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Posted on: Jun 15, 2013 09:34AM - edited Jun 15, 2013 09:36AM by laura_apinkribbon

laura_apinkribbon wrote:

Cozy up with a book and a cup of green tea.  Green tea is rich in antioxidents which reduce the growth of the new blood vessels needed for tumor growth and metastases.  Green tea is also a detoxifier and it facilitates the death of cancer cells! In a study of Japanese women suffering from breast tumors that had not metastasized, it was discovered that those women who consumed 3 cups of green tea a day had 57% fewer relapses than those who only drank a cup. And men with prostate tumors, 5 cups of green tea per day reduced the risk of their cancers advancing by 50%.    Black tea and oolong tea do not provide the same protection since they have undergone fermentation.    Steep for 10 minutes to release its catechins or more specifically, flavonoids (the old Vitamin P from the 1950s!).  Don’t forget to drink within an hour of steeping.  After an hour or two, it loses its polyphenols!   

Source:  Regular Consumption of Green Tea and the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence:  Follow-up Study from the Hospital-Based Epidemiologic Research Program at Aichi Cancer Center, Japan.  Cancer Letters 167, no 2 (2001): 175-82

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Dx 12/5/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/24/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/27/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/18/2012
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Jun 15, 2013 09:40AM sciencegal wrote:

Thanks Laura!

I drank a lot of green tea all during chemo but have slacked off and gone back to coffee now. After reading your post I will start on the tea again right now while learning from you wonderful ladies on this site.

Have a great day everyone.

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/2/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/7/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/7/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/19/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/23/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/27/2013 Breast Surgery 9/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 15, 2013 10:41AM - edited Jun 15, 2013 10:54AM by laura_apinkribbon

EXCELLENT!  I was lax during chemo - tea and coffee made me sick! 

Dx 12/5/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/24/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/27/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/18/2012
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Jun 15, 2013 10:44AM dogsandjogs wrote:

Unfortunately I can't drink green tea because I'm on a blood thinner. Wish I could; I love it.

Dx 11/1982, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/17 nodes Surgery 11/17/1982 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 11/15/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/11/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
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Jun 15, 2013 12:36PM curveball wrote:

I prefer the flavor of black tea, but I've started drinking some of the "Fusion" blended teas from Stash. These are a combination of black and green tea. Since I probably drink at least six cups of tea a day, if these blends are half green that should be equivalent.

I will blame it on chemo-brain Wink that it has taken me several months to think of just buying loose green and black teas separately and mixing them myself, instead of the individually wrapped teabags with only twenty in a box! That way I'll avoid the excessive packaging and probably save money too.

Oncotype score 28--Age 56 at initial DX--mets found at 57 (but I suspect they were there from the start)--mixed IDC & carcenoid (neuroendocrine) tumor. Octreotide (a carcenoid treatment) June-Sept 2013, failed. Dx 3/23/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/18/2012 CMF Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 2/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Chemotherapy 10/30/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 1/22/2014 Doxil (doxorubicin) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2014
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Jun 18, 2013 09:03AM mumofone wrote:

I LOVE green tea - it's my favourite drink and I became hooked about 12 years ago, while I was pregnant. Unfortunately I still got the dreaded breast cancer, but I am at high risk and sometimes wonder if all the green tea I've been drinking delayed it a while? No answer to that!

Dx: Mar 2013 / Lumpectomy+Mastectomy: Grade 1 IDC (mucinous) & DCIS, 4.1cm, ER+/PR+ HER2-, 0/3 nodes
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Jul 19, 2013 09:48PM CassDugan wrote:

I'm with you, mumofone. I've been drinking it for years and yet...

Lately I've been fooling around with brewing green tea cold. I toss the leaves and cold water into a jar and then put it into the 'fridge at least overnight. I only have Dragon Well and Imperial Gunpowder in the house but both are very good this way. Preferable, even, I think. The flavor is fuller and less astringent.

I don't know if this method extracts the healthful polyphenols as well as brewing with heated water. It must still be extracting the caffeine because I haven't had any caffeine withdrawal headaches.

Surgery 5/16/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 6/13/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2013
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Jul 20, 2013 08:58AM sciencegal wrote:

Does anyone else use the green tea macha powder? It is concentrated. One of my colleagues brought me back a bag from her home town in Japan, I have been adding it to smoothies and to sugar free hot chocolate, it is weirdly good. VERY green!

I hope it helps, cant hurt right?

Thanks for sharing on this topic!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/2/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/7/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/7/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/19/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/23/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/27/2013 Breast Surgery 9/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 20, 2013 02:59PM - edited Jul 20, 2013 03:01PM by CassDugan

Matcha, as I understand it, is not simply powdered green tea. It's a particular type processed in a certain way, then ground into an ultrafine powder. The matcha powder is added to things or brewed and then not filtered out as one would with tea leaves. I have wanted to try it for years. I bulk order my tea. When I've seen matcha, it's been quite expensive. Someday, if I can ever find it in a small enough quantity to try.

Surgery 5/16/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 6/13/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2013
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Jul 20, 2013 03:50PM 20130502 wrote:

I love green tea in restaurants but all the brands I have found in the store (bags) produce a light brown colored tea and it does not taste anywhere near as good as what you get in a restaurant.  Where do you get your loose green tea?  I'd like to try upping my intake.  By the way - have any of you tried Sun Soup (a chinese friend is encouraging me to try it - it comes in packets dehydrated and you have to eat two packets a day - she swears that after using it her mother was completely cured of cancer (lung)).  I am nervous about trying it because although all the ingredients seem benign it does have two isoflavone components from soy and since I am on letrazole to zero out my estrogen I don't know if I should be eating plant derived estrogen like things.  Also, since it is not regulated - there is no absolute guarantee that the contents of the packet are what they say they are.  So trying to get my nerve up to try it .....http://www.sunfarmcorp.com/products.htm

It's not about the cards we are dealt, it's how we choose to play the hand (Randy Pausch); I intend to live forever or die trying (Groucho Marx) Dx 5/2013, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/5/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Jul 20, 2013 08:08PM CassDugan wrote:

Simpson & Vail (svtea.com) and Upton Tea (uptontea.com) are two excellent sources for buying loose tea in bulk. There's a bit of sticker shock ordering once a year but it is better quality than most bagged teas. Proper brewing usually allows for at least two steepings.

Green refers to how the tea has been processed rather than the color of the beverage it produces. If you search, Upton has an excellent set of pages in which the distinctions between types of tea (e.g. white, green, black, oolong, etc.) and the processing necessary to produce each type. Both sites provide thorough descriptions of the brew a tea is expected to produce, including color.

Surgery 5/16/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 6/13/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2013
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Sep 25, 2013 12:01PM CareBear1226 wrote:

So, drinking green tea is the answer for preventing a recurrence?  If so, what is the best brand to purchase and where?

Keep fighting like a girl! 💗💗 Dx 9/6/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/10 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 10/14/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/3/2012 Breast Surgery 12/4/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
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Sep 26, 2013 07:21AM cp418 wrote:

My favorite is BRASSICA Green tea with orange flavor - found in Wegmans.

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Feb 22, 2019 08:04AM JustG22 wrote:

I LOVE the powder much more than the individual bags. Not sure which brand is best but try to stay with one that is organic if possible. :)

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Feb 22, 2019 10:20AM santabarbarian wrote:

Matcha is great in a smoothie... much higher dose of the active ingredient. If you hate green tea you can take the active ingredient in tea as a supplement. It's called EGCg.



pCR after neoadjuvant chemo Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 10, 2019 08:10AM CG1644 wrote:

Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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Mar 10, 2019 03:15PM ghostie13 wrote:

Do the green teas supplements provide the same protection? I can't drink tea, kills my bladder....

Dx 9/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 11/26/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Mar 10, 2019 05:25PM - edited Mar 10, 2019 05:26PM by blah333

I think they do. I used to take some 40mg of caffeine green tea supplements and it also seemed to help my skin (vs. drinking tea or coffee). I also don't like having to tax my bladder/kidneys.


I hope 3 cups means tiny 8oz teacups... not sure I could drink 3 teabags a day



I find it way easier to eat carciferous vegetables as much as possible, broccoli, cauliflower etc.. not sure if it reallyhelps but I think it does

Dx 9/29/2017, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/7/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Mar 10, 2019 05:35PM santabarbarian wrote:

Cruciferous vegs, alliums (onions, garlic etc) & mushrooms are some of the healthiest stuff you can eat. Plus green leafy veggies. Include all the colors of the rainbow, like purple cabbage and orange bell pepper... If you hate cruciferous veggies, the key ingredient is sulfurophane. I think healthy diet plus supplementing the key nutrients you may be short on is very sensible to prevent inflammation, which is cancer promoting.

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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