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Cancer prevention.

That’s why complete remission does not mean the end of treatment. Instead, it means the start of the containment phase, when we focus on stopping or slowing further growth.

This post-treatment period, with a focus on monitoring biomarkers and nutritional intervention, is often particularly aggressive. It can also last for years. In the integrative realm, a cancer patient isn’t sent home for watchful waiting — only to be told of the alarming emergence of a malignancy on a body scan after months or years of growth. Instead, the patient in remission continues to pursue a treatment strategy focused on containing inflammation, mitigating stress and promoting overall health.

Here are just some of the little changes that make a big difference when it comes to cancer prevention.

-          Decrease consumption of sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates.

-          Reduce intake of vegetable oils, which are high in inflammatory omega-6s.

-          Consume more anticancer foods, such as turmeric, cruciferous veggies, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions and green tea.

-          Replace nonorganic animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, with grass-fed organic animal products. Limit your intake of red meat.

-          Up your omega-3 intake by consuming fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; grass-fed animal products; and flaxseeds.

-          Drink filtered tap water, mineral water or spring water.

-          Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with a meal.

-          Avoid industrial chemicals, such as parabens in personal-care products; household pesticides and insecticides; aluminum found in deodorants and antiperspirants; and inorganic phosphate additives found in many sodas, processed meats and commercial baked goods.

-          Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily.

-          Quit smoking.

-          Get 20 minutes of sunshine daily to amplify your vitamin-D levels.

-          Manage stress through yoga, meditation or any relaxation technique that works for you.

-          Acknowledge and accept your emotions, including despair, anger, fear and sadness.

-          Keep in touch with a circle of close friends with whom you can share your feelings and experiences.