Category Archives: breast cancer

Post Breast Surgery Pains – Nerve Blocks Help

Post breast cancer surgery Pains are often do to injury to the Intercostobrachial nerve. Up to now, there has been little literature on whether blocking nerve actually helps – now a pilot study suggests pain can be cut in half.

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Morphine Does Not Facilitate Breast Cancer in Animal Model

Frequent concern is whether meds someone is taking is making their cancer worse. In the animal model, morphine does not help breast cancer.

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Some Supplements May Aid Cancer Growth – A Few Might Stop

One would naturally assume keeping in good health through supplements would help your fight with cancer. Turns out, cancers may like supplements too…

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Followup Guidelines For Early Breast Cancer

Primary Care Physician (PCP can do much of followup. Here are guidelines:

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Chemotherapy Neuropathy – Drug Combo Helps Pains

Combo Pregabalin(lyrica) and Duloxetine(Cymbalta) was able to control paclitaxel induced peripheral neuropathy.

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Prevent Chemotherapy Neuropathy With L-Acetyl Carnitine (LAC) – Please Take

Peripheral Neuropathy can limit the extent of chemotherapy and hence have a direct effect on survival; L-Acetyl Carnitine at a dose of 3-5 gm/day can prevent that.

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The Intercostobrachial Nerve(ICBN) -What is it and Why Can’t Breast Cancer Surgeons Deal Better With It? – and What Can You Do With It After.

Injury to the Intercostobrachial nerve following breast cancer surgery helps trigger the persistent neuropathic pains after. Why don’t we hear much about it? Here is some info on it.

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Strontium 89 in Breast and Prostate Cancer Metastatic Disease

With SR89 treatment, 72% of metastatic breast and prostate cancer patients reduced or stopped their opiates and/or analgesics – with relief lasting 3 months. Why aren’t they using it more?

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Breast– (Some Post Mastectomy) & Chest Wall Pains – Easy Fix

Study of Scapulothoracic Bursitis – Though 78.6%  presented with the breast/chest pain, a tender area was found posteriorly on the medial aspect of the shoulder blade(scapula). Injection of steroid to area relieved the breast/chest pain as well in 83.5% of … Continue reading

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Lidocaine Patches For Post Surgical Chronic Pains

Recent poster demonstrated how use of lidocaine patches reduced area of pain in  traumatic neuropathies about the knee. These were not recent operative cases.  Could this work for all post surgical pain problems?

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Possible Curative Treatment For Post Mastectomy Pain

Continuous multithoracic level paraspinous blocks for 5 days lead to relative cure in certain post-mastectomy patients.

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High Vitamin D Prevents Pains from Breast Cancer Aromatase Inhibitors – But is Hard to Achieve

Aromatase Inhibitors are used in post menopausal women to prevent breast cancer recurrence. Aching muscles and joints can be a hazard. High Vitamin D levels help prevent this problem but this is harder to achieve then one would think.

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Fatigue After Breast Cancer? – Some Possible Factors

Recent article found morning fatigue seem more related to biological factors, and evening fatigue more by “behavioural” factors.

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Hurt After Cancer Chemotherapy? – Check Out Chemotherapy Neuropathy Scale

Article in press offers chemotherapy neuropathy scale.

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What Does One Do To Prevent Post Surgery Pains?

Significant numbers of people are surprised to find themselves living in chronic pain after surgery. There are a growing number of options found helpful

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Breast Cancer Help – Soy helps prevent recurrences and Free Maid Service

JAMA article finds 4 yr mortality rates were 10.3% and 7.4% in low and high soya users and 4-year recurrence rates were 11.2% and 8.0% as well. There is a free maid service for breast cancer victims in certrain communities.

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On Tamoxifen? Beware of Some Anti-depressants – but only in 7%

Certain anti-depressants are used in chronic pain because of their painkiller effects. Women with prior Ca. of Breast can end up on a drug called tamoxifen to help prevent recurrences. Tamoxifen has to be convered in the body by a … Continue reading

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