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Jan 1, 2018 02:31AM
I just had a mastectomy for ILC, and it was a large tumour,, occupying 10cm, but no nodal involvement. mitosis 1.
This was just 2 weeks ago. I plan not to have radiation or hormone therapy. Chemo was not suggested.
ER+ PR- HER-.
But I found out that -
a) Tamoxifen has side effects, and can cause uterine cancer and strokes. I have had uterine fibroids, and there is a family history of strokes.
b) Tamoxifen does not kill cancer, it only slows it down from progressing. I am postmenopausal, vegetarian since 1998, low in ER and so was prescribed Vagifem for vaginal dryness, already have thinning and greying hair at 64. So, I cannot see a major advantage here for a slow growing cancer, if there are any mets out there.
c) ILC has two kinds of ERs. ER alpha and ER gamma. Tamoxifen only works on ER alpha and actually is thought to proliferate ER gamma cells. This decided it for me. And cancer can develop resistence to drugs.
I am going to rely on a diet low in hormones and phytohormones, and the amino acid methionine. Apparently, cancer cells are extra dependent on this and we cannot make it in the body. It is found in higher levels in animal sourced food. So a low protein , low caloric diet with low methionine levels (some is required for health at 15mg per kilo of healthy target body weight), and weight loss to reduce ER production. And of course watchful attention to my body, while I get on with life.
Apparently, nettle root is a natural AI too. I am willing to give that a go while watching the effects carefully.
I also read that low dose aspirin slows cancer cells spreading.
Good luck to all on this journey.