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    GiggleBunny99 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Chemo OR holistic approach ?

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      grammy

      I read through all of the other comments and totally agree. You are fighting for your life and you have to fight with what will give you the best chance to stay alive and that is proven chemo. I too had HER2+ breast cancer and it is an aggressive kind. But with chemo and Herceptin also it is very treatable and curable. Do everything you can that is proven to fight this. I also used holistic approaches such as yoga every week which I believe made a huge difference and also walked 2-3 miles every day and meditated and ate a healthy diet and had accupuncture and massages. I believe all of these helped me trememdously with side effects of chemo. Good luck and please for your life choose the chemo.

      about 4 years ago
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      I have stage 2b HER2+ breast cancer. I had a mastectomy and node removal last August and began Chemo in September. I will honestly tell you that Chemo was the hardest thing I have ever done. The cocktail made me so sick for nearly 6 months. I nearly gave up because of this but my Dr. told me it was such a strong cocktail to blast the XXX out of the cancer. I then told myself to make it thru it as I have a family to live for and my youngest daughter was pregnant with my grandson. He was born shortly after I finished chemo but was still dealing with all the side effects. I had a PET scan 3 weeks after Chemo and it showed no cancer. I just finished 7 weeks of radiation 2 weeks ago and continuing with Herceptin treatments until September. I also have an ECHO every few months as the Herceptin can cause heart damage. I will have another PET scan this summer to make sure the Cancer is still gone. The treatment is hard but I urge you to go with what is proven to work.

      about 4 years ago
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      gwendolyn

      Everyone here can understand how badly you WANT to hear that there is a reasonable alternative to chemo but there isn't. There really isn't. You have a Stage 3 life-threatening illness. I'm sorry but there is no easy way to deal with this. As others have suggested, often times the anticipation of chemo is worse than the reality of it. It is quite likely there are stray, undetectable cancer cells in your body. Chemo, a drastic, systemic treatment is being recommended so these cells don't set up camp in your bones, lungs, liver, or brain.

      about 4 years ago
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