Hi. I am freaking out about the same thing. I just went for my round of chemo at Northern Hospital, Day Oncology, and the receptionist and nurses were still not wearing face masks for my protection. I had three of them at one time around me handing me tablets, taking my blood pressure, and injecting my chemo drugs and they were all being very nice asking me about my week and how was I feeling. All within 600mm of me and no face masks to protect me from any Covid, or flu, they might be carrying. One did put on a face mask but only when she was injecting me with the chemo drug - it’s in their guidelines for their protection, she explained. it was the same last week. I understand that masks are limited but why can’t the one who puts on the mask be the only one giving me tablets and taking my BP too? I know they need someone to check but they don’t need to be within 1.5 metres of me to do that. I Am terrified only of these visits.
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Ok, I think it is time this thread had a rest.
I am truly sorry for your loss @Keith 💕
We have a great booklet all about Complementary Therapies that is well worth a read for anyone affected by cancer, including carers, family members and friends. Complementary therapies are worth looking at and how they can work with your more conventional treatments such as chemo or radiation. Even something as simple as a light massage can do the world of good for some people.
Regarding the perennial question of whether gumbi gumbi is effective in treating cancer, I am going to refer you to the Cancer Council website - iheard which looks at all sorts of questions and things people have heard about cancer, and gives an informed answer about them. The site is well worth the visit.
With regards to gumbi gumbi, this is what the site says:
Gumbi gumbi (or gumby gumby) is otherwise known as the native Australian plant Pittosporum Phylliraeoides. Gumbi Gumbi is a medium to large tree, native to certain areas of Australia, and very sparsely found. Many people believe there are up to six varieties, with only one having medicinal properties used in Aboriginal herbal remedies and another being toxic. The major constituent of gumbi gumbi extract is saponin (a sulphonated di- or tri-terpene). Saponins are natural detergents found in plants. They’re highly toxic to cold blooded animals and some have been identified in snake venom, starfish and sea cucumber. Some are toxic to humans. Also present in gumbi gumbi extract are tannins, which have shown potential antiviral, antibacterial, long-term antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties. There are also alkaloids, naturally occurring chemical compounds containing basic nitrogen functionality that have pharmacological effects at low doses and are used in medications and recreational drugs. There is no credible independent scientific evidence that gumbi gumbi extract has any effect on cancer.
There's an entire section on our website about Complementary Therapies that is well worth the read, including this section regarding the use of herbs and plants. And I'd like to draw your attention to this section on making treatment decisions, which may be helpful when considering complementary therapies.
Some further resources we recommend you check out:
Understanding cancer books
Podcasts: The Thing About Cancer
Podcasts: The Thing About Advanced Cancer
Cancer Council Online Community Manager
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.