Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In my continued journey as a Breast Cancer Survivor...
Factual and documented INFORMATION is necessary...
...for decisions on continued treatments, nutrition and quality of life.
Most of all..PRAYER is VITAL!
I am so thankful that GOD intervenes and makes known to us what we desire for good reasons. I have asked for direction...for confirmations...but, with patient waiting.
I've done a lot of research and have found the IMPORTANCE of Vitamin D 3 in our nutrition. Many of us do not realize that we are Vit D deficient!
Vitamin D 3 (Cholecalciferol) has been found to be very beneficial for Breast Cancer patients... and studies show it lowers risk of certain cancers and recurrence!
Vitamin D can be found in Fortified Milk, cheese, butter, cream, fish, oysters and fortified cereals.
VIT D is also efficient for helping absorb Calcium. Calcium and Magnesium together help with absorption of these three vitamin supplements.
Vitamin D can be toxic in high doses. CAUTION should be taken and a doctor referral for proper dosage for age and health requirements
Vitamin D benefits include;
regulates immune system
reduce risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
absorbs calcium for healthy bones
lowers risk of developing cancer
lowers risk of recurring cancer.
Studies show that there can still be a deficiency regardless of nutritional status
The Dietary Guidlines...DRI..Dietary Reference Intakes.
IU international units 200 IU for most people
ages 50-70 400 IU
ages 71 + 600 IU
UPDATE: I have been taking ARIMIDEX for the past three weeks.
The side affects have been:
INTENSE HOT flashes/sweating
In my research of Vitamin D 3 along with some other nutritional values and findings of MY particular breast cancer (size-grade-type etc)it has a very very LOW recurrence percentage..I have decided to stop taking the Arimidex for the remaining month.
At the end of the month I will have my first follow up Mammogram since my diagnosis and see my Breast Cancer Surgeon as well as speak with my Medical Oncologist; to make my final decision on whether to continue with this medication.
This will not be a haphazard decision.
The side affects of this medication versus my recurrence rate will be the primary objective in my decision.
PLEASE NOTE...that all information here is to be further researched by the reader and advice should be sought from the medical profession.