• Stage 3a breast cancer, treatment options

    Asked by mytoby on Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Stage 3a breast cancer, treatment options

    Have any of you had invasive lobular carcinoma stage 3a, that is what I am by the pathology report, and am wondering what my options are and what is best, traditional medicine with possible chemo or alternative options like natural remedies such as detox, supplements, fruits and vegetables and herbs. Would love to hear from everyone about their experience, I know everyone is different but will help me look at my options and choices. thank you

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    • mytoby's Avatar

      Thank you. Just thinking since he is on quite a bit of medicine it would be helping him to feel better. He is still tired a lot, and doesn't have much energy, thinking with all the meds and the rest he is getting he would be feeling better by now. But doesn't seem to be much different than in July. He smoked for 50 years, quit 2-1/2 years ago, but that doesn't help him now, the damage has been done over the many years. Just wondering why he went through the process of getting a defibrillator if it isn't helping him much, just if his heart rate goes over 170 for 14-15 beats they said it would send a shock to him to slow his heart down, it was a lot of stress and inconvenience for him, surgery, no driving and lifting his arm up high for 4 weeks, and now it hasn't really helped him, still the same problem with the congestive heart failure and still in Afib,

      Just discouraging with our used to be "normal" lives and being somewhat active before, and now how our lives have changed. Very depressing some days, they all seem to be about the same, we get out and go to dinner, do some things, errands, and meet some friends, but not like it used to be. No fun things, I go shopping to get out and get my mind off of what is going on, it is a temporary fix to feel better. Thank you for listening.

      7 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      mytoby, ChicagoSandy is a wealth of information and we are fortunate to have her.

      I wanted to remind you that in order to minimize your stress and anxiety about your health, you need to remember to ask your doctor(s) all the questions you have, so make a list starting now and add to it as you think of things until the January 3rd appointment and also for other doctors' appointments in the future. Tell them how you feel about things in case they can reassure you, and remember to give them your health problems rather than worrying at home. Ask the doctor what things to call him (or her) about between appointments. Your lymphedema is one of those things. (Asking for info about support groups for mastectomy patients and a referral to a counselor are other examples for your "list.")

      Reminder---don't EVER take your husband's prescriptions, as ChicagoSandy said. If you have a new health problem, it's fine to call the doctor's nurse. The nurse may be able to advise you, or either will ask the doctor at a convenient time. Best wishes next week.

      7 months ago
    • mytoby's Avatar

      Thank you Barbara and Chicago Sandy. Good information.

      7 months ago

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