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 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.
 Asked: 4/4/2012 Dear Ms. thank you for your previous hints. My wife is using HERCEPTIN yet(we are in about 13th period of infusion).
 Asked: 3/19/2012 Did JH ever come out with a definitive response on the use of aspirin to prevent recurrence? What about other NSAIDs? Thank you!!!
 Asked: 3/18/2012 I am 60 years old and recently had a lumpectomy on my left breast to remove a 2.2cm non-invasive DCIS grade 3 tumor.
 Asked: 3/14/2012 I''ve been prescribed Tamoxifen after surgery for DCIS.
 Asked: 3/6/2012 Is there any evidence that zoledronic acid or denosumab will prevent bone mets for early stage bc?
 Asked: 2/21/2012 I''m interested in using flaxseed oil (1 teaspoon daily).
 Asked: 2/13/2012 I have recently been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.
 Asked: 2/12/2012 I have been diagnosed with breast cancer stage T1 Ni M0 (IIB, ER+ PR+ Cerb B2 -ve.
 Asked: 2/12/2012 I am told that after my radiation, course of recommended treatment will be Tomoxifen.
 Asked: 2/7/2012 Can you take Graviola with Tamoxifen for breast cancer?
 Asked: 1/21/2012 I''ve read lately about HZ as a treatment for cancer.
 Asked: 1/11/2012 I am on tamoxifen and have just been prescribed celebrex for chronic shoulder pain with great relief but I am concerned about interactions...
 Asked: 1/5/2012 I had breast cancer 3 yrs ago.
 Asked: 1/3/2012 I am trying to understand the effectiveness of herceptin.
 Asked: 1/3/2012 I have triple negative breast cancer and have been doing research on line.
 Asked: 1/3/2012 I am half way through my radiation for bc.
 Asked: 11/21/2011 Hi Lily, What are your thoughts about taking curcumin for cancer survivors? I have been reading more and more about this and wondered...
 Asked: 11/20/2011 I''m wondering what the proper blood level of vitamin d should be for me? I''m a BRCA 1 breast cancer survivor and am currently...
 Asked: 11/20/2011 Dear Ms. Shockney, Thank you for your reply. My wife(my life) already have undergone 8th period of HERCEPTIN therapy.
 Asked: 11/19/2011 hi i have er/pr positive stage 4 breast cancer am currently on xeloda i have heard great things about essiac tea (8) herb formula, my...
 Asked: 11/19/2011 Dear Sir/Madam, 1- How much is the dosage of HERCEPTIN in each injection? 2- For dosage calclation is there any parameter other than weight included? 3- How...
 Asked: 11/13/2011 I''ve been told that taking Melatonin can put "cancer cells to sleep" other words slow down cancer cell growth.
 Asked: 10/25/2011 What is your opinion about taking metformin to help prevent recurrence of breast cancer? (especially triple negative seeing as there is not additional therapy after...
 Asked: 10/18/2011 I am a 5 year survivor of breast cancer, had a very favorable cancer, tiny, ER positive, no LN involvement, well differented.
 Asked: 10/4/2011 My girlfriend has stage 2a breast cancer....aggressive grade, 2.5 cm.
 Asked: 8/18/2011 I am taking 20mg Nolvadex, after being detected with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma,ER+ PR+ HER2-, node -my Onco Type Dx Recurrence Score came 16 so no...
 Asked: 7/26/2011 Acupuncture for Aromatase Inhibitor-related joint pain. Can I ask if you are aware of any safety issues regarding the use of acupuncture for joint pain side effects of AIs.
 Asked: 7/25/2011 My sister-in-law had a MRM done on 21.6.10.
 Asked: 7/17/2011 I was wondering if you would be so kind as to answer a question. Today I was reading an article from Bloomberg (April, 2011) stating...
 Asked: 6/25/2011 Have the studies that Hopkins was doing re acupuncture and breast cancer been completed? Any preliminary results if not the final ? .
 Asked: 6/6/2011 on tamoxifen. would like to take curcumin and start using wheatgrass.
 Asked: 6/5/2011 I was diagnosised with Stage I breast cancer three years ago and had a bilateral mastectomy (my choice).
 Asked: 5/4/2011 Is ginkoba bioba effective in rheumatoid arthritis?
 Asked: 4/8/2011 Is it safe to take Wheat grass powder while on Xeloda? Does the powder have so much folic acid that it can enhance toxicity of xeloda?
 Asked: 4/8/2011 I have DCIS stage 0. The surgery schedule for on 04/15/2011 which will be performed by general surgeon.
 Asked: 4/5/2011 I just started Tamoxifen for a low grade, early IDC cancer.
 Asked: 3/7/2011 How many oncologist, who get diagnosed with cancer, elect to have chemotherapy as part of their treatment? .
 Asked: 2/25/2011 My wife (age 69) was diagnosed last as having two tumors in her right breast.
 Asked: 2/25/2011 Hi Lillie,I was recently diagnosed at JHU w/Stage I, HER2+ breast cancer.
 Asked: 2/20/2011 Do you have any thoughts concerning the use of DIM (diindolylmethane) along with chemo, Herceptin and an aromatase inhibitor? I will be starting on these...

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