what is the risk ;Interrupting use of medicins

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30/08/2011 | 17:06 | מאת: Beate Zilversmidt

I am a stage IV breast cancer case. After finishing two of the available hormone blockers, I want to take a break from the oncological medicines - as long as I feel well - in order to spread the effectivess of the remaining medicines over a longer period. Meanwhile I do all possible efforts with diet and supplements (in short: vegan + broccoli sprouts and blueberries, and tofu) and daily long intense walks. My question: what is the risk of not using the oncological medicines until/unless I start noticing that I need them - and stopping them after they took away the immediate problem? FYI: Operated 11 years ago; diagnosed wih metatstases 5 years ago - since then treated with Arimidex until it didn't work anymore (3 yr) and Tamoxifen which also doesn't work anymore (after 2 yrs). The last CT (May 2011) showed that the cancer is only active in the chest near the place where it all started, near the scar, "nibbling" from the chestbone. I feel excellent; no pains, no breathing problems.

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31/08/2011 | 15:05 | מאת: ד"ר שולמית ריזל

I am sorry to say that there is no informed answer to your question. Ther are no studies examining the policy of "stop and go" with hormonetherapy for matestatic breast cancer. There are few with chemotherapy, showing that continous treatment is better evaen when quality of life is examined. some patients of mine took breaje - too few to be able to draw conclusions.Best advise - discuss it with your physician

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