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An unspoken complication of breast cancer treatment- excessive bleeding.

The statistics

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2022 are:

  • About 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

  • Breast cancer mainly occurs in middle-aged and older women. The median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis is 62. This means half of the women who developed breast cancer are 62 years of age or younger when they are diagnosed.

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer; second only to lung cancer.

This is a difficult topic to discuss.

I have the misfortune of knowing many people who have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.

Thankfully most have survived and continue to live fulfilling lives.

  • I am NOT here to discuss how to "prevent" breast cancer as I don't know the answer to that.

  • I am also NOT here to tell you how to deal with the treatment options; that is a very personal decision that should be between you and those you love.

I AM here to tell you that there's a lot complementary medicine can do to support people during this time AND a 'well-rounded" approach is valuable.


Issues with treatment

A common issue that people suffer from post treatment is excessive bleeding.

This bleeding can result from:

  • chemotherapy

  • radiation therapy

  • the cancer itself

  • immunotherapy drugs

The bleeding symptoms can range from oozing to pretty severe internal bleeding.

Traditional treatment for this is: (National Cancer Institute)

  • avoid aspirin or NSAID drugs

  • take extra care to prevent bleeding- brush teeth lightly, wear shoes indoors, don't cut yourself, use an electric razor, etc.

  • if you bleed, use pressure with a clean cloth.

  • (insert eye rolling emoji here).

"Unfortunately, literature is limited for the palliative treatment of bleeding in patients with advanced cancer....."

In other words, not many options exist to address these bleeding issues.


What happens to cause the bleeding?

We are not sure.

There are some old pieces of literature that show radiation seems to damage the capillaries as well as increasing heparin in the body.

"Heparin is a substance that slows the formation of blood clots. Heparin is made by the liver, lungs, and other tissues in the body..."

This leads to uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhage) as the blood vessel is directly damaged OR your body cannot clot the blood quickly enough.


Natural remedies

Disclaimer- once again we must go through this process.

Nothing I say, write or do is intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Nor are any recommendations made intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.


In a 1948 article in Science magazine, experiments with dogs exposed to radiation led to subsequently severe bleeding. When the dogs were given Rutin or Vitamin P, a bright yellow powder from the green buckwheat plant, bleeding was controlled and more importantly most of them survived.

In another article in Science News Letter (1948), Drs. Rekers and Field of the Atomic Energy Project of University of Rochester, showed that uncontrolled bleeding was the primary cause of death of people exposed to radiation. Giving Rutin or Vitamin P, as a supplement, helped to strengthen the blood vessels walls to prevent hemorrhage.

Pretty amazing.


Sources of rutin or vitamin P from food is buckwheat.

Supplement sources from Standard Process- Both Cataplex C and Cyruta Plus contain buckwheat, a rich source of rutin.

Cataplex C

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Cyruta Plus

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Dealing with a diagnosis and treatment plan for cancer can be difficult enough without the added trauma of post treatment bleeding. A simple supplement containing rutin from buckwheat can significantly improve blood vessel integrity and minimize that bleeding.



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