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How will breast cancer and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) affect each other?

Posted by Auntie D

My neice who has ME has  just been diagnosed at 39 with Breast Cancer Stage 1 grade 111. (She has just had a mastectomy. How will one effect the other. (ME and cancer) Also she is starting chemo (as a precaution) how long will she need to wait until she can try to have a baby?



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April 12, 2013

I unfortunately do not have the answer, but I have the same question. I'm 58. I've suffered from ME for the past 10 years. I have just been operated for a stage 1c, grade II breast cancer. Still waiting for the pathology tests results on the tissues and ganglions, but my oncologist will want me in radiotherapy for a whole six weeks when the surgery has fuly healed.

 I'm worried that the combining the fatigue caused by the therapy to the exhaustion of ME might even make it almost impossible for me to get to the hospital on a daily basis for the radiotherapy treatmens. And I'm not even considering, for the moment, adjuvant hormonotherapy or evental chimiotherapy.

If anyone has an experience to share or case studies that we could read, it would be of a great help.


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