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How Many Years of Aromatase Inhibitor Treatment in Breast Cancer?

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 30 July 2021
How Many Years of Aromatase Inhibitor Treatment in Breast Cancer?
How long is long enough or too long when it comes to adjuvant aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy for postmenopausal women with early-stage hormone receptorpositive (HR+) breast cancer? That's a question that has been vexing oncologists for more than a decade, but final results from a large study now suggest that after an initial 5 years of adjuvant endocrine therapy with tamoxifen and/or an AI, an additional 5 years of AI therapy offer no clinical benefits compared with an additional 2 yea...
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Herbal Medicine: Artemisia Annua

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 8 July 2021
Herbal Medicine: Artemisia Annua
Also known as Qing Hao in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Sweet Wormwood in Western Herbal Medicine. This herb has become notable recently because Dr Youyou Tu researched TCM's use of this herb and its significant effect on Malaria. She was able to identify the compound responsible, Artemisin, which dramatically changed the worldwide ability to combat Malaria reducing the international cases by 25%. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015.1
Sweet Wormwood has many other s...
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Are Soy Foods Safe for Breast Cancer Patients?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 28 June 2021
Are Soy Foods Safe for Breast Cancer Patients?
Many women with breast cancer have been told to avoid soy foods. This warning is based on the assumption that plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) found in soybeans could be harmful. The assumption is that soy food sources of estrogens might somehow "feed" cancer cells and act in opposition to anti-estrogen medications like tamoxifen, thereby increasing breast cancer risk. But what really happens when women eat these soy products? Biologically, the isoflavones in soybeans are phytoe...
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The DUTCH test meausures your sex and stress hormones

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 26 June 2021
The DUTCH test meausures your sex and stress hormones
The Dutch Hormone Test tests reproductive and adrenal hormones, as well as melatonin and oxidative stress. It is an effective, evidence-based way by which to understand the root causes of your symptoms and begin to create a treatment pathway to return you to health. Common symptoms women experience at different times in their lives include: exhaustion
abnormal menstruation (heavy/painful periods)
PMS
headaches
decreased sex drive
bloating
mood swings
anxiety and depression
breast t...
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The Fasting-Mimicking Diet during Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 20 June 2021
The Fasting-Mimicking Diet during Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Extensive preclinical evidence suggests that short-term fasting and fasting mimicking diets (FMDs) can protect healthy cells against the perils of a wide variety of stressors, including chemotherapy, simultaneously rendering cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and other therapies Essentially, fasting causes a switch in healthy cells from a proliferative state towards a maintenance and repair state. Malignant cells, in contrast, seem to be unable to enter this protective state b...
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