Sep 13, 2019 11:10AM trinigirl50 wrote:
Chemo works on the currently active cells that may have already entered your bloodstream or lymphatic system and kills them. This stops them from setting up shop in your bones or organs and growing into tumours at a later stage. This cuts down on the chance of recurrence in the future.
Yes it has been documented that exercise can help drop reoccurrence rates by as much as 20% in some studies. It is not clear whether lowering your body fat prevents reoccurrence some studies say yes, some say no. However the idea behind it, is that fat makes oestrogen and if you are ER+ then the less oestrogen your body makes, the better your chances are for no reoccurrence. The tamoxifen is used to lower or eliminate oestrogen. Tamoxifen has been absolutely proven to lower reoccurrence rates by up to 30%.
There is now an online calculator that can predict if continued use of Tamox or an AI drug after 5 years completed will be beneficial or not.
As you are so early stage, I would guess that your chances of reoccurrence are very small. ILC is know to be slow lazy cancer when caught early, not aggressive. No one is safe from recurrence but Stage 1A ILC has an excellent prognosis.
Decisions about forgoing medication and changing lifestyle instead of using conventional therapy are entirely personal. I would discuss this clearly with your Drs. But changing lifestyle for healthier eating and exercise is always going to be beneficial, whether it reduces chances of reoccurrence or not.