Good Morning. Yesterday, I went down once again and had an additional ultrasound on a “spot” that came back on my MRI Results. I have wonderful news to report the spot was nothing. The radiologist believed it was just dense breast tissue. That was great news to hear.
Surgery is scheduled for this coming Monday April 18th. I check in at 9am for a procedure at 11am. This procedure will inject dye into my lymph nodes for the sentinel node biopsy that will be completed during surgery. The dye will be injected and during surgery my doctor will take the 3 closest nodes from the bottom of my armpit. She has explained these lowest three are the first ones the cancer would have reached when draining into my body. The 3 nodes will then be tested for any signs of cancer, which can tell us if it has spread to any other part of my body. They started this new way of testing lymph nodes in 2005. Before then they use to remove most lymph nodes and test them all, leaving 50% of those women with lymphedema, a lifelong condition where the fluids in your arm build up since they can’t drain completely causing swelling of the arm. My mother has lymphedema as a result of her mastectomy surgery.
Then I will have surgery at 1pm. As of right now we might reschedule the surgery, since I have yet to hear my genetic testing results. My doctor has advised me, I really should make a final decision based on these results. It is to my understanding that, if I carry the gene, a recurrence of the cancer is likely to happen within the first 5 years if I do not have a bi-lateral double mastectomy. I have been comfortable with the choice of a lumpectomy but given the statistics of recurrence and my age playing a part I feel best to wait for my genetic testing. It would allow for just one surgery instead of two or three. However, we are praying it is negative as it is rare and only accounts for 5-10% of all breast cancers. I hope we hear back today.
On a side note, I have been researching the benefits of using essential oils vs. radiation and chemotherapy. I know this is controversial but I am excited to possibly attempt a natural approach. I am still doing a ton of research and have yet to make up my mind. On my list to try are sacred frankincense, thyme, chamomile, cinnamon, lemon, lavender & thieves. I am also going to start taking Ning Xia Red (a wolf-berry anti-oxidant drink to help promote normal cellular functions) and Longevity Soft Gels (a mix of orange, thyme, clove, & frankincense oils). Its hard to find exactly how much of each oil I should be taking or how to use it topically or if to diffuse it. As I have approached Lenny with the research he is a bit skeptical of using just essential oils as his Aunt took an all natural approach and she passed just in January of this year (only in her 60’s) from breast cancer.
Here are just a few findings from research regarding breast cancer and essential oils:
- Chamomile essential oil killed up to 93 percent of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells.
- Thyme oil was even more deadly on MCF-7 cells, killing them at a rate of 97 percent.
- Other essential oils that killed the breast cancer cells were cinnamon and jasmine.
I have come across a few different women’s experiences with breast cancer and the use of essential oils without chemotherapy or radiation. It has been exciting for me to read about their success stories and becoming cancer free. I would love to attempt this route but will continue to research and also take my doctors’ opinions into consideration. If you have a friend or family member who had success with the use of essential oils for breast cancer please let me know as I would love to talk with an actual person who has gone through this experience and not just read about it online. Hope you all have a wonderful day.