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I am my oncologists' "problem child". I ask a lot of questions, do my own research, and believe as strongly in alternative therapies as I do theirs. I have had a recurrence in my breast cancer. I have just recently gone through a bilateral mastectomy (one side prophylactic) where they removed 10 tumours, with all lymph nodes clear. My CT and bone scans are also clear. Now they want to give me "preventative chemo" and hormone therapy. I am resistant, as I believe my job is to strengthen my immune system, not damage it. I am on a herbal regimen, take medicinal mushrooms, plus natural immune enhancers.
My question is; how do others stand up for their beliefs when the oncologists are pressuring hard for you to do it all their way?
Topic: Breast Cancer
I am in the small cell lung cancer survivor group and so far I can't find others. Grateful and thankful for my last doctor's appointment that after 3 years I am still in remission, does anyone else know what it's like?13
Topic: Lung Cancer
What are some of the best foods for cancer prevention?68
Topic: Nutrition & Prevention
I'll finish all cancer treatment on Monday. I had six months of chemo and one month of radiation. While I'm excited about finishing treatment, I'm nervous about what comes next. It feels weird that, after 9 months of doctors and treatment and a life that revolved cancer, that pretty soon my life is supposed to go back to normal. I'm kind of struggling with my new normal and returning to work and just dealing with how life works when it no longer revolves around cancer. I tried searching for this topic in the discussions, but couldn't find anything so I apologize if this has been answered before.32
Has anyone had radiation done on their face?24
Topic: Head and Neck Cancer
For those out there who have had experienced Rituxin infusions, can you tell me what to expect? Have you had CHOP before? If so, how do they compare? I had CHOP in November 2009 - February 2010 and was in remission until December 2010. The only treatment available now (according to docs) is Rituxin but I'm in "watch and wait" mode until further notice. I'm very curious as to how these treatments compare and how normal things are/aren't while treatment is underway. Does treatment last only a few weeks? Does it last a few months? Does length of treatment depend on how well and how fast it works, or is it a set number of treatments? Since there currently no cure for NHL, how effective is this treatment and how long does it keep the problem at bay? Do times of treatment get closer and closer together as the years go by? Is it possible to have the treatment so successful that years can go by without further treatment? I'm curious.... and definitely am looking for people who've experienced this to let me know how you handled this. Do you have any tips of things to avoid or things to do to keep any negative side effects to a minimum?19
Topic: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
What are some of the most common cancer causing foods/things in our life?38
Topic: Nutrition & Prevention
I was diagnosed with stage 4 anal cancer in Aug 2010, i had chemo and radiotherapy, have awful stage 1, 2 and 3 burns in bits that should remain personal. and now. over a year later I am crying at a drop of a hat, delayed reaction they tell me, has anyone else suffered delayed reaction to this awful disease ?21
Topic: Anal Cancer