WHO standards of lab facility, meeting the GMP requirements. The Denvax R&D center runs 24X7, non-stop on all days of the year. The lab is fully equipped to perform world standards cell culture techniques, an essential part of Denvax manufacturing.

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