The Road to Remission: Light Therapy Proves Effective for Cancer Survivors

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It's common to describe cancer as something you battle, because dealing with the disease feels truly like something you have to conquer. It's a moment in life that forever changes you and the lives around you. Apart from physical health, cancer affects your mental health equally. It brings in a wide range of emotions and feelings that a person has probably never had to deal with until that moment. Up until the condition, people deal with hardships, but not like this. 

While getting used to intense medical treatments and significant lifestyle changes, these situational adjustments all fall heavy on the shoulders of those who are sick. 

Luckily beating the beast is possible. Fighting off and beating cancer can be done. 

The most common treatment and way of going against cancer is through chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a form of therapy that works throughout the whole body, targeting the cells that divide equally fast during cancer. Certain chemotherapy drugs could lead to the damage of cells in your heart. Chemotherapy can also increase your odds of getting heart problems, such as weakening the muscle (cardiomyopathy) and general problems with your cardiac rhythm (arrhythmia).

It takes a long time for the body to heal and regenerate post-treatment, and sometimes an even longer time before people can feel like themselves again. Putting the body back in optimal health is crucial. This may be easier said than done, and maintaining the health of your immune system isn't something to take lightly. 

The immune system gets stronger over time, but it has to stay strong; which is the bigger challenge and one that, if failed, struggles to return. It is possible to upkeep the immune system, and many are looking towards non-invasive therapeutic options in this realm. For cancer survivors, many struggle to determine what’s next in their help journey. For many, they are seeking out non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatments as they enter remission, which is where light therapy comes in. 

The types of light therapy range from aiding in superficial skin problems and hair regrowth, to deeper cellular healing from within. The way that light therapy works is via our powerful cells. It targets and penetrates the cells, rejuvenating and provoking acceleration at the reproduction stage. Higher cell production equates to a faster rejuvenation of cells, which provides the body with stronger and healthier cells overall. The higher the cell count, the healthier the body, since light therapy helps with cellular healing via genetic material and ATP—the powerhouse of our entire system. 

Light therapy and cancer may sound completely unrelated; however, you may want to rethink that; in addition to help stimulate healthy cell turnover, light therapy can also be a tremendous aid in sleep disorders. During sleep, our bodies are naturally healing and in the process of regeneration, however, cancer, and cancer treatments and medications, can lead to a very disrupted circadian rhythm

Together, disturbance of circadian activity in adult or pediatric cancer patients has been associated with greater fatigue, poorer quality of life, impaired immune function, lower responsiveness to chemotherapy, earlier relapse, and higher risk of death than patients with robust (healthy) circadian activity rhythms.

Infrared light therapy has been studied for a while in cancer patients; one study, in particular, indicates that light therapy works on the corrupted genetic material that could kill cancer cells. In the study, circadian rhythms became more synchronized, and quality of life was better within the trial testing of light therapy's effect on cancer. 

Light therapy has a multitude of benefits for cancer survivors, providing them a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment that works at the cellular level. It can repair and maintain health just by improving circadian rhythms that lead to a healthier body and stronger immune system. And this is crucially important since sleep is one of the most important elements in staying strong and healthy post-recovery.

Kayian's light therapy devices are MDA-certified and FDA-certified, and are perfect for in-clinic or at-home treatments. We offer you the opportunity to treat yourself, or your patients, by stepping out of the traditional medical options, a place where many often feel powerless. Supplementing light therapy in treatment and recovery has proven to be a life-changing, safe, and powerful modality.