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Head all over the place and feeling like BC has taken over my life

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Re: Head all over the place and feeling like BC has taken over my life

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for your reply,
It has been measured at 18mm and my plan is to try the hormone therapy treatment alongside lifestyle charges ie exercise 30 mins daily, change of diet to mostly raw vegan, I'm already vegetarian and largely dairy free, start eating more cancer fighting foods and cut out the foods that help it grow...

I have a check up booked for 3 months when they do a physical examination to see if the lump has got softer as often the hormone treatment will do that.

Then at 6 months they do another ultrasound scan, if it has grown in that time I will reconsider surgery but if the same or smaller will continue another 3 to 6 months doing the same...

I am 58, 59 in November...

Elaine..
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Re: Head all over the place and feeling like BC has taken over my life

Hi Winter,

 

I understand completely where you are coming from.  I have also been trying to find support and/or anecdotes from people who have refused treatment, and cannot find any.  I have stage 1, grade 2 idc, 27mm according to the ultrasound, going for results of the scans today.  I will be having the surgery, as that's the only part of the process that I understand, but if I can possibly get away with it I am going to refuse the rads and the chemo. If I can.  I am still researching this, but will know more later today.

 

I can't agree with you not having surgery, and I think you'd be really mad at yourself if it grows to the point where future surgery would disfigure you (or metsastasize), but I am totally with you with the rest of the treatment, especially given how small your tumour is.  If it's small - you didn't give any details.  And I don't know how old you are.  I am 56.

 

Cathy

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Re: Head all over the place and feeling like BC has taken over my life

Hi Winterwolfsoul,
TBH, I have not seen anyone here who has persued the course of action you are contemplating.
For the vast majority of us, surgery is quite straightforward & recovery unproblematic. It is the mainstay of bc treatment, as removing the tumour is often curative in itself.
Many of us here look at diet & lifestyle & make improvements, but do this to support conventional treatment, not replace it.
When it comes down to it, conventional treatment offers the most successful outcomes & has a wealth of clinical evidence to support it.
As your bc is grade 1, with no evidence of spread, then chemo would be unlikely.
I wish you well with your choices.
ann x


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Head all over the place and feeling like BC has taken over my life

Hello Everyone,

I was diagnosed yesterday with grade 1 slow growing BC, Which thankfully hasn't spread anywhere else yet... I found a lump a couple of weeks ago and went for a routine mammogram that had been booked ages ago a couple of days later mentioning I had found a small hard area of skin on the rear of my left breast..... Roll on about 2 weeks and I'm recalled for further tests including a very painful during and after biopsy which they said would confirm that it was likely to be cancer..

Yesterday I had been preparing for worse than stage 1 but so relieved it was only that level...

I have read other posts on here and so many other brave ladies have been given far worse diagnosis that I almost feel a fraud posting here...

Anyway, I have turned down surgery, chemo etc as I believe the side effects are worse than the cancer itself and having researched it fully because I an ER I'm agreeing to hormone therapy which I will combine with some lifestyle and diet changes then when I have another scan in approximately 6 months if it has got bigger which hopefully won't happen I might reconsider...

Virtually everyone I know and my oncologist except my partner think I should have it cut out plus have radiotherapy after....

I can't understand why that is, since the hormone treatment has much less side effects which but everyone gets with a high chance of shrinking the cancer.....

I know it will be different for everyone but I am starting to feel isolated in my view of how I feel my body should be treated.....

I feel angry in some ways that my life won't be the same and I know when I return to work my colleagues will look at me differently and worse when they find out how I plan to deal with it all...

I can't understand why everyone assumes that it should be dealt with in the same way, and don't understand my feelings and beliefs that the body is largely designed to self heal and I want to do everything I can to help that happen not wreck my poor immune system with chemotherapy...

I have lost and my partner has lost lots of family not to cancer itself but from the horrendous side effects the treatment causes....

Has anyone else on here just used the hormone therapy treatment for their BC, ie letrozole and not then needed any other treatment...

I will be increasing my intake of fresh fruit and vegetables to use natural cancer fighting compounds they contain too....

I appreciate my views will be in contrast to most people here and also appreciate everyone tries to make the best choices possible for themselves..

I still don't understand why something that has grown in my body can't also go in the same way it got there....

Early days I guess......