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    Feemurcee asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I had a single .6 cm growth and totally clear lymph nodes in a Sentinel sample of 9 nodes. I do not need to take chemo or remove a breast.

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      I know many women who have very few side effects from the aromatase inhibitors: anastrozole, letrozole, exemestane. I do think it is important to do anything you can diet/exercise-wise to prevent recurrence but I also believe these AIs are life savers. I took anastrozole first and had debilitating side effects of bone and joint pain. I switched to exemestane and side effects are nominal. I know some women have just the opposite experience. Personally, I would take the AIs and then if side effects affect quality of life, revisit the decision. Quality of life is super important, but many women have few side effects from AIs while others have major side effects. Maybe you'll be in the group with no side effects. I agree with ChicagoSandy the chemistry of how these drugs inhibit estrogen in the body is complex - way beyond cutting out sugar and losing weight. I'm not downplaying the role of diet and exercise at all - I switched to organic, plant-based diet, no alcohol, take quite a few specific supplements, and exercise regularly too.

      about 3 years ago
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      Feemurcee

      I really appreciate all the responses..........I am just beginning this journey of learning and I can see I need to CLEARLY understand, the full meaning of my diagnosis. I feel very fortunate that my situation appears to be quite positive on the cancer spectrum of possible results.

      I do agree that I should try the generic Anastrozole first or perhaps begin with taking the branded Arimidex. I see more accounts of women having more negative reactions with the generic. Granted I am only seeing a small sliver of the larger group of women who have taken either or both of these AIs.

      I enjoy learning and always want to fully understand any diagnosis I have for anything........ Chicago Sandy seems to be very knowledgeable about many of the particulars; hopefully, I will become so as well. I am open to anyone's suggestion on what they consider to be the best basic primer on breast cancer A to Z. Also, which Cancer Research Centers seem to be the most forward thinking and into the latest research.......I have found Elyn Jacobs who also seems to have developed a very thoroughly researched point of view. I always think it is worth looking at both the medical community's point of view and the more holistic view as well. I try to keep an open mind.

      about 3 years ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Feemurcee, I wish you the best and hope you won't have a recurrence. Your best chance of that is not to have TOO "open a mind" when making decisions effecting your cancer. Remember your doctor has many years of education and also has your specific medical records.

      I agree, Chicago Sandy does seem to be very knowledgeable, and we appreciate the information she shares! We also learn as we go from our own experiences (unfortunately). Best wishes with your journey.

      about 3 years ago
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