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  •  brace yourself (21+ / 0-)

    I'm a 19yr ovarian ca. survivor, so I've got a tough skin.
    I too would HIGHLY recommend ignoring most of the internet information.
    For some reason, everyone and their brother will want to tell you their story--its like we grow a big target on our foreheads. Be wary of advice based on hearsay.
    Medscape has good information and the National Institutes for Health and also have good info.
    Please reject ANYTHING in the way of advice you get from people who are selling books and vitamins. Check Quackwatch when in doubt.

    •  I agree.... (3+ / 0-)
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      slouchsock, nomandates, hopeful

      on avoiding the quack remedies.  If you need chemo, there are some pretty good anti-nausea remedies out there, but all those vitamins some want you to take are hard on the stomach.  Call on the Monday Night cancer blog for some helpful support.

      Also, chemo brain and a weird kind of emotionless depression can be common side effects that you can get over after chemo is done.

      Be brave- and feel free to complain sometimes.  The hurry up and wait part of the initial diagnosis was hard on me.  

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:21:19 PM PST

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      •  I second this poster. I was diagnosed last June (1+ / 0-)
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        with stage IIIa breast cancer, courtesy of my radiologist who missed the cancer in my films the year before. Because it had spread to the lymph nodes, I had chemo before surgery.
        A combination nicknamed "red death."  It had some difficult side effects but the anti-nausea meds DID work.
        Find a good oncologist and follow the protocol. I did, and I am now cancer-free and plan to stay that way.

        If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy ( inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

        by Outraged Mom on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 04:44:37 AM PST

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