The ZRT Laboratory Blog

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Breast Cancer & Natural Hormone Therapy - A Survivor's Story

Posted by Tina Mattern on Thursday, 29 October

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ZRT guest blogger Tina Mattern

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories. 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 1999, I was convinced that my life as I'd known it was never going to be the same. 

I knew, of course, that many women survive, but I also knew that in spite of treatment, 1 in 3 will still die. These were horrifying statistics.

The only treatment options that were being thrust on me were every bit as frightening: Mastectomy or Radiation or Chemotherapy and a nightmarish hormone-blocking drug called Tamoxifen, which would increase my risk of developing uterine cancer by 60%. 

Each one of these treatments had the potential to ultimately cause death in its own right. How could I possibly choose between them? It seemed like there wasn't an acceptable solution...I was going to suffer, no matter what I chose.

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Channeling My Breast Cancer Experience to Create Change

Posted by Molly Lindquist on Thursday, 15 October

ZRT guest blogger Molly Lindquist

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories. 

This month is my 4-year “cancerversary.”

It has been four years since I heard the words, “You have cancer.” And yet I can remember that day as though it was yesterday.

My story really starts in the shower in October of 2011. I can still feel the warm water rinsing off the exhaustion of life, which for me at that time meant chasing after almost three- and almost five-year-old daughters. Eyes closed, preparing to embrace a new day of chaos with the little ones as a stay-at-home mom, soaking in those last few minutes of quiet before the day officially began.

So when I felt a lumpy patch of breast tissue near my right armpit just as I was getting ready to turn off the water, it felt like I was ripped out of my steamy reverie. We’ve all had that sick feeling in the pit of our stomach, that feeling when we know something is not quite right – our gut instinct. And that is what I felt on that October morning, the gut instinct that this lumpy tissue was not good.

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How a Symptom Checklist Can Help You Determine a Hormone Testing Method

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Tuesday, 12 May

ThinkstockPhotos-495589925Are you ever confused about where to begin when trying to balance your patient’s hormones? Symptoms of hormonal imbalance can often be challenging to assess. Is your patient exhibiting signs of estrogen dominance because her estrogen is too high or is it due to the progesterone being too low? Is his fatigue because he’s not making enough testosterone or that his adrenal glands are working over-time? Are her imbalanced sex steroids the cause of her depression or is it the low thyroid hormone?

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Controversy Surrounds an Upsurge in Thyroid Cancer Detection

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Thursday, 25 September

Thyroid Examination

September was Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. It's October now, but the increasing incidence of thyroid cancer makes it a timely topic for any time of the year.

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