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 Asked: 8/24/2014 Hi, I have stage iii invasive lobular breast cancer.
 Asked: 8/18/2014 should I take cholecalciferal 1.25mg (vitamin d) monthly while on arimidex and completing herceptin infusions (up to 11 of 17). Many thanks .
 Asked: 8/4/2014 While on Herceptin and Arimidex is it advised to stop taking antioxidant supplements.
 Asked: 7/26/2014 Onc doc had me on aromatase inhibitor and I was completely sleepless and had tsunami night sweats.
 Asked: 7/19/2014 Hello - is it safe to take Guanabana tea whilst I am on Herceptin and Pertuzumab - both of which are targetted breast cancer drugs.
 Asked: 7/11/2014 I am a 50 year old woman, been put in a very high risk catogory for breast cancer.
 Asked: 7/8/2014 Do enzymes with rose hips, and fennel, and protease affect ER+/PR+ 80% Breast cancer? .
 Asked: 7/3/2014 Are any studies available on Berberine and Tamoxifin? Thank you.
 Asked: 6/19/2014 Should cancer patients(particularly metastatic breast cancer) stay away from supplements that contain Vitamin B-12 and folic acid? And if so,what dosages are dangerous? Thank you
 Asked: 6/17/2014 For stage 2A, HER2+ breast cancer, after mastectomy, is it safe to opt for High dose Vitamin C thru IV instead of chemo + herceptin...
 Asked: 6/16/2014 Does NAC protect cancer cells? If so, at what dosage? Would 260 mg of NAC a day be harmful to a metastatic breast cancer to bones patient?
 Asked: 6/10/2014 Can one(a male) who is on tamoxifen for metastatic breast cancer (from one breast)that spread to bones take Iodoral 12.5 mg without any dangerous...
 Asked: 6/10/2014 Is there an ioderl and tamoxifen interaction?
 Asked: 5/22/2014 Are you familiar with GcMAF as an alternative breast cancer treatment instead of the traditional approach of surgery, radiation and chemo? Would you prescribe this?..
 Asked: 5/12/2014 Hello I saw the question on vitamin d.
 Asked: 4/29/2014 Is it alright to take the following supplments along with Tamoxifen after surgery for ER/PR+, HER- breast cancer: Rosehip powder, Ginseng and Turmeric
 Asked: 4/24/2014 So, 2.5+ cm IDC, no calcifications present, ER/PR+Her2-, sentinal node + but 10 auxila nodes were -.
 Asked: 4/20/2014 is it okay to take vitamin b complex if i am taking anastrozole.
 Asked: 4/18/2014 My oncologist ordered twice yearly calcium shots because I am taking Letrozole.
 Asked: 4/14/2014 Is it safe to take one 1000 mg milk thistle while on tamoxifen? I ask becasue milk thistle is a liver protectant (science based evidence)...
 Asked: 4/10/2014 Is it safe to take 5-HTP while on Tamoxifen ?
 Asked: 3/18/2014 Do you have any guidelines on taking BioCurcumin and Quercitin with tamoxifen(20mg a day) Thank you.
 Asked: 3/15/2014 What is your opinion about taking artimisinin with tamoxifin for metastatic breast cancer in a male? Thank you.
 Asked: 2/17/2014 I had lumpectomy, re-excision, and radiation for DCIS, stage 0, and I am on Tamoxifen, since April 2013.
 Asked: 2/12/2014 I have a friend who had cryoablation for invasive DCIS, estrogen positive 12 years ago.
 Asked: 2/10/2014 I am a breast cancer survivor and I was very excited to find the Johns Hopkkins Brocco Sprouts at my local grocery store.
 Asked: 1/30/2014 Hello- I asked the brassica question. It seems that the new research indicates that brassica prevents cancer from forming- but if you have actually already had cancer it prevents the body from recognizing and destroying the existing cancerous cells .
 Asked: 1/30/2014 Hello. I have been drinking brassica tea. Today I read articles that antioxidants might assist cancer cells in hiding from the bodies defense systems ( p53.).
 Asked: 1/19/2014 Is there any contraindications to using reishi mushroom or rooster tail mushroom with tamoxifen ? .
 Asked: 1/10/2014 Is there any interaction between green coffee bean extract and tamoxifen? can they be taken together?
 Asked: 12/17/2013 I recently heard of artemesinin (taken with an iron supplement) for treatment of initially malaria but now supposedly beneficial to fight breast cancer
 Asked: 12/15/2013 Is it safe to use lemon grass while on herceptin? .
 Asked: 12/10/2013 I have stage 4 breast cancer with lymph, bone and liver mets.
 Asked: 12/3/2013 After recently being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer I have stopped eating soy,of which I have rightly or wrongly become fearful.
 Asked: 12/2/2013 Are there any foods or supplements that can boost mood and libido without increasing estrogen? I read that zinc, magnesium, watermelon, asparagus, etc may?
 Asked: 10/29/2013 Are there any long-term studies on the effects of Amberen? Were any side effects found related to long-term use?
 Asked: 10/9/2013 Er+/Pr+, Her2+++, 1.7 cm tumor, TCH 6 rounds, bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, Stage T1c, Grade 3.
 Asked: 10/8/2013 I am a six-year survivor of ER+ cancer, having completed five years of tamoxifen/arimidex therapy last in April.
 Asked: 10/2/2013 I''m a triple negative patient (stage IV mets to spine and lymph).
 Asked: 9/9/2013 I am a both ER and PR positive cancer.
 Asked: 9/6/2013 Is it safe to drink pure wheatgrass while in herceptin treatment.
 Asked: 8/26/2013 Can I take Reishi mushrooms while doing chemo and taking Herceptin for HER2 positive (+++) breast cancer.
 Asked: 8/25/2013 My mother is scheduled for mastectomy in 10 days.
 Asked: 8/20/2013 Are there any good studies regarding celebrex and it''s effect on breast cancer? All seem old and the one on the nci site was terminated.
 Asked: 8/14/2013 I have been taking tamoxifen for three years, and am experiencing dramatic hair loss.
 Asked: 8/7/2013 Just started Tamoxfin and a little disheartened to find out I need to check each supplement to ensure it does not adversely affect the Tamoxfin.
 Asked: 7/29/2013 I read about broccoli sprouts working as an antioxidant.
 Asked: 7/28/2013 Can Paw Paw, be taken with tamoxifin? And b17 Credence enzyme megazyme forte plus, Curcumin 95percent Swanson cordyceps 4-60 mg Super artemisinin 3 per day Quercetin900 Peak
 Asked: 7/21/2013 Hi, Thank you for providing this web site.
 Asked: 5/28/2013 Are there any contraindications for a 9 year triple+ ILC survivor to take green coffee bean extract for weight loss ? I had B Mast.,6...
 Asked: 5/21/2013 There a lot of studies now on how selenium supplements can reverse the cancer process in brca 1 positive.
 Asked: 5/17/2013 Is it ok to take a multivitamin with vit a c and e during chemo? What about green tea? There is so much controversy in...
 Asked: 5/13/2013 Does wheatgrass help going through radiation for breast cancer.
 Asked: 5/13/2013 I have been reading some information about Astragalus.
 Asked: 5/6/2013 Is it okay to take calcium and vitamin D with my my chemo? I''m on docetaxel and cyclophosphamide.
 Asked: 4/30/2013 Is herceptin can use only four cycle..
 Asked: 4/29/2013 Is it safe to take tamoxifen with soursop tea.
 Asked: 4/23/2013 I have heard so much about metformin helping triple negative breast cancer women not having a recurrence.
 Asked: 4/20/2013 Can you take 5htp while prescribed tamoxifen..
 Asked: 4/18/2013 I am 65 yrs old, had DCIS with a mastectomy and follow on DIEP Flap reconstruction 4 1/2 years ago.
 Asked: 3/25/2013 Hi there, I have previously had breast cancer and have come thru my five year treatment on tamoxifen.
 Asked: 3/17/2013 Is there a drug interaction concern with taking Arimidex and Melatonin(for sleep)?
 Asked: 3/7/2013 I''m taking Tamoxifen for severe Ibrocystis breast pain...
 Asked: 3/6/2013 Are there resources for complementary medicine or oriental medicine use in cancer or cancer prevention or concurrently? Research ongoing?
 Asked: 2/23/2013 Have you heard anything about FEMFLAX? To reduce cancer risk and to calm menopause effects? 4.5 yrs out, on Tamoxifen..
 Asked: 2/20/2013 My wife, age 53, was diagnosed in Sept.
 Asked: 1/28/2013 after mastectomy i was diagnosed by MRI with shoulder impingiment,tendenitis,bursitis and some effusion arround the joint my doctor started physiotherapy is infra red is harmfull...
 Asked: 1/21/2013 I read where drinking alcohol may actually be deemed causative for ilc? Have you seen these studies - what do you think? Also is a longer(...
 Asked: 1/14/2013 I have been diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome on the same side that I a 3.5cm IDC and sentinel node (negative) removed.
 Asked: 1/3/2013 What foods should be avoided when taking anastrozole.
 Asked: 12/19/2012 Hi, I am an 8 1/2 year breast cancer survivor.
 Asked: 12/14/2012 is it true that aspirin reduce reccurrent rate.
 Asked: 12/5/2012 is lemon balm tea safe to drink for estrogen breast cancer survivor to help with sleep.
 Asked: 12/3/2012 hello dear madam.I want to Know if dark chocolate & coffee are harmful for breast cancer?if not, how much is it permitted to take a day?thanks..
 Asked: 11/23/2012 I am starting treatment with xeloda, is there any benefits or problems taking Activated Quercetin, Tumeric Supreme, Super Artemisinin, Genkinoko, Graviola or Cat''s Claw during...
 Asked: 11/16/2012 I was diagnosed with ILC, ER+,PR+, HER20, Ki67 15% in July 2012.
 Asked: 11/1/2012 completed the chemotherapy portion of TCH protocol almost two months ago, neutrophils still low but improving.
 Asked: 10/31/2012 hi i take aromazin 25 mg per day.
 Asked: 10/29/2012 Thoughts on flaxseed oil for her2+++ breast cancer? .
 Asked: 9/28/2012 My wife took Abraxene for 6 months for Stage 4 Breast cancer (ER/PR +) and had good result till it stopped working.
 Asked: 9/24/2012 i need to have a papilloma removed .
 Asked: 9/24/2012 Can I take curcumin and paw paw with Xeloda/Capecitebine? .
 Asked: 9/20/2012 I am taking Tamoxifen. Can Lorazepam be taken or is it a drug interaction? I know Benadryl can''t be taken due to it having Diphenhydramine.
 Asked: 9/18/2012 Hello. I have a choice between the metformin and another trial.
 Asked: 9/9/2012 What do you know about the facts of SENSA? Is it safe?
 Asked: 8/25/2012 I was recently diagnosed with a new primary IDC after almost 12 years.
 Asked: 8/20/2012 Is lower back pain a common side effect of Herceptin? I am taking herceptin every 3 weeks and it seems the pain is getting worse,...
 Asked: 8/12/2012 I was just diagnosed with LCIS. I am a good weight, active, limit alcohol, eat a very healthy diet. I decided a few days ago to follow a vegetarian diet.
 Asked: 8/8/2012 I am wonering if there are any "safe" blood pressure medicines for Her2+ patients.
 Asked: 7/9/2012 Since I have been diagnosed with ER/PR positive breast cancer, I stay away from soy and flaxseed.
 Asked: 5/18/2012 Can one take graviola while on radiation?
 Asked: 5/18/2012 Exactly what do you recommend as "complementary" medicine?? It seems like you dismiss every question about vitamins, supplements, etc..
 Asked: 5/1/2012 Can some of these products (vitamin C, vitamin E, anamu = Petiveria Alliacea, guanábana = graviola = Annona muricata, Reishi Mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, cúrcuma...
 Asked: 4/23/2012 Dear Ms Is the hyperthermia used in the treatment of cancer?, what do you think about this treatment? What do you think about whole-body hyperthermia treatment? Thanks...
 Asked: 4/15/2012 After 6 rounds of TCH for her2+ breast CA, i will now be on herceptin infusion every 3 weeks.
 Asked: 4/6/2012 Friend recovering from bilateral mastectomy, HER2+, Est+, oncotype in 70''s, and the question is while recovering, how much fish oil should she take and should...
 Asked: 4/5/2012 Dear Ms.
 Asked: 4/4/2012 I completed neo adjuvant TCH chemo in February for ER+PR- Her2 pos node neg IDC and had my lumpectomy 2 weeks ago.

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