Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Integrative Oncology at your service!

Welcome to Oster Oncology. I am Dr. David Oster. It is October and it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I.

Welcome to Oster Oncology. I am Dr. David Oster. It is October and it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I will be making a bunch of videos throughout this month… educational pieces focused specifically
on breast cancer. So we will be talking about treatments related to breast
cancer and the therapies – for instance the aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen,
we’ll be discussing those and how to tolerate those better. We’ll be getting
into some of the pathology – how to understand some of your surgical reports
and some of the the details of those. And then I’ll be putting together a video
also on just the basic biology of receptor status, so understanding your
estrogen receptors and progesterone and then HER2/neu receptors as well. So we’ll
be look for those I’ll be getting those out throughout this month again just
really focus on breast cancer. This video however I really wanted to just make it
in honor of the ladies that are walking through a diagnosis and
treatment and have perhaps moved past that as well and they’reinto their
survivorship cancer-free time as well applauding to all of the ladies that
have walked through that type of treatment. Breast cancer has a special
place in my heart. For most of my years – five years – at a hospital I was
on the majority of my time – the vast majority of my time – I was on a breast
cancer Center of Excellence team, so I worked right alongside the medical
oncologists and the surgical teams as well. And the number of patients that you
spend time with all of these ladies moving through breast cancer treatment
and diagnosis you start to realize, especially when you start to treat other
types of cancers as well – so I was also overseeing other departments as well, and every other type of cancer you can think of – what’s unique what you start to
understand is what’s unique about breast cancer and the treatments is that it has
so many phases to it. So all of you ladies that are walking through
treatment you’ve got my my heart and my my respect because the types of phases
of treatment the multiple phases of treatment you don’t always see in all
other types of cancer. And so definitely when you if you’re dealing with an early
stage locally advanced obviously surgery is really central to what has to
happen. You need your surgery and that’s clear, but also what a lot of the
ladies are facing when they first are diagnosed and the treatment plan is laid
out before them again there’s so many phases to treatment so you can have
surgery but then there’s often chemotherapy neoadjuvant, pre-surgical,
chemotherapy leading into surgery and then of course you could actually have
chemotherapy again afterwards – adjuvant chemotherapy – and then radiation is
always a piece when often when we’re looking at locally advanced diagnosis
and cases and then of course after that then we have to enter into this
especially for if we are hormone positive – estrogen receptor-positive – we
walk into this phase of five years maybe sometimes 10 of this anti-hormonal
therapy either with the aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen. And so what is
unique and which is also taxing on your time, on your energy, on your
perseverance, on your hope sometimes, on your faculties of just staying up and
strong, are these different finish lines that you’ve got
to walk towards. So again finish line one of chemotherapy and then the surgery
recovery and so on and so forth. So there’s multiple finishing lines that
you ladies have to focus on and just and just do your best to get to you. And you
do get to them. You obviously do. And then the treatments; these multi modal
treatments, these many phases of treatment, are very essential to use, so
if you are an early diagnosis, if you’re in that place, then please
know everything that you are pushing through is so important. All of them have
been shown to really help a long-term five-year and there’s some studies now
them just come out nine and ten year survival rates as well and long-term
anti recurrence dropping the risk of recurrence long term. And so the
chemotherapies around surgery, of course the surgery itself, definitely the
radiation, radiation has been shown in most cases to drop risk of recurrence
down by at least a half and even two-thirds and so when we are left with
a 20 to 30 percent risk of recurrence with surgery alone these other
treatments that come alongside, either before or after surgery, they really play
a major role in your long-term benefit. And so they are essential so if you’re
going through them please know that they are definitely worth your time and your
energy and your efforts to get through. With all of these phases of treatment
integrative oncology, Oster Oncology, this is what we provide for our patients;
integrative oncology, plays such a big role for our breast cancer patients. So
there are so many things that you can do naturally to protect certain tissues and
organs that are vulnerable during chemotherapy, certainly to protect you
during radiation, recovery after surgery there’s some things as well, and a big
portion of my energies and efforts with the breast cancer patients at the
hospital and now in my private practice are to mitigate and really take away the
common side effects that we see in the anti hormonal therapies as well. So
whether it be hot flashes, joint pain with the aromatase inhibitors, whatever
they may be, you can see that integrative medicine, natural compounds can play such
a great role when they’re used safely and there’s so much we can do to
increase the tolerance for all of you ladies moving through all these phases.
So integrative oncology plays a major role with that. And then certainly when
you’re done the definitive care major part of what we do is also getting you
on this anti-recurrence, really solid evidence-based, strong, protocol and a
plan that you can move forward with putting in place all the things that we
know play such a major role in decreasing risk of
recurrence; lifestyle, certainly nutrition and diet, there’s some really key pieces
there, and then some targeted supplements as well we use. So again just an
applause to the ladies out there that are that are my patients currently, if
you’ve just received a diagnosis please here you can definitely get
through these treatments – you really can. And then also incorporating
integrative medicine can be a really helpful piece to what you’re
doing too- so it’s something to consider. But with breast cancer awareness month
here we just wanted to give a heartfelt encouragement to you that you can get
through this, that you’ve got a lot of people in your
corner, you need a lot of love at home, but also all of your clinical team
around you is there for you. So look for other videos – again I’m going to be
posting some videos moving through this month. If you have any questions or
comments, or if you want to see a specific video related to breast cancer,
please let me know in the comments down below. And then all
I’ve got my list of things I’m thinking of doing this month for breast cancer
but I’ll try to get in your comments and your requests as well. And if I can’t
get them in this month certainly we’ll we’ll circle back and do them in months
that follow so. From Oster Oncology to all of you we just want to encourage you and
let you know that you’ve got a lot of love in your corner, a lot of people
there for you, and so from Oster Oncology to all of you we’re here to help
you Fight Stronger and Fight Smarter thank you

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