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Chemotherapy Ages Breast Cancer Patients 10-15 years?!?!

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 Chemotherapy ages breast cancer patients. How Can You Fight Back?

It is a good feeling when researchers confirm something that you have suspected about chemotherapy. Full disclosure- I am not a breast cancer survivor. I am a multiple myeloma survivor. I had high-dose chemotherapy during an autologous stem cell transplant. I feel like my aggressive chemo, radiation, etc. aged me at least the 15  years cited below.

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Is there any way, any therapy to delay the loss of organ function in cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy? My experience over the past 20 plus years is that yes, organ function can be managed. No I’m not talking about “anti-aging” therapies although you can look at many of the non-toxic therapies that I am talking about as anti-aging because you will live longer, on average, by pursuing these therapies.

I’m talking about the previous blog I wrote about preventing cataracts. Or I’m talking about the blog I wrote about supplementation to reduce my chronic blood clot. The same blood clot that was caused by my chemotherapy…

The good news is that there are therapies that work integratively to either reduce the toxicity of conventional breast cancer chemotherapy or enhance the efficacy of conventional chemotherapies.

In addition to being a cancer survivor I am also a cancer coach. To learn more about non-toxic, non-conventional breast cancer therapies, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Adjuvant chemotherapy increases markers of molecular aging in blood of breast cancer survivors

“Adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer is ‘gerontogenic,’ accelerating the pace of physiologic aging, according to a new study. The authors conclude, “We have shown that cytotoxic chemotherapy potently induces the expression of markers of cellular senescence in the hematologic compartment in vivo, comparable with the effects of 10 to 15 years of chronologic aging in independent cohorts of healthy donors.”

10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Breast Cancer Treatment

  1. You may experience neutropenia, a serious and potentially life-threatening side effect of chemotherapy.
  2. Side effects of treatment may linger longer than you expect.
  3. Tests are now available to see if you might benefit from chemotherapy.
  4. Advice might be anecdotal, not based on evidence.
  5. Most cancer patients do not participate in clinical trials.
  6. Chemo brain is real.
  7. Get a second opinion.
  8. Complementary or alternative treatment may help.
  9. Surviving cancer brings a new set of challenges.
  10. Beware of the ‘hidden’ costs of your treatment.

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    DURATIUS MOHULATSI says last year

    Can I benefit from drinking green tea , had chemotherapy for breast cancer 12 years ago

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      David Emerson says last year

      Hi DM-

      I am sorry to read of your BC diagnosis 12 years ago. Yes, according to research there are a number of non-toxic therapies shown to reduce the risk both of a first BC diagnosis or reducing the risk of a BC relapse.

      David Emerson

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