Beat the toxic side effects of cancer treatment

Ladies, the worst part of breast cancer isn't always the disease itself.

It's the TREATMENT!

And if you ever need treatment for breast cancer, new research shows what you're in for.

I have to warn you... it's not a pretty picture.

But don't worry -- I'm going to help change that in a moment.

First, here's what you're up against: Nearly every woman treated for breast cancer, including the common early-stage tumors, faces side effects.

In the new study, 93 percent of women treated for early-stage breast cancer said they had at least one of these symptoms: nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, pain, arm swelling, shortness of breath, and skin irritation, especially on the breasts.

That's no picnic... but this gets even worse.

HALF of these women didn't just have one or more of those side effects. They had SEVERE forms of those side effects.

The most common severe side effect was pain, unfortunately -- and, having worked with breast cancer patients, I can tell you that many mainstream treatments are practically MADE of pain.

Others suffered from severe skin reactions, while some had extreme forms of constipation.

And for one in 20 of these women, those side effects were so severe that they needed to go to the emergency room.

The study only looked at the side effects I mentioned, but those aren't the only ones that women face from breast cancer treatment.

Many other women suffer from fatigue, which can be severe and even debilitating. And it's not just the overall physical fatigue as treatment takes its toll on your body, but a mental one, too.

Then there's that "chemo brain," the notorious effect of chemotherapy that can steal your memory and make you feel as if your head's trapped in a thick fog.

Most folks assume the worse side effects come from chemo, and that's often true.

But not always.

In fact, the study finds a full third of women who DIDN'T have chemo STILL had severe side effects.

So, what can you do about it?

Plenty!

First, be sure to get a second and even third opinion, because many early-stage breast cancers don't need treatment at all. Even when they do need treatment, a simple lumpectomy will often do the job.

And second, if you do choose to get treated, be sure to add a holistic medical doctor to your care team.

Your oncologist will focus on the cancer, but a holistic doctor will focus on YOU -- helping not only to guide you through less invasive options, but also offering natural therapies that can lessen the side effects of toxic cancer therapies.

And if you're in the San Diego area, I can help. I have two decades of experience helping cancer patients overcome both the disease and the side effects of treatment.

Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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