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Black women-highest rates of heart disease post breast cancer dx

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… clearly shows that black women have a much higher rate of heart failure after a breast cancer diagnosis than do other ethnic groups…

As a cancer survivor who has sustained cardiovascular disease from aggressive chemotherapy in 1996, I understand all too well both the mental and physical strain of a cancer diagnosis.

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I developed a common late stage side-effect of chemo-induced heart damage in the form of chronic atrial fibrillation in the fall of 2010.

The challenge is to educate minority breast cancer survivors before, during or asap after their own therapy about the steps to take to either minimize or eliminate chemo-induced heart damage.

If you have undergone local radiation or have undergone one of the chemotherapy regimens that is known to cause damage to your heart, please consider supplementing with one or more of the supplements that studies show strengthen our heart muscles.

I supplement with Life Extension Super Ubiquinol Coq10 with Biopqq. Both CoQ10 and BioPqq have been shown to enhance heart function. I am only one example but my ejection fraction has remained the same since I began supplementing with the heart healthy combo.

Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer? I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. To learn more about those evidence-based, non-conventional therapies to both enhance your chemotherapy while reducing your risk of side effects please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Black women have highest rates of heart failure after breast cancer diagnosis

“A preliminary report to be delivered at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, clearly shows that black women have a much higher rate of heart failure after a breast cancer diagnosis than do other ethnic groups…

The study looked at the results of 26,000 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1973 and 2007. Most of the women in the study were 65-years of age or older…

Researchers discovered black women had the highest rate of heart failure. Broken down by ethnicity, the chances of being diagnosed with heart failure after a breast cancer diagnosis is as follows: black women 21 percent, 16 percent among white women, 13 percent among Hispanic women, 12 percent among Asian women, and 11 percent for all other groups including Native Americans…

Unfortunately the treatment for breast cancer can bring on other health problems such as heart failure. Two drugs in particular; Adriamycin and Herceptin, are known to cause heart failure. When used together the results can be fatal, which is why the two drugs are usually given in succession instead of simultaneously.

Ardriamycin is a chemotherapy drug in a class of drugs called anthracycines. This class of chemo is notorious for causing heart problems. The other drug, Herceptin, is used to treat HER-2 positive breast cancers. HER-2 positive breast cancers account for 25 percent of all breast cancers…”

Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use non-conventional therapies such as the supplements discussed below-

 Experience and years of research have taught me that cancer patients must understand and utilize evidence-based, non-conventional therapies-antioxidant/nutritional supplements in particular. I include myself in that recommendation.  Supplementation has been central to my own cancer survival since 1994.

I supplement for many reasons:

  • Curcumin, resveratrol, quercetin, green tea extract and omega-3 fatty acids, for instance, are anti-angiogenic and therefore apoptotic to my cancer.
  •  CoQ10, magnesium, omega-3’s, Hawthorn/Arjuna, for example, help me manage my chemo-induced heart damage.
  •  Vitamin D has been shown to support bone health as well as prevent a host of different cancers.
  • Nattokinase, Wobenzym and omega-3’s help prevent another blood clot.

Alternative practitioner Ruthi Backenroth composed and researched the list of supplements below. Neither this post nor the list below is medical advice. The list below is meant to provide general information for your own research into what you as the cancer patient may decide to do. In a perfect world, we cancer patients would be able to work with our oncologists regarding both conventional and non-conventional therapies.

I am both a long-term survivor of an “incurable” cancer and cancer coach. I work with cancer patients and caregivers to research both conventional and non-conventional therapies, such as supplementation, for their specific type and stage of cancer. 

The bottom line is that while you, the patient, are in-charge of your health and therapy, it is in your interest to include your oncologist in a discussion of antioxidant supplementation.

For more information about supplementation or nutriceuticals to both enhance conventional therapies while reducing collateral damage, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

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Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Integrating dietary supplements into cancer care.

“Abstract– Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use self-selected forms of complementary therapies, mainly dietary supplements. Unfortunately, patients often do not report their use of supplements to their providers. The failure of physicians to communicate effectively with patients on this use may result in a loss of trust within the therapeutic relationship and in the selection by patients of harmful, useless, or ineffective and costly nonconventional therapies when effective integrative interventions may exist. Poor communication may also lead to a diminishment of patient autonomy and self-efficacy and thereby interfere with the healing response.

To reach a mutually informed decision about the use of these supplements, the Clinical Practice Committee of The Society of Integrative Oncology undertook the challenge of providing basic information to physicians who wish to discuss these issues with their patients. A list of leading supplements that have the best suggestions of benefit was constructed by leading researchers and clinicians who have experience in using these supplements.”

Thank you Ruthi Backenroth for the information below- Ruthi is an alternative practitioner, an expert at helping people get stress and pain relief without additional medication.  In fact, people are able to think more clearly about their medical decisions and their relationships when the stress and pain are lower.

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