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One Year
by The Artist Formerly Known as Irish_Lily (kellygreen)
at November 15th, 2006 (03:58 am)

Hi Ladies,

It's been one whole year since I got my positive test results back. One whole year of bloodwork and MRIs, ultrasounds and breast exams, mammograms and genetic councellors. I met with my oncologist today and everything seems fine so far. We're going to be sticking with the same program: no birth control, try to eat healthy, alternate MRIs and mammograms/ultrasounds every six months, and manual breast exams from her or my family doctor every six months. I can live with that. :)

She also suggested that I start taking a selenium tablet every day, as selenium apparently helps to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in young women. Has anyone else heard about this? She was apparently in touch with the oncologist who is heading up the BRCA-1 research team in Toronto (who my dad and his sisters were originally tested by), and he suggested that she suggest I start taking it.

I hope you're all doing well, and that the first year of this community has been beneficial to you all.

Yours in hope,
Erin :)


Posted by: roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
Posted at: November 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)

I've seen mention of selenium being related to a reduced risk for Ovarian cancer in my own meanderings around the internet, but I haven't heard of it being recommended from a practicing physician before. It's encouraging that some "traditional" physicians may be starting to embrace "alternative" therapies. Unfortunately my own oncologist is reluctant to recommend some of the more "naturopathic" methods and will do little more than encourage "sensible healthy diets."

I'd love to find a reputable, informed naturopathic specialist in my area that I can talk to about these kinds of potential supplementary therapies. It's near-to-impossible to sort through all the information on the Internet and know what to trust and what to label as pure BS.

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