Breast Cancer can be complicated. The two guiding principles of PeopleBeatingCancer are 1) knowledge is power and 2) cancer patients, survivors and caregivers must rely on themselves when deciding on cancer therapies. Oncologists, fellow patients, cancer hospitals, etc. all may have differing priorities and interests and therefore may think and act differently than you, the patient. It is in your best interest to learn as much as you can about your cancer, ask questions and then decide what course of therapy is best for you.
Patients are paying a greater percentage of medical costs. High-deductible health plans are a growing component of the average cancer patient’s health insurance coverage. The cost of your therapies matters.
Lastly, as the NYTimes article linked below points out, local radiation after lumpectomy is recommended to reduce the risks of relapse. Please consider evidence-based, non-toxic breast cancer therapies such as nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle, bone health, etc.
I am a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach. Breast cancer is about more than what conventional oncology offers. Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
The conventional, longer treatment lasts five to seven weeks. But four rigorous studies and guidelines from a leading radiology society conclude that three to four weeks of more intense radiation is just as effective…
Women overwhelmingly prefer the shorter course of radiation, studies have found. It is also less expensive…
Even though 60 to 75 percent of women with breast cancer have lumpectomies — a total of about 140,000 to 160,000 women — doctors and health insurers say relatively few are getting the shorter treatment because it takes time to change ingrained medical practices, especially when a procedure has been used for decades and the new one offers no additional medical benefit. Its advantages are saving time for patients, and money for the health care system and insurers…
“They did not just publish that the cure rates were the same, but they published very in-depth cosmetic assessments, particularly the British, who took pictures that were graded by blinded observers,” he said.”