Survivor since 2009
I was diagnosed in July of 2009, total Right mastectomy on 9/14/09, followed by 4 rounds of chemo which started in the end of October 2009 and ended in February of 2010. I started on Tamoxifen because I was not menopausal until I started chemo, but was not post-menopausal until this past November. My Oncologist switched me from Tamoxifen to Anastrozole. I was on it for about 4 months and I started having a lot of pain and swelling in my hands and feet, also i cold not sleep at night. The insomnia was so bad, I went almost 4 nights without sleeping. I had terrible headaches, and very bad confusion. I could not concentrate or multitask...it was awful!! I went to my doctor and she took me off the Anastrozole and wanted to see me in two months. When I went two months later, she put me on another A.I. (aromotase inhibitor), that was similar to Anastrozole, but chemically a little different. Well, long story short, I did not tolerate that either. So she was going to put me back on Tamoxifen, but I lost my medical benefits, and my job, and I can't afford the medication out of pocket. I did some research and found that chrysin, a flavonoid found in passionflower, has aromotase inhibitor action. Taken with piperine adds to the effects.
Nature has provided an abundance of aromatase inhibitors
You don't have to take drugs to inhibit aromatase. Nature has provided plants that will get the job done without harmful side effects. In April, Natural News ran an article about the powerful aromatase inhibiting ability of chrysin (http://www.naturalnews.com/026086.html), a flavonoid from the passion flower plant. Research showed that chrysin worked as well to inhibit the aromatase enzyme as a drug designed for that purpose. Chrysin is normally taken as a supplement along with piperine which greatly enhances its bioavailability.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026514_cancer_breast_natural.html#ixzz21EjM5XR8
This was one of my sources. The anastrozole is over $600.00 per month out of pocket, and the passionflower suspension only costs $12.00 per month supply. I get it at Whole Foods.
Some people feel more comfortable with modern medicine, but if there are herbs that do the same thing, I'm all for that. In hindsight, I never would have done chemo.
Good luck to all my sisters, whatever you choose to do for yourself, remember it IS YOUR CHOICE!!!!!