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   Posted 9/7/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  Have any of you ER+, PR+ bc survivors changed your way of eating?  I am trying to avoid soy and found that it is in everything.  I went to have a grahm craker-soy; cereal-soy; even my gingersnaps have soy.  I had to throw away a whole bottle of vitamins that had soy in them and when I went to take my calcium, it had soy.  What are you doing?  (I am assuming that all of you were told that soy is a fertilizer for this type of breast cancer, although I know some whose doctors never said a thing--but mine did!)  I have not yet started my chemotherapy because of all the tests I am being put through, but this is something I am getting frantic about.  What do you all eat? 
Just to explain--I was on a hormone patch and, because nothing showed up in my mammogram a year ago, and I am now Stage III, I have been told that the hormone probably made it grow fast...........(no bc anywhere in our family)  Thanks for the help....Sandy

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   Posted 9/7/2006 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, am concerned with soy, considering my DH is Japanese.  It's kind of a staple in that cuisine.  My onc hasn't really told me to avoid it.  In fact, when I see him next month, I'm going to try and remember to ask his opinion.  Wish I could be more help.
L & H,

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   Posted 9/10/2006 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not receive any cautionary information from my oncologist when I was diagnosed either. I have not worried overly much about avoiding soy even though I was ER/PR+. It's been almost 10 1/2 years since i was diagnosed, so... Lauri
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   Posted 9/11/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
What my onc recommended is this, and it made sense to me. If you've always eaten soy in your cereal or your gingersnaps, for example, go ahead and continue to eat it. But don't go out seeking soy products to add to your diet, like switching from cow's milk to soy milk in hopes of curbing hot flashes, for instance.

Apparently the whole soy thing is very complicated. Studies are showing that where the soy was grown can significantly affect the quality of the phyto-estrogens... Japanese soy has different acting phytoestrogens than soy grown here in the US.

So my advice is...follow the advice of a doctor that you trust to have the information that you need. I trust my onc for that kind of thing. I've been with her for 12+ years now with NED status.

And don't drive yourself crazy with this kind of thing! Worry isn't good for your health, either!

Find something to laugh about today instead...there is nothing more healing.

Love and hugs...
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