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Newly diagnosed Breast Cancer/DCIS- Conventional, Non-Conventional Combined?

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 My research and experience has taught me that both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies are needed to fully manage Breast Cancer

Dear Cancer Coach:

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My therapies are below:

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, etc.?



Hi Judith-

 Just to clarify, you were diagnosed with either DCIS or stage 1 BC? You’ve undergone a lumpectomy and 15 rounds of local radiation? You’ve had an oncotype DX for BC test and your risk of relapse score is 12? 
You are about to begin arimidex therapy and you are wondering if I have thoughts or suggestions? 
In general you have already reduced your risk of relapse by having a lumpectomy and local radiation. Any oncotype dx score of less than 18 signals a low risk of relapse. 

1) Arimidex   therapy brings with it many possible side effects. Arimidex is chemotherapy. All chemical therapy is chemotherapy. 

2) local radiation also brings possible side effects. Especially if the radiation was to the left breast near your heart. Therefore, please consider heart-health nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle therapies. 
Conventionally speaking, you have or will have done everything your onc. is recommending. I would recommend those evidence-based non-conventional therapies that further 
reduce your risk of relapse.
These therapies include:
  • anti-BC supplementation (curcumin, omega-3, etc)
  • nutrition (anti-angiogenic foods)
  • and lifestyle therapies (frequent, moderate exercise, etc.)
Most importantly I would encourage you to pursue those therapies that are evidence-based to reduce or eliminate the short, long-term and late stage side effects of both your radiation and arimidex therapies. 
I am a long-term cancer survivor and I am a cancer coach. My research and experience has taught me that both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies are needed to fully manage your cancer. 
Let me know if you have any questions. 
Take it easy, 
David Emerson

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