Yes! Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. Strive for more plant based proteins such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. 2. Try ground flax seed, there is new research supporting the benefits to breast cancer patients. 3. Eat a diet rich in Vitamin D foods; and 4. Exercise regularly according to your health care teams recommendations.
Living With Breast Cancer
1 AnswerDede Bonner, Health Education, answered
Most diagnoses are more hopeful than helpless. Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. Millions of women live long, full, symptom-free, and productive lives after their diagnoses. We can now detect breast cancer in its earlier, most treatable stage, thanks to more women receiving routine mammograms and improved diagnostic equipment.
New research and breakthroughs are constantly improving treatments. Many researchers and cancer experts predict we aren’t far away from making discoveries that will lead to new drugs that can be targeted precisely and tailored to fit highly individualized treatment plans.
Ask your doctor for your good news. “What’s the best outcome or longevity you’ve seen in cases like mine?” It will help to put into perspective the bad news about your breast cancer. You deserve some good news today, too.
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There are many tumor-related factors that play a role in the behavior of breast cancer (and all cancers, for that matter), and in the response of breast cancer to various available treatments. However, some of these factors appear to be of much greater importance than others.
Clinically important tumor-related factors include the size of the tumor in the breast, whether or not the breast cancer cells are sensitive (or resistant) to the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, the grade of the tumor (i.e., how "aggressive" the tumor looks under the microscope), and whether or not there are extra copies of a gene known as HER-2/neu. Also, the margin of normal breast tissue that is present on the surface of the tumor, following surgical removal of the tumor, is an important factor in terms of the risk of recurrence of cancer within the same breast.
There are other important staging factors that are also used to try and estimate the risk of cancer recurrence, and to determine the best possible treatment for each patient’s breast cancer. One of the most important of these factors is whether or not breast cancer cells have already spread to the armpit (axillary) lymph nodes, or to other organs outside of the breast.
Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"
2 AnswersHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Depending on the type of breast cancer you have, you may need surgery as well as radiation, chemotherapy, or other drugs, all of which can have side effects such as nausea, hair loss, and exhaustion. You may need to take medication for years, and you will need follow-up exams two to four times per year for five years. All of this can be overwhelming, so be sure to seek any help you need from friends, family, support groups, and counseling.
If breast cancer has spread to other body parts, there may be little chance of extending the patient's life. Patients may need medications for pain, nausea, and other symptoms to make them as comfortable as possible, as well as counseling.
3 AnswersJohns Hopkins Medicine answered
A breast cancer diagnosis is devastating. Though some people don't openly express how they feel, it is impossible not to feel upset after finding out you have breast cancer. Those who love you feel upset too.
When confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer your initial thought may be that you are alone in this battle. Feel assured you are not. There are more than two million women who are breast cancer survivors living in the United States today. In addition, there are professionals who can who can guide, support, and help you and your family develop coping skills to make your breast cancer treatment go more smoothly for everyone.
Professional counseling for you, your family, and your caregivers can help all of you address psychological, emotional and spiritual needs.
Sometimes patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are already taking other medications, including anti-depressants. Some anti-depressant medications can interfere with breast-related treatment, like hormone therapy.
3 AnswersJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
Though larger studies are needed, early experience showed these nutrients may decrease breast cancer growth or risk.
Iodine - A dose as high as 12,500 mcg iodine is recommended for breast cancer. Do not exceed this amount unless you are under a health practitioner's supervision.
Vitamin D - 4,000 units a day (unless you have high blood calcium from bone metastases).
Coenzyme Q10 - One study showed it helped shrink breast cancer metastases.
Black Cohosh - For hot flashes from estrogen blockers (e.g., Tamoxifen). It does NOT raise estrogen levels.
1 AnswerPatricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answeredKeep a notebook or journal. As you think of questions, write them down. This eliminates the stress caused by you trying to remember too many things. Use part of the notebook to keep track of dates and types of tests and treatments. Use part of the notebook to track lab results. Keep the names, addresses, and contact phone numbers of anyone involved in your care in the notebook. Bring the notebook with you to all of your appointments.