Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer that affects the blood stem cells. It is a rapid-growing cancer of the blood and the bone marrow. In AML, the white blood cells (WBCs) do not develop completely but multiply in large number. These immature WBCs crowd the bone marrow, preventing it from making normal red blood cells and platelets that body needs. This causes the body lose its immunity and making more it vulnerable to disease.

Causes and Risk factors:

It happens when the DNA of the developing cells in bone marrow is damaged but the cause for this damage is unknown.
There are some factors which may increase your chances in getting AML.

Please note that having one or more risk factors does not mean you will 100% get AML. People with no such factors have also developed AML. The following is only a guide to say what may cause and may lower the risk of developing.

  • SmokingThe most common cause for any cancer is smoking. It increases the chances by double or triple but decreases if you stop it.


  • Chemotherapy: Patients who have had the treatment for chemotherapy have slightly increased risk that may lead to AML many years later. The risk chance decreases as time passes since the treatment.

  • Electromagnetic RadiationThere are some studies which show that exposure to high levels of EMR may increase the risk. This is not conclusive as the cause might not be the exposure but some other factor because very few people are exposed to high level of radiation.

  • Blood disorders: People with the blood disorder are most likely to develop AML than people without the disorder.


Treatment for AML:

The most typical treatment is chemotherapy. For some patients this treatment alone may bring long term remission where the patient is symptom free. But for others this may not suffice. These patients might need a bone marrow transplant in their early stage for a long-term remission or probably a cure.

Some of the patients of our support group have provided valuable information regarding the treatment for AML. It is as follows-

  1. Positive feedback on BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi.Name of the doctor-Dr Dharma director of Haemato Oncology.
  2. One of our member’s parent has successfully undergone bone marrow transplant from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre. The hospital also helps the patients in getting a match from the registries for stem cell transplant.
  3. Tata Medical Center(TMC),Kolkatta  and Tata memorial Hospital(TMH), Mumbai are also a good option.

The above feedback is given by the members of our patients support community. Please take your choice wisely after reading 

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Author- Akshith Vijaykumar

Monday, October 19, 2015


A healthy lifestyle complete with an effective diet plays an important role in achieving  the purpose of chemotherapy. Here are some tips to deal with the chemo blues.
  • Chemotherapy has a surprising effect on the taste buds. They make certain food items taste metallic or unpleasant like meat and water. To overcome this flavored mineral water or sliced lemon in water can be tried and other protein containing foods like eggs and fish are good alternatives.                 
  • Diarrhea or constipation is a common side effect. Increasing the fiber content,having small walks can work wonders and act as an intestinal stimulant.      
  •  Low fat meals and snacks with lots of greens should be incorporated in the diet to manage weight issues.                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Rinsing mouth with salt and water or any other antiseptic solution is helpful in relieving mouth sores.                                                                                     

  • Being hydrated is the key. Drinking plenty of water can keep you from dehydration.                                                                            
  • Having cool foods,chewing on ginger or peppermint can be practiced to avoid nausea. Having mini meals instead of larger ones can help reduce nausea too.                              
  • Alcohol should be avoided to  make it easier for the lives to process the chemotherapy drugs.                                                  
  • Green tea should be avoided or kept limited to two or three mugs a day. Tea is packed with antioxidants which may interfere with the desired outcome of chemo.                                                                                  
  • Fatigue is one of the common problems faced during chemo. Exercising such as walking,rowing,cycling can b helpful. Rest is equally important.important. Short naps should be taken in  between activities throughout the day.                                                                                                                                    
  • Listing to music or participating in any recreational activities can be helpful as distraction techniques and work as mood lifters.     

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Author- Ayantika Dey

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dr Yeshi Dhonden: All you need to know

Dr Yeshi Dhonden, born in Lokha, Tibet hails form a family of popular medical lineage. Completing his medical degree at the age of 20,he proceeded to take over the directorship of Tibetan medical college

He is a Buddhist monk and Dalai Lama's personal physician. 
He uses herbal medicines and diet to cure cancer and specializes in curing breast cancer. He has  a clinic at Dharamsala and has treated over a hundred patients all over the. His treatments usually included ancient Tibetan herbal therapies. 

Dr. Yeshi Diet Plan: 


Tibetan medical system is a very old yet effective traditional system. It has been used centuries ago and is still popular. Medicines which are used are composed of natural minerals and herbs extracted mainly from Himalayan plants which are well known for their healing properties. This medical system has been proven to be harmless.
The benefits of the Tibetan medical system is helping people throughout the world, curing several deadly diseases such as
Brain Tumors, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis, Leukemia, Stroke and Cancers like Stomach, Breast and many more.

Feedback on Dr Yeshi by Yoddhas:

Most of our patients believe in his treatment while some are completely against it. A very famous music director late Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava was undergoing treatment by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden at Kokilaben hospital after his cancer relapsed for the third time.
One follower says that Delhi/Mumbai's doctors gave his father a maximum time frame of 3 months while he tried the treatment of Dr. Yeshi. He is under his supervision for 10 months now and still doing well. Ayurveda and chemo can go hand in hand along with his medication but a big no to homoeopathy.

Common Side effects:

Patients have complained of a few side effects after they were introduced to Dr. Yeshi's medications. The side effects are not permanent and seemed to fade away within a week. 
The side effects included an upset stomach or diarrhea lasting for about 3 to 4 days after which the conditions become normal. Few patients have also complained of having a feeling of tiredness and sleepiness for the initial first week of the intake of the prescribed medicines.  

These are very common side effects and is nothing serious as such. If the conditions persists the patients should contact a doctor or Dr. Yeshi himself to get a solution to the problems.

How to contact: 

Tibetan Herbal Clinic, Ashoka Niwas

Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra
H.P. Pin – 176219
Ph: 0091 1892 221461

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden Clinic Timings

Pick up token - Sunday – Friday –  6:00 am – 10:00 am
Clinic Hours - Monday – Friday : 9 am – 3 pm
Closed on  Saturday

Note: Coupons for Sundays are distributed on Thursdays as clinic is closed on Saturdays.

How to get Coupon (Registration / Appointment):

Coupon Distribution starts at 10 A.M. (Coupon will enable one person to consult the Doctor).
Coupon date will be given for after almost one month. (if you take token on Sunday then you will get appointment for Wednesday).
He sees only 45 Patients a day.
If Patient is there then make sure to bring Mornings First Urine as sample.
Bring your All old Relevant Medical Reports with you.

How to Reach:

(McLeod Ganj is 1/2 hour from Dharamsala-Kangra Airport)
There are a few options to get the Dr. Yeshi tokens:

  1. The group members can take token for other patients.
  2. The hotel owner help in getting the tokens( you need to stay in their hotel to avail the facility!). Mr Madan(a hotel owner) can be of great help. Get in touch with him beforehand to fix the details. His contact numbers are 9418687269 and 9816433044.
  3. Mr Randhir Singh, a local Taxi driver is also of great help. His contact number is 098-16-278189. Contact him before hand to get the benefit.
  4. Line for Coupon Starts at Morning 5 A.M.
  5. Pathankot to Chakki Bank Via Rail then Three Hours by Road.

Important Notice : Please do not email any of the agents for any medical advise or Dr Yeshi Dhonden Availability / Appointment. You are advise to contact Directly to Dr Yeshi Dhonden’s Clinic.

If the patient is unable to go to Dharamsala, then their family members can take the first urine sample and discuss with his PA (094-59-909699) before visiting the clinic. Otherwise, it would be better if the patients could go themselves and give fresh sample and take a counter number for next day (only 20 people are diagnosed in a day).  

This data is picked from the discussions between the patients. We don't support any such information. Please make your own choice after reading this.

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Author- Akshith Vijay Kumar


Looking for a safe way to smoke so that you don’t get sick? There would be closed doors in front of you. Replacing any medium to smoke such as cigarette, hookah,pipe or any other tobacco carrier will make no use to your decaying body


  • CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM- Nicotine is an ingredient in tobacco that is basically a mood shifter. It can generally make you feel energetic and later even more tired and crave. When it is taken in, the nicotine hits the nervous system and stimulates it. Tobacco can cause macular degeneration, poor eyesight and cataract along with a loose sense of taste.

  • RESPIRATORY SYSTEM- Lungs basically have the ability to sense harmful chemicals and revert back but due to a repetitive intake, it can destroy this ability. Therefore, these substances get stuck in the lungs.

  • MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM- Smoking frequently can reduce bone density and tighten certain muscles.


Tobacco smoke can cause stomach and intestines inflammation and irritation. Digestive tract ulcer risk is on a high scale with the dangerous substances infusing in the other systems.



Lung cancer is the most commonly occurring disease associated to smoking. Most of the cases of lung cancer occur due to smoking. It is one of the most dangerous diseases when compared to the other diseases.

The older studies never found any association between breast cancer and smoking while the recent studies suggests there is a close relation between nicotine and breast cancer. There is nicotine that can increase breast cells causing breast carcinogenesis and also nicotine can right away give in to molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis.


It is cancer that causes in the large intestine in which the it begins with a small, clumps of cells known as adenomatous polyps that then generates to colon cancer or rectal cancer.


The benzene in the smoke is known to cause myeloid leukaemia in adults whereas passive smoking can cause acute lymphoblastic leukaemia(ALL) in children.


Smoking can cause bladder cancer in both men and women. Passive smokers are at a higher risk of bladder cancer as inhaling the smoke which has poisonous chemicals can enhance the bladder cells to cause cancer.


It is not just alcohol that causes liver cancer but smoking is a dangerous agent to this disease. People who already have hepatitis B are at a higher risk of falling prey to liver cancer.


The harmful chemicals in tobacco give in to damaging DNA resulting in pancreatic cancer.


There is a six-fold increased risk in women to have vaginal cancer due to smoking. It gets elevated even after five year of quitting smoking.


Smoking tobacco can directly affect the larynx, oral cavity and oesophagus causing mouth and throat cancer. Around 85% of the mouth and throat cancer occur because of smoking and tobacco chewing.


Kidney cancer mainly occurs in men than women in the worldwide ratio. This happens due to the harmful substance which can slowly but powerfully enhance the growth of cancer cells.


  • Tell your friends and family on your decision to quit smoking.
  • Make a plan on how to quit and what is your schedule of the day.
  • Stay busy. Watch a movie, go out with friends and family, chew gum or hard candy, deep breath breaks, keep your hand busy with a pen or pencil and so on.
  • Avoid areas that trigger you to get onto smoking again. Places like pubs, beer bars and hotels. Eating healthy and not that always ravishes your taste buds can be included in your diet.
  • Think about quitting smoking for an hour or a day and not forever! Take it slow and steady.

It is not just a quitting that comes within, there is a life that is given birth again and you will the hero in it!

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AUTHOR - Shruti Manmadhan Nair 

Friday, October 9, 2015


A fourth grader’s list would always have vitamin C in his diet but as days go by his mind would never care for such a ‘small’ element in food. But researchers have found that vitamin C in one’s diet plan can not only keep him safe from various diseases but also can be a remedy to cancer and let us see how it can kill the death and be a better option than chemotherapy.


Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has the magic of boosting up the immune function but when directed to high doses of intravenous infusion (IV) can kill cancer cells. Vitamin C combines with iron and other metals to form hydrogen peroxide which in high concentrations damage the DNA and mitochondria of cancer cells. Even higher concentrations of vitamin C do not kill healthy cells.


Chemotherapy is an effective way to cure cancer but let us give it a second thought about using it as an option to cure. Chemotherapy usually kills all the cell just that it kills cancer cells more effectively.  During the process, normal and essential cells are also destructed making one feel sick and diminishing their normal metabolism.


Vitamin C is an effective cure to physical, mental and emotional functions and suppresses symptoms like vomiting, fatigue, nausea, appetite loss and pain.


When Vitamin C encounters a chemo drug in blood it neutralizes it just like it encounters a venom or any kind of toxin. Even when the vitamin is given before the chemotherapy, it does not do anything but just help.


Since vitamin C is soluble in water, it can easily be taken orally. Even though in not high concentrations, oral intake is a fairly good option of cure. The oral dose is called liposomal form that can achieve cancer killing blood concentrations with the vitamin without having side effects.


Radiation is an element that can easily cause cancer and that vitamin C is a preventive measure to that toxin. This was tested during the Fukushima Nuclear radiation exposure in which the people who did not take in the dose of the vitamin were triggered by cancer and those who were given the intravenous vitamin C were safe from it.


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AUTHOR - Shruti Manmadhan Nair 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Facts about Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most widely occurring cancer among women. Breast cancer is the type of cancer that develops in the breast cells. They generally start off in the inner lining of the milk ducts and can spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer can occur in both males and females.

Some interesting facts about Breast Cancer are provided below:


  • The possibility of occurrence is highly predicted after 40 years of age and older but in rare cases occurs in early age as well.
  • The higher toll of Breast Cancer cases in India is Goa.
  • Breast Cancer early detection is preferred to get maximum cure of at least 80% and every woman needs to consult a doctor to undergo a mammogram after 40 years of age for safety and as a precautionary measure.

  • The statistics on Breast Cancer occurrence shows that it is one in 30 in urban India and one in 65 in rural India.
  •  In recent times, Breast Cancer occurrence has overtaken Cervical Cancer toll in women in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi.
  • Consult your doctors for a clinical breast examination in the interval of three years during your 20s and 30s and every year starting from the age of 40.

  • Consult your doctors without delay for any changes like lumps, pain and liquid discharge from your breasts. Breast self-exam (BSE) is a safer and precautionary test for women starting in their 20s.
  • Breast Cancer is on a higher toll due to changing lifestyle, dietary habits, women opting for babies at a later stage in life and lower duration of lactation are some of the risk bearing factors for women in urban India.
  • Sophisticated treatments are available in India which removes the fear in women of losing their breasts due to breast Cancer. It encourages patients to overcome the social, economic, marital and psychological consequences faced by women in India.

  • The statistics of breast cancer by WHO states that the toll of breast cancer is on a higher pace than heart ailments and would be highlighted as the deadliest disease in the next two years.
  • By 2030, new breast cancer cases is predicted to rise up to 27 million with estimated deaths of 17 million looking into various factors like environment  and food habits, economic levels of the nation, chemicals, medicinal usage, education on precautionary measures.
  •  Early detection of breast cancer helps in survival rate of as high as 98% as per the statistics.
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Author- Shashwathi Srinivasa