• Should I take or not the pills of the breast cancer treatment or should I seek natural ways of prevention

    Asked by ClaRoa on Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Should I take or not the pills of the breast cancer treatment or should I seek natural ways of prevention

    I just finished my radioteraphy treatment, I wont need chemotherapy because my breast cancer was found at very early stage and Im wondering if I should take or not the pills of the treatment or pursuit a natural way to prevent it to return. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you and sorry por my english.

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      You have to do both!!! Please do what your oncologist tells you to do, take the hormone blockers and also be very careful about your diet as well. Estrogen is produced in many parts of our bodies and your estrogen positive breast cancer feeds off of estrogen, so you have to do everything possible to shut off estrogen production in your body in order to starve the cancer and keep it from coming back....because it can come back anywhere else in your body.
      Please ask for a dietitian who can help you with meal plans and specific foods to eat. But over all try to eat organic as much as possible, especially with dairy products because of all the added hormones that help produce estrogen. Taking vitamin D3 is very important, or try to get some vitamin D from the sun every day. I have tried grape seed extract and DSM as well but they don't work on their own. Diet and supplements enhance treatment and will make your body stronger but it can't shut off estrogen alone.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      sorry typo DIM not DSM...ugh!!!

      almost 7 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Agree with lilymadeline but ask your team or oncologist for survival statistics with and without an AI. A nutritionist told me to avoid soy and processed meats. Also to add turmeric daily. Good luck.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ClaRoa's Avatar
      ClaRoa

      Thanks so much for your answers.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I forgot to mention turmeric, and I take that everyday. We have to do everything possible to beat this beast, beating cancer isn't easy....it can require a lot of dedication, hard work and just plain luck. But it can be done!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Ditto on lilymadeline!!! Don't really know how anyone could say it better. Listen to your doctor especially if you are not taking chemo!!! How many bullets can one dodge. Natural ways did not work b for Steve Jobs. He was emphatic that if he would have followed normal medical protocols he would still be with us. Take care on your road to recovery!!!

      almost 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      I have to say I agree with all of the previous comments! This goes against all of my beliefs to say this too! But, I researched and researched ...in the past, many things including a major knee injury, I cured by holistic/eastern medicine. But, I found NO concrete research that proves that anything but protocol like chemo, radiation, and inhibitors for your type of cancer really work in such high percentages. If you are ER+ Tamoxifen for pre-meno and AI's for post are so effective that they've increased the time to take to 10 yrs. My onc is a Harvard Med School grad and is a Penn Medicine oncologist, she showed me actual studies that prove taking an estrogen blocker is so effective it actually kills ER+breast cancer cells if they are in your body. Now that doesn't mean you can't get it but percentages are so high, why mess with it? Additionally, you must live a natural and holistic lifestyle. Cut back on alchohol- especially red wine. Eat only organic especially meat and eggs, and beef should be only organic grass fed. No Soy at all, the soy here is GMO as well and messes with our estrogen. Corn is genetically modified now, so I avoid that as well. Additionally, stress--it leads to inflamation in the body and that leads to disease. So, get lots of sleep, exercise like you are in training, and learn the techniques of Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi. This is one of the most important things you can do. So this sounds like wow what fun is left? Well I will tell you, I'm having more fun now than ever! I love not feeling compelled to drink with friends, I simply say, it may lead to more bc and I am not supposed to. Just like a a diabetic who watches sugar..it is just a new way of life...but after chemo, radiation, and 4 surgeries-includes reconstruction (and that is just stage 2 bc), I feel better than I did before and everyone says I look better! There is something to this all..don't take any weapon away from yourself to fight back!!!

      almost 7 years ago
    • moreorless' Avatar
      moreorless

      Sorry but both have side effects but I found I could no longer live with some of the side effects of treatments. Loss of hearing, no notice dirrea not able to bend to get things out of lower kitchen cupboards or stretch to reach even 2nd shelf of kitchen cupboard and so many more. Find a Doctor you trust and follow their advise is the best advise I can give you. My oncologist told me after last chemo attempt he had nothing else left to try and my cure was up to GOD after checking my records to see if I listed a religion. But he would call if something came up that he thought might work for me

      almost 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      What does your oncologist recommend? what about a 2nd opinion? some gals have no side effects on the AI's or tamox, others do and then they go away....or not!! You can always try them and if they are causing too many side effects you can stop. I endured them for 3 1/2 years then said enough is enough. I currently take calcium, magnesium, Vit D, Vit K DIM to help with bone health. Whatever decision you make, make sure you are at peace with the choice. All the best to you.

      almost 7 years ago
    • marybeth's Avatar
      marybeth

      I've done a fair amount of my own research as well, and I don't think there are many things out there that block estrogen the way these AI drugs and tamox... do. I had to give up the first AI I tried do to a very bad itchy rash. Am now trying a second one and only four days into it but so far so good. My tumor was almost 100% estrogen fed even though I am almost five years post menopause. I was shocked by this and also very worried about taking a drug that robs your body of nearly all its estrogen because ultimately estrogen has so many good side effects on a woman's body, but fear of the cancer returning is enough to push me to use the AI's. Don't know what I would do if I experienced intolerable side effects but I know that if I needed to, I would even endure the itchy rash for the next several years to keep the cancer at bay.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      BTW- Most women have only minimal side effects to the hormone blockers and many have no SE at all. I happened to have severe SE but I was able to work my way through them so I could stay on the blockers. If you get the arthritis type symptoms you simply have to exercise every day and do lots of stretching as well. The exercise is a must, at first I felt like I was 100 years old on the hormone blockers but now I am doing fine and feeling flexible and strong. It just hard takes work, time and lots of patience but of course being alive and enjoying life is worth it! If you get the hot flashes, they can be helped by many different antidepressants. The important thing is to tell your oncologist about everything and ask for help if you need it, and if the first thing you try doesn't work....keep trying! If I can get through this on two hormone blockers, anyone can. And the others are right about avoiding Soy as well, but a good nutritionist should be able to help you with a diet plan. Good luck and best wishes!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Tobysmom7's Avatar
      Tobysmom7

      What is this DIM and Turmeric, Lilymadeline I am 1 yr. 4 mon. on Al and have had very mild side effects. Also no one mentioned to stay away from soy product or to eat organic.

      almost 7 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      Do both please. ;) Kris Carr is an inspiration to me.

      almost 7 years ago
    • JudithCST's Avatar
      JudithCST

      I couldn't tolerate arimadex, but I'm doing much better on aromasin. I'm still getting hot flashes and some pain, but it's tolerable. There are options. If one doesn't work for you, try another.

      almost 7 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar
      carter4

      Don't mess with Science !! take what the Onc gives you. Tamoxifen has kept me alive.

      almost 7 years ago
    • moreorless' Avatar
      moreorless

      Talk with your onc if one med does not work for you let him/her know what symptoms you cannot live with. There are more options out there now then there was even 7 years ago. I am still hoping for a cure but really hoping someone will find a way to prevent others from getting this disease.

      almost 7 years ago

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