• Stage IV invasive lobular BC estrogen receptors positive

    Asked by MillieS on Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Stage IV invasive lobular BC estrogen receptors positive

    Has anyone tried alternative medical approach? I have changed my diet to as close to vegetarian as possible( still working on that). Excluding as much processed food as I can and juicing daily. But I am reading a lot about natural remedies that cure cancer. How do you separate the the truths from the lies?

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    • carm's Avatar

      This is the question indeed, and there are many who have quite a voice on this topic but I think that you have to look at things in the black and white. I am an oncology nurse and if a therapy is successful in treating/curing cancer it would be a traditional therapy and not an alternative therapy. Natural remedies are great and I think there value is that they can complement and enhance the traditional therapies much in the way they do in Eastern Europe. I think they fall short when it comes to a monotherapy. Perhaps in the future, especially the path that research is taking, they will assume a more dominant role in the treatment of cancer. I think the trend is leaning toward targeted therapies and away from the one size fits all chemotherapies. As we begin to treat this disease and target it on that molecular level we will come to know the power that natural remedies have with their ability to treat an organism with an organism. Until then, trust your oncologist to know what is best for you. I can see that pot bubbling and soon enough, it will boil over with the promise of a new weapon in the fight against cancer. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 6 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Once again, Carm has provided an excellent and knowledgeable answer!! I have Stage III Invasive Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma with positive estrogen receptors -- I was aggressive with a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation and now on Arimidex. I have a sincere curiosity about the alternative medical approach but I have an absolute trust in my Oncologist. Her plan for me has given me the peace of mind that I have done my best in fighting this evil and elusive enemy. Of course, everyone is different and has to make the choice that is best for them. I wish you the very best in your battle.

      over 6 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      MillieS, Carm is spot on as usual. I also had Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer and Ductal Insitsu with estrogen+ and progesterine+ receptors. I went with what my surgical oncologist and medical oncologist recommended. I had the bilateral mastectomy and chemo. I wanted to hit this beast called CANCER with everything possible. I have a friend that was diagnosed in 2000 with Stage IV BC and she went through surgery, chemo and radiation and she is still here enjoying life. That is what I have to look at. Alternative therapy is OK in conjunction with the tried and true treatments. Good luck to you in your battle with this monster.

      over 6 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar

      I love what Carm says. What I understand to be a rule of thumb to assess the effectiveness of any natural cancer remedy is this: any remedy that shows its success rate only through testimonials, without any published peer reviewed controlled research studies to back the claims up, is suspect. I personally found acupuncture to be helpful in relieving some of the chemo side effects. I used to have a session the day before my chemo infusion to help my body cope with the drugs.
      I work in the food and nutrition field. If you want to eat real food, eliminating heavily processed foods is a good thing, but don't worry if you're finding it difficult to go 100% vegetarian. Its a work in progress. Its great if you can make 50% of your plate fruits and non starchy vegetables, cooked or raw, it doesn't matter. You can get a lot of easy to eat good nutrition in a good homemade veggie soup! For protein, along with lentils and beans and products like tofu and tempeh (soy has recently been shown to be OK for BC ER+) choose free range organic chicken and eggs, or wild caught fish. Healthy is good, great even, and I ate well myself during my own treatment, but some days I found I just craved white rice and pasta, even cookies. My advice? Cancer treatment is hard enough, so have the cookie.

      over 6 years ago
    • MillieS's Avatar

      Thank you one and all. I thought I was well grounded in traditional therapies but when you start looking beyond those boundaries things really get hazy. You have made me so much more comfortable with the path I am following so as annogden suggested .....I think I will go and have a cookie!

      over 6 years ago
    • Honeypot's Avatar

      I too am doing an alterative medical approach and am following the eating regime suggested in Professor Jane Plant's book and in fact when I had the radiation rather than feeling tired as I
      was told I would, I had actually never felt better and people who took me to the hospital were
      having trouble keeping up with me. I also take ginger, cloudy apple juice and take selenium
      tablets with vitamin E. I never eat processed food but am reluctantly taking the aromatose
      inhibitors. If my children hadnt asked me to take them, I dont think I would have. Honeypot

      over 6 years ago

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