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Old 04-11-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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Re: Is Herceptin working and the need for scans

It's tough to live with so much uncertainty, isn't it? But here in the U.S. they also don't routinely look for recurrence or metastasis. A study comparing people who were followed closely after treatment ended to those who weren't showed no benefit, in terms of overall survival, to being followed closely.

You're basically just playing the odds. To improve them, get a half hour of exercise a day, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy body weight, and manage your stress.

There's a book called Anti-Cancer; A New Way of Life that might interest you. The author makes the excellent point that whether or not the lifestyle he adopted, and recommends in the book, would keep his cancer at bay forever, the changes he made gave him (and those around him) a better quality of life.
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