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7/20/2016What is your opinion on taking Milk Thistle for my relative who has stage 4 er positive breast cancer that has metastasized go the liver - in the past chemotherapy kept the metastasized cancer in the liver at bay, but recently, the chemo has not worked and the tumor size in the liver has increased so while we experiment with new chemotherapy, considering adding milk thistle but there seems to be mixed opinions out there
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7/21/2016There is usually a lot of liberal thought when it comes to supporting patients with stage 4 breast cancer. As time passes drug therapy becomes less of an option and physicians usually are comfortable letting the patient try things that she believes might be useful. BTW, over time, the estrogen positivity of the tumor usually decreases and the ability to keep the disease in control with hormonal therapy or chemo diminishes. Bottom line is that she will need her doctor's permission to take it. really important that she and her doctor discuss now what are her goals of treatment. treatment for treatment sake is bad care. really important her affairs be in order and her wishes known too. never good to try to get these things done in a hurry later.

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