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2/8/2018Hi there,
It been nearly a year since I've finished treatment,I had multifocal 3 tumour,27 mm in total ,oncotype 11 ,grade 1, er and pr positive and her neg, I thought by now I would have moved on but still think about it a least everyday,the taking tamoxifen spose reminds me, when treated my doctors had positive prognosis things to say and I felt positive too but it seems being nearly a year out and instead of feeling positive I feel like it's just a matter of time before it comes back ,if I could create cancer once I must be prone to it, even when I do something like a holiday or event in the back of my mind I thinks I better enjoy this as by next year this time it could have spread everywhere and I will be dying, dramatic I know,do people actually get one bout of cancer and it never comes back or is it like Olivia newton john and it will be back eventually,my mind tells me I should be grateful and I am but I can't help wondering what caused it in first place as I try to do the right things,food exercise,do you think eating a plant based diet is helpful to stop reoccurrence? Sorry I realise I sound abit crazy it's probably the tamoxifen as it's not great ,I'm 41,so was hoping on being around for at least another 30 years,thanking you
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2/8/2018Oh dear, you are worrying yourself silly! Be confident that if you followed your medical team's instructions and are compliant with taking Tamoxifen (I, myself, know the side effects are unpleasant), your prognosis is excellent! The Oncotype DX score is a predictor of risk of recurrence and yours is low, so that's great! Having a breast cancer diagnosis and going through our treatment changes us, and it may take longer for you to be able to put this chapter behind you. Maybe speak with a counselor or attend a Survivors Support Group, both will help you tremendously. I promise you, there will be a day when you can put this on the shelf -- the time that takes is different for each of us! Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, no smoking and limit alcohol are all excellent ways to lower your risk for recurrence, but there is no magic solution. Be well, my dear, and enjoy your life!

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