Any Advice for My Daughter Just Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Breast Health

Dear Dr. Northrup,

My daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s troubling because it’s the aggressive kind and may also be far more advanced than we would like. It’s out of the ordinary in that the lump cannot be felt and was not picked up on a mammogram. She noticed a change in her breast, and this prompted her to consult her doctor. She’s having a mastectomy next week.

We’re following the traditional protocol for now, but are curious what other options we should consider. Do you have any advice for her?

Sincerely – M.P.

Dear M.P.,

Here are three powerful suggestions you may not have heard of:

  • She needs to make sure her vitamin D levels are optimal (not just adequate). Women with optimal vitamin D levels do much better with breast cancer. Her range should be between 40 and 100 ng/ml. If it’s low, don’t worry because it’s easy to get levels up through vitamin D supplementation. However, it can mean taking 50,000 IU per week for eight weeks; then 5,000 IU per day thereafter. Her doctor can give her a prescription for the high amounts, if necessary. Again, don’t worry because these amounts are safe if she’s vitamin D deficient.
  • Second, there is a fabulous immune boosting supplement that is being used in 1,000 hospitals in Japan and a couple in the United States, including MD Anderson Cancer Center and Columbia Presbyterian. It’s called AHCC (active hexose correlated compound). This is made from medicinal mushrooms and boosts immunity. In studies of women with advanced breast cancer (stage 4), 60 percent of those taking AHCC were alive 10 years after diagnosis, compared to only 20 percent who were not on it. Do some research to make sure she takes the kind that’s being used at these cancer treatment centers and only purchase a pharmaceutical grade AHCC product.
  • Third, please go to the Web site Here you will learn the amazing healing power of Divine Love. The World Service Institute is run by retired engineer Robert Fritchie. Bob has helped people heal from everything known to humanity. Divine Love is the strongest healing force on the planet. All instructions are on his site. And you can get the whole family and lots of friends together to do the process for your daughter.

I hope this has been helpful.

My prayers are with you – C.N.

Last Updated: September 16, 2010

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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    2 years ago

    Aromatase Inhibitors

    I’m also interested on the results of such drugs as Stefaplex. I had an oncectomy in August and am now receiving chemotherapy (4 cycles as a total) and will be getting radiation by the end of chemo and then hormonal therapy. I’m 55 and had a stage III breast cancer (1.9 cm) with a cellular multiplication factor 38-40%. I would like your opinion considering that I am menopausal for 3 years. I have normal weight and love exercising, dancing, yoga and meditating which I somehow keep on doing during my chemotherapy. Probably this is why my bones are in an excellent condition up to now. I’m also a 7 and a half years’ old boy’s mum and I want a long, fullfilling, healthy life next to him!!! I live in Greece so I would be grateful for your answer since I am an admirer of your work for years!

  2. Melanie londono
    9 years ago

    In 2001 my mother in law was diagnosed with insitu breast cancer- had a right sided mastectomy and tomixifin for 5 years now 2015 left breast insitu no nodal involvement. The mad wants to put her on tomixifin again for 5 years. She is not feeling the benefit of that. Any thoughts? Recommendations or articles to read?

  3. Nancy
    9 years ago

    I read your posts on breast cancer, mastectomy, and also your post of the 3 drugs you would not take. I was wondering if you could comment on aromatase inhibitors like Femara (Letrozole)? I have been on this for 3 1/2 months after a mastectomy but the side effects are horribly dibilitating to the point that I feel I do not have a life anymore.

    1. Beverly
      9 years ago

      I, too, am interested in your thoughts on AI’s. I had early stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy, radiation, and I’m now two months into a five year regime of taking letrozole. I’m experiencing a lot of joint pain and muscle aching and I’m wondering if the downsides of the medication are worth the effect on my quality of life. Thank you so much.

    2. Susan
      9 years ago

      I had a double mastectomy for stage 2 breast cancer in 2104. I was on anastrozol for 11 months. The pain in my joints ,bones and muscles became too much . After 2 months off the medication I am finally pain free. My oncologist wants me to try another Aromatase inhibitor but I am learning towards life style changes and food being my medicine. I would love to find a doctor who could help me explore this . I live in Maine. Thank you

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