Follicular lymphoma info linking latest research on epigenetics to lifestyle. Vitamin D, exercise, sleep, stress, nutrition/diet. Est. global comm. 15 yrs.
By survivors for survivors, applying new discoveries to produce results
The purpose of this site is to provide survivors of follicular lymphoma with up-to date information, coupled with an action plan based in the latest science, leading to long-term 20++ years of healthy, active survival.
This is not an “alternative medicine” site. Nor is the content restricted to coverage of conventional treatments. What makes this site unique is that it takes BOTH these approaches and weaves them together.
Conventional treatments are important. (We have the latest data and user experiences). As things now stand, most survivors require treatment at some point. Conventional treatments, however (new or old), are unable to correct faulty gene expression driving the lymphoma in the first place. That’s why follicular lymphoma remains incurable.
Fortunately, it is now apparent that gene remediation IS possible by adopting certain carefully selected lifestyle strategies derived from the latest science into cancer cell biology.
Combining the best strategies for treatment when/if needed along with the best lifestyle strategies offers the BEST chance of “winning the follicular lymphoma challenge”.
Realistic hope is at hand. Proactive survivors can start right now to help themselves with a plan that will build confidence (with healthy vitality) long into the future.
Diagnosed with lymphoma at any point, and if you are not ready to “depart”, come live your dream with us. It CAN be done.
December 1, 2015
Who We Are
Content on this site has been developed by a “retired” college dean, a fellow follicular lymphoma survivor diagnosed over 27 years ago, currently well and fully active, the lymphoma now completely resolved.
Survivors never need to feel powerless or alone. We’re here to help. As lymphoma patients ourselves, we understand.
New Research…What We Need to Know
The real excitement in cancer research nowadays is in genetics. At first that sounds scary, like there’s nothing that can be done. But really it’s the opposite of that. As survivors of follicular lymphoma, this new research represents a huge breakthrough for us. Finally we have an opportunity to significantly extend survival time through personal choices we can make ourselves.
It is now recognized that mutations in the DNA of certain genes predispose one to getting a certain cancer (or any serious disease). But, mutations are only a small part of the total picture.
The real breakthrough in knowledge is that our genes are not “fixed” in the functions they perform. As TIME magazine reports “Genes are NOT our Destiny”. Gene signaling can be dimmed down or brightened up in response to things going on in our lives. Amazing! See below.
Research now shows that it is the EXPRESSION level of numerous genes…some of which are our normal genes…that is the MOST IMPORTANT factor of all, more so than mutations.
Gene expression, both before and after diagnosis, is regulated by lifestyle, environmental exposure and possible infection in the body. **
In balance, we understand that these new developments require a different way of looking at things…that it takes time to accept and sink-in, especially when survivors are thinking primarily about treatments.
However, opportunities await. Take Heart…for the first time ever, proactive survivors can take an active role in helping themselves overcome follicular lymphoma..
** Inspired by the recently released multimillion dollar Roadmap Epigenomics Project.
Refer also to our Follicular Lymphoma Flow Chart in the August and October 2015 newsletters. It describes how follicular lymphoma develops, what drives it after diagnosis…AND…most important, how details in our 4P-GRS program (see below) can possibly reverse the disorder.
What We Offer
√ Access to our copyright, time-tested Four Pillar Gene Remediation Strategies (4P-GRS) Program with information on diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management and vitamin D optimization. This program, unlike any other, developed over many years, is geared specifically to follicular lymphoma and other indolent lymphomas. Being effective both before and after treatment, it is deemed essential in leading to extended clinical remission, possibly reversing or even resolving follicular lymphoma in some cases. While following these strategies, the survivor is able to remain well and active. (Sometimes the caregiver benefits too!)
√ 12 articles to help understand the confusing nature of follicular lymphoma, written in plain English.
√ Monthly newsletters going back over 10 years summarizing the latest research, treatments, developments and perspectives on follicular lymphoma.
√ A virtual library with over 2500 reference pages (See our Topic Index).
√ A discussion board for members covering lifestyle and treatment matters, moderated to ensure productive, supportive dialogue.
√ Prompt email support.
√ Phone consultation.
This international resource community, created over 15 years ago now serves about 2000 members worldwide. To ensure unbiased objectivity, free of advertising, it is fully independent, supported entirely by fellow lymphoma survivors and caregivers. No one is denied. A complimentary article, Overview of Follicular Lymphoma is provided.
December 2015 Newsletter
Photo by Svet: “Defiance”
A Strongbox of Gems for the 12 Days of Christmas
Ginger, Breakfast, Apples, Beets, Vitamin A, CLA, Fats, SAD, Sinuses, Movement, 4 Plus, the Master Strategy
Laying the Vital Foundation
[The FAQ page (button on the left) has just been updated. Check out the content for easy to understand information important in planning for extended survival time with follicular lymphoma].
–> Article 11, “Epigenetic Regulators of Follicular Lymphoma-A Reference Guide” has been updated to November 2015.
–> See our review of m7-FLIPI detailing new genetic diagnostic research on follicular lymphoma in the September 2015 newsletter. (You can check out how the test works using your own data).
–> Article 9, “Nutritional and Lifestyle Strategies DURING and AFTER Treatment” has been updated to September 2015.
Recent Popular Newsletter Items
Why Did I Get Lymphoma? What Are My Chances Now?…November 2015
Follicular Lymphoma: Focus on Food…October 2015
Relapsed After Bendamustine? Now What? New Options…October 2015
Why is Sleep So Important in Overcoming Follicular Lymphoma? …June 2015
Vitamin D Follicular Lymphoma Study by Experts …May 2015
Strategies to Stay Healthy While on Maintenance Rituximab …March 2015
Follicular Lymphoma Transformation…Important Updates …Feb. 2015
Follicular Lymphoma Survival Indicator (Latest Research) …Jan. 2015
How Stress is Associated with Follicular Lymphoma …Dec. 2014
End of Rituximab Maintenance for Low Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma (by a prominent lymphoma expert) …Nov. 2014
Recent Feedback from our Members
I just wanted to respond to your comment about “things going well.” Indeed they are! I’m practicing the 4 Pillars faithfully (and I LOVE the daily double) and after retiring from 24 years at the university, finally sleeping much better. I still maintain a private practice 4 days/week and now wonder how I did both jobs as long as I did.
I see Dr. K once a year and he does not even ask for the LDH test now! He asked me, “What are you doing?” and I told him of the Lymphoma Survival network and how all the good work you have done, Robert, is helping so many people.
We are all eternally grateful to you (and your team) and the wonderful information/support you have provided to all of us, for all these years. LET’S KEEP GOING STRONG! …Kate, Washington
Additional feedback each month over the years can be seen on our What the Members Say page.
To Register for Membership Now, Please Click on Registration
Additional Details About Our Site
This is the most prominent survivor-managed website in the world devoted exclusively to follicular lymphoma.
In general, we support an integrative (see bottom of this page for definition) approach to managing follicular lymphoma, meaning the best treatments when and if needed, combined with the best in scientifically-based natural strategies to hold the lymphoma in check.
For those not requiring treatment, we suggest a conservative approach. During this time, which we refer to as dynamic observation, the survivor applies the latest scientifically-based, natural, gene remediation strategies (see the next section) to hold the lymphoma in check. During this period of dynamic observation, many survivors are able to achieve natural regression of their lymphoma.
Our coverage on follicular lymphoma is extensive and up-to-date. It is a virtual library with over 2500 pages of material, more than in any book. The breadth and depth of coverage can be seen on our Topic Index page.
Our monthly newsletters go back over 11 years as can be seen on the Articles and Newsletters page. The 12 basic articles are updated on a regular basis.
We do not provide medical advice. Instead, we help with “forward guidance” to assist members when consulting with their doctors.
Numerous expressions of satisfaction and gratitude are received, a few of which are listed on the What the Members Say page.
The site is committed to balanced objectivity. There is no advertising on the site, nor are there products to sell. It is supported 100% by its membership.
We have several members with types of lymphoma other than follicular, including CLL, marginal zone, mantle cell, T-cell and aggressive (diffuse) lymphomas. Most of the material on this site will be helpful for survivors in these groups.
There are several doctors in our membership, both as patients and caregivers. People come from all walks of life, with a variety of backgrounds.
Members may wish to gain encouragement and information from those with personal experience on our discussion board.
Serving the Needs of Follicular Lymphoma Survivors
People are different; often very different when it comes to deciding on how to approach a diagnosis of cancer. It is even common for a patient and his or her caregiver to disagree fundamentally on many things.
We have designed this site both for people who are interested in conventional treatments and for those interested in natural approaches. Many of our members want to explore a combination of options.
In addition, follicular lymphoma survivors are not typical cancer patients. That’s because follicular lymphoma is not a typical malignancy. We need excellent/experienced lymphoma doctors who take a long-term perspective toward keeping us healthy, AND we need to know what we can do to help ourselves live better longer.
What Will Be Gained From Membership?
Follicular lymphoma is generally regarded as incurable.
However, our “full service” features listed above will provide survivors with the very best chance possible to overcome the disorder, not only holding it in remission for an extended period, but in many cases reversing it.
To help in understanding the complexity of follicular lymphoma, especially for newly diagnosed patients, we are pleased to offer a complimentary 50 page article, Overview of Follicular Lymphoma to help guide survivors and at the same time validate the quality of our work.
[“I requested your free article before I signed up. It has been the most beneficial information I can find. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that you have taken the time to research and to actually make this information available to other people with lymphoma”…Sandy]
For information on our phone consultation service click on the Phone Consultation page.
Thank you for visiting LymphomaSurvival.com We hope you found it informative and inspirational. A truly positive change is taking place in managing follicular lymphoma. You are invited to join our group as outlined in the Registration page, and receive the complimentary article Overview of Follicular Lymphoma.
Best in Health,
Robert G. Miller
Strive >> Survive >> Thrive
There is Life After Lymphoma…Lots of It
Integrative medicine emphasizes the combination of both conventional treatments and scientifically-based natural approaches to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. In addition, this website emphasizes respect for the human capacity for healing and the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient.
This website is intended as a sharing of information and data based on the research and personal experiences of the author. It is NOT intended to replace or be a substitute for professional consultation with a physician or other health care provider. For treatment decisions, consult your doctor or health care provider. The author cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects, results or consequences resulting from the use or application of the information on any page of this site.