Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
First, I agree with where you are headed regarding natural alternatives. Second, I can tell you what I've researched and what I've decided to do or not do; but you must make decisions for yourself, what you are comfortable with, and do lots of research. I am 62, I had stage 1 invasive ductal...
First, I agree with where you are headed regarding natural alternatives. Second, I can tell you what I've researched and what I've decided to do or not do; but you must make decisions for yourself, what you are comfortable with, and do lots of research. I am 62, I had stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, 1.1 cm, estrogen/progesterone positive, no HER2. No body can tell us what caused our breast cancer, no one knows for sure. Odds can be built against us from what we were/are exposed to all our lives; what we've eaten/inhaled, no pregancies, birth control pills, synthetic hormones (Prempro), diet, cumulative radiation from xrays (mamograms, injuries, dentist, etc.) the list goes on. There also is no doctor who will tell you there is a cancer "cure." All we can do for ourselves are things to hopefully prevent proliferation. I am convinced mammograms made my tumor "invasive." With the mega pressure of mammograms, it could have very likely burst a tumor that would otherwise not have been invasive. I had a lumpectomy (because it was invasive) and one 55 minute intraoperative radiation treatment because I refused the standard 6 weeks, five days a week of rads. I also refused any unnatural followup treatment, i.e., chemo, Tamoxifen/Arimidex. I refuse to put any more "synthetic" pills or medicine in my body. Please research as conventional/oncologists will not tell you about anything natural. I take numerous vitamins, supplements and herbs. Oncologists push conventional rads, chemo, Tamoxifen/Arimidex because they are controlled by big pharma, as are the hospitals they are associated with, and they have nothing else to offer. For example, Tamoxifen, it's only given for five years--why?--because it stops working after five years. All Tamoxifen does is sit on the estradiol receptors to prevent cancer proliferation. However, after five years, and you stop Tamoxifen, the cancer will proliferate if it's prone to do so. So you are "perhaps" just avoiding the inevitable, maybe, maybe not--doctors don't guarantee anything. Has anyone said what all the side effects could be; problems with high blood pressure meds, cataracts, corneal scarring, retinal changes, endometrial cancer, uterine cancer, blood clots, hot flashes, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, vaginal dryness/itching, vaginal irritation/rash, muscle/joint ache, etc. You are also not told ALL side effects of standard radiation treatment, and don't forget chemo. I prefer and am more comfortable with balancing natural bioidentical hormones. Run from any person or doctor who tells you natural bioidentical hormones are no different that synthetic. Big pharma cannot patent "natural" medication, therefore, doctors do not learn about bioidentical hormones or recommend them. Do not blindly do whatever the conventional doctors tell you, research everything first. I had to decide; do I want to extend my life by several years (maybe) but live it with the side effects of conventional treatment. Since there are no guarantees either way, I chose not to put any more toxins in my system. Please make decisions for yourself but do the research. I have done a lot of research, too much to go into everything here, but I can recommend some starter research for you if you wish; www.mercola.com, read Susan Somers "The Sexy Years" and John R. Lee's "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer." I am sure I will get a lot of flack on this website because I have gone against the grain/conventional treatment. I will take the flack as long as they have done tons of research regarding natural alternatives. Yes, there are quacks out there with quack treatments, but there are numerous legitimate "natural" treatments--no absolute cures, but conventional treatment is not an absolute cure either. I don't know your stage of breast cancer, your age, or anything about your personal condition. You may choose to do Tamoxifen, rads, chemo, etc., I absolutely am NOT telling what you should do, but do the research with whatever treatment to choose to go with. Sincerely, L
Agree with Sharon. Never put hormones in your precious body.No experience with tamoxifen but have a friend with Stage 3C operative Ductal Invasive who was given tamoxifen and other hormone suppressors after chemo, surgery and radiation. She's an 8 year survivor who had a very poor prognosis. Had...
Agree with Sharon. Never put hormones in your precious body.No experience with tamoxifen but have a friend with Stage 3C operative Ductal Invasive who was given tamoxifen and other hormone suppressors after chemo, surgery and radiation. She's an 8 year survivor who had a very poor prognosis. Had 4 children at home(nursing her little boy, thought she had mastitis-only 42 years old) when she was diagnosed. At her 5th year of cancer free life, she went through reconstructive surgery like a trooper for personal reasons. She chases her 9 year old boy to all his activities and is watching her 3 girls journey through college. She told me last week when I talked to her about the side effects I had with Femara, that all of that was worth it for her to see her children grow up and lead a full life. I say all of this to encourage you to listen to your doctors and try to boot fear in the rear. Cancer is unforgiving and will take up residence in every receptor that is not closed for business. Take heart and care. Jo
Asked by anonymousStage 0 Patient
It's a mushroom extract. Suppose to be good for building immune system ad inhibit tumor growth, an d lots of other stuff like like that.1 comment 0
I am told no mushrooms during chemo- it us number 2 on the list of Nos for my diet- grapefruit is number one... Detracts from chemo.. I do not know post surgery or radiation if it is beneficial..1 comment 0
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