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Oct 20, 2018 09:07AM
Oct 20, 2018 09:09AM
RE late recurrence, if you are able to take an anti-hormonal, that will help with late recurrence. Current thinking is that many women recur after 5-10 years because they stop taking an AI (protocol was for 5 years, then 10. My MO now tells me that if patients can tolerate it, some oncologists are asking us to consider it a lifelong drug). Since I'm high risk, I expect she'll ask me to stay on it longer than 10 years.
Also--BMI, exercise, diet, limit exposure to carcinogens in environment and food--all could make a difference.
One study that really helped me feel better was the nurse's study. It seems that 3-5 hours of moderate exercise a week reduced recurrence rate in post-BC nurses. Since I exercise a lot, and keep my BMI around 19-20, I felt like at least I had some control in helping my body fight off any potential recurrence.
The second link is interesting because it reviewed previous research. Scroll down to "aspirin", e.g.
"NURSES' HEALTH STUDY Nurses' Health Study data revealed women who participated in moderate exercise (such as walking at an average pace) for 3-5 hours/week had a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, breast cancer death, and death from any cause."
9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus