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High risk

Started by Anonymous on 30 October 2017 at 12:31

Hi guys

I am feeling guttedtoday...i had dcis (breast that was caught early).  I still have radiotherapy to do but have been told there is high risk it may come back. I have stopped smoking, changed to healthy diet , exercising few times a wk, reducing stress with relaxation. This is lessening the risk. But can anyone advise just how much less ? Is it worth the hard work I am putting in ? Am I still in high risk category of it coming back.



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    From SusieQ  
    30 October 2017 at 14:27


    It sounds like it has been a huge shock, hearing that the DCIS may reoccur (high risk). You're doing all the things you can do to reduce the risk, including lifestyle changes and having the radiotherapy.

    I'm not sure if your oncologist gave you some statistics on the likelihood of your DCIS recurring. If they didn't, you could get in touch with him/her or your breast care specialist nurse and ask for details.

    A useful article - DCIS - from American well known breast cancer website ( gives some statistics which may help work out the likelihood of recurrence.

    Lifestyle changes do make a difference - I'm not sure of the statistics, but a healthy lifestyle, exercise, nutrition, etc helps keep your body in optimum health. It also helps prevent you develop any of the other health conditions which can affect longevity. So it is worth all the effort you're putting in.

    The difficulty is having to learn to live with the chance that it may recur - and that is hard to deal with for the majority of people who have been through cancer treatment. Statistically, DCIS has one of the highest survival rates of any cancer, but living with any risk, can feel scary.

    I dont know if this information has helped, but I'd talk it through with your breast care nurse or consultant, as it's knocked your confidence and self belief...

    You can message me anytime if you'd like to talk anything through...

    Warm wishes








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