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Mar 7, 2020 04:39PM
I am in the same boat with both of you.... I had an advanced TNBC and was eager to throw everything at it.
I had a consult with Dr Keith Block of The Block Center, who has a book, Life Over Cancer. He is an Integrative Oncologist near Chicago. he gave me a huge list of things to take but some of them were specific to my case (TNBC) and others were general recommendations. Largely a bunch of antioxidants including curcumin, selenium, quercetin, ALA, etc, Omega 3 fish oil, D3, B6, plus some food based things like reishi mushroom, matcha/EGCG, 'super green' powder. Altogether, about 25 things.
I basically just stayed on the same supplements I had been taking during chemo. I am still on them, though I do skip days here & I am looser about it. My regular MO also said to stay on the supplements.
Initially he was kind of skeptical when I told him what Dr Block recommended but he was ok with me doing it and making the risk benefit analysis on my own. (He looked up everything and found nothing was contraindicated.) I had a phenomenal response to chemo, my tumors had melted to non-palpable size by halfway through chemo, and I have no serious or long term SEs. Other than a numb armpit, I feel VERY good.
At my 1 year visit my MO told me that he would NEVER have predicted I would have a pCR when I walked in to his office the first day what is now considered a stage 3C TNBC (I had a 3.8 cm multifocal tumor, and a 3 cm tumor in my axilla as well). He told me 'I think those extras and supplements you did helped you enormously." Which I found VERY decent of him as he has definitely changed his tune and few docs are that humble.
If you can find a Naturopathic physician who works w cancer patients, they have a lot more know how than most MOs.
pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads.
7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/12/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
2/10/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes