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Deciding if doing radiation and AI's with risk factor of 16

By October 1, 2019 - 2:41pm
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I am terrified of having radiation (left breast) and taking AI's.
Trying to find people who have had lumpectomy and not followed standard treatments.
I have not been able to find any statistics on it

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HERWriter Guide

Hello Holiday

Thank you for writing!

For the benefit of our readers, AI stands for Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) - these are a class of drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer in women who have already gone through menopause.

AIs are taken to either stop the body's creation of estrogen or block the action that estrogen takes on receptors.

I understand that breast cancer patients become well educated not only on the disease but it's treatment. I'd be very interested to know why you are wary of this treatment in terms of your research - this can help our readers too. Let us know your thoughts.

Radiation obviously has it's benefits (killing cancer cells) and it's cons (killing off the healthy parts of the body too, as well as side effects like sickness, nausea, lack of appetite etc). Let us know more about your concerns there too.

I do hope other readers who went through a lumpectomy and decided against other traditional treatments read your post and give you their input.


October 2, 2019 - 2:24pm
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Anonymous (reply to SusanC)

My doctor convinced me to use AI. He said it will reduce the chance of cancer recurrence elsewhere in the body. And those cancers could be anywhere and not necessarily have a protocol for treatment.

I’m being proactive with diet and lifestyle choices and learning to control what I can while allowing my doctors to use scientifically proven treatments on me. I feel they are way better informed on the topic than I’ll ever be. I’ll let them do their best for me and I’ll work on doing my best with things I can control. I’m one year out and expecting many more healthy years.

February 14, 2020 - 8:44am
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Thank you for sharing your experience, it can help others. My friend also chose this path, trusting in her doctor's advice, while being pro-active with diet and lifestyle changes. Things that she could control. So far so good!

Continued good health to you.


February 14, 2020 - 5:29pm
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