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Topic: Diet Coke/Pepsi lover or hater? Please HELP!

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Posted on: Jan 19, 2015 02:02PM

bcsurvivor2005 wrote:

I picked up the Diet Coke habit pretty early in my life - probably around age 11 or 12.  I was diagnosed with DCIS Stage 0 breast cancer at the age of 24 (cancer in over 1/2 of left breast ducts - had to have mastectomy).

As I have gotten a little older, I have started to wonder if diet choices (ex: Diet Coke artificial sweeteners!!) had any impact on my breast cancer.  I am also currently completing a dietetic internship and I have decided to do a research project regarding artificial sweeteners and their correlation with breast cancer occurrence.

Please take a moment to reply if you had a strong relationship with a food/drink containing artificial sweeteners PRIOR to your breast cancer diagnosis...THANK YOU!!!

Dx 9/1/2005, DCIS, 5cm, Stage 0, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 9/13/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 10/20/2005 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 12/27/2005 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 19, 2015 02:07PM mdg wrote:

I use to drink Diet Coke all the time.  I have not had any in 4 years.   No family history of BC and otherwise very healthy before my dx. 

Maria Visit my BC Blog at breastcancerwontdefineme.blogs... Dx 12/13/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/23/2010 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 1/27/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/19/2011 Surgery 6/22/2011 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/10/2011 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Jan 19, 2015 02:29PM armamp95 wrote:

i never drank any sodas at all until the last few years, after diabetes DX (just don't like the carbonation) ...

Dx 10/2005, DCIS, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 10/20/2005 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Dx 8/4/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 9/11/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 10/16/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 8, 2015 10:53AM DiabeticCancerChick wrote:

Ha, I was just diagnosed with BC 3 days ago and this is my first reply... to a soda thread! I wanted to reply, though, because Diet Pepsi is an all-time favorite of mine, and that is pretty much my only source of H2O. You could argue, possibly with good reason, that the artificial sweetener or some other utterly unnatural ingredient found in Diet Pepsi contributed to my BC diagnosis, but I honestly don't feel as if it did, although I've been drinking this stuff nearly all my life (I'm 54 years old). The thing is, I get every dang physical ailment my mother has ever gotten, and at exactly the same age she did. When a biopsy on my breast was ordered, I wasn't thinking artificial sweeteners or that I had the same minuscule chance of cancer as every other woman, I was thinking that my mother got breast cancer at exactly the same age I am now, and I totally expected the result I got. So yes, maybe artificial sweeteners did play a part, but my mother only drinks soda when she goes to a restaurant... she isn't even on the same diet soda planet that I am, let alone general category. My guess is that genes, more than anything else, including my life-long diet soda habit, were the primary contributor to my diagnosis. And that's really what it is, just a guess.

Dx 3/5/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/16/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/26/2015 AC Hormonal Therapy 8/3/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 8, 2015 03:08PM Nancy2581 wrote:

hmmmmm - I used to drink diet coke all the time. Like DiabeticCancerChick it was my H20. Probably drank it for at least 30 years. Bad. When I started chemo last July diet coke tasted like crap so I gave it up and haven't gone back. I steal a sip of hubby's every now and then. Before I started chemo I asked my MO if I had if I had to give it up. She laughed and pulled out her can of diet coke hiding around the computer lol


2.8 cm tumor with LVI Dx 6/11/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/24/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/29/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2017 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 8, 2015 07:05PM Lorbgoo wrote:

I use to drink a ton of diet coke before I was diagnosed. I stopped the month I found out I had bc. Diagnosed at 44. My mother was diagnosed at 40.

My sister still drinks is. No bc

Lori Oncotype 41 Dx 1/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/30/2014 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/17/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Surgery 7/17/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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