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    CC45 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    i'll be starting chemo in a few weeks. AC for 4 treatments (every other week), and then T for another 4 treatments.

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      RebeccaW

      I highly recommend a book called Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients by Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. His book and nutritional information on how to help the chemo and reduce side effects/chemo damage has been instrumental in my husbands journey. My husband has had minimal side effects since doing his recommendations. When he slacked off, many of the side effects increased. Juicing/Raw foods, decreased meat intake, non-processed/organic foods and supplements have been a huge factor! His bloodwork looks better than it did when he found out that he had stage 4 colon cancer that spread through his lymph and took over 55% of his liver. His tumors are also drastically reducing, some even by 70%, and he is on round 9 of 12 (though they might do more if he doesn't go into remission and can handle them). He is also on the control arm of a clinical study so what he is doing is being watched very closely compared to the other side of the study. We just upgraded our juicer a month ago and gave our other juicer to one of my husbands co-workers who came down with stage 3b lung cancer and she has seen a huge difference in her health and side effects with just adding fresh carrot/apple/greens juicing in her diet. I wish I had a list of all my husband is taking but it's too long to post here. If you want, you can email him at [email redacted] and ask him for his list/regiment. He'd be more than happy to share.

      **Warning** The book is VERY DRY and is like reading a text book or technical manual for a car. Dry but INCREDIBLY compact with information!

      over 4 years ago
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      MarnieC

      Some really good information posted here! I've written about this very subject in my blog today: http://marnieclark.com/8-crucial-things-to-reduce-chemotherapy-side-effects/
      I hope this helps you! Sending along lots of love and healing to you today.

      over 4 years ago
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      Paprika

      great advice above!
      I did find AC chemo was the worst, but don't be afraid of taking those anti-nausea drugs-they work wonders! Also, get off the steroid type asap and taper off to less potent as soon as your symptoms allow. DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!! EXERCISE! Be nice to yourself. Remind yourself that you WILL get through this and it does get better! I found soups were wonderful as I lost various taste buds and my friends were happy to have something to do for me! Regarding taxol-glutamine has studies saying it reduces neuropathy, but I find 30 grams/day is too hard to get down. I take 10 grams in warm coffee expresso (less volume is easier to get down). Pharmacist says it is heat-stable, so hot liquids OK. Again, lots of water and exercise outdoors. Enjoy the flowers and move around. Listen to your body and rest when it tells you. Do something you enjoy for a break. Hug a kitty/dog/kid/sweetie/tree/whatever. Accept the love that is coming your way! Don't be afraid to share your feelings here-it's been a great release for me! thanks to everyone out there!!! Hugs and kisses from Seattle

      over 4 years ago
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    Oh No (Diagnosed): Our mother had died of breast cancer at age 48, many years ago, and both my sisters and myself made sure we got our annual mammos. One of my sisters was diagnosed with IDC in the fall of 2011 thru regular mammo. I immediately called my gyno to have an MRI done, because it would offer better imaging for my dense breast tissue. My gyno wouldn't authorize the MRI, but she did write a script for a sonogram, as well as the usual mammo. Both tests came back with benign results, except the sono showed a small nodule, that needed a six month follow up. Instead of waiting, I went to a breast surgeon, and she ordered the MRI, which led to biopsy, which led to the ILC cancer diagnosis, which led to lumpectomy and sentinal node dissection. Upon procedure, both nodes were benign. However, upon full pathology, one node did have cancer cells. After discussing results and best treatment options, I decided to have the bilateral mastectomy, with immediate reconstrution. Upon full pathology, two more nodes were found to have cancer cells. I am considered Stage II, T1N1M0. Moral to this part of story is that women with dense breast tissue should have annual MRIs, and be seen by Breast doctors, not gynocologists. I am now facing 16 weeks of chemo, plus possible radiation. Unfortunately, i am not handling this treatment prospect very well mentally. Full of anxiety, fear of side effects (short and long term), and general depression. I can't see myself actually sitting in that chair and having the chemo infused. I know i'm not alone in this, and was wondering if anyone can offer some advice on helping myself get to a better place mentally, so i can go into treatment with right mind set. I just started taking anti-depressant, and i'm seeing an onco psychotherapist.

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      leepenn

      Wow - sounds like your family has been hit hard with this disease. I also couldn't picture myself in that chair. But, I got in that chair... and made it through. If you can, don't go to infusions by yourself. Do you have friends / family that can accompany you? HUGS...

      over 4 years ago
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