April 10-14 is National Cancer Registrars Week. Are you taking care of or know any patients who are battling the big C?
Despite the advanced technology and modern treatment plans, we, as nurses, should still value the proven benefits of prayers in healing our patients. We should take care of their faith and spiritual health as much as we care for their physical and mental needs.
Here are some of the most powerful healing prayers for cancer you can share.
A Healing Petition
May God heal me, body and soul. May my pain cease, may my strength increase, may my fears be released, May blessings, love, and joy surround me. Amen.
Prayer for Easing Pain
Father, with you nothing is impossible. You are God of all flesh; we love you and we are confident that no situation is too hard for you. We come to you on behalf of this dear one seeking healing from cancer. God, Jesus Christ has fully paid the price by the stripes He took; we therefore are asking that the devourer gets off from this child of yours in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Prayer for Healing
Father God, we humbly pray for all those who are fighting cancer. Give them the hope and courage they need each day. Comfort them in their pain and bless them with healing. Strengthen their family, friends, and caregivers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Cancer Fighters
Heavenly Father, Give all cancer fighters comfort when they are in pain. Lay your healing hand on all and remove every cancer cell so that they may be healed! Amen
Prayer for Physicians and Nurses
Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon your blessed name and we pray for your merciful heart to surround these with love, strength, and courage and we ask Your hands to touch them with the power of healing. May they be directed to the right treatment in Your blessed name as we ask You Lord to represent the physicians, nurses, and medical care aids and administer them in Your spirits. May every cancerous cell be cast out and replaced with good ones. May every spot of this deadly cell be wiped out by Your powerful hands.
Prayer through St. Jude
God of healing mercy, in Jesus your Son you stretch out your hand in compassion, restoring the sinner, healing the sick, and lifting up those bowed down. Embrace us now in your loving care, particularly those afflicted with cancer, for whom this intention is offered. May the Spirit of Jesus bring us all health in soul and body, that with joy and thanksgiving we may praise you for your goodness, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Prayer through Saint Peregrine
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Prayer through Saint Agatha
Oh St. Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for her devotion to Our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity, and martyrdom. Protect us against rape and other violations, guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of women, and inspire us to overcome adversity. Oh St. Agatha, virgin and martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice, may receive your intercession. Amen.
Prayer for Strength
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns. All I know is that Your grace is sufficient. This day, this hour Moment by moment I choose to lean on You, For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest. I pour out my grief to You And praise You that on one glorious day When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered We shall walk together again.
A Simple Prayer for Healing
Lord of Heaven,
I rest underneath your mighty wings of love.I dwell within your gentle heart.I know there is healing in your touch.Through the sufferings of Christ I can ask for restoration And trust in your goodness.You are my Lord, my Saviour, My healer and my friend.I dwell within your gentle embrace.Amen.
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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
1 Any counseling program for children of breast cancer survivors? Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
See Below: Any therapist should be able to help your child. Ask your child’s provider for recommendations. …Read more
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing …Read more
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
2 Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy? Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
3 Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo? Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. This will depend on age, tolerence for treatment, hormone responsiveness and other tumor characteristics. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion 4 Is mastectomy really necessary for a stage 2 breast cancer patient? Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Depends: The choice between mastectomy (either one or both breasts) and lumpectomy depends on many factors including genetic issues, size of the cancer and of the breast, location, and many others. It is a choice to be made by both the surgeon and the patient after a thorough discussion. …Read more
Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim 5 Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy? Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. …Read more
Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
6 When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment? Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women (“chemoprevention”). …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
7 What recommendations do oncologists have for a stage 1 breast cancer patient? Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
D/w your oncologist : Stage 1 in general is treated with surgery and radation therapy if lumpectomy is chosen. In addition, anti hormonal therapy is recommended for er+ cancer. Chemo +/- biological therapy i.e. Anti her2neu inhibitor – is given for some cases of stage i breast cancer- depending on the size, prognostic factors, oncotype dx, her2neu receptor status, age, preference, ps, etc. D/w oncologist in detail. …Read more
See 4 more doctor answersDr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
8 Can photoacoustic breast imaging solve the conventional challenge in diagnosing breast cancer for patients with dense breast tissues? Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Unclear: The data is unclear on this. I do not think it is ready to prime time just yet. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
9 Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases? Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won’t help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones–we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. …Read more
Dr. Simon Kimm Dr. Kimm
10 Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells? Dr. Simon Kimm Dr. Kimm
No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
11 Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient? Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
12 Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3? Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Yes: In the majority of cases, stage 3 breast cancer needs chemotherapy in order to cure and prevent the cancer from coming back. Speak with your navigator and oncology team and ask questions so you understand the details of treatment and your stage. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answer Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
13 Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening? Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
None as good: Mammograms are the best test for detecting breast cancer. It is not clear that breast exams by a health care provider add benefit (tho they may), and breast self exams have not been shown to be beneficial. Certainly, if you notice a bump, a change in skin, a nipple discharge or any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should get it checked out. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answer Dr. David Dang Dr. Dang
14 Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Dr. David Dang Dr. Dang
None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
15 How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor? Dr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! www.Drlugo.Com. …Read more
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
16 Can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia? Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Not likely: Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow. Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
17 Are there breast cancer scholarships for children of survivors? Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Possibly: There are scholarships for children whose parents are dealing with, or who have died from, various cancers. Here’s a site that lists some of them: there may well be more than this. Good luck to you. …Read more
Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
18 Experts, might someone recommend nexavar (sorafenib) for a stage 4 inactive neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer patient? Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
Possibly: Stage 4 indicates that you have net at a site distant from the pancreas or regional lymph node, likely the liver. Not clear what you mean by”inactive”, whether you mean it is stable or not secreting any substance. In any case, sorafenib (nexavar) is being tested in metastatic net in clinical trials (http://clinicaltrials.Gov/ct2/show/nct00131911) & (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23475104). …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
19 Will radiation for breast cancer increase my risk for other cancers? Dr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
Yes: Talk to your doctor about this risk and steps for prevention. …Read more
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20 What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv? Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Systemic therapy: Mainstay therapy for stage IV cancer would be systemic therapy – in the form of chemotherapy or antiestrogen therapy for er+ breast cancer- in the right setting. Palliative radiation or surgical procedure can be given in the right setting i.e. Painful bony metastases, spinal cord compression- to relieve symptoms. Palliative care will be always part of the treatment througout the course of cancer. …Read more
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or …Read more
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)
A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow …Read more