Life after Breast Cancer Treatment
I saw a friend today - She had a double mastectomy this past
February. 5 years ago one breast had a tumor and just the
tumor was removed and radiation therapy applied. In
February the cancer had returned and was in both breasts. Her
breast cancer treatment was both surgical and chemical.
She remains cheerful. Her hair has all grown back. She wears
no prosthesis. She told me she lives one moment at a
time. Her husband has very poor health with cancer of his
own and a mental state that is not stable. He served in Vietnam
and has never been quite "right" since in spite of several
attempts at treatment.
She has survived Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer
treatment. You would not say her survival has been due
to the perfect family support or employer
support. She was not allowed to return to work. Yes she
has grown much closer to her daughter and grandchildren.
She has tremendous faith in God. She plans for the future but
lives moment to moment. She has the mentality of a
What is in the future for any woman who has had breast
cancer treatment? What will her life be like? How
does her diet and lifestyle affect her survival rate? How
does the support and acceptance of her family affect her? What
will happen to her job?
Some women have found that group therapy with women who have
gone through the same emotional stages are great in helping
cope with the trauma of breast cancer. The support of
fellow breast cancer survivors can encourage and give hope for
their own disease and the quality of life they can expect.
Quality of life may be the most important part of breast
cancer survival. If a support group can give hope and
improve quality of life, it may be the best course of action
for most breast cancer patients.
Although there is no convincing evidence that eating soy
products will increase your chances of breast cancer survival,
there may be evidence to show that it could act like estrogen
and cause cancer cells to multiply. Breast cancer
patients may want to avoid soy products until more study is
done to find out if soy will hurt the healing process of breast
Breast cancer survivors can change their diet and lifestyle
to increase their survival rate. Taking care of your
body, eating healthy, getting enough exercise, and staying away
from alcohol, tobacco products, and sugar will help ensure
you will continue to recover.
Exercise and its effect on breast cancer are not known, but
exercise can help in other areas of your life. Exercise
can give you stress relief and keep your weight at a steady
level. When you exercise, your mood is raised and you are
more capable of dealing with the little problems in life that
are worsened if you are sick. Weight training can increase
muscle strength and make movement easier and safer.
There are many avenues of research yet to be done by
scientists and researchers. The effect of chemical
exposure on breast cancer rates, studying new methods of
treatments and researching new drugs are all areas that need
Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer today have a much
better chance of surviving the disease than women did twenty
years ago. It is important for women to realize that
having a breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence.
The survival rate for breast cancer is up to 86 percent.
That means that 86 women out of one hundred can expect to
survive breast cancer.
Since early detection is key to the treatment of any cancer,
follow your doctor's advice on testing. If you find any
lump or deviation of the normal, go see your doctor.
Better to be told it is nothing, than to find you waited too
Alternative breast cancer treatments are available.
Alternative medicines can also be used as complimentary
treatments. Relaxation therapy, meditation, spiritual
practices, herbal medicines, and vitamin treatments are all
alternative and complementary treatments for breast cancer.
Talk with your physician to help in planning for these
Special funding has been given to encourage the study of
alternative and homeopathic treatments. Also,
acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and energy healing may
prove to be an asset in breast cancer treatment. More
study is needed to decide if these methods are good to use with
standard cancer treatment.
In your quest to survive your breast cancer and the
treatment, you may find that EFT can help. You will need to be
watchful the rest of your life to detect any returning cancer
but you can't live your life in fear.
If you are dealing with the beginnings of breast cancer
treatment or the after affects, you know that stress must be
managed and I can't think of anything that works better than
EFT. You will have to learn to exercise again, and EFT can help
with the pain and frustration that is involved in that as well.
take a moment and check out this video that explains EFT.
The most important thing to remember is that --- yes
--- there is quality life after breast cancer treatment.