Experiences with Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy is removing, blocking, or adding hormones in order to fight cancer. Hormone therapy is a form of systemic therapy, but is most often used as an adjuvant therapy after cancer treatment. Hormone therapy is most commonly used to treat breast cancer and prostate cancer. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is a common medication used to treat breast cancer and is taken orally. Side effects for hormone therapy for breast cancer include hot flashes, nausea and vomiting, bone pain, vaginal spotting, increased fertility in your women, and irregular periods. Side effects for hormone therapy (androgen deprivation) for prostate cancer include reduced libido, impotence (ED), brittle bones, and hot flashes.

Hormone therapy is a treatment option suggested by doctors, however the decision is often left up to the patient. Even after reading about the side effects of the treatment, many WhatNexter’s want to hear about specific experiences. A lot ask, ‘Hormone therapy or chemotherapy?’. Once women are on Tamoxifen, they have second thoughts when experiencing side effects or lifestyle changes and wonder whether or not they should stay on it. Whatever questions you may have about beginning, undergoing, or ending hormone therapy treatment, WhatNext is a great place to ask them and to get answers by gaining firsthand insights. Comment below to receive feedback from others.

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    • DonnaLisa
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    4 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have struggled with all the hormone meds, Aromasin, Arimidex, Femara, Tamoxifen, Fareston and really could not stay on them until ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 7 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Early stage Breast cancer found in mammogram

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Elisgranny
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast...
    11 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I feel great. Was having unbearable pain which I was told was from psoriatic arthritis and was taking cosentyx. Still had a differ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Mostly hot flashes and hair loss.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm on the standard Susan G. Komen treatment as on the website: Hersepton infusion every 3 weeks.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • 2943
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Initial hair loss, nausea, muscle and joint pain, weight gain

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 2 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Also on bone meds. Hair loss, leg cramps, weight gain

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Marinace
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects have been non-stop on my 3rd medicine change

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Kacl3179
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    10 years of Hormone Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Booque
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Letrazole (Femara) oral medication daily.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Kurious
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Today was my first dose of Anestrozole (aka Arimadex) and I will continue to be on it for 10 years as long as I have no side effects...

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • cancer21
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bone and joint pain. I feel like I am 90 years old. Also, causing depression and anxiety.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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