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Jul 18, 2019 04:21AM
I do hope you will make a full recovery soon. It must be exhausting going through all this.
I do not envy you all that heat and humidity. I find I like cool temperatures more than anything else. It has been quite hot here in Exmouth but above all there has been no rain and we really need it.
Thank you for your kind words about the grounds. The hebe shrubs have been exceptional this summer.
My back seems to be recovering and is just a bit stiff now.
As for proton beam therapy, only time will tell whether it is as safe as they are saying. There will also be the problem of cost and availability especially here in the UK.
I found the email for July 15th from Chris Woollams very interesting. I do agree with him that we need personal plans for each cancer patient and that patients have to their own plan of trying to keep it at bay by personal life-style changes.
Another article is about the common cancer drug that spreads cancer! It turns out to be the taxane drug paclitaxel (Taxol). If this is true of paclitaxel, then it is probably the same for docetaxel (Taxotere), which is what I had. My oncologist told me that docetaxel was less harmful on the heart than paclitaxel, but is it really? The taxanes definitely cause neuropathy and they also cause lymphoedema, so these new drugs might be worse than the older generation of drugs such as doxorubicin, epirubicin, cyclophosphomide, methotrexate and fluorouracil.
I think if you can get away with just plain surgery for your cancer treatment, then you are less likely to have short and long term side effects. That is my own personal opinion. If you can catch everything early and avoid lymph node removal, then the journey should be much less traumatic.
Another interesting article was about radioactive iodine therapy for thyroid problems, which increases cancer risk.
I was also interested in the article about how your brain has a microbiome.
As for WDDTY I sometimes feel quite confused after reading it, as you do not know what to believe.
I tend to just carry on with my own routine with living the day and having a lifestyle based on everything in moderation.
Thinking of you, Mary, and hope you will soon be recovered from all this pain and stress.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right