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Healing Chemotherapy-Induced Aging-

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“Senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/) or biological aging is the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics in living organisms. The word senescence can refer to either cellular senescence or to senescence of the whole organism.”

According to research, chemotherapy and radiation cause pre-mature aging of the patient. Because I underwent  five rounds of induction chemotherapy, followed by two rounds of consolidation chemotherapy followed by an  autologous stem cell transplant all in 1995, I underwent a great deal of chemotherapy and a great deal of toxicity. If the study linked above is accurate, I have sustained a great deal of premature chemotherapy-induced aging

I don’t research anti-aging therapies in hopes of finding some sort of fountain-of-youth or serum to look young again.  My goal is to counteract and heal the senescence or biological aging caused by chemotherapy.

However, if I can counteract the aging caused by chemotherapy and radiation…I won’t argue.

Anti-aging therapies are a way for me to manage all of my cancer therapy related side effects- listed below. Anti-aging foods, nutritional supplements and lifestyle therapies such as frequent, moderate exercise, curcumin, resveratrol, dark chocolate, etc. are my way of pursuing evidence-based, non-conventional, non-toxic therapies that can heal my therapy-induced:

  1. Chronic Non-Cancer  Pain
  2. Risk of Treatment-related Secondary Cancer
  3. Corticosteroid-induced Avascular Necrosis
  4. Chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction-Chemobrain
  5. Chemotherapy & Radiation-induced Nerve damage-CIPN and RILP
  6. Chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy-heart damage
  7. Chemotherapy-induced Deep Vein Thrombosis- blood clot
  8. Chemotherapy-induced Atrial Fibrillation- Afib
  9. Hemorrhagic Cystitis-irratible bladder
  10. Radiation-induced DysphagiaDifficulty Swallowing
  11. Radiation-induced Xerostomia-Dry Mouth
  12. Cancer Survivor Mental Health- 

All of the health problems linked above are long-term and late stage side effects that resulted from several years of my chemotherapy and radiation. All are side effects that may result from my premature biological aging. I have to believe that it may  help if I can slow the premature aging caused by my chemotherapy and radiation.

If biological aging helped to cause these side effects, healing/slowing biological aging can heal them???

To be clear, I’m talking about biological aging as in senescence. 

I will link and excerpt years of blog posts below that explain the many therapies I employ to slow the aging process of my cells and my skin at the same time. My goal is not to “look younger.” My goal is to slow or reverse the premature biological aging caused by the chemotherapy and radiation I underwent from my diagnosis in early 1994 though my diagnosis of end-stage MM in September of 1997.

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Cancer Survivors May Face Premature Aging

“Treatments that help people beat canceralso can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report.  Cancer survivors naturally age faster than others who haven’t had cancer, and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they’re still relatively young, the study authors said.

These ailments can include hormone and gland disorders, heart problems, brittle bones, lung scarring and new cancers. Survivors also are more likely to become frail as the years pass…

Childhood cancer survivors’ estimated life expectancy is 30 percent lower than that of the general population, and they are three to six times more likely to develop a second cancer, the researchers noted…”

Cancer Treatment-Induced Accelerated Aging in Cancer Survivors: Biology and Assessment

“In brief, future research is warranted to better understand the biological mechanisms of aging. Since anti-aging drugs are available, a deeper understanding of aging-related consequences of cancer and cancer treatments would lead to new strategies to mitigate or even reverse aging and will eventually improve the quality of life of cancer survivors…”

Cancer Treatment as an Accelerated Aging Process: Assessment, Biomarkers, and Interventions

“An accumulating body of evidence supports the hypothesis that cancer and/or cancer treatment is associated with accelerated aging. The majority of these data come from the pediatric literature; however, a smaller yet growing body of literature points toward similar findings in the geriatric population. This is a key survivorship issue the growing number of older adults with cancer face, along with the short- and long-term impact of cancer therapy on the aging process…”

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