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May 7, 2018 09:30AM
May 7, 2018 09:53AM
I have spotted that thread - I came across Jen's story when first diagnosed and I was touched and inspired by her honesty and her journey. Really sad to see it misread. 😊🌷🐣 Liz - worth a look - Jen rocks.
As you head into chemo, here are a couple of thoughts - I know you did this before, take what fits if anything. 😊🌷
Exercise - even walking up the drive way helps. Lots of work on what it improves - but aerobic ability is the one that tickled my interest. The reason for it being that there is now reasonable evidence that chemo relies on off target mech (ie aside from killing cells by interfering with DNA) such as stimulating the innate and adaptive immune system by a number of pathways. If that is correct it will help your immune system respond if your aerobic capacity holds high throughout.
Diet - wow - well Z has taken to a 3 day water fast before and 24 hours after - I am not CERTAIN but I do know that there is a trial of caloric restriction around chemo days and that Mayo participates.
Autophagy - Nobel Proze for Med 2016.
Goustave Roussy - ( I have posted this before - so has Z )
The whole conference online is very interesting and Laurence Zitvogel and Gustavo Kroemer are there - this is solid mainstream oncology/immunology. I am not suggesting you do that - I have no evidence for it - but I, and I stress " I " would consider a low caloric no sugar very low protein diet around my chemo days. It of course depends on what your overall diet is like for the week/weeks. It's all a bit nebulous but it's not silly and quite interesting.Do not eat sugar on that day!!! I speak of it particularly as in TN your immune system is your friend. To be honest I did not feel like eating much so it wasn't particular hard. Please do not have a hot drink during chemo - on Taxol - suck on ice to protect your oral mucosa.
Sleep - regular - any way you can !! Even if you up the sleeping tablets. Circadian rhythms seem to be another part of the puzzle.
Another Nobel prize for Med 2017.
Finally stress - don't laugh...- do what ever you have to, to function. This is the first paper that I have seen effectively medicating for stress - it's small and it's on the use of propanolol in preventing melanoma recurrence.
But it's JAMA so reputable and propanolol is a Beta blocker - it modulates the neurohorm response to stress. Ha!!
Well that is my two cents worth - I am quite sure you knew most of it. 😊🌷🐣😉
Hugs to All,
( really happy I could not post on Stage 4 - I so pissed off by the silly comments on Jen's thread! )
8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/11/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal
9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall